With the Indian Premier League (IPL) heading into its last ever mega auction, a lot of talented Indian players, who were neither retained by their franchise nor picked up by the two new IPL teams will be up for grabs. Some of these talents may end up fetching the highest bid. Let’s have a look at the Indian players who are likely to end up being the most expensive buys in the upcoming auction.
Here are five Indian players who may end up being the most expensive buy in the IPL Auction 2022:
5. Yuzvendra Chahal
One of the most successful leg spinners in the IPL, Yuzvendra Chahal, made a reputation for himself by performing exceptionally well for RCB at the Chinnaswamy Stadium which is considered a graveyard for bowlers. Now, Chahal will be back in the auction as he wasn’t retained by his former franchise RCB. Given the popularity of wrist spinners in the T20 format as they are considered a wicket-taking option, Chahal is likely to fetch a hefty amount in the auction.
4. Shardul Thakur
Shardul Thakur’s stature has grown immensely in the past 12-14 months. He has filled the void of a fast-bowling all-rounder in the absence of Hardik Pandya. He has a knack for taking wickets at the crucial time and scoring valuable runs at the right time. Thakur also played a crucial role for the Chennai Super Kings in their IPL winning performance last year. Now that the “Lord” will be back on the auction table, we can expect a lot of teams to go after him and make him one of the most expensive buys in the auction.
3. Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar is emerging to be a complete package after his impressive half-century against the Proteas that ended up being in a losing cause. Chahar also played a match-winning fifty against Sri Lanka not long ago. Chahar’s primary skill is taking wickets upfront which he has done consistently for Chennai Super Kings. He is a very skilled fast bowler who has plenty of variations in his armory. Hence, Deepak Chahar will grab many teams’ attention. Chahar may even end up being the most expensive Indian player at the auction.
2. Ishan Kishan
The pocket-sized dynamite from Jharkhand emerged as one of the top performers for Mumbai in 2020. He got a chance to represent India the following year and made most of his opportunities. Unfortunately, Mumbai didn’t retain the young keeper but Kishan’s potential is limitless. Ishan Kishan is a perfect investment for a franchise as he can open the innings and play in the middle order as well. Kishan is also a designated wicketkeeper and can be groomed for captaincy as he has past experience in leadership as well. Hence, Kishan being the most expensive buy at the auction shouldn’t come as a surprise.
1. Shreyas Iyer
Many franchises including the likes of RCB, Punjab Kings, and KKR will be heading into the IPL auction with the motive of buying a skipper. In this scenario, Iyer is one of the best available Indian talents in the auction and is a proven match-winning captain. Iyer has also been a consistent performer for Delhi Capitals with the bat as well. According to reports, Iyer has generated interest from many IPL franchises. Hence, Shreyas Iyer may end up fetching the highest big among all the Indian talent in the auction.