India is currently playing West Indies in a white-ball series. For a few days, though, the spotlight will move to the forthcoming IPL 2022 Mega-Auction. On Saturday, the much-anticipated event will take place. The IPL will be a ten-team game from this year onwards, thanks to the addition of two new teams, the Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans.
The eight incumbent teams have already announced their rosters, while the three new clubs have chosen three players through the pre-auction draft. The mega-auctions will attract a large number of world-class players. A total of 590 players are expected to be auctioned, according to the list. There are 370 Indians and 220 international players among them.
Today we take a look at 5 elite category players who could cause a bidding war
David Warner (Australia)
Warner, a left-handed opener, is capable of getting any T20 game off to the best possible start. Warner, who will be auctioned off at a base price of Rs 2 crore in the IPL mega player auction in 2022, has a total of 150 IPL games under his belt. In the history of the world's most lucrative T20 competition, he is the fifth-highest run-getter (5449).
David Warner's leadership skills, in addition to his batsmanship and fielding ability, make him a one-of-a-kind combo. In 2016, Warner led Sunrisers Hyderabad to the IPL title and has won the orange cap thrice.
Ishan Kishan (India)
Ishan Kishan was forced into the auction list by the regulations of the mega auction, which only allowed the teams to choose a few players. Because of his devastating batting style, the left-handed hitter, who can also keep wickets, is sure to get a lot of interest in the super auction. Kishan's versatility, which allows him to bat at the top of the order or in the middle, adds to his value.
In the 2018 auction, Mumbai Indians paid Rs 6.2 crore for Kishan, who has 1133 runs from 45 IPL matches in four seasons with the team.
Shardul Thakur (India)
CSK signed Shardul Thakur for 2.5 crores in 2018 and he has been a valuable member of the team. His outstanding accomplishments earned him a position in the Indian team, and his contributions have been invaluable. He's also developed into a much better hitter and is developing into a potential all-rounder.
Shardul Thakur is one of the game's game-changers in the T20 format. He has a propensity for taking wickets and takes critical wickets at crucial times. As a result, many organizations would be looking to add this guy to their roster.
Shikhar Dhawan (India)
Given his track record in the IPL, He has consistently been one of the best performers over the years. With 5784 runs, he is the league's second-highest run-scorer, trailing only Virat Kohli (6283). Sunrisers Hyderabad used the Right to Match card to purchase Dhawan in 2018 for Rs 5.2 crore. In that season, he hit 497 home runs for them before being moved to the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals).
In the last three seasons, he has scored 1726 runs in 49 games for the Delhi Capitals. His desire for runs will almost certainly result in a bidding battle at the sale.
Shreyas Iyer (India)
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) could pay Rs 20 crore for Shreyas Iyer's services in the auction, according to Aakash Chopra on Twitter. While that is unlikely, Iyer, who has been a regular in India for some time, appears to be on his way to a big contract. He had just made history by becoming the first Indian to score 150 in his Test debut.
Iyer can potentially be a skipper option for the franchise that selects him, as he formerly captained the Delhi Capitals. With his cool and composed temperament, he is a great fielder who gives consistency to the batting order.
With just mere hours remaining for the auction to begin, excitement will be running through the veins of franchises and fans alike. Even players alike will be curious where they end as they go under the hammer. Let us know which players do you think can spark a bidding war among the teams and which cricketers are looking to have in the team u support.