Mumbai Indians, a team that has been in transition over the last two years and made some surprise buys in the mega auction last season, opted to invest in Stokes’ skill-set successor cameron green,
Sunrisers Hyderabad have added Harry Brooks to their roster but what they needed more was an option to stabilize their bowling line-up.
Here’s a look at the top picks from all 10 teams
Chennai Super Kings
Ben Stokes (16.25 cr), Ajinkya Rahane (Rs 50 lakh)
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has a simple mantra – trust the tried and tested seniors, who have been there and done that. Building teams is something they have always left it to other franchises.
With the IPL returning to the Home and Away format, CSK will be playing seven home matches at Chepauk, which will not exactly be a paradise for the batsmen.
For Dhoni, Dwayne Bravo was a very valuable player and he wanted that replacement. CSK focused on all-rounders who could hit big between overs 16-20 and exploit the Chennai surface with variations. He initially looked at Jason Holder but went completely crazy for the England all-rounder.
Take a look at CSK’s batting line-up: Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu/Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali, Ravindra Jadeja. This is a dream T20 batting line-up on any surface with multi-skilled players.
Stokes can open either batting or bowling on required days and can lead the field when the big man bids goodbye to his favorite canary yellow jersey.
Cameron Green (Rs 17.50 cr), Jhye Richardson (Rs 1.50 cr)
Mumbai Indians had a disappointing mega auction last time. They had to go for an impact player and since they were looking at the next five years, 23-year-old Cameron Green was the ideal player in their plans.
Both Green and fellow Australian teammate David (who also played for Singapore) would prove dangerous at the Wankhede Stadium with their tremendous power hits. Add Ishan Kishan, Devald Brewis and NT Thilak Nayudu to the mix, MI’s batting will give the opposition a headache.
However the bowling attack still doesn’t look up to scratch as both Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer will be out with major injuries. Green and David’s bowling hasn’t been the strongest suit on these tracks.
But buying Jhye Richardson, a good T20 exponent was a good call by MI as he will be the back-up overseas bowler to Jofra if not the main one.
ESPN quoted Green as saying, “I’m twitching myself that it’s all happened. It’s a strange feeling watching the auction for myself. I can’t believe how nervous I was and when the final call was confirmed I was trembling somehow.” Cricinfo.
“I’ve always been a huge fan of the IPL and it’s going to be great to be a part of it. Mumbai Indians are one of the powerhouses of the competition, so I’m very humbled to be associated with them. I can.” Can’t wait to get there next year.”
Sam Curran (18.5 crores), Sikandar Raza (50 lakhs)
Most of the Punjab Kings records have been off the field and breaking the bank to get Curran as the costliest player in the history of the IPL auction is one of them.
Curran was always going to fetch a whopping USD 2 million after his exploits in the T20 World Cup where he was a standout performer throughout the event.
But bidding is often based on the dynamics of the auction, said Ness Wadia, an owner, after winning the bidding war.
Now Curran will play most of his matches in Mohali where flat deck and evening dew can spoil the game. His bowling was ideally suited to the surfaces of Chennai and Delhi where deliveries would stop and slip a bit.
He was in Mohali a few seasons back and overall the results were not exactly encouraging. But that Kuren was just out of his teens and this man is an experienced hand. Hope he can turn the tables for Punjab Kings, but it looks unlikely at the moment.
Lucknow Super Giants
Nicholas Pooran (Rs 16 crore), Daniel Sams (Rs 75 lakh)
They reached the play-offs in their first IPL appearance but the 2023 season will be a bit trickier for them. The franchise still does not know whether they will get left-arm pacer Mohsin Khan, who has undergone elbow surgery and rehab will be difficult.
However not going for any all-rounder and getting Nicholas Pooran as the finisher is as shocking as it gets.
As Scott Styris, an analyst at Jio Cinema, said, “For that kind of price, they need to put in a more consistent performance.”
