IPL Auction 2022: Warner, Ashwin, Rabada, Bravo list maximum base price

David Warner, the player of the series at the end of the T20 World Cup, and his Australian teammate Mitchell Marsh, who was the player of the match in the final, are among the 49 players who have registered their maximum base price of INR 2 crore (around $269,000) for the IPL 2022 mega auction. Notable absentees from the initial long list seen by ESPNcricinfo include Mitchell Starc, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Chris Gayle, Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes.

Some of the big names in the list which includes 17 Indians and 32 foreign players are R Aswhin, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Suresh Raina, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Steven Smith, Shakib al Hasan, Mark Wood , Trent Boult, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Dwayne Bravo.

Overall, a total of 1,214 cricketers, including 270 capped players, 312 uncapped players and 41 from associated countries, signed up for the registered bidding pool, which was sent to the 10 franchises on Friday. A reduced final list will be prepared by IPL ahead of the two-day auction, scheduled in Bengaluru on February 12-13, once franchises have returned their wishlists.

This will be the first mega auction conducted by the IPL since 2018, when the tournament featured eight teams. This auction there are two more teams after the IPL sold two new franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad – last October for a record fee. The 10 franchises have already spent nearly INR 338 crore (approximately $45 million) to retain and acquire 33 players. Most franchises will enter the auction with plenty of cash to spend on building a new team, but the likes of Punjab Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals will have a bloated purse.

While experience is a valuable commodity in the IPL, in mega auctions franchises tend to invest in young players who can be built with the future in mind. No surprise then, the likes of Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel and even little-known West Indies all-rounder Odean Smith didn’t hesitate to score their reserve price in the 2 crore bracket. Padikkal, who made his India debut last year in Sri Lanka, excelled for Royal Challengers Bangalore, who picked him up at the base price of INR 20 lakhs ($27,000) in 2020. With his fluid technique paired with an aggressive mindset, long levers and even an IPL century to his name, Padikkal managed to impress not only Virat Kohli but even Sunil Gavaskar.

Harshal, who was traded by Delhi Capitals to Royal Challengers ahead of IPL 2021, finished last season as the highest wicket taker with 32 scalps. Harshal opted to go up for auction this time, however, confident of attracting buyers with his ability to play both the new ball and the deathmatches where he made the most impact with his change of pace clever.

Smith on the other hand is a complete unknown in the IPL. But those who have seen the 25-year-old Jamaican player believe Smith has the potential to fulfill his desire to be the next Andre Russell. Smith can not only deliver killer pace, but has proven in tournaments like T10 that he can make hard-hitting cameos.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu batsman Shahrukh Khan, who is likely to get a massive offer and even rejected an offer from his former franchise Punjab Kings, has put his minimum base price at INR 20 lakhs. Shahrukh, a powerful and tall hitter, is known for his lower-order finishing skills and was paid INR 5.25 crore (approx. $700,000) in the 2021 auction by Punjab. Another uncapped Indian player who signed up at the base price of INR 20 lakhs and is expected to make an attractive big bid is Madhya Pradesh fast bowler Avesh Khan, who was bought by the Delhi Capitals for INR 70 lakhs ( $94,000) a few years ago and was the second wicket taker behind Harshal in IPL 2021.

Former Indian fast bowler Sreesanth, meanwhile, put his name in the ring in the INR 50 lakh ($67,000) category.

INR 1.5 crore support

Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Washington Sundar, Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn, Nathan Lyon, Kane Richardson, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Tim Southee, Colin Ingram , Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran.

Support of 1 crore INR

Piyush Chawla, Kedar Jadhav, Prasidh Krishna, T Natarajan, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Nitish Rana, Wriddhiman Saha, Kuldeep Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Mohammad Nabi, James Faulkner, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, D’ Arcy Short, Andrew Tye, Dan Lawrence, Liam Livingstone, Tymal Mills, Ollie Pope, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Aiden Markram, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Wanindu Hasaranga, Roston Chase, Sherfane Rutherford .

Richard L. Militello