After the T20 World Cup, the BCCI shifted its attention to India’s premier domestic league, the IPL. The apex board has already begun the preparation for the upcoming season. For the first time in IPL’s history, Kochi will host the upcoming mini-auctions set to take place on December 23. The BCCI has received the list of players that have been released and will be up for grabs in the auction. A total of 85 players were released ahead of the auctions, and some of the big names include Mayank Agarwal, Kane Williamson, Kieron Pollard, and Dwayne Bravo. Other than these players, several other mega stars would go under the hammer. Athletes who pulled out of IPL’s mega-auction last year and the ones debuting after impressing the world during the T20 World Cup will also headline the auction. The article will shed light on five players who could bag the most money during the upcoming auctions.
5. Rilee Rossouw
South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw is in solid touch with the bat and would be up for grabs in the auction. The 33-year-old played for RCB from 2014-2015 but failed to find any team after that and played across every other major league worldwide. Rossouw returned to play for the Proteas in 2022 and has been instrumental for them. He played 11 matches in 2022, amassed 372 runs, including two centuries, and averaged 46.50. Rossouw scored a century against Bangladesh in the ICC T20 World Cup and registered two records in his name. He became the first Protean to hit a century in the T20 World Cup and the first player from a full-member team to smash two consecutive hundreds in T20Is.
4. Mayank Agarwal
Former Punjab Kings captain Mayank Agarwal, whom the club retained in 2022 for 12 crores, was released ahead of the mini-auction due to his poor form, making way for Shikhar Dhawan to lead the side. Agarwal has scored 300+ runs in three consecutive seasons from 2019-2021 but failed with the bat last year as he amassed just 196 runs. Punjab opting for 12 crores and releasing Mayank Agarwal could be a blessing in disguise for the 31-year-old. Agarwal has been instrumental at the top, and teams like Gujarat, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and KKR are looking for players at the top, and an Indian like Mayank’s stature could be just what they are searching for.
3. Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes will return to the IPL after he pulled out of the last year’s edition to focus on his mental health. The 31-year-old is touted to emerge as one of the most expensive buys in the forthcoming auction, and history reckons it. Stokes was the most expensive buy of the 2017 IPL auction when RR bought him for 14.5 crores. Stokes produced a match-winning inning for England in the T20 World Cup final against Pakistan and contributed with the ball. His all-round abilities are unparalleled, and the teams would be OK spending a few extra bucks to access his services.
2. Cameron Green
Australia’s Cameron Green, who would be debuting in the IPL in the coming season, would fetch big money due to his explosive batting display, which he showcased against India just before the World Cup. The 23-year-old scored two quickfire fifties against India in October, which forced the selectors to rope him for the ICC T20 World Cup to replace the injured Josh Inglis. Besides his batting prowess, Green can also bowl. He has a five-wicket haul in ODIs which came against Zimbabwe in August 2022.
1. Sam Curran
Sam Curran, who highlighted the 2022 T20 World Cup with his stellar all-round performance, will undoubtedly be one of the most expensive buys of the auction. Curran, who played for CSK from 2020-2021, missed last year’s IPL due to rehabilitation and will be up for grabs since CSK did not retain him last year. The 24-year-old won the player of the tournament award in the recently concluded World Cup. He was also the player of the match for his 3-wicket haul in the finals. Curran became the first English player to pick up a five-wicket haul in T20Is.