Also with Quinton de Kock in the line-up, it will be interesting to see who dons the big gloves. Pooran of LSG is considered to be the worst buy in a franchise with a reasonable purse.
In 2021, he scored 85 runs in 11 innings and in 2022, it was better with 306 runs in 13 innings at 144 strike-rate, but with only two half-centuries for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Harry Brook (Rs 13.25 cr), Mayank Agarwal (Rs 8.25 cr), Heinrich Klaasen (Rs 5.25 cr)
Sunrisers Hyderabad came in with over 42 crores in their kitty and they were the last paddle pushers in Englishman Harry Brook and Indian opener Mayank Agarwal with the purchase of over two million dollars.
Agarwal is currently out of India’s contention across formats but barring last year, he has been a dependable IPL player and with local capped players available at a premium, the dynamics of the auction would have led him to bid heavily. Mayank also gives SRH the captaincy option this year with Kane Williamson.
But having Brooke, known by many as “England’s Virat Kohli”, will require him to fit into the middle order, where he will need to get rid of New Zealand’s T20 sensation Glenn Phillips or South Africa’s Aiden Markram. . Now Markram bowls useful off-spin on slow pitches. For the price Brooks had to pay, he didn’t have the option of selling him.
Shivam Mavi (Rs 6 cr), KS Bharath (Rs 1.2 cr), Kane Williamson (Rs 2 cr)
Defending champions Gujarat Titans along with pace coach Ashish Nehra made some smart choices at the auction. While Mavi’s Rs 6 crore deal might turn out to be eye-catching, there are not many effective Indian T20 bowlers on that roster and Mavi has paid a small price.
The two steals are wicket-keeper Kona Bharat, who was wasted in the Delhi Capitals last season as Rishabh Pant’s partner and there is every possibility that he might open with Shubman Gill in place of 38-year-old Wriddhiman Saha. .
Kane Williamson may not be the automatic choice of the playing XI, but he can be brought in as a steadying influence on difficult surfaces.
Mukesh Kumar (Rs 5.50 crore), Phil Salt (Rs 2 crore), Ishant Sharma (Rs 50 lakh)
Delhi Capitals is another franchise that showed a lot of common sense in their choices. Mukesh Kumar was a net bowler with the franchise last season and is now playing regularly for India A. With his ability to pitch the ball, he can be a good powerplay option during the later stages of the tournament.
But the bargain was definitely Englishman Phil Salt, who tore apart the Pakistani bowlers during the T20I series a few weeks before the T20 World Cup in Australia. For Rs 2 crore, it couldn’t have been better. Ishant Sharma at base price is not a bad bargain either as his experience can come in handy at times.
Kolkata Knight Riders
N Jagadeesan (Rs 90 lakh), Vaibhav Arora (Rs 60 lakh)
KKR were left with no purse but N Jagadeesan, who has done well in the TNPL and recently held the world record for the highest List A score (277), was picked up for less than a crore. In fact, last year KKR had to struggle with wicketkeepers and Baba Indrajit was in that role as well. This time around, Jagadishan could be a more stable component in their strategy.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Will Jacks (Rs 3.2 Cr) Reece Topley (Rs 1.90 Cr)
Royal Challengers Bangalore had two middle but decent picks in England batsman Will Jacks and lanky left-arm seamer Reece Topley (Eng), who recently troubled India in the ODI at Lord’s. They showed interest in some players but could not go far due to purse crunch.
Jason Holder (Rs 5.75 crore)
Since the departure of Ben Stokes, Rajasthan Royals had to go for a fast bowling all-rounder and with only 13 crores in his kitty, Ben Stokes and Cameron Green were out of reach. They settled for Jason Holder, who could be a useful option at the Sawai Man Singh ground where batsmen get a lot of value for their shots.
His presence at the back-end will give coach Kumar Sangakkara and skipper Sanju Samson much hope as well as a power-hitting option. Similarly, their disguised slow-speeders will also be effective on Indian tracks.