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IPL 2018: Will he be the perfect captain for Kings XI Punjab?

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India’s domestic T20 tournament, Indian Premier League (IPL), is still a couple of months away but the fact that all the franchises would have to buy players again, barring the retained ones, has already sent team owners to their think room. While the names of retained players were out on January 4, the teams are now making strategies for the auction which is scheduled to take place on January 27-28 in Bengaluru.

Kings XI Punjab, who retained only one player – left-arm spinner Axar Patel for Rs 6.5 crore, are eyeing to buy South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis and make him the skipper as well. The right-hander, who has been associated with Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiant in past, remains to be one of the most established batsmen in world cricket.

The Kings did not have a great decade in terms of results and have tried many players in the skipper’s role.

KXIP CEO, Satish Menon, however, is still upbeat about the side and was enthusiastic about the change of fortunes for them in the 2018 season.

“The good thing about the fate is that it will change one day. Last few years haven’t been good for us. Fans still supported the team during the bad times. And they want better. You may never know that we might resurge in this season with Faf du Plessis as the Kings XI Punjab’s skipper,” Menon was quoted as saying by Cricket Addictor.

IPL 2018: Will he be perfect addition to the Mumbai Indians squad?

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In the one decade of their existence, the Mumbai Indians haven’t given an extended run to any leg-spinner. Apart from the sporadic appearances from the likes of Yuzvendra Chahal and Karn Sharma, it has been Harbhajan Singh all the way as the franchise’s primary spinner, with Pragyan Ojha having played his part until 2014.

However, with Harbhajan most likely to change boats after not being retained, Mumbai could be eyeing a spinner vital to their fortunes in their pursuit of winning a fourth IPL, come summer 2018.

‘Revelation’ is an understatement for Rashid Khan: he has absolutely scorched the T20 scene with leg breaks: a clever concoction of variations and dexterity, one who isn’t afraid to toss the ball up. He can bamboozle batsmen with turn off the pitch, or with movement in the air.

He’s quick to the crease, the action is swift and deceptive, and can turn into the strike bowler to prise out wickets. Alternatively, he can send the batsmen into their shell with some quiet overs in the middle.

For Mumbai Indians, he could turn out to be the perfect choice as their lead spinner.

He made his mark with the IPL, a tournament he entered with few expectations and no big reputation. Sunrisers Hyderabad scooped him up for a massive Rs. 4 crores, and people were a little surprised by Tom Moody’s splurge.

Halfway through the tournament, Rashid was the leading wicket-taker and had startled the best in the world with his turn and bounce.

A leg-spinner in T20s is always a threat: the attacking nature of batsmen can be best neutralised by an attacking form of bowling, and leg-spin perfectly fits the bill.

With Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, the retained players for Mumbai, spearheading the batting, all-rounder and pace departments, an enigmatic spinner like Rashid Khan can be the perfect fit for Mumbai Indians.

IPL 2018: Will he be perfect addition to the Delhi Daredevils squad?

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IPL outfit Delhi Daredevils want Bangladesh’s ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan in their team for the upcoming India Premier League (IPL), report suggested.

Bangladesh’s star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who had featued in the IPL for Kolkata Knight Riders in the past seven seasons, was earlier released by the Kolkata outfit for the upcoming edition of the money-spinning tournament. With Shakib now available through an auction, Delhi Daredevils are apparently interested in the Bangladesh talisman.

A spokesperson for the Delhi Daredevils confirmed their interest in the top all-rounder from Bangladesh.

The all-rounder’s name will be in the present along with one thousand and 122 cricketers when the IPL auctions take place on January 27 and 28 at Bengaluru.

The sixth edition of the the IPL auctions will also feature seven other Bangladsh players Tamim Iqbal Mustafizur Rahman, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mehedi Hasan Miraz, Liton Das, Sabbir Rahman and Abul Hasan.

IPL 2018: Players Mumbai Indians could retain using RTM

When the retentions for the latest season of the IPL were announced, the Mumbai Indians retained three key players, skipper Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, and Jasprit Bumrah. There was speculation that Krunal Pandya may be retained in place of Jasprit Bumrah, but Mumbai followed through with the expected plan and retained their ace bowler.

Retaining three players allows them to use two RTM cards in the auction and with players such as Krunal Pandya, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga and Lendl Simmons in the pool, Mumbai Indians will look to bring both the cards into play.

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IPL 2018: Players Kolkata Knight Riders could retain using RTM

All rumours were put to rest as all the Indian Premier League franchises announced the name of players they have retained using the pre-auction retention option. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have retained the West Indies duo Sunil Narine and Andre Russell for 12.5 crores and 8.5 crores respectively. They have spent 21 crores out of the given 80 crore budget.

An IPL franchise can retain a maximum of five players using one of the two combinations – three pre-auction retentions and two Right to match(RTM) card or two pre-auction retentions and three Right to match (RTM) card.

Retaining only two players allows them to use three RTM cards in the auction and with players such as Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav, Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa in the pool.

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IPL 2018: Will he be perfect addition to the Rajasthan Royals squad?

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With Rajasthan Royals opting to retain just one player, Steve Smith, they will be going into the auction with almost a clean slate. Considering that they have to build the whole squad, they would want to keep their core strong and one of the most crucial roles in T20s is that of an all-rounder.

