The auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) will start at 2.30 p.m. IST on Friday in Kochi. The final auction pool has 405 players out of the original 991 players who signed up. The ten franchises can fill a maximum of 87 slots. There will be 30 players from outside the U.S.
Here are the ten teams’ needs and how they could fill the spots.
Chennai Super Kings (Purse Left: Rs 20.45 crore)
After letting go of Dwayne Bravo and Robin Uthappa, the four-time champion will try to sign an overseas fast-bowling all-rounder, which will help add weight to a thin batting lineup. CSK could be interested in Sam Curran, an all-rounder from England that the team bought for INR 5.5 crore in 2019. CSK will also want a middle-order batter with a lot of power since Ambati Rayudu and M.S. Dhoni have been struggling to score runs quickly as of late. Even though the spin department is set, CSK would like a backup fast bowler with actual speed to go with Deepak Chahar and Mukesh Choudhary and cover for injuries.
Mumbai Indians (Purse Left: Rs 20.55 crore)
Even though the five-time champion has kept most of its best players, the fact that Kieron Pollard won’t be there for the first time since 2010 will bother Mumbai Indians. It has enough firepower at the top and middle of the batting order, but it will be looking for a bowling all-rounder who can give it a sixth bowling option. Its top priority, though, will be to find a pacer who can replace the injury-prone Jasprit Bumrah and the doubtful fitness of Jofra Archer for the tournament. Kumar Kartikeya and Hrithik Shokeen showed signs of being good with the ball in IPL 2022, but MI would want more experience and variety in the spin department and could look to someone like Adil Rashid or Adam Zampa. Tristan Stubbs is the team’s only other wicketkeeper, so the Indians could look for a backup for Ishan Kishan.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Purse Left: Rs 8.75 crore)
RCB doesn’t have much money to play with because it has yet to win a title. It has the second-smallest purse left and still needs to fill some spaces. The first thing it will look for is an Indian batter. It might look for an Indian opener to play with captain Faf du Plessis, so Virat Kohli can bat in his preferred No. 3 spot. If Kohli keeps opening, RCB might have to settle for a middle-order player. Mayank Agarwal and Manish Pandey have a good chance of getting these jobs. They can anchor the innings and work well with big hitters like Glenn Maxwell and Rajat Patidar. The overseas players for RCB, du Plessis, Maxwell, Wanindu Hasaranga, and Josh Hazlewood, choose themselves, and the team probably will only spend a little money to fill the two still spots open.
Kolkata Knight Riders (Purse Left: Rs 7.05 crore)
The Knight Riders are in a tough spot because they have to fill the second-most spots with the least money. It will have to make the most of its INR 7.05 crore to get a wicketkeeper and an opener. Rahmanullah Gurbaz of Afghanistan is the only known wicketkeeper in the squad and has yet to play in the IPL. Since Gurbaz is playing, he will need an opening partner, preferably an Indian, since Tim Southee, Sunil Narine, and Andre Russell are already there. Since KKR doesn’t have much money, they could think about Narayan Jagadeesan, Vivrant Sharma, Shubham Khajuria, and Rohan Kunnummal. Mayank Agarwal would be a great choice, but the cash-strapped franchise might need help to afford the former captain of the Punjab Kings.
Delhi Capitals (Purse Left: Rs 19.45 crore)
The Capitals look like a solid team before the auctions because they only let go of five players. It has a lot of money left—INR 19.45 crore—to sign up five players to go after some big names. Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, and Jason Holder could be among them. But since Rishabh Pant’s team has a lot of strong bowlers, Delhi might want to put more money into batters who can move around in the middle order, which is a bit weaker because Rishabh Pant is out of form. Rovman Powell and Sarfaraz Khan aren’t always reliable. The Capitals might also think about getting a specialist finisher. Rilee Rossouw and Nicholas Pooran are the most likely candidates for this job. Like most teams, the Capitals need a backup for their captain and wicketkeeper, Pant. They could try to get back K.S. Bharat, who they bought at the last auction for INR 2 crore, for a cheaper price.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Purse Left: Rs 42.25 crore)
After a couple of disappointing seasons, the Sunrisers are getting a complete makeover. After letting Kane Williamson go, they will look for a new leader. Mayank Agarwal, Ben Stokes, Jason Holder, and Nicholas Pooran are all possible candidates. As part of its full rebuilding, it will use its huge INR 42.25 crore budget to find Abhishek Sharma a fast-scoring opening partner. Jason Roy and Cameroon Green are both excellent choices. In the middle order, Rilee Rossouw, Rahul Tripathi, Abdul Samad, and Aiden Markram, all South Africans, will be exciting prospects. Spin bowlers will be in demand at the SRH auction, and Zampa, Rashid, and Sikandar Raza, who can bowl and bat, will all be in the running. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umran Malik will be at the centre of the pace department, and Adam Milne, Chris Jordan, and Jaydev Unadkat will be of great interest to the management.
Rajasthan Royals (Purse Left: Rs 13.20 crore)
Rajasthan Royals will try to find stability in the middle order, which has been their downfall for a long time. Shimron Hetmyer can end the innings with a flourish, but the Royals will be looking for someone to set up a late flourish or keep the ship steady if wickets fall early. Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, and Sikandar Raza are all excellent choices for R.R. The last two also give the team an extra bowling option. Ben Stokes, Cameroon Green, or Jason Holder, who are all true all-rounders, could help make up for the lack of batting depth and add to the pace battery of Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, and Kuldeep Sen.
Punjab Kings (Purse Left: Rs 32.2 crore)
Shikhar Dhawan will take over as team captain, and they will want to keep playing aggressive cricket with the bat. With a set batting order that includes big hitters like Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, and Bhanuka Rajapaksa and a world-class pace duo in Arshdeep Singh and Kagiso Rabada, Punjab Kings will focus on getting a good all-rounder and a spinner to back up Rahul Chahar and Harpreet Brar. The team has the second-biggest budget left, so it might be possible for the Kings to sign hot players like Ben Stokes or Cameroon Green. Punjab’s high-risk, high-reward style of batting can lead to collapses, and it could look for an anchor in Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson, or Joe Root among its overseas options.
Lucknow Super Giants (Purse Left: Rs 23.35 crore)
Super Giants have a lot of players who can do everything, but they need to get better at hitting because they need specialists in that area. After a strong start from captain KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock, the team will do well with a steady batsman in the middle. Finishing can be done by people like Marcus Stoinis, Ayush Badoni, and Deepak Hooda. Since Dushmantha Chameera was let go, LSG will need a backup for Mark Wood, who is often hurt, and could spend a lot of money on Sam Curran. Jason Holder was let go by Lucknow, which surprised most people. This could pave the way for a big-name player like Ben Stokes or Cameroon Green to join the team.
Gujarat Titans (Purse Left: Rs 19.25 crore)
As expected, the defending champion Gujarat Titans have yet to make many changes since it won the title in its first season. The fast bowling unit, which no longer has Lockie Ferguson’s lightning-fast speed, could be an area where the team could improve. It will need replacements for Alzarri Joseph and Mohammed Shami, and it can look into an option in another country. Gujarat will also be looking for someone who can bat well and can be counted on. Sai Sudharsan was steady in the middle order, and Abhinav Manohar was quick at the end of the innings. The team led by Hardik Pandya would want a good mix of both to help David Miller.