Indian Premier League 2019 player auction is around the corner and 346 players have been shortlisted to go under the hammer on Tuesday, December 18. Nine players have shortlisted themselves at the base price of Rs. 2 crore, which is the highest in this edition. England all-rounder Chris Woakes is one among them, who has kept his base price at Rs. 2 crore for the upcoming auction. Woakes was bought by Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Banglore for Rs. 7.4 crores in the last edition of the cash-rich league. He was also the second highest buy of 2018 edition.
The 29-year-old played only 5 matches in the last season and couldn’t live up to the expectations, his economy of 10.36 is a testimony to that. Though, he grabbed 8 wickets and was a holder of the purple cap, but for a short period. And, recently during the transfer window, he was released by RCB due to his ordinary performance as well as his availability issues in the crucial last phase matches of IPL, which will conclude just before the World Cup 2019.
Woakes has received flake on twitter for keeping his base price high, despite an average show in the previous edition.
The IPL 2019 player auction is scheduled for Tuesday, December 18 and a lot of fortunes are expected to be made.