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Watch out for these guys at the IPL auction!

February 17, 2017 12:00 IST

Rajneesh Gupta picks the overseas stars at Monday's IPL Players auction.

The Players Auction for the Indian Premier League's tenth season will be held in Bengaluru on Monday, February 20.

In all, 351 players will go under the hammer, including 122 international players.

A look at the overseas players who will be on every franchise's pick list:

Ben Stokes celebrates after England beat Sri Lanka in the ICC World T20 in New Delhi, March 29, 2016. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

IMAGE: Ben Stokes celebrates after England beat Sri Lanka in the ICC World T20 in New Delhi, March 29, 2016. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
Ben Stokes

Country:

England

Role:

All-rounder

IPL matches:

0

Previous IPL team(s):

--

2016 IPL team:

--

Base Price (Rs):

2 Crore

 

Ben Stokes hasn't done much in the limited number of T20 games he has played this season, but he is an ideal allrounder who can bat at No 6 or 7 along with bowling the full quota of 4 overs.

 

Matches

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

Wickets

Average

Runs Per Over

T20 career

77

1,272

22.71

134.03

32

36.40

8.60

2016-17 season

3

46

23.00

117.94

2

45.00

8.18

 Mitchell Johnson playing for the Kings XI Punjab in IPL 7. Photograph: BCCI

IMAGE: Mitchell Johnson playing for the Kings XI Punjab in IPL 7. Photograph: BCCI
Mitchell Johnson

Country:

Australia

Role:

Bowler

IPL matches:

43

Previous IPL team(s):

Mumbai Indians/Kings XI Punjab

2016 IPL team:

Kings XI Punjab

Base Price (Rs):

2 Crore

 

Mitch Johnson was not retained by the Kings XI Punjab, but has been in tremendous form this season.

In the Big Bash 2016, Mitch played a major role in the Perth Scorchers' title win, taking 13 wickets at an economy of under 6.

In the powerplay overs, Johnson was even more impressive with a wicket at an average of just over 9 and economy under 5.

 

Matches

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

Wickets

Average

Runs Per Over

T20 career

91

280

11.20

103.70

107

23.93

7.65

2016-2017 season

9

0

-

-

13

15.46

5.91

 Eoin Morgan celebrates his half-century for the Sunrisers Hyderabad against the Rajasthan Royals, May 7, 2015. Photograph: BCCI

IMAGE: Eoin Morgan celebrates his half-century for the Sunrisers Hyderabad against the Rajasthan Royals, May 7, 2015. Photograph: BCCI
Eoin Morgan

Country:

England

Role:

Batsman

IPL matches:

48

Previous IPL team(s):

Royal Challengers Bangalore/Kolkata Knight Riders/Sunrisers Hyderabad

2016 IPL team:

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Base Price (Rs):

2 Crore

 

Though Eoin Morgan hasn't been retained by the Sunrisers Hyderabad, the England captain has done nothing wrong this season.

If he could improve his strike rate a bit, he can be an asset for any side.

 

Matches

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

Wickets

Average

Runs Per Over

T20 career

211

4,640

27.61

128.42

-

-

-

2016-2017 season

11

371

41.22

125.76

-

-

-

 Angelo Mathews, playing for the Delhi Daredevils, appeals unsuccessfully for Ajinkya Rahane's wicket during an IPL game in 2015. Photograph: Delhi Daredevils/Facebook

IMAGE: Angelo Mathews, playing for the Delhi Daredevils, appeals unsuccessfully for Ajinkya Rahane's wicket during an IPL game in 2015. Photograph: Delhi Daredevils/Facebook
Angelo Mathews

Country:

Sri Lanka

Role:

All-rounder

IPL matches:

46

Previous IPL team(s):

Kolkata Knight Riders/Pune Warriors India/Delhi Daredevils

2016 IPL team:

--

Base Price (Rs):

2 Crore

 

Angelo Mathews missed the last IPL, but was one of the costliest players in the 2015 season with the Delhi Daredevils paying a whopping Rs 7.50 crore for him.

Angelo hasn't set the IPL on fire with his performances, but there is little doubt about his talent.

 

Matches

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

Wickets

Average

Runs Per Over

T20 career

144

2,337

26.55

121.21

78

30.55

7.30

2016-2017 season

2

60

60.00

103.44

0

-

10.00

 Jason Roy during his 42-run knock against Sri Lanka in the World T20 at New Delhi, March 29, 2016. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

IMAGE: Jason Roy during his 42-run knock against Sri Lanka in the World T20 at New Delhi, March 29, 2016. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
Jason Roy

Country:

England

Role:

Batsman

IPL matches:

0

Previous IPL team(s):

--

2016 IPL team:

--

Base Price (Rs):

1 Crore

 

Jason Roy is a special talent.

A free-stroking batsman, Roy hits a boundary every 5 balls in this format.

With a career strike rate of over 140, there will be many takers for Roy at the auction.

 

Matches

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

Wickets

Average

Runs Per Over

T20 career

134

3,508

28.29

143.88

1

39.00

13.00

2016-2017 season

10

249

27.66

143.93

0

 

 

 Corey Anderson acknowledges the cheers after hitting 95 for the Mumbai Indians against the Rajasthan Royals,  May 25, 2014. Photograph: BCCI

IMAGE: Corey Anderson acknowledges the cheers after hitting 95 for the Mumbai Indians against the Rajasthan Royals, May 25, 2014. Photograph: BCCI
Corey Anderson

Country:

New Zealand

Role:

All-rounder

IPL matches:

16

Previous IPL team(s):

Mumbai Indians

2016 IPL team:

Mumbai Indians

Base Price (Rs):

1 Crore

 

Corey Anderson was not retained by the Mumbai Indians ahead of the IPL auction, a decision that may come to haunt them.

