The IPL 2022 edition will be different from previous seasons in that it will feature two new teams. Lucknow and Ahmedabad will be the two new franchises in the IPL’s 2022 season, which will be a 10-team league. A mega auction is likely to take place ahead of the IPL 2022 due to the addition of two more teams.
All eight teams would be permitted to keep four players in their squads ahead of the Indian Premier League 2022 mega auction. Furthermore, the two new teams will be permitted to select three players immediately from the player draught. In every IPL auction, a few players walk away with a hefty deal.
1. Riley Meredith
Riley Meredith is a 25-year-old cricketer from Australia. He is an exciting right-arm fast bowler with a constant speed of more than 140kmph. He made headlines when he ended his 2020-21 Big Bash League season with 16 wickets and an economy rate of 7.82. His IPL summons came quickly, and he was then sold for a stunning 8 crores to Punjab Kings in 2021. However, he did not live up to the anticipation, since his performance was far from good. He appeared in five matches and took only five wickets with an economy of 9.94. In the mega auctions, he may easily go unsold.
2. Chris Gayle
Chris Gayle is another star who might go unsold in the IPL 2022 mega auction. Gayle might be dropped from the Punjab Kings’ lineup before next year’s auction. The West Indian cricketer has reached the age of 42. While batting, he has also lost his allure. He scored 193 runs in 10 innings at an average of 21.44 in the IPL 2021. He also failed to reach a half-century. As a result of his increasing age and batting inefficiency, teams may pass on Chris Gayle at next year’s mega auction.
3. Colin Munro
Kolkata Knight Riders bought Colin Munro in 2016 as a reward for his sustained international success. That year, though, he failed to stamp his authority. He was later signed by the Delhi Capitals in 2018, and he only appeared in 5 matches in 2019. However, his fiery unorthodox hitting did not go down well on the Indian subcontinent, and he has only played 13 IPL matches, accumulating 177 runs with a stunted average of 14.75. It is very likely that he will go unsold again in the mega auctions.
4. Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir has been denied opportunities due to squad composition and the presence of four foreign players. The most significant thing working against him is most likely his age. The leg-spinner is presently 42 years old, which might be one of the reasons why teams are hesitant to sign him. Nonetheless, Tahir has provided many memorable moments for CSK over his eight-year IPL tenure and has been a key player for them. But it is possible that Tahir goes unsold at the next mega auctions.
5. Eoin Morgan
Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Eoin Morgan might go unsold in the mega auctions. After a poor performance in the first leg of the IPL 2021, the squad recovered in the UAE leg to finish among the top four teams. However, as a skipper, Eoin Morgan was frequently criticized for making poor and unproductive judgments. The franchise may try to select a new captain for the upcoming season, in which case the England player will be released from the club. Following his disappointing batting performance in IPL 2021, Eoin Morgan may struggle to find a buyer in the IPL 2022 mega auction.