Since from the beginning, IPL season is one of the most happening sports events in India and many other parts of the world featuring cricket fans. After India won the first edition of World T20 Championship, the platform was set for the BCCI to launch its own T20 league within the lines of England’s Twenty20 Cup and Australia’s Twenty20 Big Bash. Then, nobody knew that IPL will start a trend of league cricket tournaments across the globe. England’s Twenty20 Cup was revamped into T20 Blast, whereas the Australian Twenty20 Big Bash became Big Bash League (BBL).
The trend was also followed by other nations with the introduction of Caribbean Premier League, Pakistan Super League, Bangladesh Premier League, and Sri Lanka Premier League. The trend is still on with the latest inclusion of Afghanistan Premier League and Mzansi Super League. T20 leagues offered a chance for retired players as well as current domestic players to gain fame with charismatic batting, superhuman fielding, and versatile bowling.
Despite the inclusions of various T20 leagues, IPL is still one of the most sought after T20 leagues by players and spectators across the globe. IPL is also the highest paying T20 leagues and hence most seasoned T20 players use other T20 leagues as a resume to shine and get noticed by the IPL team owners and managers.
With a complete revamp in the 11th season of IPL, the 2019 IPL will also see some great action at the 2019 IPL auction table to chase the players who made their presence felt in the past cricket season especially in the domestic T20 leagues and recently commenced T10 League in UAE.
Latest Update on IPL 2019 Auction: 1003 players have listed their nominations for the upcoming VIVO IPL 2019 Auction which includes 232 overseas players. The VIVO IPL 2019 Auction will be to fill the 70 spots available. 200 capped players, whereas 800 uncapped and 3 associate team members are trying their luck at the VIVO IPL 2019 auction. Indian players like Yuvraj Singh, Jaidev Unadkat, Axar Patel, and Mohammad Shami have also registered. While Yuvi, Shami, and Patel have listed themselves in the 1 crore bracket, Jaidev Unadkat stands tall as the only Indian player in 1.5 crore bracket.
No Indian players in the 2 crore bracket. However, the big reputation overseas players at the IPL such as Brendan McCullum, Corey Anderson, Lasith Malinga, Shaun Marsh, Colin Ingram, Angelo Mathews, and Chris Woakes have made themselves available at the base price of 2 crores. New sensations like Sam Curran and D’arcy Short also set the base price of 2 crores to showcase their talent in VIVO IPL 2019. The aging yet fierce South African speedster Dale Steyn has put a base price of 1.5 crores for himself.
In the recently commenced West Indies Tour of India, the T10 League, and the ongoing Mzansi Super League; a few players stood out from everyone else and became overnight stars. These stars, if available for IPL 2019, will give the current unsold IPL players run for their money.
Here are some of the top players who put their candidacy for the upcoming IPL season in style.
Although the West Indies lost the Test series, ODIs as well as T20 series; they found a promising cricketer in the 2018 West Indies tour of India in the form of Shimron Hetmyer. The 21-year-old Guyanese cricket wreaked havoc throughout the tour whether, in Tests, ODIs, or T20 games. Well, it wasn’t his high scores or standout performances on the tour but his clean hitting and aggressive approach throughout the tour which turned him into an overnight star in India.
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After scoring a century in the first ODI and later an almost match winning 94 in the 2nd ODI of the tour, he made his presence felt like the next big Caribbean player to look out for. Considering his young age, hard-hitting capabilities, and skills against spin bowling; Shimron Hetmyer will be chased by almost every IPL team at the upcoming IPL auction for the 2019 season. His exploits in 2018 CPL season will also strengthen his candidacy during the bidding.
Mohammad Shahzad may not be as young as Shimron Hetmyer but he is without any doubt one of the most prolific stroke players in this generation of cricket. At just 30, he is one of the most dangerous T20 and T10 batsman and a nightmare for bowlers in the shorter format of the game. Opening for Afghanistan in all formats, Mohammad Shahzad may not look a pure athlete in any form. However, he has the heart and power to hit the fastest of deliveries out of the stadium.
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A whopping strike rate of 134 in T20Is and 131 in T20s, as well as a decent average of something over 30, is remarkable for an opener who also keeps wickets for his team. There’s no doubt whatsoever that he will create some uproar at the upcoming IPL 2019 auction.
There are already three Afghan players doing well for their respective teams at the IPL and there’s no doubt that the teams will look forward to adding a couple of more players from our close neighborhood. After Mohammad Shahzad, if there’s another charismatic batsman to rock the 2019 IPL season from Afghanistan will be none other than Hazratullah Zazai.
His record six sixes in an over during a match at the recent Afghanistan Premier League was noteworthy. He is now among very few players which include the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Herschelle Gibbs to achieve such feat in Cricket. The 20-year old is all set to demolish the opposition bowling unit and no franchise would want to be at the receiving end.
West Indian players have always been the hot favorites at the IPL auctions. One of the latest contenders who can cause some stir at the bidding table during the upcoming IPL auction is Nicholas Pooran. The 23-year-old Trinidadian cricket showed his prominence in the recent T10 League hosted at Dubai. He was the top run-getter in the 2018 season of this new age 10 over per side league tournament and saw his team win the tournament in style.
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His overall T20 figures won’t please someone as he averages somewhere below 20. However, the main USP of this left-handed batsman is the strike rate. As an opener, he strikes the ball at the rate of 164 in T20Is and a fraction over 141 in T20s. Earlier, he was bought by Mumbai Indians in 2017 for 30 lakhs. However, they released him in 2018. At the 2019 IPL auction table, he may have turned some heads already after his exploits in the 2018 T10 League held in Dubai.
T20 is a batsman’s paradise without any doubt. However, you can’t win a T20 game without a quality bowling line up. GC Viljoen has recently shown the importance of versatile bowling exploits in the shortest format of cricket. He was the highest wicket-taker in the recent T10 League held in Dubai with an outstanding scalp of 18 wickets in 9 games. The next on the list of most wickets is Dwyane Bravo with 10 wickets.
Taking 18 wickets in a format which is considered as hell for bowlers, GC Viljoen deserves a standing ovation from cricket legends and enthusiasts all over. Considering his bowling exploits in T10 cricket, he will be among the top picks at the upcoming IPL 2019 auction.
Enough talk about T10 League as well as Afghani and Caribbean players. Let’s move to check some stats from the ongoing Mzansi Super League. Reeza Hendriks is making some noise at South Africa’s very own T20 league launched in 2018.
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He is among the highest run-getters in the tournament right now with over 300 runs at an average of over 100. At a strike rate of 164 and two centuries back to back in two consecutive game, he must be among the shortlisted players which every IPL franchisee will go after during the 2019 IPL auction.
That’s it, folks!
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