IPL auction is a key part of the entire IPL experience and franchise go with lots of research to decide which players to pick and whom to let go.
Still, there were quite a few instances in the past when a player purchased for a significantly higher price hardly gets a chance in the playing eleven. Let’s find out if there are similar purchases made this time as well.
Delhi Capitals have completely revamped their team and made quite a few purchases during the auction. However, their biggest picks like Colin Ingram, Axar Patel, and Hanuma Vihari all have a chance to be part of the first eleven. However, they have also spent 2 Cr. on young Windies all-rounder. With overseas options like Boult, Rabada, Morris, Munro, and Ingram in their ranks chances of Rutherford getting selected in the first eleven is not very bright.
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Kings XI Punjab
Kings have made some smart buys in the recently concluded auction including Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami, and Nicolas Pooran. However, spending 4.8 Cr. on 18-year-old Prabhsimran Singh makes little sense. The wicket-keeper batsman from Punjab is one of the most promising players in the country and can be a good investment for the future. However, chances of him playing regularly in IPL 2019 looks slim.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR have made only big purchases in the recent auction but already there are lots of discussions happening around that. Carlos Brathwaite is the captain of the Windies T20 team and had some great memories of Eden Gardens, Knight’s home ground. However, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, and Andre Russell have already taken three overseas spots and their inexperienced Indian bowling might force them to go for a foreign fast bowler in the final eleven with either Lockie Ferguson or Harry Gurney. Hence spending 5 Cr. on a player who may not feature in the starting eleven for KKR does not look like a smart move.
Mumbai Indians have not addressed their lack of spin bowling issue in the auction. They have strengthened their pace bowling options by picking up Barinder Sran and Lasith Malinga. They also have picked Yuvraj Singh at his base price of 1 Cr. Mumbai generally go for a settled unit with big names and hence the young Punjab batsman Anmolpreet Singh does not look to have a strong chance to feature in the starting eleven. However, MI management have spent 80 lakh to get his service.
Royals have made a good profit by repurchasing Jaydev Unadkat for 3.1 Cr. less and also made interesting picks like Oshane Thomas, Ashton Turner, and Liam Livingstone. However, Jofra Archer was one of the best players last year and also with Dhawal Kulkarni in the squad there will be a competition for the pace bowling options. Varun Aaron, purchased for 2.4 Cr. may miss out to establish a spot in the starting eleven.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB went to the auction looking to strengthen their lower middle order and they were successful to fill the void by picking up Shivam Dubey, Shimron Hetmyer, and Akshdeep Nath for 5 Cr., 4.2 Cr. and 3.6 Cr. respectively. However, mostly two of them will start for them and going by the reputation and recent form Dubey and Hetmyer are looking like prime picks. Hence, Akshdeep may again miss out on a first eleven spot despite a high price tag.
Sunrisers have a settled squad and have purchased only three players in the auction. Their purchase of Jonny Bairstow for Rs. 2.2 Cr. looks little high keeping in mind the fact that he will only be available for the first half of the tournament.
Chennai Super Kings
For Chennai, the scenario is a bit different and they have no single player making in this list. Like Sunrisers Chennai also have a settled playing eleven. They have bought just two players in the auction; Mohit Sharma for 5 Cr and Rituraj Gaikwad for 20 lakhs. 5 Cr seems high but Mohit Sharma has a very good chance of making it to the eleven.