IPL Auction 2023: Sam Curran becomes the most expensive IPL buy; sold for Rs. 18.50cr

England’s star allrounder Sam Curran has become the most expensive IPL signing of all time. Punjab Kings bought the all-rounder for Rs. 18.50 crores.

The all-rounder was expected to go big but becoming the most expensive IPL buy was shocking. The English all-rounder was the “Man of the Tournament” at the 2022 T20 World Cup. Curran had taken 13 wickets in 6 games with a fifer against Afghanistan in the group stage match.

After the auction ended, Curran tweeted, “Back to where it all started! Looking forward to it 🦁”. Sam Curran was a part of Kings XI Punjab in the IPL 2019 season.

Additionally, Ben Stokes and Cameron Green were among the expensive signings. Ben Stokes was sold to Chennai Super Kings for Rs. 16.25 crores. While Mumbai Indians bought Cameron Green for Rs. 17.50 crores.

IPL Auction 2023: Top 7 Players for whom Big Bids are expected

IPL Auction 2023: Top 7 Players for whom Big Bids are expected

After the conclusion of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the sports industry is buzzing with the right noises made by the Indian Premier League. The IPL Auction 2023 will be conducted on Friday, December 23, at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Kochi. The mini-auction will present an opportunity for all franchisees to bolster their squad.

In every auction, there are few players who make their case very strong and franchisees will try and win every opportunity to get that player for their team. In this article, we will have a look at the 7 players who will be in very high demand at the IPL Auction 2023.

Jason Holder: The former West Indian skipper will be in high demand at the IPL Auction 2023. The all-rounder has played for Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Lucknow Super Giants.

Jason Holder of West Indies celebrates the dismissal of Chris Jordan of England during the 5th and final T20I between West Indies and England at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, Barbados, on January 30, 2022. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP) (Photo by RANDY BROOKS/AFP via Getty Images)

The Caribbean player has played 38 games and scored 247 runs at a strike rate of 123.50. Holder is very effective with his bowling. He has taken 49 wickets at an average of 24.02. Franchisees like Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings will try to secure the all-rounder’s signature.

Harry Brook: The latest batting sensation from England, Harry Brook, will be among the most sought-after players by all the franchisees. Harry Brook showed everyone what he could do in the recently concluded Test series against Pakistan. The 23-year-old scored 468 runs in the series with three centuries and one half-century to his name. And the most shocking thing is he scored those runs at an astounding strike rate of 93.41.

2JG52DX Cricket – 1st IT20 – England v India – The Ageas Bowl, Southampton, Britain – July 7, 2022 England’s Harry Brook in action Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers

Overall, Brook has been one of the best strikers of the ball, scoring 372 runs in 20 matches at a strike rate of 137.77. Franchisees like Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders will try their best to bring Brook into their squad.

Manish Pandey: “An Indian batsman”. Hearing this will light up the eyes of all the franchisee owners. A well-known name in the domestic circuit, Manish Pandey hasn’t had great IPL seasons. For IPL 2022, he was a part of the Lucknow Super Giants. He scored 88 runs in 6 matches and was dropped from the squad due to lack of form.

Indian cricketer Manish Pandey gestures after hitting the winning runs during the 1st and only T-20 cricket match between Sri Lanka and India at R Premadasa International cricket stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Wednesday 6 September 2017 (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

However, he has improved a lot since then. At the 2022 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, he scored 247 runs in 8 matches at an average of 61.75. A lot of the teams have a very weak batting order. Franchisees like Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Titans will be looking to secure his services.

Dasun Shanaka: Dasun Shanaka is one player who has been in terrific form over the last few months. While he left many impressed with his performance against India earlier this year, recently, he helped Sri Lanka chase 59 in the last three overs against Australia. His power-hitting is rising, and Shanaka can offer a few overs with the ball. Hence, he is a value cricketer and might be in demand for IPL Auction 2023.

In a total of 82 T20Is, he has scored over 1200 runs at a strike rate of 117.57. Also, he has taken 21 wickets at an average of 21. His finishing skills have been excellent in the recent past, with him giving everyone a show at the 2022 Asia Cup. Franchisees like Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad will try to sign the all-rounder.

Cameron Green: He can bat. He can bowl. He can field. The man does it all. Australia’s premier all-rounder Cameron Green will be one of the hottest players in the IPL Auction 2023. After starting his international career with the longest game format in 2020, the 23-year-old thrived in the white-ball circuit of late. In ODIs, he has amassed 270 runs in 12 games at a strike rate of 92.15 and bagged 11 wickets at an economy of 4.98.

