The auction of the 8th edition of the Indian Premier League to be held on 16th February 2015. The last 7 IPL auctions have indicated that the current performances (last 1 year) decided the price for which a player will be in demand. Multi-tasking players with the high skill-set of batting or bowling and a reasonable skill for the other activity like batsmen who could bowl part time or bowler who could swing his bat in the death over’s. The extraordinary alertness and fielding capacity are the value-adds.
Aggressive approaches in all areas attract the franchises. Keeping these key qualities let us look now at the Top-5 Indian players of 2014 and their possible commanding price. Like always the focus will be on teams to buy these players.
Here we look at the top 5 Indian players who could go for higher price in IPL 8 auction –
1. Yuvraj Singh –
Yuvraj Singh was the highest Indian auction player in the IPL last year. He was bought by Royal Bangalore Challengers for 14 Crores. He played some great innings for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He is an hard hitting batsmen. He is one of two Indian batsmen to hit 6 sixes in an over. He can clear any boundary with ease. He is comfortable playing spin and pace bowlers. He is a dependable fielder though his health issues have reduced his agility. He is also a good option for the captain to allot all 10 overs and bowl left spin bowler. His recent performances for Punjab have been good with 3 centuries and 2 half centuries scoring 671 runs in 6 matches with an average of 56.
With the ability, Yuvraj Singh could be brought again for higher price in this year auction also. Yuvraj Singh could be brought by a different franchise this time to strengthen the team for the less amount of price. Because of the recent form he could go for lesser price than last year.
2. Dinesh Karthik –
Dinesh Karthik the wicket-keeper was bought by Delhi Daredevils last year for Rs. 12.5 crores. This year he could be bought for the same or reasonable type of price by some other franchise. Delhi Daredevils, a team which came last in the Indian Premier League in 2014, would want this keeper. It would be nice that the talented wicketkeeper could also go for higher price. His keeping is an asset and while batting he can accelerate while batting. He has played for the Indian team in the past. His recent performances in Ranji Trophy for Dinesh Karthik have been decent too. In the Indian Premier League 8 auctions he could be bought for half of the price brought last year.
3. Irfan Pathan –
Irfan Pathan an excellent all-rounder and was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for 2.4 crores last year. His main quality has been bowling a good line and length, taking wickets with the new ball. He can be useful for the team in the lower order with the bat too. The biggest problem he is facing is that with injuries. He has played some games in Ranji Trophy this year for Baroda. With his problem the teams might think that might get an injury and I think he would go for same price in the auction.
4. Murali Vijay –
Murali Vijay an excellent opener for India was sold for 5 crores to Delhi Daredevils last year in the auction. His batting in recent times has been excellent scoring runs in England where the others struggled, scoring runs in test matches in Australia. He can handle the new ball and score runs quickly when needed.
In the Ranji Trophy match, recently he scored a century to help Tamil Nadu to win the match. He knows how to play aggressively. He is also a part time bowler also. With his recent performances he could be bought in higher price.
5. Amit Mishra –
Amit Mishra a leg-spinner was brought by Sunrisers Hyderabad from Delhi Daredevils for 4.75 crores last year in the auction. His performances in the current Ranji Season for Haryana has been pretty decent. His best quality is that he bowls line and length. Despite being selected in the 30 member squad for the World Cup he is an experience bowler for India.