Thursday, 4 February 2016

IPL Auction 2016: Five Indians to watch out for

IPL Auction 2016 Live will be held on Saturday Feb, 06 in Bengaluru. Ahead of the IPL 2016 players auction the Franchies will be having their eyes set on some young players and also some fine cricketers.



So Ahead of Saturday's IPL auction in Bangalore, here's a look at five Indian cricketers who could be in demand.

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#5 Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh was bought by Delhi Daredevils with the highest bid during the IPL auction 2015 but later released by the GMR-owned franchise. 

Yuvraj Scored 248 runs in 14 matches at an average under 20. Yuvraj can find himself in the center of attraction once again, though he does not have any strong T20 form to point at. Such is Yuvraj's pull in front of the Indian audience, that for any franchise looking to establish a strong Indian player connect he may still be the man to pick.

Recalled to the Indian T20 squad after a strong Vijay Hazare Trophy for Punjab, Yuvraj did not get to bat in the first two of India's three wins in Australia recently, but in the final game he showed a glimpse of what he can do with a flat-batted six off Andrew Tye in the final over. With the ball, he struck in the first two matches with the big wicket of Glenn Maxwell both times, and one sharp catch at extra cover was proof of what he brings to the field - at least in the circle as a catcher. Yuvraj, 34, was offloaded by Daredevils who had worked out a whopping Rs 16 crore for him. Maybe getting an India recall, and the fact that he looks like featuring at the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 at home in March, will lure franchises towards him further.


#4 Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh karthik was released by Royal Challengers bangalore from a Rs 10.5 crore contract. In his one season with the RCB franchise, the 30-year-old made 141 runs at 12.81 in 11 innings. 

Though he has no T20 form to show for this domestic season, it could be that the new franchise Gujarat Lions scoop him up as they don't have a wicketkeeper yet. And Karthik's reputation as fine wicketkeeper and big-hitting batsman hasn't entirely diminished. Apart from RCB, Karthik has also featured for Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians.

#3 Ashish Nehra

Ashish Nehra remains a superb option in T20s, despite of his age. Nehra will be turning 37 during the IPL. Nehra Took 22 wicket in the last IPL season playing for Chennai Super Kings. 

His recent recall to the indian team by BCCI during the Australian T20I series shows how seriously the BCCI selectors are looking at him for the ICC World Twenty20 in home conditions. Skilled up front and at the death, the left-arm swing bowler will be an asset to any franchise. Those who need depth and experience in their attack, such as Rising Pune Super Giants, Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders, may readily queue up.

#2 Mohit Sharma

Mohit Sharma played for Chennai Super Kings in the past three years, and has went on to become a successful bowler for india in the odi series. Mohit hasn't had many opportunities at international level after a successful 2015 World Cup owing to injury, but you can expect franchises to make a bee-line for him. Two of his former CSK team-mates and captains are MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina, who are both captaining the new franchises, so expect heavy bidding from those quarters.

#1 Dhawal Kulkarni

His base price of Rs 2 crore may have raised eyebrows, but Kulkarni does bring to the table a handy T20 portfolio (83 wickets in 80 games, strike-rate 19.2). Formerly with Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals, the 27-year-old fast bowler comes off a successful Deodhar Trophy (six wickets in three games) and before that Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (15 in eight) and he should expect significant interest from franchises in search of dependable India pace bowlers.

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