This year, the IPL will usher in a new era. An era of new players, new teams, and the opportunity for teams to start over. The Mega Auction 2022 will be the first step toward a new era, and it will take place in the coming week.
In terms of the auction, up to 590 players will be put up for bid. There are 370 Indians among the 590 players, with the remaining 220 being foreign players. All of these players have registered for the mega auction. Concerning the cost, 48 players signed up at the INR 2 crore level, which is the highest price. There were 17 Indian players among the 48 who registered in this category. Some of those on the list are either nearing the end of their careers or aren’t in great shape, which could work against them in the auction.
- Kedhar Jadhav
In previous IPL seasons, Kedar Jadhav was heavily criticized for his slow batting strike rate and lack of intent. It all began in 2020 when he was playing for CSK and was dropped in the final few games. He went unsold in the first round of the IPL 2021 auction before SRH called him back and picked him up for his base price of 2 crores. With a lot of negative connotations surrounding his low strike rates and lack of intent, bagging a deal, even at his base price, appears unlikely at 36.
- Suresh Raina
The 35-year-old former CSK cricketer may go unsold at the mega auction. Raina is well past his prime, and with teams looking to build a future squad, the southpaw may fall off the radar for many. He is one of the top run-scorers in the IPL. In total, he has 5528 runs in 205 matches, including one century and 39 fifties.
- Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara expressed his desire to play in the IPL ahead of the 2021 auction and expressed confidence that if given the opportunity, he would do well. CSK eventually chose him at his starting price of 50 lakh. Despite the fact that the franchise went on to win its fourth championship, Pujara did not play in a single game. As a batsman, Pujara has little to offer any of the IPL franchises, and he is very likely to go unsigned.
- Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha has appeared in 133 IPL matches, averaging 24.5 and scoring over 2,000 runs. Behind the stumps, Saha is also a force to be reckoned with. When it comes to international cricket, however, he only plays the longest format. For the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Saha spent almost the entire previous season on the bench. Saha was unable to break into the starting XI due to Johnny Bairstow’s form. He is currently 36 years old, which may cause some franchisees to look for other opportunities.