The IPL 2024 Auction is scheduled for December 19 in Dubai. This will be the first time in history that an IPL auction will be held outside India.
The IPL 2024 season is likely to kick-start in March next year. But the worry in the BCCI is whether they will be able to complete the IPL in India itself or whether they will have to shift half of the tournament outside India due to the elections next year.
Nonetheless, the focus of the players and the franchises is on the IPL 2024 auction later this month, where over 250 players will go under the hammer. Plenty of star batsmen around the world will be up for grabs, and a few of them could ensue a bidding war.
5 batsmen for whom franchises can get into a bidding war at IPL 2024 auction:
With two Man of the Match performances in the World Cup semi-final against South Africa and the final against India, Australia’s Travis Head has certainly secured himself a massive payday at the upcoming IPL 2024 auction.
Head last played in the IPL in 2017 for RCB and had only 10 appearances across 3 IPL seasons. Head is now a bigger beast than he was back in 2017. And he’s shown the temperament to do it on the biggest stages under high pressure. Expect, Travis Head to see multiple teams fighting for him.
A batting all-rounder, Rachin Ravindra dazzled everyone with his stroke-making in the World Cup 2023. Playing his first white-ball ICC event, Rachin scored 578 runs with 3 centuries and 2 fifties at an average of 64. Expect a tussle to break out in the auction room for the services of the 24-year-old Rachin Ravindra.
Punjab Kings have surprisingly released Shahrukh Khan. The Tamil Nadu batsman has a strike rate of 133 in T20s. He has a strike rate of 182 in death overs phase in T20 cricket. There are very few destructive Indian finishers as Shahrukh in India.
Even though Harry Brook underperformed last season – apart from one century, Brook failed in all of his other innings – Brook remains one of the most talented all-format batsmen in the world. Any team would love to have his services at their disposal, as he can take down pacers, especially, in the middle-overs. This is an aspect which is a major selling point for the England star.
While the IPL franchises have often overpaid the English and Aussie all-rounders, someone like Daryl Mitchell is an asset in any form of the game. He was underutilized by the Rajasthan Royals last season. He is coming off a stunning World Cup in India, in which he scored 552 runs at an average of 69, and hit two centuries against India. Mitchell can also give 1-2 overs.