Indian Premier League 2012 news February 22, 2012

Pune's shopping list

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The Pune Warriors may have missed out on the 2012 IPL player auction, but as part of their agreement with the BCCI, they now have a $3.4 million war chest they can use to bolster their squad. The Sahara brains trust, which includes its "mentor captain" Sourav Ganguly, is reportedly meeting on Wednesday to decide on a list of players that Pune must target.

ESPNcricinfo looks at five players who have a very good chance of being on Pune's radar as well as in the line of sight of Mumbai Indians, who are seeking a replacement for Andrew Symonds.

A week ago Richard Levi would probably not have made this list. What a difference 20 overs makes. The international spotlight fell well and truly on Levi following his record-breaking 117 in the second Twenty20 against New Zealand in Hamilton. The IPL has already come calling too. Levi's agent Arthur Turner told ESPNcricinfo that, "Franchises are interested in his services and offers have been made." If his 45-ball hundred is any indication of his potential, Levi could well have an outsized impact on the tournament.

Ryan ten Doeschate is the only player from an Associate country to have played in the IPL. Kevin O'Brien could well be the second. The Ireland allrounder's majestic century against England in the 2011 World Cup will live long in the memories of those who had the privilege of watching it. He doesn't have a particularly great record in Twenty20, averaging 18.58. But he has made a hundred and with a strike rate of 139.46 plus the ability to bowl medium-pace, he could be a useful addition.

Jacob Oram might be injured, but when he is on the field, he is one of the better allrounders in T20 cricket. He will be available for the entire seven weeks of the tournament, and having played for Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in the past, knows how to operate in Indian conditions. In the 2011 World Cup, he took 12 wickets at an average of 18.41. His standout performance came in New Zealand's upset victory over South Africa in the quarter-finals. In that game, he took 4 for 39 and pulled off a stunning catch to dismiss Jacques Kallis to earn the Man-of-the-Match award.

No England players were bought in the 2012 player auction but Ravi Bopara could be worth a second look. Bopara has impressed in the one-day series against Pakistan, scoring two half-centuries in three games and averaging 54. He can also turn his arm over and though he won't be available for the entire tournament, a month of Bopara could prove a worthwhile investment for Pune.

Lonwabo Tsotsobe has been quietly going about his business in limited-overs cricket, and is currently ranked No. 2 by the ICC in ODIs. The left-arm fast bowler has never played in the IPL, and went unsold in the auction, but his career T20 numbers are impressive. He has taken 36 wickets from 35 games at an average of 21.80 and gives away only 6.46 runs an over. His numbers in T20 internationals are even better. In nine games, he has taken 10 wickets at an average of 19.50 and has an economy rate of 6.09. South Africa also have no conflicting international commitments, so Tsotsobe could well join his South Africa team-mate Wayne Parnell in Pune's squad.

Edited by Siddarth Ravindran

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on February 24, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    martin guptill is a good option

  • dummy4fb on February 23, 2012, 21:41 GMT

    I would concentrate on local talent. If you remember how the first IPL was won by RR, find some good cheap players with something to prove. Would go for players based on Averages and stats, Play Players who have good averages.

    Have a look at these guys: batsmen

    Kuldeep Raval (Saurashtra) - young guy has only played 4 matches but already scored 2 fifties - average 62 - strike rate - 203!!!

    Selvam Suresh Kumar (signed for chennai SK But not played) - Average - 36 strike rate - 182!!!

    Sushant Hemant Marathe (was signed to kochi tuskers) - has healthy average and good strike rate,, also could fill wicketkeeper role. good bet - average - 50 strike rate - 150

    Bowlers

    Now I would love to go local but it has to be said WHY HAS NO ONE BOUGHT RAVI RAMPAUL!!???! Just sign him

    also samuel badree again of west indies is a good bet.

    Would try to trade in Joginder Sharma, might be a wild card player. Has experience and has shown some good form, in domestic.

    Hope Pune Warriors reading this

  • gowthammokshagundam on February 23, 2012, 21:11 GMT

    Pune had good bunch of indian playerys in sourav ganguly, robin uthappa, ashih nehra rahul sharma, manish pandey who are guarenteed a berth in most of the matches. As Mitchell Marsh is out due to injury, Angelo mathews and Jesse Ryder forms the top 2 picks for the four overseas vacancies.They desperately need someone who can hang out in the middle and finish. I think Owais Shah is the one who can step into Yuvraj's shoes . He has been playing consistently in no 5 and no 6. They can also go for Lendly Simmons or Luke Wright both of whom can play in any position with qiute a good bowling skills.Both having fair amount of experience playing in India in champions league .I would like to see Time Southee or Tim Bresnan to be part of Pune

  • Bruisers on February 23, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    @Nupur Singh - Wade plays for Delhi and Marchant de Lange was signed by Kolkata..

  • Bruisers on February 23, 2012, 19:41 GMT

    They should go for Levi, Tsotsobe and JON BUTTLER..

  • anton111 on February 23, 2012, 17:44 GMT

    West Indian Lendl Simmons is an attacking batsmen, who can bowl and also keep wicket. He is a regular in 1 day and T 20 s for the West Indies but not in the Test team. Also he does not have a West Indies contract.

  • dummy4fb on February 23, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    They can sign Oram since Mitch Marsh is out for next couple of months due to injury. They have Nehra fit for this season, so that give SPW an option to field an overseas star.

  • vickyrocky on February 23, 2012, 13:43 GMT

    Knowing Ganguly he will surely go for Peter Siddle in bowling dept, they dont need bowling allrounders as they already have Mitchell Marsh and Angelo matthews they are by far very better thn all the others remaining. As far as batsman goes they shld target O.Shah, Kevin is a cheap option no harm having him as he can add tht extra adrenaline to the side. They need out and out Hitters who can just change the game on their toes so Levi, Kevin,O.Shah, Siddle and Guptill and if they have more money left thn another quicky may be Tsotsobe.

  • Sano27 on February 23, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    Oh God Pune already got more overseas players in their side....whats the meaning of signing too many overseas players?....they got ryder,smith,pane as openers...mitchell marsh,mathews as all rounders...also ferguson to aid batting...parnell,taylor,thomas,maccullum as bowlers...whats the logic behind signing too many players....they can go for Shah to stabilize middle order...Levi who can be explosive...all a good all rounder like O brien...they have to sign some indian player from other franchises to stay in the contest !

  • dummy4fb on February 23, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    Pune have enough at the top, I would like to see Owais Shah & Jacob Oram signed up for the warriors.

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