IPL 2023 Auction: How will the teams approach? (Part-1)

image-lbxjqghpIPL Auction Table (Source: Twitter)

The auctions for the IPL 2023 is upon. Just a day and then we will see the IPL teams going against each other to have the best squad for the upcoming season. 

Before the event goes live, let us take an analytical dive into the squads and try to predict what we can expect on the big day.

Mumbai Indians

image-lbxjxcjgMumbai Indians auction table (Source: Twitter)

Current Squad

Rohit Sharma (C), Tim David, Ramandeep Singh, Tilak Varma, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Tristan Stubbs, Dewald Brevis, Jofra Archer, Jasprit Bumrah, Arjun Tendulkar, Arshad Khan, Kumar Kartikeya, Hrithik Shokeen, Jason Behrendorff, Akash Madhwal

Purse Remaining: INR 20.55 Cr

What MI needs?

The most successful team of the league will look to bounce back in the next edition from their nightmarish run in the previous season

The requirements for Mumbai are - an experienced spinner, a backup pace bowler, and a middle-order batter. 

MI's most probable targets: Akeal Hosein (Base Price- INR 1 CR), Sikandar Raza ( Base Price- INR 50 Lakhs), Jaydev Unadkat (Base Price- INR 50 Lakhs), Jhye Richardson (Base Price- INR 1.5 Cr), Narayan Jagadeesan ( Base Price - INR 20 Lakhs), Dawid Malan (Base Price - INR 1.5 Cr), Micheal Bracewell (Base Price - INR 1 Cr), Adam Zampa (Base Price- INR 1.5 CR).

Chennai Super Kings

image-lbxk278oMS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming (Source: Twitter)

Current Squad

MS Dhoni (C), Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ambati Rayudu, Subhranshu Senapati, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Tushar Deshpande, Mukesh Chowdhary, Matheesha Pathirana, Simarjeet Singh, Deepak Chahar, Prashant Solanki, Maheesh Theekshana

Purse Remaining: INR 20.45 Cr

What CSK needs?

CSK has been the most consistent team in the history of the tournament. But in the last edition their performance was way below the expectaitions. So, this year they will look to induct some impact players in the squad. 

The requirements for Chennai are - a middle-order power hitter, death over specialist, back up top order batter (mostly overseas).

CSK's most probable targets: Harry Brook (Base Price - INR 1.50 Cr), Luke Wood ( Base Price - INR 1 CR), Narayan Jagadeesan ( Base Price - INR 20 Lakhs), Odean Smith ( Base Price - INR 50 Lakhs), Dasun Shanaka ( Base Price - INR 50 Lakhs), Sam Curran (Base Price - INR 2 Cr), Kane Williamson (Base Price- INR 2 Cr).

Delhi Capitals

image-lbxk70oxKiran Gandhi, Delhi Capitals' owner (Source: Twitter)

Current Squad

Rishabh Pant (C), David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Ripal Patel, Rovman Powell, Sarfaraz Khan, Yash Dhull, Mitchell Marsh, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje, Chetan Sakariya, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Khaleel Ahmed, Lungi Ngidi, Mustafizur Rahman, Aman Khan, Kuldeep Yadav, Praveen Dubey, Vicky Ostwal

Purse Remaining: INR 19.45 Cr

What DC needs?

The Delhi-based franchise has been near the title a few times but failed to lift the trophy. This time they would like to build a squad that could give them their maiden IPL title. 

The requirements for Delhi are- a backup top-order batter, a pace-bowling all-rounder, and a backup wicket-keeper.

DC's most probable targets: Rohan Patil ( Base Price - INR 20 Lakhs), Sam Curran (Base Price - INR 2 Cr), Jason Holder (Base Price - INR 2 Cr), Kusal Mendis ( Base Price- INR 50 Lakhs), Cameron Green ( Base Price - INR 2 Cr), KS Bharat (Base Price - INR 20 Lakhs.

Kolkata Knight Riders

image-lbxkfjv5Kolkata Knight Riders (Source: Twitter)

Current Squad

Shreyas Iyer (capt), Nitish Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakravarthy, Anukul Roy, Rinku Singh, Shardul Thakur, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Lockie Ferguson.

Purse Remaining: INR 7.05 Crores

What KKR needs?

The two-time IPL champions will like to end their 9 years long drought. For that KKR will be looking for budget-friendly impactful players. 

The requirements for Kolkata are- backup wicketkeeper, backup all-rounder, wrist spinner, and Indian pacers.

KKR's most probable targets: Vishnu Solanki ( Base Price- INR 20 Lakhs), Johnson Charles (INR 50 Lakhs), Murugan Ashwin ( Base Price - INR 50 Lakhs), Ish Sodhi ( Base Price - INR 75 Lakhs), Shivam Mavi ( Base Price - INR 40 Lakhs), Jaydev Unadkat ( Base Price - INR 50 Lakhs), Corbin Bosch ( Base Price - INR 20 Lakhs), Romario Shepherd (INR 50 Lakhs), Izharulhaq Naveed ( Base Price - INR 20 Lakhs)

Royal Challengers Bangalore

image-lbxkmiymRoyal Challengers Bangalore auction table (Source: Twitter)

Current Squad

Faf du Plessis (capt), Virat Kohli, Suyash Prabhudessai, Rajat Patidar, Dinesh Karthik, Anuj Rawat, Finn Allen, Glenn Maxwell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, David Willey, Karn Sharma, Mahipal Lomror, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood, Siddarth Kaul, Akash Deep

Purse remaining: INR 8.75 crore

What RCB needs?

The 'Men in Red and Gold' may be termed as the most underperforming team in the tournament's history. RCB will be looking to solidify on their core in the auction and then set foot on a title winning journey. 

The requirements for Bangalore are-  a strong finisher, pace bowling all-rounder. 

RCB's most probable targets- Sam Curran (Base Price - INR 2 Cr), Cameron Green (Base Price- INR 2 Cr), Odean Smith (Base Price - INR 50 Lakhs), Ben Stokes ( Base Price - INR 2 Cr), Chamika Karunaratne ( Base Price - INR 50 Lakhs). 

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