The 2021 Indian Premier League auction which will take place on February 18 in Chennai will welcome a large pool of Indian talent who have shown great promise on the national circuit.
With a total of 164 Indian players ready to go under the hammer, Sports star takes a look at six uncapped players who could hit big at Thursday’s auction.
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Tamil Nadu’s explosive drummer Shahrukh Khan could finally crack the IPL code at auction. The Chennai-born youngster showed glimpses of his courage to play the big shots at the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Shahrukh’s 19-ball 40 lifted Tamil Nadu in the semifinals before his winning run to win the title himself. The 25-year-old’s hitting skills were at the forefront as his 220 hitting rate was the best in the tournament.
With his local IPL franchise missing out on strong hitters in its ranks, Shahrukh may just be on the radar.
|T20 Statistics: MT 31 Runs 293 HS 40 * Ave 18.31 SR 131.39|
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Mohammed Azharuddeen of Kerala became an overnight sensation after his record of 137 dismantled Mumbai in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match in January.
The Kerala opener, like his famous namesake Azharuddin, lit Wankhede Stadium with 11 sixes in his record-breaking shot where he landed the highest score in the T20 by an Indian in pursuits.
The 26-year-old finished the series with 214 points over five innings. Azharuddeen’s hitting-filled talent as a drummer could expect big bids at the auction, however.
|T20 statistics: MT 24 tracks 451 HS 137 * Ave 22.55 SR 142.27 100s 1|
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Baroda was out of breath when it took 15 of three balls against Haryana in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy quarterfinal, but Vishnu Solanki provided the finishing touches.
Solanki briefly rewrote his cricket fortune with the next three balls as it went – 6, 4, 6 – the last six recreating some helicopter shot. The 28-year-old didn’t flinch under the pressure, scoring two scores over 50 and 49 in the final against Tamil Nadu, finishing with 267 points in eight innings to his name.
With his icy demeanor standing out among all the flashy strokeplay in the series, Solanki is sure to be a big auction draw.
|T20 Statistics: MT 41 Runs 807 HS 71 * Ave 35.08 SR 128.91 50s 4|
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Baroda’s left-arm paceman Meriwala reinforced his case for the big stage as he led his team to Syed Mushtaq Ali’s final this season.
Meriwala led the bowling charts with 15 wickets in eight games – the tournament’s second. The 29-year-old was instrumental in raising his side in the final, as his 3/28 ousted the Punjab.
The fiery paceman recorded one of the tournament’s best numbers (5/8) as he generated pace and rebound to rock Chattisgarh’s beaters in a group game.
Meriwala’s skillful use of variations with the ball can spark interest in franchises looking for seasoned Indian T20 bowlers.
|T20 Statistics: MT 44 Wickets 72 BBI 5/8 Ave 14.54 SR 12.9 5w 3|
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Left arm sensation Chetan Sakariya ably pleaded for the auction with a scorching campaign for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Saurashtra.
The 22-year-old rocked oppositions with his precise bowling and a great mix of variations. Sakariya became the only top 15 bowler to concede less than 100 points in the tournament and claimed 12 wickets in five matches at a staggering economic rate of 4.90.
Sakariya’s formidable control and variations with the ball will be a sure big dollar favorite among franchises looking for quick left arm bowlers.
|T20 Statistics: MT 16 Wickets 28 BBI 5/11 Ave 15.10 SR 12.7 5w 1|
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Bengal opener Vivek Singh’s brilliant 100 * against Jharkhand in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in January instantly put him on the IPL’s radar.
The southpaw plundered 208 points in five innings with two scores over 50 in his total while maintaining an explosive strike rate of 157.57.
The 27-year-old’s measured approach at the top of the order in Bengal’s brief campaign could pave the way for a lucrative deal on Thursday.
|T20 statistics: MT 48 races 1279 HS 100 * Ave 31.97 SR 136.93 100s 1 50s 7|