IPL 2017 February 16, 2017

IPL player auction - New faces and where they could end up

ESPNcricinfo takes a closer look at the skillsets of some of the first-timers at the IPL player auction
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Five players to watch out for at the IPL auction

Colin de Grandhomme

Allrounder, New Zealand

  • De Grandhomme's career strike rate of 170.54 is the best among all batsmen with a minimum of 500 T20 runs.
  • In T20Is, he has a strike rate of 136.36 from seven innings.
  • He is in sensational recent form, having scored 139 runs in four innings, at an average of 46.33 and a strike rate of 220.63 in the Super Smash, New Zealand's domestic T20 competition.
  • He has scored at a 150-plus strike rate in each of the last five Super Smash seasons.
  • His medium-pace has fetched him 38 T20 wickets at 29.42. He has a career economy rate of 9.22.

Base price: INR 30 lakh

Potential Role: At No 6 or 7, as a batsman who can hit from ball one. He has a career balls-per-boundary rate of 4.25.

Teams that should target him: Rising Pune Supergiants, Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore

Ben Stokes' T20 strike rate since January 2015 is 147.20, up from a career figure of 134.03 © Getty Images

Ben Stokes

Allrounder, England

  • Stokes' career T20 strike rate is 134.03, and he has become more destructive in recent years - since January 2015, his strike rate is 147.20
  • In that same period, he has a balls-per-boundary rate of 5.01 and has hit 70 off 46 balls while batting in overs 16-20, with a strike rate of 152.17 and a balls-per-boundary rate of 3.5.
  • He has taken 32 T20 wickets at 36.40, and has a career economy rate of 8.60.

Base price: INR 2 crore

Potential role: A finisher at No. 6 or 7, and a seamer who can be used at any stage of an innings

Teams that should target him: Kolkata Knight Riders, Rising Pune Supergiants, Mumbai Indians, Delhi Daredevils

Mohammad Nabi was the top wicket-taker at the 2016 World T20 © Associated Press

Mohammad Nabi

Allrounder, Afghanistan

  • Since January 2015, Nabi has a strike rate of 178 in overs 16-20, and has hit a six or four every four balls.
  • He is one of ten players in the last two years to score more than 600 T20 runs and take over 60 wickets.
  • Since January 2015, he has a batting strike rate of 142.96 from 44 innings, and with the ball has an economy rate of 6.91 and a strike rate of 17.1. His career economy rate is 6.88.
  • Of the ten T20 bowlers who have sent down the most deliveries in the last two years, Nabi has the third-best economy rate behind Sunil Narine and Shahid Afridi
  • He was the leading wicket-taker in the 2016 World T20

Base price - INR 30 lakh

Potential role: A middle-order batsman who can send down four tight overs of offspin

Teams that should target him: Rising Pune Supergiants, Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders,Sunrisers Hyderabad

Tymal Mills boasts an impressive slog-overs economy rate © Associated Press

Tymal Mills

Fast bowler, England

  • Among all bowlers who have sent down a minimum of 30 overs in the slog (overs 16-20) in the last two years, Mills' economy rate (7.28) is the second-best behind Mustafizur Rahman.
  • Mills has a dot-ball percentage of 43 in the slog overs and concedes a boundary once every eight balls
  • His career economy rate is 7.47 and his strike rate is 17.7
  • His Powerplay economy rate is an impressive 7.61 as well

Base price: INR 50 lakh

Potential role: A left-arm quick capable of bowling in the Powerplays and the slog overs

Teams that should target him: Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab, Gujarat Lions

Kesrick Williams bowled impressively on his T20I debut, finishing with figures of 4-0-15-2 against Pakistan © Getty Images

Kesrick Williams

Fast bowler, West Indies

  • In the last two years, he has a slog-overs economy rate of 8.0
  • Overall, he has 27 T20 wickets in at 19.33 and a career economy rate of 7.25
  • In the Powerplay, his economy rate is an even more impressive 6.41, and he has taken five Powerplay wickets across 14 innings

Base price: INR 30 lakh

Potential role: An economical fast bowler to send down the pressure overs

Teams that should target him: Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Gujarat Lions

Kagiso Rabada's Powerplay economy rate is even better than his overall economy rate © AFP

