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IPL 2024 Players’ Auction: Top teams and what to expect?

IPL 2024 Auction: What to expect from Auction and which Teams are looking to strengthen their squad?

IPL 2024 Auction_ Mini-auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 is going to take place on December 19 | Walking Wicket (Source_ ©BCCI_IPL)
Player Auction for IPL 2024 will take place on December 19 (Source: ©BCCI/IPL)

The stage is set for a cricketing spectacle as the IPL 2024 auctions approach, slated to unfold in Dubai on December 19, 2023. This monumental shift marks the first occasion where an IPL auction ventures beyond the boundaries of India, a decision recently ratified by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The anticipation is palpable as teams gear up for a pivotal event that could reshape their fortunes in the 17th edition of the Indian Premier League.

In the build-up to this landmark auction, the cricketing fraternity is abuzz with expectations and speculations. This edition, categorized as a mini auction within the three-year cycle, promises intriguing developments. The purse for participating teams has been amplified to 100 crores, up from the previous 95 crores, injecting an additional layer of excitement and strategic manoeuvring into the proceedings.

SunRisers Hyderabad

Among the franchises, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) emerges as a team with much to ponder after a disappointing finish in the previous edition. Languishing at the bottom, SRH won only four games, with glaring issues in their top-order batting. The absence of stalwart Kane Williamson, who departed for Gujarat, was deeply felt. Although not necessitating a complete revamp, a strategic rejig in the top order, particularly in the opening positions, could serve SRH well in the upcoming season. Despite batting woes, SRH boasts a formidable bowling lineup, hinting at the potential for a strong comeback.

Delhi Capitals

Delhi Capitals (DC), having missed the dynamic leadership of Rishabh Pant in the last season, eagerly anticipates his return. The team is set on fortifying its middle-order batting, specifically targeting an impactful No.5 batter. The previous season saw trials with Indian youngsters like Lalit Yadav, Garg, Aman Khan, and overseas batter Phil Salt. However, none made a notable impact. The impending return of speedster Anrich Nortje adds to DC's optimism, and strategic adjustments rather than major overhauls are expected.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), plagued by opening batting issues throughout the tournament, finished in a disappointing 7th place in the table. The captaincy return of Shreyas Iyer is expected to boost team morale, but concerns linger about the form and fitness of T20 superstars Andre Russell and Sunil Narine. KKR aims to address these concerns by securing competent replacements and strengthening the pace bowling department.

Punjab Kings

Punjab Kings (PBKS), possessing a promising team on paper, fell short of a top-four finish due to form concerns and injuries. Aiming for a good No.3 batter and hoping for impactful performances from the middle order, PBKS approaches the auction with a focus on strategic additions rather than wholesale changes.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), finishing 6th in the previous season, prioritizes strengthening their all-rounder's slot. While overseas players like Glenn Maxwell and Michael Bracewell shine, the Indian counterpart presents a cause for concern. RCB, content with their bowling unit, aims to fine-tune their balance for a top-four finish.

Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals, despite a dream season in 2022, missed the top-four due to a batting depth issue, particularly at No.6. Aiming to address this, they focus on bolstering their batting lineup in the upcoming auction.

IPL 2023_ Chennai Super Kings (CSK) lift 5th IPL title and equal Mumbai Indians' record _ Walking wicket (Images_ ©IPL_Twitter)
CSK lift 5th IPL title and equal Mumbai Indians' record (Images: ©IPL/Twitter)

Teams with stable stances

The semi-finalists from the previous edition—Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Gujarat Titans, Lucknow Super Giants, and Mumbai Indians—maintain a relatively stable stance. Mumbai Indians appear well-rounded, considering potential all-rounder backup needs. Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans, content with their existing combinations, have little cause for concern.

Chennai Super Kings, though crowned five-time champions, identify a potential weakness in their pace bowling department. With Mitchell Starc and Chris Woakes on the auction radar, CSK aims to fortify their pace attack for the upcoming season.

As the cricketing extravaganza unfolds, each team faces unique challenges and opportunities, making the IPL 2024 auctions a pivotal juncture in shaping their paths to glory. The shift to Dubai adds an element of novelty, and fans worldwide await the outcomes that could redefine the landscape of Indian Premier League cricket.


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