With just a day to go for the IPL auctions, there is a lot of buzz over the players who are in the auction pool.
Besides the question over the location, the upcoming IPL has also garnered attention due to its scheduling – the tournament will end just 11 days before the World Cup is set to kick-off. In such a scenario, most teams are likely to shield their key players and prevent them from playing in the league, which can have a bearing on the players who are not expected to make the World Cup squad.
Fast bowlers and players like Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell have already opted out of the tournament. With the English players likely to miss out from the latter half of the IPL, franchises will be eager to go for players who can be available for the full duration.
Here are the 5 players who might not play the World Cup and might be caught in a bidding war.
The South African made his debut this year and impressed everyone by smashing a century in the game against Sri Lanka. In the ongoing Mzansi Super League, he has managed to create a number of ripples with his form. In 10 games, Hendricks has managed to score an astounding 412 runs with a high score of 108 at an average of 58.8 and a strike-rate of 142.56, an achievement which is no mean feat. Furthermore, he is an asset for any team, no matter his batting order.
Afghanistan has started ruling the world of cricket. After the resplendent Rashid Khan and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Hazratullah Zazai seems to be the next big name, having hit six sixes in an over in the Afghanistan Premier League. With a strike rate of 194, there is no doubt that this immensely talented youngster will be a name to reckon with in the IPL Bidding.
Despite being just 19 years of age, Zahir Khan has already secured a world record to his name, snatching up 34 wickets at the average of 18 in a game at Lancashire. However, he has not yet made his international debut. Khan can be very crucial in picking up some important wickets, with his Mystery Spin keeping the other team on their toes.
This wicket-keeper/batsman is already becoming a name to reckon with in the cricketing world. Known for his ability to hit a sixer at any ball, as well as for being extremely efficient behind the wickets, the West Indian surely knows how to turn the game around. In addition, his 50 against India in Chennai did not go unnoticed, and it would have surely put him on the “must-buy” list for many franchises.
This big hitter from West Indies already has 3 hundred and 2 fifties to his name in just 18 games. In the recently concluded five matches ODI series against India, Hetmyer scored 260 runs and impressed with his maturity under pressure. He is a big hitter and can change the complexion of the game at any moment, which makes him invaluable for the 2019 IPL, especially since most of the major players will not be available.