IPL 2019 auction is on December 18 and all eyes will be on it as few hopes, dreams, and aspirations might come crashing down. The auction might also see few players rake in the moolah and become millionaires. There will be tough competition among overseas players in the auction as there is a cap regarding the number of such players that can be included in the squad.
Hence, the best of the lot will laugh all the way to the bank. So, who can be those lucky few overseas players who can invoke a bidding war in the auction?
Can Mohammed Shahzad get third time lucky in IPL?
Few teams are looking for a reliable keeper-batsman who can add depth to the batting line-up. Kings XI Punjab, who made KL Rahul don the gloves last season, would look to give their star batsman much needed rest from keeping by bagging a reliable keeper-batsman. Sunrisers Hyderabad, who just have Shreevats Goswami as the keeper, would like to go for a backup keeper as well. RCB, who have released Quinton de Kock, would too look to add a backup keeper for Parthiv Patel.
And the only cricketer that can solve their problem is the hard-hitting keeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad of Afghanistan. Shahzad is quite effective with the gloves and is a big hitter of the ball. He can open the innings and provide balance to the XI. His quick runs at the top can give the required momentum to the innings and eased the pressure in the middle-order. He had a decent outing in the ODI series in India and would have caught the attention of franchises owners. He would be much in demand in the auction after being ignored in the last two IPL seasons.
It’s a mystery why the former New Zealand keeper-batsman fails to attract bids in IPL. He went unsold last season with a base price of Rs 75 lakh. But he has over 180 T20s experience where he has scored a ton and 20 fifties at a strike rate of 153.11.
He is 37 now, but does not CSK won last season with the majority of players in the wrong side of 30s? He has been in roaring form this year, earning Man of the Series award in Pakistan Super League, where he scored 435 runs in 11 innings at a strike rate of 182. Teams such as SRH, RCB, KXIP can bid for Ronchi if they fail to get Shahzad.
The explosive West Indian batsman made a statement with his big hitting during the ODI series in India and would have definitely caught the attention of IPL franchises. He would be one of the most sought-after batsmen in the IPL auction as few teams would look to add the West Indian in their squad to shore up their batting line-up.
RCB and KXIP who suffered last season due to a shaky middle-order can be involved in a bidding war to grab the West Indian youngster who at 21 has already struck three tons in 20 ODIs. He has all shots in the books and can sweep, pull with elan on Indian soil. He can easily be the most expensive cricketer in IPL 2019 auction.