Dhawan, Shreyas, Ashwin set to be auction top draws


Top Indian players, including senior opener Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas yer, along
with overseas stars such as Pat Cummins and Kagiso Rabada have been bracketed in the Rs 2 crore highest base price category for the upcoming IPL auction. The mega auction is scheduled to be held in Bengaluru on Feb 12 and 13 and will see 590 players go under the hammer. The IPL announced the final list on Tuesday, which was pruned from the original list of 1,214 players released last month, after the franchises reverted with the players they are interested in.                                     
Among the 590 cricketers, a total of 228 are capped players, 355 are uncapped and seven belong to associate nations. IPL AUCTION Senior Indian players Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Ashwin, Ishant Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane have also
registered with a base price of Rs 2 crore. of KS 2 crore.
While Iyer and Dhawan are the top draws, the 10 teams are also likely to be involved
in a bidding war for youngsters Ishan Kishan, Devdutt Padikkal, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, last season’s top wicket-taker Harshal Patel, spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and fast bowler Shardul Thankur. All of them are in the top bracket.
A total of 370 Indian players and 220 overseas cricketers will be up for grabs.
Among the foreign players the franchises are expected to go after pacers Trent
Boult, Cummins, Rabada, the Australian duo of all rounder Mitchell Marsh and Steve Smith, former Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan and big-hitting South African Faf du Plessis. Indian veterans such as Suresh Raina and Robin Uthappa, with a steep base price of Rs 2 crore, may not have many takers. There are 20 players in the auction list with a reserve price of Rs 1.5 crore while 34 are in the list of cricketers with a reserve price of Rs1 crore.
India’s U-19 stars, skipper Yash hull, Vicky Ostwal and Rajvardhan Hangargekar, besides
the likes of Shahrukh Khan, Deepak Hooda and Avesh Khan, will also be looking to cash in.
Punjab Kings have most vacancies Punjab Kings have the highest number of 23
slots available while CSK, Delhi Capitals, KKR and Mumbai Indians have 21 vacancies. The rest of the teams have 22 slots each. Punjab Kings also have the highest purse of Rs 72 crore while Delhi Capitals have the lowest: Rs 47.5 crore.

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