Therefore, it is but natural that they will want to buy the best in business, and few other than Shakib Al Hasan fit the bill. The former Kolkata Knight Riders star wasn’t retained by his side and because they held on to two foreign players in Sunil Narine and Andre Russell, the Kolkata-based outfit wouldn’t be able to use the Right to Match (RTM) card on him as well.

The Bangladesh all-rounder had a great start to his IPL career in 2011 when he picked 11 wickets in only seven appearances. He continued his good run of form in the following season and bagged 12 wickets to help KKR win the IPL. Though he missed the next edition of the tournament, he returned in 2014 to score 227 runs and pick 12 wickets and ensure the Kolkata-based franchise win their second title.

However, the three editions which followed the 2014 season weren’t as good for Shakib and he featured in only 15 matches. During that time, players like Russell rose through the ranks and became an important part of the unit which prompted KKR to let Shakib go.

Though Rajasthan go in the auction with the biggest purse, along with Kings XI Punjab, the fact that they have to build up at least an 18-player squad will force their management’s hands at not splurging a large amount on one player. Which means they won’t be going behind the usual suspects in Ben Stokes, Krunal Pandya and the likes.

This means that Shakib, most probably, won’t be attracting as big a bid and Rajasthan would still be left with a purse big enough to add even more world-class players. Moreover, the left-hander has been in great form recently and has picked 11 wickets in his last five T20 matches.

Rajasthan Royals could do a world of good to themselves by opting to buy the Bangladesh all-rounder as he won’t cost as much as the other all-rounders in the fray. Moreover, Shakib has proved himself time and again at the international level and in various T20 leagues around the world and can prove to be a great buy.

IPL Auction 2018: List of players Is out

The VIVO Indian Premier League Player Registration closed on Friday, Jan 12, 2018, with a whopping 1122 players signing up to be a part of the mega VIVO IPL Player Auction 2018 scheduled to take place in Bengaluru on Jan 27-28, 2018.

As has been the trend over the last 10 seasons, world cricket’s top stars and emerging talents have once again converged to add sparkle to the upcoming 11th edition.

The list that has been sent out to the eight IPL franchises has 281 capped players, 838 uncapped players, including 778 Indians and three players from the Associate nations.

A fierce bidding war is expected to break out when Indian stars Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, off spinners R Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav and openers KL Rahul and M Vijay go under the hammer.

The franchises will leave no stone unturned when Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Chris Lynn, Eoin Morgan and pacers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins come up for VIVO IPL Player Auction 2018.

England’s Test captain Joe Root has also thrown his hat into the ring and will be the new entrant to the world’s most popular T20 league.

Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder will add the Caribbean flavor to the league.

Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka’s entourage that includes Angelo Mathews, the exciting Niroshan Dickwella, and Thisara Perera.

Showing his full range of strokes will be Glenn Maxwell, all-rounder Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson, who bowled Mumbai Indians to their third title last season with his final over heroics.

Hashim Amla, who hit two centuries for Kings XI Punjab in the 10th season will be hoping for a high bid with compatriots Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, David Miller and speedsters Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada.

Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham from New Zealand will add their charm to the league.

The VIVO IPL has always been about the union of talent and opportunity and India U19 captain Prithvi Shaw, Baroda skipper Deepak Hooda, all-rounder Krunal Pandya and Basil Thampi will fill up the uncapped players’ slot. Australian D’Arcy Short and youngster Jofra Archer will be hoping to cash in on their recent T20 form.

Base price of players — Full list

Rs 2 crore: R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, M Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Karn Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Robin Uthappa. Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Rashid Khan, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Cameron White, Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Corey Anderson, Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock, Colin Ingram, Angelo Mathews.

Rs 1.5 crore: Aaron Finch, Amit Mishra, David Miller, Evin Lewis, Faf du Plessis, Harry Gurney, Hashim Amla, Jason Holder, Jason Roy, Jaydev Unadkat, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Kagiso Rabada, Kane Williamson, Kuldeep Yadav, Kyle Abbott, Lendl Simmons, Mark Wood, Michael Klinger. Moeen Ali, Mohit Sharma, Moises Henriques, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon, Peter Handscomb, Ravi Bopara, Shaun Marsh, Steven Finn, Travis Head, Trent Boult, Washington Sundar.

Rs 1 crore: Adam Zampa, Alex Hales, Andrew Tye, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Jordan, Dale Steyn, Daniel Christian, Dwayne Smith, Jason Behrendorff, JP Duminy, Lasith Malinga, Manish Pandey, Mitchell McClenaghan. Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Imran Tahir, Mustafizur Rahman, Parthiv Patel, Piyush Chawla, Sam Billings, Samuel Badree, Sanju Samson, Shakib Al Hasan, Shane Watson, Tim Southee, Tom Curran, Tymal Mills, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha

The country-wise breakdown of 282 overseas players is as below.

Country Players Registered
Afghanistan 13
Australia 58
Bangladesh 8
England 26
Ireland 2
New Zealand 30
Scotland 1
South Africa 57
Sri Lanka 39
USA 2
West Indies 39
Zimbabwe 7