The mega-auctions leading up to the upcoming IPL 2022 promise a plethora of riches for all of the exciting Indian players and overseas players expected to compete. Some of the players have even entered the auctions with the highest possible base price of INR 2 crores to increase their chances of breaking the bank.
A total of 590 players will be auctioned off. 370 of the 590 players are Indians, while the remaining 220 are from other countries. All of these individuals have registered for the mega auction. When it comes to the price, 48 players signed up for the INR 2 crore bracket, which is the most expensive. There were 17 Indian players among the 48 who registered in this category.
When Devdutt Padikkal was signed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the 2020 season, his IPL career got off to a promising start. He made an immediate impact by scoring a 42-ball 56 in his first game. Padikkal scored 473 runs in 15 games that season. In the 2021 season, the youngster was again impressive for RCB, scoring 411 runs in 14 games.
While Krunal Pandya hasn’t had the best of seasons in the IPL, has a track record of winning matches. Krunal knows the ins and outs of the game, having played for the Mumbai Indians in all five IPL titles. In every season of the IPL, he has bowled at an economic rate of less than 8 per over, and any captain would be lucky to have him on his team. Krunal is also a valuable batsman lower in the order.
Harshal Patel had a breakout year in 2021, becoming one of RCB’s most impactful players in a season. He had a five-wicket haul against Mumbai Indians in the first game. Harshal was also able to contribute some valuable runs at the bottom of the batting order.
Deepak Chahar made his IPL debut in 2016 for the Rising Pune Supergiants, and he only got to play two games that season without picking up a wicket. He appeared in one extra game for the RPS in 2017 and only took one wicket during his time with the team. However, he was selected by the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2018 mega auction and has since established himself as one of the best new-ball bowlers in the league over the last four seasons.
Shardul has made significant progress in the last two years and continues to mature. He’s improved his batting skills and is one of the players who put his heart and soul into every game. CSK may pursue him again because MS Dhoni likes him, but the other franchises will not let him go without a fight.