IPL 2020: 5 in-demand international cricketers who opted for a cheaper base price

IPL 2020: 5 in-demand international cricketers who opted for a cheaper base price

A total of 332 players have been shortlisted to go under the hammer on December 19th.

Shimron Hetmyer
Shimron Hetmyer. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) over the years saw various hyped cricketers go down the drain. Franchises went all guns blazing to buy these players and as it turned out, they weren’t half as good enough for the side. The job of these coaches and mentors hasn’t been easy and the record proves that most of the big money signings have not proven themselves worthy of it.

As it turns out, the base price of the players doesn’t really matter with the eventual price at which he’s sold, especially when more than two clubs are interested in him. This edition too, we have seen some players choose for a relatively lesser base price but the demand for them is a lot bigger than what they assume for themselves.

Here are five players who have kept their base prices on the cheaper side, but are almost certain to receive a huge contract:

1. Alex Carey (INR 50 Lakh)

Alex Carey (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Alex Carey rose to limelight when he started asserting his dominance in the Australian domestic circuit, especially for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League. He smashed 443 runs in the 2017/18 edition and backed it up with another outstanding performance in the next season. The national call-up was inevitable and he made his mark soon enough.

In the 2019 World Cup, he rose to prominence as a dependable middle-order cricketer against the white ball, stepping up for the Aussies whenever it was required. He played a couple of brilliant knocks against South Africa and India in a losing cause and piled up a staggering 375 runs coming in at number 5 and 6.

Carey’s base price for this auction is INR 50 Lakh, which means he could go for a lesser price if not many teams are running for him. However, the likes of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab are in dire need of a player of his calibre and a bidding war should not surprise anyone.