2H9NJBY Cameron Green takes his first test wicket, and dismissed Ollie Pope

In the shortest format, Green has smashed 139 runs in eight games at an amazing strike rate of 173.75 and picked five wickets for Australia in the shortest format. The all-rounder is very flexible. He can bat anywhere, from opener to being a finisher. Green is a great asset to have for any franchisee, and all the teams will surely get into a bidding war to buy the player.

Sam Curran: The “Man of the Tournament” of the 2022 T20 World Cup, Sam Curran has registered himself for the IPl Auction 2023. Sam Curran has previously played for Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings. The English all-rounder has scored 337 runs in 32 matches and taken 32 wickets in 32 matches.

England’s Sam Curran prepares to deliver a ball during the first T20 international cricket match between South Africa and England at Newlands stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, on November 27, 2020. (Photo by Rodger BOSCH / AFP) (Photo by RODGER BOSCH/AFP via Getty Images)

The left-arm pacer has had a surge in his form. During the 2022 T20 World Cup, he bagged 13 wickets in 6 games, with a fifer coming in their inaugural match against Afghanistan.

Ben Stokes: Ben Stokes is one of the hottest properties in the international arena. Everyone wants a piece of him. Since the time he became England’s Test skipper, the team has won 9 out of the 10 completed Test matches. With his aggressive approach and go-for-the-win attitude, many teams would like to bring him to their squad.

PORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA – JANUARY 17: Ben Stokes of England celebrates scoring 100 runs during day 2 of the 3rd Test match between South Africa and England at St Georges Park on January 17, 2020 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Also, Stokes’ record in the IPL is not that bad. In 2017, Stokes started his IPL journey with Rising Pune Super Giants. The left-handed batter scored 316 runs in 12 matches. In addition to the runs, he also took 12 wickets at an average of 26.33. He has played 43 games, scored 920 runs, and took 28 matches.

In the T20I format, he has scored 585 runs and took 26 wickets in 43 matches. Ben Stokes is an overall package. The franchisees will definitely have a bidding war for the Englishman.

IPL Auction 2023: Time and TV telecast

The IPL Auction 2023 telecast is set to begin at 2.30 pm IST. The auction will be telecast on the Star Sports Network on television, while Viacom18 – which has digital rights for IPL 2023 – will broadcast on their digital channels. JioCinema, which recently streamed the FIFA World Cup 2022 in India, is set to telecast the auction on mobile devices.

IPL 2023: England duo Curran & Stokes register with 2 Cr base price; No Indian features in the list

The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed that the mini-auction for the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League would happen on 23rd December in Kochi. A total of 991 players, including 714 Indians and 277 overseas players, have registered themselves for the mini-auction, which will be held in the lead-up to a second successive 10-team season.

2022 T20 World Cup’s Man of the Tournament Sam Curran leads the list of players with a base price of Rs. 2 crores. Following him are his English teammates Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, Chris Jordan, Tymal Mills, Jamie Overton, Craig Overton, Phil Salt and Tom Banton.

Other marquee players on the list include Australia’s sensation Cameron Green, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Travis Head and Chris Lynn. New Zealand’s star players like Kane Williamson, Adam Milne and Jimmy Neesham are also listed on the list. Additionally, the list includes South Africa’s Rilee Rossouw and Rassie van der Dussen, Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews and West Indies’ former T20 skipper Nicholas Pooran and Jason Holder.

However, no Indian has listed their base price as Rs. 2 crores. Amongst the Indian players registered, there are many players with a base price of Rs. 1 crore, including Mayank Agarwal, Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav.

A statement from BCCI said, “If every franchise were to have a maximum of 25 players in their squad, 87 players are available to be bought in the auction (of which up to 30 players can be overseas players).”

As per a Cricbuzz report, 19 capped Indian players, 166 capped International players, 20 players from Associate nations, 91 uncapped Indians who were a part of the previous editions, 3 uncapped Internationals who were a part of the previous editions, 604 uncapped Indians and 88 uncapped International players form the long list of players who will go under the hammer.

Players with base price Rs. 1.5 crores: Sean Abbott, Riley Meredith, Jhye Richardson, Adam Zampa, Shakib Al Hasan, Harry Brook, Will Jacks, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Sherfane Rutherford

Players with base price Rs. 1 crore: Mayank Agarwal, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Moises Henriques, Andrew Tye, Joe Root, Luke Wood, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Heinrich Klaasen, Tabraiz Shamsi, Kusal Perera, Roston Chase, Rakheem Cornwall, Shai Hope, Akeal Hossein, David Wiese

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