Ahead of IPL 2022 Mega Auction, as per IPL rules, all existing 8 teams have announced their retained players list. Where the new IPL teams can pick a maximum of 3 players with no more than 2 Indians and 1 uncapped player.
Most players who did not get retained will go under the hammer and may be sold for a large sum.
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India’s former opening batter, Aakash Chopra feels that franchises will have to break the bank to buy the likes of Hardik Pandya, Harshal Patel, Rahul Chahar, Deepak Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Shikhar Dhawan. All these Indian players have brought great value to their respective IPL franchises.
“Hardik Pandya will be an expensive buy. Don’t look at his current form, injuries as no other all-rounder can match his skill set. He can bat no. 5, 6, and 7, can bowl a few overs as well, plus he is a gun fielder. So, I think he will be a very expensive buy,” said Chopra.
“Harshal Patel was not retained (by RCB). He is a proven commodity. He is not one season wonder as he recently played for India and did well. It’s not like that he has performed in a few grounds. He has bowled well everywhere he has played, and has got plenty of variations up his sleeves,” he added.
“Deepak Chahar will be another player to keep an eye on. He is someone who takes wickets in the first six overs. So, he is a match-winner. He can also bat as well. He was in CSK so didn’t bat that much, but at another franchise, he will get the chance to bat as well,” he stated.
“Rahul Chahar will also be an expensive buy. There are other leg spinners but I think there will be a tug of war between 2-3 franchises for Rahul Chahar.
IPL 2022 Mega Auction is expected to host in India during the first week of January 2022.