Whenever a new season of IPL starts, all eyes are fixed on the big stars, and players who have been roped in at massive prices by the franchises. These cricketers are expected to live up to the expectations and steer their teams to victories.
But surprisingly, during IPL 2023, most of the highly-priced players who were sold for crores, like Harry Brook (13.25 cr), Mayank Agarwal (8 cr) and Cameron Green (17.50 cr) have had a below par show.
Instead, what we have seen is debutants like Recee Topley (RCB), Sikandar Raza (PBKS), Joshua Little (GT) and Nehal Wadhera (MI) being exceptionally good.
Some newcomers who were roped in by franchises at their base prices have been in brilliant form. And it won't be surprising if these players become some of the most expensive buys at the next year’s IPL auctions.
Here are three players who may get sold for crores in next year’s IPL auctions:
1. Kyle Mayers (LSG): Acquired at Rs 50 lakh, the Caribbean allrounder was a temporary replacement for Quinton de Kock in the initial phase of the tournament. But Mayer’s hitting prowess made him a favourite of the team owners to the extent that he has appeared in all the matches even after De Kock had returned.
Mayers showed his potential in the first match only when he smashed 73 off 38 balls against Delhi Capitals. In the next game, he made 53 off 22 balls against Chennai Super Kings.
Mayers is a powerful hitter against the pace and is a great asset for the team during the powerplay.
In the seven matches he has played so far, Mayers has maintained a strike-rate of 150.93 scoring 243 runs at an average of 34.71.
With the ball, he hasn’t been utilised enough and has bowled only 4 overs so far, conceding 28 runs without taking a wicket.
Mayers, has no doubt emerged as a key player of the LSG franchise and he might be retained by LSG at a big price before the next year’s auctions.
2. Suyash Sharma (KKR): The KKR camp this year is riding well on the magic of its mystery spinners. After Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine, in Suyash Sharma KKR has got another quality spin bowler.
Bought at his base price of Rs 20 lakh, Sharma surprised everybody by returning with an impressive figure of 3/34 in his debut match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
Sharma is a deceptive spinner who has plenty of tricks in his kitty to clinch wickets at crucial stages of the match. In the last game against RCB, which KKR won, Sharma clinched 2 wickets conceding 30 runs.
In 6 matches so far, Sharma has taken 9 wickets at an economy of 8.13. Emerging as the third strong pillar of KKR’s spin bowling, Sharma will most likely be retained by KKR at a good price.
3. Noor Ahmed (GT): The Afghan wrist spinner turned out to be key player for GT this season as the 18-year-old has bagged 6 wickets in 3 matches so far.
In the last match against Mumbai Indians, Noor single-handely turned the match around in Gujarat's favour after he dismissed Cameron Green and Tim David in the same over.
In his next over, he got the crucial wicket of Suryakumar Yadav putting Gujarat on top.
Noor was acquired by GT at a price of Rs 20 lakh just as an option for Rashid Khan, team’s lead spin bowler. But now they have two highly quality spinners in the team
With nearly 8 matches left in the tournament, Noor is expected to play in nearly all the games, and next year he might get a great salary hike.