IPL 2021 Auction: The IPL Auctions are as lucrative and enticing to the fans as much as the game itself. The auction of 2021 is just a few days away, and franchises will have their permutations and combinations in place by now.
With all the buzz of the upcoming auctions looming around us, we roll-out the 5 most anticipated players who expected to be picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad on February 18th in Chennai and whose auction results will be most awaited.
The young New Zealand all-rounder has been in the news since his debut. He has been exceptional in his short international career. Standing tall at 6ft 6 inches, who can bowl consistently beyond 140 kmh, an excellent fielder, and a handy lower-order batsman, Kyle Jamieson can start a bidding war in the auction.
Mitchell Marsh was injured in the very first match of IPL 2020. SRH did find a good replacement in Jason Holder, but if either of them is injured, they do not have any other good all-round options.
The fast bowler was in excellent form this BBL season, picking a total of 27 wickets in 15 matches. He has not been a part of the IPL till now, but it seems like this might be his first year in the mega event.
Suppose SRH finds a way to sort their batting out with Indian options only. In that case, they can surely look to include Jhye Richardson in their scheme of things to strengthen their already good-looking bowling attack.
Shakib Al Hasan
One of the best all-rounders in the history of the IPL, Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan is back after serving 1 year of the ban following his contact with a bookie. The team he last played for was SRH, and he is now back in the auction.
Shakib’s IPL statistics speak for themselves. He has scored runs at an average of above 21 and a strike rate touching 127. He also has 59 wickets in a total experience of 63 IPL games. He can replace a fast-bowling all-rounder in the 11 with the IPL taking place in India.
A dependable middle-order batsman and a spinner bowling 4 overs are more than one could ask for. They played with a fast-bowling all-rounder through the 2020 season in UAE but could look to play another spinner this time around.
He can provide much-needed stability to the middle order. He can be the perfect replacement for Muhammad Nabi. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) can surely target him at a reasonable auction price, and he can be a good choice for Hyderabad.
Glenn Maxwell had a very dull IPL season last time around. He scored only 108 runs, not hitting a single 6 in the season. This is very unlikely of someone carrying the stature Maxwell has. But after Glenn Maxwell‘s exploits over the years, it is still likely that he will be sold in the auction at a very reasonable price.
As far as SRH is concerned, their batting looks too dependent on David Warner and Jonny Bairstow, or Kane Williamson. The rest of the batting order is quite inexperienced, and getting Maxwell will be a huge boost.