IPL auction 2018: The Indian Premier League auction 2018 is around the corner, and the co-owners of all the eight franchises must be scratching their head about whom they should bid for. In the recently announced IPL retention list, clubs went with quite unorthodox policies and bet their money on young guys rather than old and experienced ones. RCB retained their star-hitters Virat Kohli, Ab De Villiers and Sarfaraz Khan while Mumbai Indians have kept the services of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah. The team that shocked everyone was Kings XI Punjab who just retained Axar Patel and decided to let go of their stars- Glenn Maxwell and Hasim Amla. This year the auction will be first of its kind as over 1100 players will be up for grabs. The event will take place on January 27 and 28 in Bengaluru. Meanwhile, here are the top 5 overseas players who might be more expensive than Virat Kohli’s Rs 15 crore value.
The hard-hitting Australian batsman is expected to go for a hefty amount. One of Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) star performers in the IPL last year, the Australian batsman is expected to play a big part this year as well, provided he stays injury free. Despite being injured twice in the course of the tournament last year, Lynn smashed 295 runs in 7 matches, at an average of 49.16, that include three fifties and a best score of 93.
The young Afghan spinner was the newsmaker in the last season of IPL. Dubbed as the ‘million dollar baby’, Khan has been a sensation ever since he arrived at the international scene in 2016. Growing with each match, the 19-year-old has become a wanderer, playing in different T20 leagues across the globe. Khan was quite instrumental for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) doing well last season, picking up 17 wickets in 14 matches. Khan has proved his mettle in the short format leagues of West Indies and Bangladesh, bagging 14 wickets and six wickets respectively. Moreover, he is second on the top wicket-takers list with 12 wickets in 7 matches at the ongoing edition of Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL). Although SRH released him, it is almost certain that they will use their RTM (Right to Match) card for him. Even then, he is expected to go for a massive amount and SRH may eventually end up paying more than what they would have paid if they retained him
Despite getting his IPL career to a flying start, the Australian all-rounder has underperformed in a massive way in the last two editions. He has been rejected by the Australian board as well. However, he has shown some good form in Sheffield Shield matches in Australia and is doing what he does best in the Big Bash League as well. His hard-hitting abilities and more than effective off-spin need no introduction. Just the potential to win big matches is expected to fetch him a high price in the IPL auction as well.
Benjamin Andrew Stokes made the headlines in IPL 2017 auctions when he bagged a record price of Rs 14.5 crore by the Rising Pune Supergiants. The English all-rounder is an aggressive left handed batsman and a right arm medium fast bowler. Stokes has a rich experience in the shorter format of the game and has the ability to take on bowlers on his days. Making his debut in the Indian Premier League as a quality all-rounder for RPS, it will be great to see how Stokes with his power-hitting skills and with his quick bowling will take on the opposition.
The Trinidadian would be a suitable placement for Chris Gayle in IPL 2018 and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) would like to buy him at any cost. The 26-year-old Lewis has been impressive for West Indies in both ODIs and T20Is and can make use of the small boundaries in India to make an immediate impact. Evin Lewis has made a name for himself in the T20 arena with his explosive hitting at the top of the order. The 26-year-old is one of the finest T20 players in the world at the moment and his record in the format is nothing short of outstanding. However, he has never featured in the Indian Premier League but that looks likely to change this year. He will certainly be a useful addition to any side that is looking to rebuild ahead of the 11th edition of the IPL.