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Top 5 Indian bowlers that franchises would target in IPL mega-auction 2022

With just a few days left in hand for the Indian Premier League (IPL) mega-auction for the 2022 season, all the franchises will now be zeroing in on the get the best players onboard. The mega-auction is set to take place on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru. According to some reports, it can be the last mega-auction which is making it a huge occasion.


As many as 1214 players have registered their names for going under the hammer which includes 270 capped, 903 uncapped and 41 associate nation players. Let us take a look at the top five Indian bowlers that the teams would go for from the huge pool.

Top 5 Indian bowlers that franchises would target in IPL mega-auction 2022. Mohammed Shami to be part of Marquee set in IPL 2022 Mega Auction (©BCCI/IPL)
Mohammed Shami to be part of Marquee set in IPL 2022 Mega Auction (©BCCI/IPL)

Mohammed Shami (Base Price of INR 2 Crore)

The name hardy requires any introduction; even though the decision of not retaining the Indian premier fast bowler by Punjab Kings (PBKS) did raise some eyebrows. The proven star performer for India at the international level was one of the go to bowlers for Punjab when it came to delivering difficult overs.


A look at Mohammed Shami's performance in his IPL career vis-à-vis his performance in the last season:

Format

Mat

Balls

Wkt

Ave

Eco

SR

IPL

77

1670

79

30.41

8.63

21.14

IPL'21

14

316

19

20.78

7.50

16.6

Even since 2019, the Bengal star has picked up 58 wickets in 42 IPL games. Of those 58 wickets, an incredible haul of 37 scalps have come in the death overs at a staggering strike rate of 8.8. No captain in his right mind will neglect those skills. To add more power, he can bowl with the new ball in the powerplay, in the middle overs to dry up runs and even come back to pick up wickets in the death overs. Besides all of that, this perfect package is also a very experienced campaigner.


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Top 5 Indian bowlers that franchises would target in IPL mega-auction 2022. Ravichandran Ashwin to be part of Marquee set in IPL 2022 Mega Auction
Ravichandran Ashwin likely to hit jackpot at IPL 2022 Mega Auction (©BCCI/IPL)

Ravichandran Ashwin (Base Price of INR 2 Crore)

If there is a chart of players that can’t be written off, India’s premier spinner with a cunning and astute brain, Ravichandran Ashwin will perhaps top the list. Even though being India’s main weapon in the red-ball format, he has rediscovered himself in the shortest format of the game.


His records speak volumes of his utility to any side.

Format

Mat

Balls

Wkt

Ave

Eco

SR

IPL

167

3498

145

27.8

6.91

24.12

IPL'21

13

268

7

47.28

7.41

38.2

Although, he didn’t have a particularly encouraging season last year with Delhi Capitals, Ashwin has made better progression since World T20 2021 with 9 wickets in 5 matches at an economy of 5.25 and strike rate of 13.3.


But with Ashwin, teams will get another crucial skill, that of leadership. He had done decently with the Punjab franchise in captaining them; in 28 matches he led PBKS, the India offie has a win percentage of 42.85. Therefore, with the experience, variations and captaincy duties, most of the teams will surely bid for him in the auction.

Top 5 Indian bowlers that franchises would target in IPL mega-auction 2022.  Yuzvendra Chahal can set the IPL 2022 Mega Auction on fire. (©BCCI/IPL)
Leg Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal would be among the top pick in IPL 2022 Mega Auction (©BCCI/IPL)

Yuzvendra Chahal (Base Price of INR 2 Crore)

If there is any decision that was most shocking in IPL retention, then leaving out leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will rank at one. The Haryana boy has been former captain Virat Kohli’s go to man whenever his side is under pressure.

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IPL