Cricket’s Superstars Keeping A Close Watch On IPL 2018 Auction Which Starts Jan 27

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 auction is scheduled to take place on Jan 27th and 28th in Bengaluru. The IPL is the richest T20 domestic league in the world and both domestic players and international players from around the world, will be keeping a close watch on the auction.

Top Players Retained By Franchises

The IPL auction over the years has turned out to be a life changer for a number of players turning them into multi-millionaires and global superstars overnight. The top Indian players such as Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya have already been retained by their respective franchises during the IPL window which closed on Jan 4.

The Chennai Super Kings (CSK) who were banned for the last 2 years will make their return to the 2018 IPL. CSK has paid out a total of 33 crores to retain their captain MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and R Jadeja.  The Rajasthan Royals who were also banned for the last 2 years, have only retained Steven Smith who will most likely captain the side. Some of the other international players retained include Sunil Narine and Andre Russell by the Kolkata Knight Riders, David Warner by Sunrisers Hyderabad and AB de Villiers by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Players Who Should Do Well In 2018 Auction

While it is hard to predict exactly how the IPL 2018 auction will turn out, some of the players that are expected to steal the limelight and get high bids include Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, West Indian Dwayne Bravo, Australia’s Chris Lynn, South Africa’s Quinton de Kock, New Zealand’s Colin Munro and England’s Ben Stokes – who is expected to get a no-objection-certificate from the ECB to participate in the IPL.

Some of the Indian players that are expected to get a huge payday include KL Rahul, Krunal Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Y Chahal.  The IPL auction also throws up a few surprises each year as a number of players go unsold mostly because they decide to fix a minimum price for themselves which the IPL franchises are not willing to pay.

The success model that has paid most dividends in past IPL auctions is when players list themselves for a low base price and then find the franchises fight it out and pay exorbitant sums of money to secure the winning bid. It remains to be seen if this success model continues to work in the 2018 IPL auction.