Players In 1.5 Crore Bracket: The recent developments in cricket have added a new twist to the IPL 2023 mini-auction. Players who might have missed out on a contract are now in with a real chance of landing one. The INR 1.5 crores bracket has an interesting mix of players. Teams will be tempted to make the move on these players but will be wary of the base price that they carry.
The dangling carrot of selecting players:
Until and unless the franchises won’t be sure of these players being a certainty in the playing XI they won’t be raising the bid. It will be an exciting set as franchises have to be at their tactical best to select the best ones from the lot. A few players on this list will be on the radar of almost all the franchises.
We look at the top 3 players in the INR 1.5 crores bracket:
#3 Adam Zampa
He is one of the most underrated spinners in the modern game. Adam Zampa continues to be a match-winner for Australia. He was one of their sole shining lights in their underwhelming T20 World Cup campaign in 2022. Zampa was close to winning the player of the tournament award in the previous edition.
He has previous IPL experience to fall back on. Zampa picked up a 6-wicket haul in IPL 2016. Batsmen across the world struggle against wrist spin. Zampa remains one of its finest exponents. Teams like SRH and MI lack a quality spinner. Zampa can be the answer to their spin dearth.
#2 Shakib Al Hasan
He showed his class in the first ODI against India. Shakib Al Hasan picked up a five-wicket haul against a solid Indian batting lineup. His ability to make the ball deviate differently from the same spot is unmatched. Hasan is a proven IPL customer who had a fruitful IPL association with a side like KKR.
He is a mighty fine batsman who can anchor the top order. Hasan is terrific against spin. It is this factor that helps him stand out from other overseas allrounders. He singlehandedly won Bangladesh a must-win game against Zimbabwe. A power-packed unit like MI can do well having a quality allrounder like Hasan in their ranks. He could be the missing puzzle in their ranks currently.
#1 Harry Brook
He is undoubtedly one of the brightest young talents in world cricket. Before the start of the first Test in Rawalpindi, not many people would have known about Harry Brook. But a sensational performance across both innings against Pakistan has made him a big talking point.
He showed his prowess against spin taking them down across all parts of the wicket. Brook swept, reverse-swept, and even switch-hit spinners. Franchise owners would have surely taken note of his fearless ball striking. It will be exciting to see Brook feature in a lineup like RCB or RR wherein he could partner with players like Glenn Maxwell or Jos Buttler. The possibilities are endless for young Brook.