At that price, Curran is also the most expensive player in IPL history – more than retained players like Virat Kohli and KL Rahul – and reunited with the franchise that first won the league in 2019 at an INR 7.2-crore bid I welcomed him. Curran was Player of the Final and Player of the Tournament at the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia; And since September this year, he has taken 25 wickets in 14 T20s at an economy rate of 7.08. He has also improved his batting against spin: in 31 T20 innings since 2020, he averages 27.07 and has a strike rate of 154.69.
Green said, “I’m twitching myself that it’s all happened. It’s a strange feeling to watch the auction for myself. I can’t believe how nervous I was and I can’t believe it any more when the final call is confirmed.” Was kind of trembling.” “I’ve always been a huge fan of the IPL and it’s going to be great to be a part of it. Mumbai Indians are one of the powerhouses of the competition, so I’m very humbled to be associated with them. I can.” Can’t wait to get there next year.”
Green’s T20 stock has gained a lot in the last six months. Initially not a part of Australia’s T20 World Cup squad, the all-rounder was included at the last minute after Josh Inglis was injured while playing golf. Green shot into limelight after an impressive T20I series in India, where he scored 118 runs in the top order at a strike rate of 214.54 including two half-centuries. His ability to bat up the order and bowl at pace fetched him a huge price in his first IPL auction.
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals also courted Stokes, but it soon became clear that their limited budgets were going to be a hindrance. Coming into the auction with INR 20.45 Crore, CSK spent almost 80% of their budget on Stokes alone. He also becomes a viable captaincy candidate as CSK begin to explore the idea of succession planning after Dhoni.
Stokes and Curran’s England teammate Harry Brook also made a splash when Sunrisers Hyderabad secured their services for Rs 13.25 crore (about US$1.6 million), fending off an aggressive bid from Rajasthan Royals. This is the highest amount for a franchise to sign an overseas batsman in an auction.
The 23-year-old Brook is set to feature in his first IPL season after a breakout year in international cricket. Only two months earlier in Pakistan, on his first international trip abroad, Brook impressed with his clean power hitting and won the Player of the Series award after scoring 238 runs at a strike rate of 163.01, in a series England won 4–3. achieved. ,
Brook’s superior record in all T20Is in Asia could be an attractive proposition for teams – 581 runs in 16 innings at a strike rate of 167.43. More recently, Brook overcame a disappointing T20 World Cup campaign to hit three hundreds in a three-Test series England won 3–0.
After signing Brook, Sunrisers worked hard to secure India opener Mayank Agarwal for INR 8.25 Crore, making it almost 51% of their back-to-back spending of INR 42.25 Crore auction purse. This meant Sunrisers, who went as high as INR 14.5 crores to get Stokes, eventually missed out on a marquee all-rounder.
Nicholas Pooran started the year by becoming the most expensive West Indian sold at the IPL auction (Rs 10.75 crore), and he broke that record once again when Lucknow Supergiants bought the wicketkeeper-batsman for Rs 16 crore (roughly Rs 2 million). USD) spent. ,
For a while, the battle for Pooran looked to be a contest between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals but once Lucknow made a million dollar bid, it became a race between the two teams between the Super Giants and the Capitals.
Pooran has had a mixed year as far as international career is concerned. He was named as the successor to Kieron Pollard as West Indies’ T20I captain, but stepped down after a disappointing T20 World Cup campaign, where West Indies failed to make a first round exit after defeats to Scotland and Ireland. . However, he had a good IPL 2022 with some notable performances in a disappointing season for the Sunrisers. He scored 306 runs at an average of 38.25 and a strike rate of 144.33 including two fifties.
Pooran’s firepower was recently on display in the Abu Dhabi T10 where he was named player of the tournament for his 345 runs at an average of 49.28 and an impressive strike rate of 234.69.
Sikandar Raza broke an eight-year barren run by becoming the first Zimbabwean player to be bought at an IPL auction since Brendan Taylor in 2014. At his base price of Rs 50 lakhs, Raza can prove to be a great fit for the Punjab Kings considering his form. Raza was the top run-getter (219 at a strike rate of 147) and second-highest wicket-taker (10 scalps) for Zimbabwe in the T20 World Cup.
RCB head coach Sanjay Bangar said, “We wanted a like-minded replacement for Jason Behrendorff.” “We have looked at most of the left-handed batsmen available. Josh [Hazlewood] Not going to be available for the first few matches, so we looked at the availability of players and that’s where Topley fit in really well. Having a player of such high quality as him gives strength to our team.”
Kolkata Knight Riders – mute spectators
Coming into the auction with the smallest purse (Rs 7.05 crore), Kolkata Knight Riders watched the proceedings patiently; They bid just once for South African batsman Heinrich Klaasen – as other franchises picked the first 38 players.
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Shashank Kishor is Senior Deputy Editor at ESPNcricinfo