IPL Auction 2021: 3 uncapped Indian players who can be steal deals

IPL Auction 2021: 3 uncapped Indian players who can be steal deals

Uncapped Indians that might turn out be a surprise package for teams.

Sachin Baby
Sachin Baby. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The mini-auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL), held in Chennai on 18thof February, was dominated by the high-flying names that went for record numbers. There were also some names who bagged dreamy price tags in the 2021 auction.

Though Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell, and Krishnappa Gowtham were bought for an exorbitant sum, the franchises did manage to pick up some uncapped players for amounts that could make them real steal deals in the IPL this time.

IPL Auction 2021: 3 uncapped Indian players who can be steal deals

1. Jalaj Saxena- INR 30 Lakh

Jalaj Saxena
Jalaj Saxena. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Saxena’s worth could be gauged from the fact that Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose eye for spotting a talent needs no introduction, had recommended two names amongst the Indian all-rounders to the team management- one was K Gowtham, who was ultimately bought by the team for 9.75 Crore Rupees, the other being Jalaj Saxena. In fact, his name coming in later on the auction list (he was #100 in the order), when all the teams were almost done with filling their requirement, would be a good bet as to why Punjab were able to get him for his base price.

The value Saxena brings to the team is evidently much more than the price paid for him- a proven track record in domestic circuit, world-class variations, and more than decent with the bat. In the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (SMAT), amongst the Indian spinners set to feature in the IPL this time, he was the 3rd highest wicket-taker with 10 wickets in 5 games, 2nd highest when it came to strike rate, and was the joint highest when it came to average.

While his auction price may easily give the impression of just another squad player, what makes him a potential steal deal is that ability-wise, he is right up there amongst the best spinners that will feature in the tournament- a genuinely versatile strike bowler who can be relied upon to fetch wickets at any juncture, be it at the start of the innings or when a set partnership is threatening to take the game away.

For the franchise, he can be the solution for the problem they faced last time in finding a reliable partner at the other end for Ravi Bishnoi. What is needed is for the captain and management to place their faith in him and try him out, there are high chances that he can genuinely emerge as a game-changing bowler for the team.