Several cricketers and fans wait with a lot of enthusiasm for the auctions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to arrive. It’s a dream come true for many cricketers to play in the most prestigious T20 league in the world. Every year we see hundreds of cricketers registering their names for the IPL auction. However, only a few of them get a bid in the auctions.
IPL 2023 auction is going to be held on 23rd December 2022 in Kochi. Around 991 cricketers have registered their names for the IPL 2023 auction out of which 714 are Indian and 277 are overseas players. There are several names who have a good chance to be part of the IPL for the first time. Let’s have a look at a few names who can be picked in IPL for the first time:
Players who can be picked for the first time in IPL 2023
Australian all-rounder Cameron Green has been the talk of the town since his performance against India in the T20 international series. Cricket pundits are expecting IPL teams to go after Green at the bidding event. It would be for the first time that Cameron Green would be picked to play in IPL. Cameron has registered himself with a base price of 2 Crore for the IPL 2023 auction.
Green impressed several fans with his power and range hitting as an opener in the T20 international series in India where he scored 118 runs in 3 innings. The best part about these runs scored was that they came at an outstanding strike rate of 215. The Australian all-rounder is also a very handy bowler. All-rounders are always a cheat code for T20 cricket. It won’t be a surprise if Green fetches more than 10 Crore in IPL 2023 auction.
Ireland left-arm pacer Joshua Little gained a lot of limelight after picking a hat-trick against New Zealand in the Super 12 game of the ICC Men T20 World Cup 2022. Little is an emerging star in this Ireland team. He has the capability to swing the ball in the powerplay and use yorkers and cutters in the death overs which is a very crucial skill set for a T20 bowler.
Little is also the top wicket-taker (39) in T20 Internationals in 2022. The Ireland pacer is surely going to be in high demand in the IPL 2023 auction. Joshua Little was also part of CSK as a net bowler in 2022. However, this time he is expected to be part of the main squad of an IPL team.
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The 23-year-old England batsman Harry Brook is an exciting talent to watch in the shortest format of cricket. Brook has a T20 international strike rate of 138 which is impressive for a middle-order batsman. He smashed 6 consecutive fours in an over in a test match against Pakistan. Brook is a brilliant player in both spin and pace bowling.
Harry Brook also stitched a good partnership with Ben Stokes in the final of the T20 World Cup 2022. Harry Brook has registered at a base price of 1.5 Crore in the IPL 2023 auction. Chennai Super Kings or Kolkata Knight Riders may go hard for Brook in the bidding war. The English batsman is expected to go for at least 5 Crore in the auction of IPL 2023.
Reece Topley is a 28-year-old left-arm pacer from England. Topley impressed the cricketing world with his bowling in the day international (ODI) series against India. Topley possesses several skills as a bowler like swinging the ball, and left arm angle, generating extra bounce due to his height, and having the ability to nail yorkers and slower balls.
Topley has never been part of IPL before. But this year he is surely going to fetch a good price in the IPL 2023 auction. He is capable of providing crucial breakthroughs to his team in the powerplay.
Ben Duckett is a left-handed middle-order batsman who is also a capable wicketkeeper. Duckett has a strike rate of more than 150 against spinners in T20 cricket. Sweep and reverse sweep are the two biggest weapons of Duckett against spinners. He also had a brilliant T20 international series against Pakistan recently.
Duckett scored 233 runs in 7 innings at an average of 46.6 and a strike rate of 160 in the T20 series in Pakistan. Wicketkeeper batsmen who can bat in the middle order have also been in high demand in IPL auctions. Gujarat Titans or Punjab Kings would surely want to have a wicketkeeper-batsman in the form of Duckett in the middle order.
Cameron Green is expected to get the highest bid in the upcoming IPL 2023 auction. He can destroy opposition bowling attacks in the powerplay as an opener. Harry Brook and Joshua Little are also expected to get a good amount in the auction due to their ability to crack the tough roles. Reece Topley and Ben Duckett can be the surprise packages in the upcoming IPL auction. It would be a great platform for these youngsters to share dressing rooms with some of the greats of T20 cricket.
Q1) Which IPL team has the highest purse left before the IPL 2023 auction?
Ans) Sunrisers Hyderabad has the maximum amount (Rs 42.25 Crore) left in the purse before IPL 2023 auction.
Q2) When is the IPL 2023 auction going to be held?
Ans) IPL 2023 auction is to be held on 23rd December 2022
Q3) In which city is the IPL 2023 auction going to be held?
Ans) IPL 2023 auction would take place in Kochi.