The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 mini-auction is set to hit the headlines as franchises prepare to take their first steps ahead of the big tournament in 2023. With 10 teams in the hunt for Indian cricket’s biggest premier prize, big names like Sam Curran, and Ben Stokes will be on the shopping list for teams like Mumbai Indians, and Chennai Super Kings. With the big tournament just days away, here are a few more players who could also be game-changers at the auction. IPL 2023 auction is the most awaited auction that cricket lovers are desperately waiting for.
Since this is a mini-auction, most teams have a stable core group and will be looking to plug a few holes ahead of the new season, such as Delhi Capitals and Gujarat Titans, who have just six and seven slots to fill respectively. However, there are some, who have cleared almost half their squads for a fresh start like Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad, who will be in action the most.
Retention and release resulted at the end of some iconic careers. While Suresh Raina and Robin Uthappa have already announced their retirement from all forms of Indian cricket, West Indies T20 legends Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo have also quit their respective teams and have been hired as consultants by Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings respectively.
With 87 spots up for grabs, the auction ahead of the 16th edition of the T20 league promises to be exciting as the auction pool features some world-class players, who are likely to trigger a bidding war.
IPL 2023 Auction Date, Time, Venue
The IPL 2023 auction will be held in Kochi on Friday, December 23. The auction may start at 12:30 PM IST and may end by evening.
IPL 2023 Auction Rules
Each franchisee can spend 75% of the total budget and not more. Unlike previous years, there will be no Right to Match (RTM) card option in the IPL 2023 auction. Each franchise will have a minimum of 18 and a maximum of 25 players in their squad.
Remaining purse value of each team in the IPL 2023 auction
Mumbai Indians – Rs 20.05 crore (12 slots)
Chennai Super Kings – Rs 20.45 crore (9 slots)
Royal Challengers Bangalore – Rs 8.75 crore (7 slots)
Delhi Capitals – Rs 19.45 crore (7 slots)
Gujarat Titans – Rs 19.25 crore (10 slots)
Kolkata Knight Riders – Rs 7.05 crore (14 slots)
Lucknow Super Giants – Rs 23.35 crore (14 slots)
Punjab Kings – Rs 32.2 crore (12 slots)
Rajasthan Royals – Rs 13.2 crore (13 slots)
Sunrisers Hyderabad – Rs 42.25 crore (17 slots)
Let’s take an in-depth look at the top 10 most emerging players who can be the X-factor in this IPL 2023 auction.
10. Harry Brook
A former England Under-19 captain, Harry Brook announced himself as a player with a bright future in 2020 with a phenomenal T20 Blast season, averaging 55 and striking 163 in the group stage despite batting in the middle order.
Brook shone in Yorkshire colors in the first few years of his professional summer, notably scoring a maiden first-class century at Chelmsford in 2018 as the visitors were bowled out for 50 runs in their first innings. Reigning champions Essex. He recorded a List A century at the start of Yorkshire’s 2019 Royal London Cup campaign and showed signs of more consistency the following summer when he averaged 43.00 in the Bob Willis Trophy.
In the last Test series against Pakistan, the team led by Ben Stokes won the series and the young talent scored 3 centuries in a single series. Many experts have marked him significantly and franchises are eagerly waiting to cash in on him.
His base price in this IPL Auction is 1.5 crore.
A dashing wicketkeeper-batsman from Tamil Nadu, Narayan Jagadeesan came into the limelight in 2016 after a very impressive stint in the first season of the Tamil Nadu Premier League. He made his debut in first-class cricket earlier that year and made a positive start. Note there too. Jagdeesan is more than a safe gloveman to add to his dazzling batting skills and with age, he can only get better. It was no surprise that Chennai Super Kings picked him up in the 2018 player auction as Jagadeesan being a local boy adds to the flavor of the team apart from his obvious skill set. Jagdeesan is in the running for his state team and will look to sharpen his skills in the CSK camp in the eleventh edition of the league.
His base price in this IPL 2023 Auction is 20 lakhs.
8. Reece Topley
A left-arm seamer with a fearsome yorker but a checkered injury history, Reece Topley’s career was in jeopardy before his 25th birthday as he suffered a series of stress fractures that left him wondering if he would ever play again.
In his international career, he has taken 68 wickets in the one-day format and 21 in the T20 format. Given his economy, he could be an attractive bowler that every team would look for.
His base price in this IPL 2023 Auction is 75 lakhs.
7. Jason Holder
Jason Holder was seen as a future talent until a selection panel led by former World Cup winner Clive Lloyd appointed him West Indies ODI captain in 2014. A lower middle-order batsman. Less than a year later, he also took charge of the Test team, indicating how much the WICB and men in the know – from Viv Richards to Brian Lara to Tony Cozier – trusted the man, who was remarkably level-headed and mature for someone so young.
He captained the West Indies in the 2015 World Cup, where they won three out of seven matches. He was also part of the squad that won the 2016 T20 World Cup, although he did not play a game.
