IPL Auction 2018 has been a riveting one which has seen Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals make a comeback to the money minting league.
This year’s IPL is set to be one of the closest contests in recent history as all the teams have built up strong squads by shrewd buys and taking advantage of the open auction of all the players other than that of retained players.
Without much ado, let us take a look at the biggest takeaways and surprises in the auction:
1. The Old Brigade Has Passed Its Utility:
Chris Gayle who has been one of the top performers in previous editions of IPL has gone unsold and so has Malinga. Considering that they have reached the twilight of their career, a decision to buy them at their high base price maybe wasn’t logical enough. Finally, on the second day of the auction, Gayle was bought by Punjab at the third round which speaks volumes about his decline and influence.
Shaun Marsh, Lendl Simmons, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Alex Hales and Travis Head found no buyers.
2. The Effective Use Of Right To Match Card
The Right To Match card gives the power to the original employer to buy the player back at the price at which he has been sold to the new employer.
It was effectively used for spinners like Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Chahal and Rashid Khan who were all retained by their original teams with Right To Match cards.
3. Chennai Super Kings And RCB Have Built Up Strong Squads While KKR Is Looking Woefully Weak
With players like MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu in CSK ranks, they are bound to be one of the favorites in the current IPL season.
The only drawback which I feel is that they have an aged squad where most of the players are above 30. This might be good in the short term but may prove to be harmful in the long term.
RCB has stalwarts like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme, Quinton de Kock, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Nathan Coulter-Nile which makes their bowling and batting department quite strong.
KKR is short on the batting side having not retained Gambhir which will be a decisive factor in this campaign.
4. The Rise Of The Uncapped Indian Stars
Krunal Panday was bought for a handsome amount of money by Mumbai Indians and so was Ishaan Jaggi by KKR. Also, India U19 speedster Shivam Mavi was sold to KKR for Rs 3 crores. Similarly, many such players earned big bucks at the auction.
The logic behind buying uncapped players is clear. The franchises understand the need to prepare for the future and build the team around these youngsters gradually. For example, when Kohli was bought by RCB, he was an unknown quantity in the international circuit though he had performed well in Under 19 World Cup. RCB stuck with him through his bad phase and now he is the best batsman in the world.
Apart From KKR and DD, the other squads seem to be on an equal footing.
I’m placing my bet on CSK to win the IPL. Who are you betting on?
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