IPL Auction 2023: The most expensive players have always been bought in the mini auctions. Chris Morris went for a whopping 16.25 CR by Rajasthan Royals in 2021 beating the previous highest record of Yuvraj Singh’s 16 CR in the year 2015. Kolkata Knight Riders bought Pat Cummins for 15.5 CR in 2020. Ben Stokes in his 1st IPL season earned 14.5 CR playing for Rising Pune Super Giants in 2017.
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The 2023 IPL Auction is a mini auction where teams have limited purses and targets for key players. Here are Sportz18’s top 3 picks in the All rounders category that could go big in IPL Auction 2023.
1. Sam Curran ( Base Price – INR 2 Crore)
Sam Curran was part of Punjab Kings in 2019 where he was picked for 7.5 CR. Prior to the 2020 season Punjab Kings released him. He was sold to Chennai Super Kings for 5.5 CR in 2020. Curran was the breakout star for CSK in 2020 where CSK failed to reach the playoffs for the 1st time in the history of IPL.
Curran scored 186 runs and picked up 13 wickets at an economy of 8.19 in 14 matches. His contribution with the bat in the lower order and his ability to swing the bowl in the powerplay, deadly Yorkers at the death. He was the rising star in the IPL. He opted out of the Mega Auction in 2022.
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Curran is a perfect fit for any team considering he is 24 years old and could pay huge dividends for the years to come. He was named the man of the tournament in the recently concluded T20 World Cup in Australia.
Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings got huge purses and fancy their chances of getting Sam Curran in their ranks. Other teams can also go big if they can afford Curran.
2. Ben Stokes ( Base Price – INR 2 Crore)
Ben Stokes has been out of IPL for the last two seasons. He is a match winner, performs under pressure, has a proven captaincy record and is the most experienced all rounder in the world. Stokes was part of Rising Pune Super Giants in 2017 and bagged 14.5 CR. The franchise owner of RPS is now the owner of Lucknow Super Giants. Sanjeev Goenka is a huge fan of Stokes. There are rumors that the Lucknow franchise will go all in for Ben Stokes.
Lucknow Super Giants got 23.35 CR in their purse. They released Jason Holder ahead of the mini auction and Stokes could be a perfect fit in the LSG franchise replacing Holder.
Stokes provides the perfect balance to any team with his ability to clear the boundary with ease and bowl crucial overs in the match. He is a perfect all rounder that every team would like to have in their ranks.
He last played in the 2021 IPL season for the Royals. Unfortunately a finger injury ended his campaign. Stokes was vital for the Royals 2020 campaign opening the innings. He scored 285 runs smashing at a strike rate of 142.50.
Stokes played a key role in the final of the T20 World Cup against Pakistan scoring a match winning half – century and guiding England to their 2nd world cup triumph.
IPL Record – Stokes played 43 matches in his IPL career scoring 920 runs at a strike rate of 134.50. He has two centuries and two fifties to his name. He picked up 28 wickets with the ball at an economy of 8.55.
3. Cameron Green ( Base Price INR 2 Crore)
Cameron Green is one of the top overseas all rounders that could go big in the 2023 IPL Auction. He is having a great run in international cricket in 2022. His match winning half centuries against India was the standout.
The young Australian is yet to make his debut in the IPL. He has scored 106 runs in 9 innings in the Big Bash league.
Green at the top of the order can bludgeon the ball and a utility right arm fast medium pacer. He can swing the ball and is a perfect fit for any team in the IPL.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings are the potential teams interested in bidding for Cam Green as per sources.