As a batsman, it’s hard not to feel intimidated when a broad-shouldered fast bowler from the Caribbean stares down at you from six feet seven inches. This is probably one of the reasons why teams in the shorter format have decided to include Jason Holder in their squads. The young Barbadian pacer rose to prominence by topping West Indies’ bowling charts at the 2010 U-19 World Cup in New Zealand. With a first-class bowling average of under 22 and a sub-50 strike rate, Holder made his debut for the West Indies in the 2013 ODI series against Australia. After representing Chennai Super Kings in 2013, Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2015, Kolkata Knight Riders in 2016, and Holder returned with Sunrisers Hyderabad in the 2020 season. He was a replacement for all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and made his presence felt with a match-winning 3-wicket haul against Royal Challengers Bangalore in 7 games and picking up 14 wickets.
His base price in this IPL 2023 Auction is 1.5 cr.
6. Shivam Mavi
Shivam Mavi grabbed everyone’s attention in the 2018 India U19 World Cup where he bowled at a blistering pace. He regularly clocked over 140 kmph and soon became the talk of the tournament due to his fast bowling ability. A lethal bouncer and known for a constant drive to improve and get faster, Mavi is certainly one of the most exciting young upcoming fast bowlers. After a brilliant outing in the U-19 World Cup, Mavi quickly grabbed attention in the IPL auction and was eventually picked up by KKR for Rs 3 crore. He made his IPL debut for KKR in 2018 but took only 5 wickets. A stress fracture in his back ruled him out of competitive cricket since December 2019 and after spending most of his time in rehab, Mavi was fit and rare to go into the 2020 edition. In the 2020 IPL season, he took 9 wickets in 8 games.
His base price in this IPL 2023 Auction is 40 Lakhs.
5. Cameron Green
Cameron Green is a young talent who rose through the ranks through grade cricket and burst onto the domestic scene with a 5 on debut aged just 17. -Wicket takers in the history of Shield cricket.
He made his List A debut for the Cricket Australia XI in the tour match against Pakistan and took 3 wickets with veteran batsman Shoaib Malik and troubled the Pakistani players with his accurate and fast seam bowling. Apart from this, he is a good batsman too who was impressive in test and T20 against India and Pakistan.
His Base price in this IPL 2023 Auction is 2 cr.
4. Mayank Agarwal
After skipper KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal is the most important Indian batsman in the PBKS line-up. Mayank has enjoyed a great run with the Indian Test team. Mayank can hit the ball hard and long and will be responsible for helping PBKS get big totals. He scored 2 half-centuries in 2019 and scored 332 runs at an average of 25.53. He had an eventful 2020 season where he scored a spectacular ton against Rajasthan Royals and tallied a dominant performance in the iconic double super-over game against Mumbai Indians. Mayank is a seasoned contender to play a key role in the success of Punjab Kings in 2021.
His base price in this IPL Auction is 1cr.
3. Nicholas Pooran
The Indian Premier League is known to throw up surprises every now and then, and the bid for Nicholas Pooran, who was eventually signed up by Punjab Kings for a salary of INR 4.2 crore, was one of those things. The West Indian has earned a reputation as an explosive batsman and has produced impressive numbers in T20 leagues around the world. With the “Universe Boss” in the same team as him, Puran scored 168 runs in seven games in his debut IPL season. He became an integral part of the PBKS squad in 2020, scoring 353 runs with a high score of 77. Bowlers need to be wary of the explosive left-hander as he is unstoppable once he settles down.
His base price in this IPL 2023 Auction is 2 cr.
2. Sam Curran
Sam Curran was the wonder weapon with which England beat India in the Test series last year; and also the man of the tournament in the T20 World Cup 2022. The all-rounder was adjudged Man of the Series by the Indian team management. He was awarded a Rs 7.2 crore contract by Kings XI Punjab, which was the third highest bid in the pre-IPL 2019 auction. The ICC named him one of the top five breakout stars of 2018 for his all-around performance. Was also instrumental in England’s series-winning efforts in Sri Lanka. Ahead of the 2020 season, Curran was released by the Kings which landed him in the IPL 2020 Player Auction. The pace bowler, who had a base price of Rs 1 crore, was eventually sold to Chennai Super Kings for Rs 5.5 crore.
His base price in this IPL 2023 Auction is 2 cr.
1. Ben Stokes
New Zealand-born English cricketer Ben Stokes is one of the best all-rounders in the modern-day game. A devastating batsman and an effective fast-bowler, Stokes has been at the forefront of some of England’s recent triumphs – the World Cup 2019 victory, and a thrilling Ashes ton at Headingley – to name a few. Stokes made waves in his first season of IPL when he was bought by Rising Pune Supergiant for a record price of INR 14.5 crore. An attacking cricketer, he scored an unbeaten 103 in his first season and returned in IPL 2017 with figures of 3/18 in his 12 matches for the former franchise. Stokes has the ability to tackle the bowlers from the get-go and can test the batsmen with his disciplined bowling; He is the X factor that most teams crave. Although Stokes, by his own lofty standards, did not enjoy much success in IPL 2018 and IPL 2019, he made amends in IPL 2020, scoring 285 runs in 8 matches with a whirlwind ton while opening the batting against Mumbai Indians. The England cricketer will be eager to impress and leave his mark in IPL 2021.
His base price in this IPL 2023 Auction is 2 cr.