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IPL 2024 Auction: Watch Out For...

By LAXMI NEGI
December 04, 2023 08:59 IST
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With the IPL 2024 auction set for December 19 in Dubai, cricket enthusiasts are gearing up for a high-stakes showdown between the franchises.

The competition is fierce, with 1,166 players vying for 77 coveted spots.

5 cricketers who could set a new benchmark for $$$$$$$ at the auction:

Rachin Ravindra

Rachin Ravindra

The versatile Kiwi all-rounder showcased an impressive performance at World Cup 2023, amassing 578 runs at a striking rate of 106 and taking five wickets.

Despite setting his base price at Rs 50 lakh (Rs 5 million), experts predict a spirited bidding war, with expectations soaring to at least 15 to 20 times his initial valuation.

Rachin downplays the speculation about securing an IPL deal at the auction.

Redirecting the focus to the present, he highlights the importance of the ongoing series against Bangladesh. Rachin dismisses the chatter, stating that there are no guarantees in cricket or life. 'I am just focused on what's in front of me: The Bangladesh Test series. Every moment I get to play for New Zealand, I am very, very grateful, he tells ESPNCricinfo.

His remarkable all-round skills, adept against both pacers and spinners, make him an attractive prospect for franchises, setting the stage for intense competition during the auction.

The potential inclusion of Rachin in the Royal Challengers Bangalore line-up adds an intriguing dimension, as he could potentially forge a formidable opening partnership with Faf du Plessis and also provide flexibility by batting at No. 3. This prospect holds the promise of significantly elevating RCB's overall team dynamics.

Rachin's outstanding World Cup performance has garnered widespread attention, particularly for his expertise in opening the batting and contributing with occasional left-arm spin. The Chennai Super Kings is eager to leverage his talents to strengthen their team, acknowledging the valuable skills he brings to the team.

Punjab Kings, led by Shikhar Dhawan, are actively contemplating a substantial bid for Rachin. The team's struggles with the opening combination in the previous season make Rachin an appealing solution to address their top-order challenges, intensifying the competition for the all-rounder.

Travis Head

Travis Head

Head is set to be part of the IPL 2024 player auction, with a base price of Rs 2 crores (Rs 20 million), buoyed by his outstanding showing in the World Cup. His significant contribution of 329 runs played a pivotal role in Australia's victory, culminating in a memorable century in the final.

While primarily known as an opener, Head's versatility as a middle-order batter positions him as a potential game-changer for CSK.

Publicly expressing his interest, Delhi Capitals Head Coach Ricky Ponting is keen to include Head in his squad, acknowledging his fellow Aussie's impressive performances in World Cup 2023. The IPL 2024 player auction is poised to witness a compelling contest for Head's services, heightening the anticipation surrounding the event.

Daryl Mitchell

Daryl Mitchell

Mitchell's stellar performance in World Cup 2023, scoring 552 runs with an average of 69, has made him a sought-after prospect for IPL franchises.

Despite a brief stint at the Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2022 -- playing just two games -- Mitchell's standout World Cup showcase has catapulted him into the limelight.

Mitchell has set a base price of Rs 1 crore (Rs 10 million), triggering an intense bidding war. The competition is fierce, with CSK keen on securing the New Zealander to fortify their middle order in Ben Stokes' absence.

RCB and Mumbai Indians emerge as frontrunners in the auction battleground, recognising Mitchell's all-round skills. Mumbai eye him as a strategic addition to bolster their batting alongside Rohit Sharma, while CSK values his recent form and adaptability.

RCB sees Mitchell as the linchpin for middle-order stability, addressing concerns within their batting lineup.

Gerald Coetzee

Gerald Coetzee

IGerald Coetzee has risen to prominence with his aggressive style, record-breaking feats and undeniable skills.

Coetzee -- who is just 23 -- made history as the first South African bowler to claim 20 wickets in a single World Cup, surpassing the previous record of 17 wickets held by Morne Morkel and Lance Klusner.

His impactful spells were evident in the World Cup semi-final against Australia, where he played a crucial role, dismissing a key batsman like Steve Smith in a high-pressure situation.

Often compared to the legendary Dale Steyn, Coetzee's express pace and ability to generate bounce have captivated experts and spectators alike. With a base price of Rs 2 crores, he is set to enter the IPL 2024 player auction, drawing interest from franchises, especially CSK.

Coetzee's contributions to the Joburg Super Kings in the SA20 League make him a coveted prospect, ensuring a competitive bidding scenario at the auction.

Harry Brook

Harry Brook

Priced at Rs 1.5 crores (Rs 15 million), Brook made a mark at the IPL 2023 auction when Sunrisers Hyderabad secured him for Rs 13.25 crore (Rs 132.5 million).

While his debut IPL season did not meet expectations, Brook's potential to excel in T20s remains evident.

As teams show a growing interest in nurturing young talents, Brook stands out as a promising prospect at the auction.

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