IPL Auction 2017: Top 10 probable big-money draws

Feb 20, 2017, 08:26 IST | A Correspondent

With 351 players going under the hammer at today's IPL Player Auction, here are 10 probable big-money draws

Ben Stokes (England)
Base price: Rs 2 crore
A top quality all-rounder, now Test vice-captain too. He's a utility player if ever there was one available for the IPL. He's in the mix for the first time.

Chris Woakes (England)
Base price: Rs 2 crore
Another first-timer, his all-round utility will interest teams. The only thing against him is his probable non-availability.

Eoin Morgan (England)
Base price: Rs 2 crore
He has travelled a bit in the IPL, but has enhanced his profile as England's white-ball captain. His batting ability should interest franchises.

Ishant Sharma (India)
Base price: Rs 2 crore
Now a Test specialist, he is struggling to make the cut in white ball squads. His high point was being picked by KKR in 2008 at US$950,000. He's tapered a bit, but will interest teams.

Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)
Base price: Rs 2 crore
The Sri Lankan captain has been injury-plagued and has had a chequered IPL career. His recent all-round form should increase the franchises' interest in him.

Jason Roy (England) 
Base price: Rs 1 crore
He can be of interest to sides looking for a hard-hitting opener. He has rejuvenated England's white-ball cricket, so expect the same when he turns out for the first time in the IPL.

Kagiso Rabada (South Africa) 
Base price: Rs 1 crore
His swift rise from U-19 to senior team spearhead will attract attention. His pace and ability to take wickets will interest franchises.

Tymal Mills (England)
Base price: Rs 50 lakh
This 90-plus mph bowler, who is now a T20 specialist, will be chased by many in his very first stint. His decent economy rate and dot ball percentage will be an attraction.

Mohd Shahzad (Afghanistan)
Base price: Rs 50 lakh
This Dhoni fan always wants to bat like the Indian, but lacks the fitness of his idol. He still scores at breakneck speed. His presence as back-up wicket-keeper may strike a chord too.

Mohammad Nabi (Afghanistan)
Base price: Rs 30 lakh
An unsung hero, who has been in the pool previously but was never picked up. He could be a bargain buy given his off-spin combined with his batting abilities.

IPL players Auction in numbers

226 No. of Indian players in today's auction in B'lore

229 No. of uncapped players in the auction list

Rs 23.10CR Delhi Daredevils' budget today — highest among the eight franchises

Rs 11.55CR Mumbai Indians' budget today — lowest among the eight franchises

Also, watch out for these top three uncapped Indians
Prithvi Shaw: Teenaged batting sensation from Mumbai
Thangarasu Natarajan: Left-arm fast bowler from Tamil Nadu
Ankit Bawne: Hard-hitting middle-order batsman from Maharashtra

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