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IPL 2019 auction: Which player should each team buy

IPL auction 2019: As the countdown begins for the big auction we at Hindustan Times tell you which player should each of the eight franchise go for. Delhi Capitals have a lot of cash, and they will be eyeing a few big names.

cricket Updated: Dec 18, 2018 14:31 IST
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West Indies cricketer Shimron Hetmyer raises his bat after scoring a half century (50 runs) during the second one day international (ODI) cricket match between India and West Indies at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on October 24, 2018. (AFP)

The eleventh edition of the Indian premier League springs into action in March next year but before the action picks up on the field the squads for each of the IPL franchises needs to be picked.

Every side will have a purse and they will be looking to make the most of it when it comes to the auction on Tuesday, December 18.

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Here is a list of a player that would fit each franchise like a glove ahead of the auction in Jaipur.

Chennai Super Kings - Shivam Dube

Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube picked just the right moment to highlight his prowess. Just a day before the IPL 2019 auction he hit fives sixes in an over. Chennai do have an all rounder in their ranks in Dwayne Bravo but if they need any back up then Shivam Dube might just be the guy they are looking for. This is what Mumbai captain had to say about Dube ahead of IPL

“Yes, Shivam is a very talented player and we have seen how long he hits sixes,” Mumbai skipper Siddhesh Lad said after the match. “I’m sure IPL teams are looking after him and he will go at a good price.”

Kings XI Punjab - Brendon McCullum

One of the most destructive batsman the world has ever seen, he will be ideal for the Punjab side wherever they chose to bat him. With Chris Gayle and KL Rahul established a role at number three will be good for him to shepherd an inexperienced line up.

Delhi Capitals - Shimron Hetmyer

Windies’ Shimron Hetmyer could strengthen Royal Challenger Bangalore’s middle order. The 21-year-old, who made his T20 debut in 2016, has scored 498 runs in 18 matches at an average of 31.12.

The West Indian showed his class during the ODI series against India when he recorded scores of 106 and 94 in the first two matches of the series.

Mumbai Indians - Jaydev Unadkat

Mumbai have released Mustafizur Rahman from the roster and he isn’t available to be bought back. Jaydev Unadkat can come in and fill the void and being an Indian the overseas quota for the 2017 champions will remain intact.

Jaydev Unadkat, who was the most expensive Indian in the last auction, failed to live up to the expectation when he bowled at an economy of 9.65 in the season for the Rajasthan Royals.

However, in 2017, Unadkat took 24 wickets in 12 matches and recorded an economy rate of 7.02. The fast bowler can certainly replicate this performance in the upcoming seasons.

Sunrisers Hyderabad - Manan Vohra

With Shikhar Dhawan leaving an opening batsman would be required by the 2016 winners. Manan Vohra has performed well throughout his IPL career and his experience will come in really handy for whoever plumps for him.

Rajasthan Royals - Mohammed Shami

It’s been a couple of difficult years for Shami with injury and thet is why Delhi have released him. However, he has been India’s best bowler in Tests in 2018 and with Unadkat released Mohammed Shami will be a perfect replacement for the winners of the first editions.

Kolkata Knight Riders - Morne Morkel

Kolkata rely on spinners but pacers are also required to keep runs in check in good batting conditions. Kolkata have a couple of good young pacers but need an experienced head to guide them. Morne Morkel has played cricket for a long time and in all conditions. He would be a perfect fit or the Shahrukh Khan owned side

Royal Challengers Bangalore - Carlos Brathwaite

Remember the World T20 2016 final? West Indies needed 19 runs to win off 6 balls. Carlos Brathwaite had only one thing in mind - to go for a maximum every ball. And that’s exactly what happened. The right-handed batsman smashed Ben Stokes for four sixes to finish the match.

This is the kind of finisher the Royal Challengers Bangalore need. They have the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers at the top, but they are in desperate need of a hard-hitter at the number six or seven position. The Windies T20 captain can play cameos at the toe end of the innings and also chip in with a few overs.

First Published: Dec 18, 2018 09:47 IST