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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
21-Dec-2022
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