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India’s biggest sporting event isn’t far off the horizon, but the excitement for the Indian Premier League this December will begin with player auctions. The IPL auction is a tense and exciting affair as teams try to bid big for some of the hottest properties in T20 cricket. The 16th IPL will have 991 players registered for the auction to be held in Cochin on December 23, 2022. The auction will see some of the biggest all-rounders in world cricket sold, with teams scrambling to get them into their rosters. Over the past few seasons teams have performed exceptionally well if they have highly valued all-rounders in their squad and this year’s auction features some big names who have consistently excelled on the international and domestic T20 tours players.
Here are the top three all-around players to buy for the team in IPL 2023.
Ben Stokes (base price: INR 2 crore):Considered by many to be one of the greatest all-rounders in modern cricket, Ben Stokes will undoubtedly be one of the biggest buyers at the IPL 2023 auctions. The all-rounder was the most expensive player at the 2018 IPL auction when he was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 12.5 credits Stokes is widely known as an expressive cricketer who relies on his instincts to get his team out of trouble. Stokes also possesses excellent leadership skills, and his character gets the attention of the youngsters in the squad, making him the perfect role model for the team. Stokes did not play in last year’s IPL as he wanted to focus on his mental health and well-being, but the former Rajasthan Royals player will be preparing for a 16th tournament and can expect many to raise their oars Sign the lefty all-rounder.
Shakib Al Hasan (base price: INR 1.5 lakh): One of the finest cricketers to emerge from Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan has been the backbone of numerous teams throughout his illustrious cricketing career. The all-around player is known for his consistency, accuracy and aggression off the ball and possesses a wide range of shots off the bat. His confidence and temperament have allowed him and his teams to excel on the biggest stages, both internationally and domestically. He represented Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL and many teams were looking to bring him into their squad not just for his cricketing prowess but also for his unparalleled experience and ability to handle pressure in key situations ability.
Sam Curran (base price: INR 20 million):Sam Curran has entered the IPL 2023 auction on the back of England’s success in winning the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. The young all-rounder was outstanding at the World Cup, not only winning the Man of the Match award in the final, but also the Player of the Series award at the tournament. The talented all-rounder has shown impressive performances for the Chennai Super Kings in previous IPLs and has been very effective in both batting and ball. Sam Curran’s growing experience, coupled with his leadership qualities, make him an ideal fit for the IPL team. His ability to clear the fence, even as a low-level hitter, and his bowling accuracy at death make him an ideal option for any team at this year’s auction.
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