Kagiso Rabada

Fast bowler, South Africa

  • Rabada has a career T20 economy rate of 7.49 from 30 matches
  • In the slog overs, he has an economy rate of 8.94
  • In Powerplays, he concedes 7.31 runs per over, and has taken 16 wickets at an average of 28.81 in overs 1-6

Base price: INR 1 crore

Potential role: A wicket-taker with pace to rattle batsmen

Teams that should target him: Rising Pune Supergiants, Gujarat Lions, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab

Over 67% of Nicholas Pooran's T20 runs last year came in boundaries © CPL/Sportsfile

Nicholas Pooran

Wicketkeeper-batsman, West Indies

  • Has a career strike rate of 143.29
  • In 2016, he scored his runs at a strike rate of 149.09 while hitting a four or a six every 4.95 balls. Over 67% of his runs came in boundaries
  • Against spin in the last one year, he has averaged 25 and scored at a strike rate of 159, while his corresponding numbers against pace are 17 and 140.

Base price: INR 30 lakh

Potential role: Utility player who can bat at various positions and keep wickets

Teams that should target him: Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians

Evin Lewis scored over 72% of his runs in boundaries last year © CPL/Sportsfile

Evin Lewis

Opening batsman, West Indies

  • Has a career strike rate of 134.71 and averages 30.66 with two hundreds in 51 innings
  • In 2016, his strike rate shot up to 155.73, and over 72% of his runs came in boundaries. His dot-ball percentage, however, was 45%
  • He likes facing the quicks - in the last two years he has averaged 41 against them while scoring at a strike rate of 137. He can be more explosive against spinners - strike rate of 144 - but only averages 22 against them.

Base price: INR 50 lakh

Potential role: Back-up opener

Teams that should target him: Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders

Jason Roy can be severe against fast bowling, but can be susceptible to spin © Getty Images

Jason Roy

Opening batsman, England

  • Has a career T20 strike rate of 143.88 and an average of 28.29, with four centuries
  • In the last two years, he has a Powerplay strike rate of 149 and has hit a boundary every 4.12 balls in overs 1-6.
  • He is particularly free-scoring against the quicks, with a strike rate of 157 and an average of 37 against them
  • He can be tied down by a spinner operating with the new ball, though: in the last two years, his Powerplay strike rate against spin is 116
  • He is particularly suspect against legspin: he has scored 143 runs against legspinners in 112 balls, and has been out seven times

Base price: INR 1 crore

Potential role: First-choice opener

Teams that should target him: Mumbai Indians, Rising Pune Supergiants, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad

Mohammad Shahzad can be hard to stop if he gets going at the top of the order © International Cricket Council

Mohammad Shahzad

Wicketkeeper-batsman, Afghanistan

  • Since January 2015, he has averaged 35.94 and scored at a strike rate of 135.19, both improvements from his career figures of 32.44 and 128.34
  • In Powerplays, he has scored 845 runs off 635 balls, at a strike rate of 133.07

Base price: INR 50 lakh

Potential role: Back-up wicketkeeper/opener

Teams that should target him: Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders

Domestic players


T Natarajan - left-arm fast bowler

  • 10 wickets at 7.33 in the TNPL
  • Took four wickets at 8.29 in the recently concluded Inter-State T20 Tournament

Teams that should target him: Rising Pune Supergiants, Kolkata Knight Riders, Gujarat Lions, Delhi Daredevils

Vishnu Vinod - wicketkeeper-batsman

  • 307 runs at 34.11 and a strike rate of 138.91 in T20
  • Fifth-highest run-getter in the Inter-State T20s with 199 at 49.75 and a strike rate of 164.46
  • Hit 14 sixes in the tournament, more than any other batsman

Teams that should target him: Delhi Daredevils, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad

Ankit Bawne - Middle-order batsman

  • 431 runs at 33.15 and a strike rate of 127.51 in T20
  • Second-highest run-getter in the Inter-State T20s with 235 at 78.33 and a strike rate of 129.83

Teams that should target him: Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils, Gujarat Lions

Prithvi Shaw - Opening batsman

  • Scored a century on Ranji Trophy debut at the age of 17
  • In his most recent game, he scored 105 off 89 balls for India against England in an Under-19 ODI

Teams that should target him: Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils

Tanmay Agarwal - Opening batsman

  • Top run-getter in the Inter-State T20s with 250 at 50.00 and a strike rate of 162.33
  • Hit a boundary every 4.16 balls during the tournament

