The Indian Premier League auction is around the corner and franchises are gearing up to shell out enormous amounts of money for Indian and international players. The best cricketers from around the world will go under the hammer with franchises and there will be some new faces which will go under the hammer for the first time.
India.com takes a look at some of the first-timers at the IPL player auction.
Jason Roy (England): He is a right-handed upper order batsman and amongst England’s most promising young players. Roy has played 19 T20I’s till date and has a career T20 strike rate of 143.88 and an average of 28.29, with four centuries.
He likes to score against fast bowlers and has a strike rate of 157 and an average of 37 against them. If last two years are to be considered then, Roy has a Powerplay strike rate of 149 and has hit a boundary every 4.12 balls in overs 1-6.
He has the Base price of INR 1 crore and can play for Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiants, Kolkata Knight Riders or Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Kagiso Rabada (South Africa): He is a fast bowler who made his limited –overs South African debut in November 2014. He also became the first cricketer to win six awards at Cricket South Africa’s annual dinner, including the prize for Cricketer of the Year.
Rabada has a career T20 economy rate of 7.49 from 30 matches and in the slog overs, he has an economy rate of 8.94. In Powerplays, he concedes 7.31 runs per over, and has taken 16 wickets at an average of 28.81 in overs 1-6.
He is known for his wicket-taking abilities and to rattle the batsmen with his pace. With a base price of Rs 1 crore he might get picked up by Rising Pune Supergiants, Gujarat Lions, Kolkata Knight Riders or Kings XI Punjab
Tymal Mills (England): He is left-arm fast bowler who made his Twenty20 International (T20I) debut for England on 5 July 2016 and currently plays for Sussex. Mills is known for his ability to ball economically in death overs and slog overs.
He has a dot-ball percentage of 43 in the slog overs and concedes a boundary once every eight balls. His career economy rate is 7.47 and his strike rate is 17.7. His also have impressive Powerplay economy rate of 7.61.
He got a base price of INR 50 lakh and can be under the radar of Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions.
Ben Stokes (England): He is the current vice captain of English Test team and an all-rounder who bowls right-arm fast-medium pace and bats left-handed. As an attacking middle-order batsman, Stokes holds the record for England’s fastest ever test double-century, the fastest ever test match 250, and the highest ever score for a test batsman batting at six.
Stokes’ career T20 strike rate is 134.03 and since January 2015 he has a balls-per-boundary rate of 5.01. He has hit 70 off 46 balls while batting in overs 16-20, with a strike rate of 152.17 and a balls-per-boundary rate of 3.5.
Talking about his bowling skills then, Stokes has taken 32 T20 wickets at 36.40, and has a career economy rate of 8.60. With a base price of RS 2 crore he might get targeted by Kolkata Knight Riders, Rising Pune Supergiants, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils.
Nicholas Pooran (West Indies): He is a left-handed wicket-keeper/batsman who plays for Trinidad and Tobago in West Indian domestic matches and for the Red Steel in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). As of the 2014 season, Pooran is the youngest player to have appeared in CPL matches.
He has a career strike rate of 143.2 and in 2016 and he scored his runs at a strike rate of 149.09 while hitting a four or a six every 4.95 balls. Over 67% of his runs came in boundaries.
With a base price of just INR 30 lakh he can play a major role in the team and can bat at various positions. He might get picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians.