West Indies' Shimron Hetmyer bats during the third and last Twenty20 international cricket match between India and West Indies in Chennai, India, Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018(AP)
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IPL 2019 auctions: 3 International stars who may start a bidding war

The teams will have to take into the fact that a major part of the 2019 season could well be played outside India and there will be several players who might miss portions of the tournament due to the World Cup which follows.
By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2018 07:11 AM IST

The franchises are all set to make a big splash in the upcoming IPL auctions. They have already released a number of players in order to beef up their balance and this could well see a lot of fight to pick a selected number of players who have shone in this format over the last year.

Here in this article, we take a look at three such players who can attract a massive price tag in the upcoming auctions. Also, the teams will have to take into the fact that a major part of the 2019 season could well be played outside India and there will be several players who might miss owing to the World Cup which follows.

Shimron Hetmyer

The young West Indies star was in sensational form in the just-concluded series against India. His pugnacious approach, especially against the spinners, hogged all the headlines and attracted rave reviews from the pundits. He can be a great middle-order prospect and has the ability to force the issue seamlessly towards the end. Power and precision are two of his biggest attributes and the franchises might go after him with full throttle.

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Sam Curran

Indian cricket fans were forced to sit up and take note of a young Sam Curran during the England tour. The young Surrey man was the difference between the two sides and he was rightly named man of the series from England. He showed admirable panache and ability to counter-attack in pressure scenarios.

Also, he is very handy with the ball and can get the new ball to swirl around and the franchises have always banked heavily on good all-rounders.

Martin Guptill

Martin Guptill went unsold in the last IPL auction, but he has shown good form in some of the T20 matches this year. The New Zealand opener scored 73 for the Barbados Tridents against Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League and smashed 102 off 38 balls for Northamptonshire against Worcestershire. Guptill has a batting average of 32.62.

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