A genuine allrounder will give Super Giants the balance they need

They have 15 players and a fair bit of money in their pockets, so there's enough elbow room for them

Himanshu Agrawal
Who they've got
Super Giants head into the auction with 15 men in the line-up, with a squad headlined mostly by Indian domestic players.
Current squad: KL Rahul (capt, wk), Ayush Badoni, Karan Sharma, Manan Vohra, Quinton de Kock (wk), Marcus Stoinis, K Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Kyle Mayers, Krunal Pandya, Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Mark Wood, Mayank Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi
What they have to play with
They have to fill up at least three - and at most ten - slots in their squad. That includes a maximum of four overseas players. They do have money in their pockets - INR 23.35 crore (USD 2.8 million approx.) - so there's enough elbow room for them.
What they need
  • Their priority would be to find a genuine allrounder after releasing Jason Holder, who didn't do much with the bat but grabbed 14 wickets at 27.92 in 2022.
  • They would also want to find a replacement for Dushmantha Chameera. Although they have Mark Wood, he is injury prone and might want to manage his workload ahead of a home Ashes campaign. Mohsin Khan, who had such an outstanding season in 2022, has also been out of action for a while - he has not featured in any cricket since the last IPL.
  • They also wouldn't mind adding a left-arm wristspin option to their existing combination of offspin, legspin and left-arm orthodox.
  • The likely targets
    Super Giants might plan to buy Holder back at a lower price. Ben Stokes, Sam Curran and Cameron Green are obvious options too.
    If Super Giants want back-up for Wood, Adam Milne, Sean Abbott and Chris Jordan could come into the picture. They can consistently bowl at high pace, apart from Jordan offering useful lower-order runs and agile fielding. And in case there is an injury cloud over Mohsin, Jaydev Unadkat might emerge as the best alternative.
    Left-arm wristspinner Ramesh Kumar, known as the "Sunil Narine from Jalalabad", could also interest Super Giants.

    Himanshu Agrawal is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo