From Buttler to Boyce: Dark horses at IPL players’ auction

  • Sayan Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Feb 06, 2016 22:29 IST
With Jos Buttler free of Test duties, he will look to use the IPL to catch the attention of the national selectors. (AFP Photo)

The IPL 2016 players’ auction will be held on Saturday in Bengaluru and like every year, the list comprises of some really talented cricketers (both Indian and International) who will look to make their debut in the tournament.

Here’s a look at the dark horses for the auction who can claim top money in their debut season.

Cameron Boyce (Australia)

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The Australian leg spinner had a great Big Bash League season with 11 wickets from 8 matches and his form earned him a spot in the national team during the T20 series against India. Boyce’s variety of leg spin will be extremely effective on Indian pitches and as a result, he can be a great pick for any IPL side.

Jos Buttler (England)

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The English wicketkeeper batsman showed his brilliant form against South Africa when he smashed a 73-ball hundred. With his place in England’s Test team taken by Jonny Bairstow, the explosive 25-year-old finds himself with an open calendar and will look to use the IPL as a platform to prove his worth to the national selectors.

Hardus Viljoen (South Africa)

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The South African fast bowler created history by became the third South African to take a wicket with his first ball of his Test career when he dismissed Alastair Cook on the second day in Johannesburg. But the main reason he could find favour among the IPL teams is the variety in his bowling and his impeccable T20 record in the South African domestic league.

Avesh Khan (India)

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The young fast bowler produced a brilliant performance for Team India in the ongoing ICC U-19 World Cup and it has also attracted the attention of the IPL franchises. Indian pacers are always in demand during the IPL Auctions and Avesh Khan could certainly be at the centre of a huge bidding war during this year’s proceedings.

Joel Paris (Australia)

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The 23-year-old Australian cricketer has made quite a name for himself in the domestic circuit and earlier this year, he made his ODI debut against India. Paris is known for his bowling variations and also his neat batting skills lower down the order and he will be an effective player for the IPL franchises.

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