Teams that should target him: Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab

Mohammed Siraj - Fast bowler

  • Nine wickets in the Inter-State T20s at 13.88 and an economy rate of 6.57
  • Was the third-highest wicket-taker in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy with 41 at an average of 18.92

Teams that should target him: Rising Pune Supergiants, Gujarat Lions, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders

Gaurav Sundararaman is a senior stats analyst at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Aussie_tiger123 on February 20, 2017, 2:40 GMT

    @ all indians . . we all know that the IPL is rigged and lacks quality unlike the BPL and PSL

  •   Kion S Williams on February 19, 2017, 18:18 GMT

    Anyone knows if Darren Bravo entered the auction this year?

  • bbnn on February 19, 2017, 11:24 GMT

    @AJU.NAIR agree with you except Rohan Prem, he is a pure test player.Fabid,Basil and Vishnu are very good picks

  • Aju.Nair on February 19, 2017, 10:15 GMT

    I am waiting for Vishnu Vinod bid in the auction. He is an xfactor player who can change the match in the first 5 overs.teams should not target him to be a reserve player, give him 3 matches, up front and without much pressure he can give you the results..4 consecutive sixes in 1 over against Goa was the highlight of his performance..He is the Sehwag of Kerala cricket...Rohan Prem, Fabid Ahmed, Basil Thampi and Sandeep Warrier are the other players from Kerala in the auction.Fabid is hard hitting batsman who scored Ranji century from 119 balls in his 2nd match with 8 fours and 7 sixes..He is a good spinner too..Basil is someone who can bowl 140 kms consistently.Sandeep was with RCB camp before and is also a player who will bowl good line and length.Last but not the least, a player always shown consistency is Rohan Prem.He is a player waiting for the chance for long time..Left hand batsman who also can bowl can be considered as a batting all rounder..Waiting for the auction.Godspeed.

  • ALLROUNDCRICKET on February 19, 2017, 9:11 GMT

    Howcabout Local Indian Fast ( over 140 kmph) Bowlers, for it is they who add balance. 1. A. Chowdhary 2. P. Sangwan 3. B. Thampi 4. Sandeep Warrier 5. C. Milin 6. M.Gony

    In this year's Ranji abd Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy all bowled fast hostile spells to unsettle batsmen. They know what lengths to bowl in Indian conditions Unlike many foreign players who are yet to bowl long spells in India

  • siddhartha87 on February 19, 2017, 6:42 GMT

    Oh please we need Warner-Roy pair. Would be delight to watch PLz fetch him SRH

  • cricfan34481653 on February 19, 2017, 3:57 GMT

    we need shahzad in ipl he is awesomwe batsman

  •   Dileep Thumati on February 18, 2017, 14:30 GMT

    GSRAYUDU I mentioned Mohammad Shahzad wicket keeper batsman and opening batsman for Afghanistan. If he is required then One of the all rounders Ben or Moises has to sit out.

  •   cricfan95062275 on February 18, 2017, 14:21 GMT

    To my fellow SRH friends, Our first XI is good enough to win IPL again if all of them are fit & in form. Warner Dhawan Hooda Yuvraj Moises Cutting Ojha Bipul Bhuvaneshwar Nehraji Bhuvaneshwar Mustafizur

    Out of top 5, only Dhawan is out of form. We need a backup for him. Tanmay Agarwal & Vishnu Vinod will be ideal. Cutting's form with the bat is not great. Irrespective of that, we need a backup for overseas allrounder. We can buy Corey Anderson or Rovman Powell or both. Ojha is out of form. So, need backup. Vishnu Vinod also a keeper. If needed we can buy back Tare or buy Mahesh Rawat. Bipul is fit & in form. But, we can have alternate options in Negi, M Ashwin, Rahul Tewatia, K Gowtham. Any two will do. We have backups for Nehraji & Bhuvaneshwar in Sran & Kaul. Need a backup for FIZZ. I am sure they will buy Tymal Mills. Any other player is extra. We don't need to worry. VVS Anna, Tom Sir & Murali Aiyya are genius brains. They will buy good players. We will win IPL again.

  • Abhishek Tmr on February 18, 2017, 13:39 GMT

    How come there is no mention of Pawan Deshpande.. This lad has been brilliant this domestic T20 season

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