Anderson is in form of his life this season, scoring runs at a healthy average and an impressive strike rate.

 

Matches

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

Wickets

Average

Runs Per Over

T20 career

84

1,478

25.92

138.26

24

33.54

8.56

2016-2017 season

12

381

42.33

154.87

0

 

 

 South Africa's Kagiso Rabada celebrates after taking an Indian wicket. Photograph: BCCI

IMAGE: South Africa's Kagiso Rabada celebrates after taking an Indian wicket. Photograph: BCCI
Kagiso Rabada

Country:

South Africa

Role:

Bowler

IPL matches:

0

Previous IPL team(s):

--

2016 IPL team:

--

Base Price (Rs):

1 Crore

 

Kagiso Rabada can rattle the best batting line-ups with his sheer pace.

It will be interesting to see how he performs on the batsmen-friendly pitches in India, but Rabada has shown he has in him to succeed at this level.

 

Matches

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

Wickets

Average

Runs Per Over

T20 career

30

16

5.33

76.19

39

21.76

7.49

2016-2017 season

6

3

1.50

37.50

6

27.00

6.75

 Mohammad Shahzad hits out against South Africa during the ICC World Twenty20 match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

IMAGE: Mohammad Shahzad hits out against South Africa during the ICC World Twenty20 match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
'Afghanistan players would love to play in the IPL, county cricket, Shahzad told Rediff.com's Harish Kotian last year.
Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
Mohammad Shahzad

Country:

Afghanistan

Role:

Wicket-keeper Batsman

IPL matches:

0

Previous IPL team(s):

--

2016 IPL team:

--

Base Price (Rs):

50 Lakhs

 

Mohammad Shahzad is one of the two players from associate teams to have the highest base price of Rs 50 lakhs and this is not without reason.

A top-order batsman, who can keep wickets, Shahzad has never shied away from taking on the bowlers.

With his attacking stroke-play Shahzad has carved a name for himself and the IPL will give him an ideal platform to establish himself among the best in the business.

 

Matches

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

Wickets

Average

Runs Per Over

T20 career

88

2,563

32.44

128.34

-

-

-

2016-2017 season

19

670

41.87

119.85

0

 

 

Evin Lewis hits out against India. Photograph: BCCI 

IMAGE: Evin Lewis hits out against India. Photograph: BCCI
Evin Lewis

Country:

West Indies

Role:

Batsman

IPL matches:

0

Previous IPL team(s):

--

2016 IPL team:

--

Base Price (Rs):

50 Lakhs

 

Evin Lewis inscribed his name in the record books when he hit Stuart Binny for five consecutive sixes in a Twenty20 International in the USA last year.

He has not played many matches this season, but has scored runs at a very high strike rate.

 

Matches

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

Wickets

Average

Runs Per Over

T20 career

52

1,533

30.66

134.71

-

-

-

2016-2017 season

5

135

27.00

164.63

0

 

 

 Mohammad Nabi celebrates with teammates after dismissing England Captain Eoin Morgan during a World Twenty20 game in Delhi. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

IMAGE: Mohammad Nabi celebrates with teammates after dismissing England Captain Eoin Morgan during a World Twenty20 game in Delhi. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images
Mohammad Nabi

Country:

Afghanistan

Role:

All-rounder

IPL matches:

0

Previous IPL team(s):

--

2016 IPL team:

--

Base Price (Rs):

30 Lakhs

 

With 138 wickets Mohammad Nabi holds the record of highest wicket-taker in this format from an associate side, and he is no mug with the bat either.

 

Matches

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

Wickets

Average

Runs Per Over

T20 career

118

1,648

21.12

133.33

138

20.49

6.88

2016-2017 season

21

326

32.60

158.25

29

16.20

6.68

 Colin de Grandhomme took 6/41 for New Zealand against Pakistan in his first Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, November 18, 2016. Photograph: New Zealand Cricket

IMAGE: Colin de Grandhomme took 6/41 for New Zealand against Pakistan in his first Test at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, November 18, 2016. Photograph: New Zealand Cricket
Colin de Grandhomme

Country:

New Zealand

Role:

All-rounder

IPL matches:

0

Previous IPL team(s):

--

2016 IPL team:

--

Base Price (Rs):

30 Lakhs

 

One of the hardest hitters of the cricket ball, Colin de Grandhomme can set the ground on fire with his attacking stroke-play.

His batting strike rate of 170.74 is the highest in T20 cricket among all batsmen who have scored 500 or more runs in this format.

 

Matches

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

Wickets

Average

Runs Per Over

T20 career

99

1,757

26.22

170.74

38

29.42

9.22

2016-2017 season

7

186

46.50

206.66

4

29.25

7.80

 

 

Mehedi Hasan Miraz

Country:

Bangladesh

Role:

All-rounder

IPL matches:

0

Previous IPL team(s):

--

2016 IPL team:

--

Base Price (Rs):

30 Lakhs

 Mehedi Hasan Miraz hits a boundary in the Hyderabad Test. Photograph: BCCO

IMAGE: Mehedi Hasan Miraz hits a boundary in the Hyderabad Test. He scored 51 in the first innings and 23 in the second innings and seem untroubled against the Indian attack. Photograph: BCCI

Last year Mehedi Hasan Miraz was showing his allround skills in the Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh.

In just one year, Mehedi has made rapid strides in senior cricket and is being dubbed as the most promising young talent on the horizon.

A solid middle-order batsman, a crafty off-spinner and a brilliant fielder, Mehedi is just the kind of player that may interest many IPL franchises.

 

Matches

Runs

Average

Strike Rate

Wickets

Average

Runs Per Over

T20 career

15

79

11.28

98.75

12

29.00

7.40

2016-2017 season

15

79

11.28

98.75

12

29.00

7.40

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