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IPL 2022 Mega-Auction: 5 Indian Wicketkeeper-Batters Franchises could look to invest in

KS Bharat, N Jagadeesan, M Azharuddeen could be good choices behind the stumps for the future


Wicketkeepers are an integral part of the game in all three formats. The wicketkeepers do the hard job behind the stumps. They need to have quick reflexes, sharp presence of mind, accurate throws and they also need to put in full-length dives to catch the ball. These qualities are essential to have or develop to become a good wicketkeeper.


Nowadays, the wicketkeepers are also used as lower-order batters in Test matches and as opener or middle-order batters in limited overs games. Along with keeping, batting is necessary in today's times and that is why there is high regard for the likes of MS Dhoni, Kumar Sangakkara, Adam Gilchrist and Mark Boucher. These were the best wicketkeeper-batters for their respective countries and IPL franchises.


Mahendra Singh Dhoni is also known as the smartest brain behind the stumps. He still guides the bowlers from behind the stumps whenever he takes the field for Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Dhoni is still leading CSK and they are the only side that has not changed their captain since the inception of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008. Adam Gilchrist is the second overseas captain to win an IPL title with Deccan Chargers (DC) in 2009. Kumar Sangakkara also did a good job as skipper in IPL and now he serves as Director of Cricket for Rajasthan Royals (RR).


Currently, Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul are the best Indian wicketkeeper-batters in IPL. Pant will continue leading the Delhi Capitals (DC) and KL Rahul will captain the new Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) franchise. The Karnataka opener was bought by LSG for INR 17 crores.


Let’s take a look at five Indian wicketkeeper-batters who can be looked at as future prospects in both IPL and the national cricketing scene.

IPL 2022 Mega-Auction: 5 Indian Wicketkeeper-Batters Franchises could look to invest in. Srikar Bharat had a productive season with RCB in IPL 2021. (Image: BCCI/IPL)
Srikar Bharat had a productive season with RCB in IPL 2021. (Image ©BCCI/IPL)

Srikar Bharat (Base Price - 20 Lakhs)

The list starts with KS Bharat because his base price can move up to Rs 40 Lakhs. Bharat had represented Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2021. Bharat is a good option who can bat in the middle-order because he can strike big blows, especially when the team needs to up the run rate. KS can also be looked at as a finisher. In the last season, he hit the last ball for a six to seal the game for RCB against Delhi Capitals (DC).


Bharat also kept wickets for India recently in a home Test against New Zealand when the regular keeper Wriddhiman Saha sustained an injury. He has the safest pair of hands, and everyone was impressed with his keeping skills. KS took two catches and effected one stumping. Bharat is the first wicketkeeper-batter to smash a triple ton in Ranji Trophy.


KS was at the 10th place in the list of highest run-scorers in Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22 and slammed two back-to-back centuries. Bharat scored 370 runs and his consecutive tons came against Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat. RCB might recall Bharat to fill in the big shoes of AB de Villiers in the middle-order.


IPL Career

Format

Mat

Inn

Runs

Ave

SR

50s

100s

HS

IPL

8

7

191

38.2

122.4

1

0

78*

IPL'21

8

7

191

38.2

122.4

1

0

78*

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IPL 2022 Mega-Auction_ 5 Indian Wicketkeeper-Batters Franchises could look to invest in.  Narayan Jagadeesan represented Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2021. (©BCCI_IPL)
N Jagadeesan represented Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2021. (©BCCI/IPL)

Narayan Jagadeesan (Base Price - Rs 20 Lakhs)

This player from Tamil Nadu is very talented. He has played for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL. But he kept warming the bench the most times because he couldn’t replace Captain Cool MS Dhoni. Still, he got a chance to play IPL 2020 season in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). But that season didn't go well for him.


The wicketkeeper-batter scored 204 runs from 8 matches at an average of 25.50 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He is a good wicketkeeper as well. Jagadeesan has taken 14 catches and three stumpings in T20s. He can bat in the middle-order at number five or six. The franchises who want a stable middle-order batter can pick him in their squad.


IPL Career

Format

Mat

Inn

Runs

Ave

SR

50s

100s

HS

IPL

5

2

33

16.5

113.79

0

0

33

IPL'21

5

2

33

16.5