Possible Expensive Player in IPL 2022 Auction: Former India opener and now commentator Aakash Chopra feels that Yuzvendra Chahal would be a big-ticket purchase at the upcoming IPL 2022 mega auction.
Ahead of IPL 2022, RCB released many of its key players and retained former skipper Virat Kohli, Australian all-rounder Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj. Shockingly RCB released IPL 2021 Purple cap holder Harshal Patel and their all-time favorite Chahal ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction.
As per IPL rules, all 8 existing 8 teams were allowed to retain 4 players max. Notably, Chahal can be roped by 2 new IPL teams prior to the mega auction as the 2 new IPL teams were allowed to pick a maximum of 3 players each.
Possible Expensive Player in IPL 2022 Auction
Chopra feels that if Chahal comes under auction hammer he might become an expensive sold. “He is not getting his due, let’s be very very honest. The standard of which he is a bowler, I feel he should be treated better. RCB has not retained him in the IPL,” Chopra said in a YouTube video on his channel.
He continued, “In my opinion, either he will go already in the draft, probably towards Team Ahmedabad. If he doesn’t go, he will be sold very expensive.”
Chopra backed his opinion by citing the bowler’s performance in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22 wherein the Haryana spinner has scalped 14 wickets at an average of 15 at a miser economy rate of 4.35 RPO.
He added, “He has picked up wickets in every match and has been economical in every match. He has been very very good.”
As per reports, RCB was unable to retain Chahal as they were couldn’t reach a financial agreement with him.
While Kohli and Maxwell were relatively obvious picks for the franchise considering the former has declared his plans about continuing to play at the franchise for as long as his plays, Maxwell’s terrific season made sure that he was the second pick.
In fact, he is being touted as the next captain of the franchise and the star player, in the absence of AB de Villiers, who has retired from all forms of cricket. Siraj, however, was a pick that surprised many but termed as sensible considering the pace bowler has grown tenfold and has become a crucial player for the franchise in the last couple of years.
IPL 2022 mega auction is likely to held during the February month of next year.