Home > Features >

IPL 2014 Auction: overseas MVPs

© Getty Images
Johnson Charles (left), Mitchell McClenaghan and James Neesham are the players to watch out in IPL auction © Getty Images

 

By Abhijit Banare

 

The Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions are here and the franchisees are once again in a mad rush to find the best picks and top performers for their team. While there are the international stars who are worth in gold shining across leagues and for national teams, there could still be some diamonds yet to be polished from the official list of 233 players listed in the auction so far. This article looks at some of those players who can give value for their money.

 

1) James Neesham: New Zealand cricket is warming to Corey Anderson fever. The left-hand all-rounder will undoubtedly be among the most expensive pick in the IPL auction, but teams who have done their research well would not have missed their sight on another all-rounder, James Nesham. With his bowling skills and equally impressive big-hitting skills, Neesham could well be the impact player. To be specific, Neesham is the player that budget teams like Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SH) should be aiming for. He performed well for New Zealand during their dismal tour to Bangladesh.

2) Farveez Mahroof: He may have faded away from limelight, as he is no more part of Sri Lanka’s national plans. But 29-year-old Mahroof can still be a prized catch for a team wanting an all-rounder. In all likelihood the franchisees would not put a high bid on him going by his present reputation, but it might just be a smart move to keep him in the team. With his T20 experience, he could be a good death overs bowler

3) Mohammad Mahmudullah: Bangladesh is not all about Shakib Al Hasan! Mahmudullah is the one who can be in the radar of IPL teams. With his off-spin and aggressive batting style, he is the typical T20 all-rounder.He hasn’t  yet played the IPL.

4) Wriddhiman Saha: Chennai Super Kings (CSK) may have a champion team, but that also means their equally strong bench strength has gone untested. Wriddhiman Saha is among the ones who has spent most of the time cooling the heels whilehe was  at CSK (Has been a bench strength for India as well). Saha isn’t a power-hitter,  but can be valuable like say Ajinkya Rahane or Mahela Jayawardene.

Tim Southee (centre) © AFP
Tim Southee (centre) has the ability to bowl yorkers at will © AFP

5) Tim Southee: Another Chennai player used hardly by the franchisee. Southee is not just an exceptional swing bowler but someone whom you can rely on to deliver six yorkers in an over. And he has done it once for Chennai. Southee is among the few clever T20 bowlers who can outfox the batsmen. And not to forget, considering it is just about 20 overs, Southee can still sustain his big hitting in the last five overs. Another value-for money overseas player.

6) Johnson Charles: Absolutely no doubt that he is going to be a top pick for the IPL teams. His aggressive style as an opener makes him a near perfect candidate for starting the innings for any team. And his brief success on the recent tour to India too will hold him in good stead.

7) Dilruwan Perera: The riskiest of buys, as not much has been known about him in the international scene. But an impressive Test debut  would have attracted some eyeballs, even if it was in Tests.

8) Mitchell McClenaghan: A risky buy, he isn’t the best with the bat. But McClenaghan is a Mitchell Johnson-like pacer, who could go for runs, but can get wickets. And irrespective of the format, wickets can win you a game every single time. McClenaghan takes wickets  when a batsman is going after him. In the series against India, he bagged some important scalps of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli when they were in full flow. A genuine fast bowler for IPL teams to pick from. The only issue could be, pacers from Australia and New Zealand haven’t fared well on Indian pitches and it takes some skill to adjust to conditions here.

9) Rayad Emrit: Trinidad & Tobago is known to contribute valuable players to IPL with Kieron Pollard, Kevon Cooper, Sunil Narine. Emrit made his international debut long back yet, to hog the limelight. He can be a decent buy.

10) Doug Bollinger: The Australian pacer has been away from the limelight. A regular for Chennai, he missed out on a few matches in the last season. A smart bowler with a good bouncer for Indian pitches. Made early inroads for Chennai with the ball..

(Abhijit Banare is a reporter at CricketCountry. He is an avid quizzer and loves to analyse and dig out interesting facts which allows him to learn something new every day. Apart from cricket he also likes to keep a sharp eye on Indian politics, and can be followed on Twitter and blog)

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Centurion

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 17, 2014 (05:29 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

West Indies in South Africa, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (14:00 IST)   at Port Elizabeth

Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (03:30 IST)   at Christchurch

India tour of Australia, 2014-15

Dec 26, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Melbourne

More

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 19, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 68 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 17, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

New Zealand won by 7 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 16, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 87 runs

Pakistan vs New Zealand in UAE, 2014

Dec 14, 2014  at Sharjah

Pakistan won by 147 runs

England tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Dec 13, 2014  at Pallekele

Sri Lanka won by 90 runs

Photos

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane

Videos

Josh Hazlewood looks back at his 5-wicket haul

India vs Australia 2014-15, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 4: Shikhar Dhawan injured, India five down

Pakistan vs New Zealand, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Key clashes

Live Cricket Score, South Africa vs West Indies,1st Test, Day 3 at Centurion: Samuels and Chanderpaul rebuild for West Indies

Pakistan vs New Zealand 2014, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi Preview: Teams prepare for high-octane finale

Anil Kumble Australia India Ishant Sharma Moments in history Ravichandran Ashwin Ricky Ponting South Africa

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 4: Josh Hazlewood dismisses MS Dhoni

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 4: Mitchell Johnson dismisses Rohit Sharma

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 4: Mithcell Johnson gets rid of Ajinkya Rahane

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 4: Virat Kohli bowled by Mitchell Johnson

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 4: Cheteshwar Pujara crosses 2,000 runs in Tests

New Zealand vs Pakistan, 5th ODI at Abu Dhabi: Marks out of 10 for Kiwis

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane: India and tail

India vs Australia, 2nd Test at Brisbane: India’s tail ought to take leaf out of Australian tail’s book

India vs Australia 2nd Test at Brisbane, Day 3: India’s pathetic bowling performance, Mitchell Johnson’s onslaught and other highlights

India’s inability to dismiss Australia’s tail can have huge impact

Fan of the Day

Suraj Gowda

Suraj Gowda

653 Posts | 10 Fans

India vs Australia: Murali Vijay's 144, Video highlights

प्रसिद्ध कथक नृत्यांगना सितारा देवी नहीं रही

More broadband connections to boost GDP growth in Asia Pacific: GSMA

India is becoming our largest overseas market, Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun says

Bigg Boss 8: Ali Quli Mirza, Renee Dhyani, Upen Patel, Praneet Bhatt, Sonali Raut – who should be evicted this week?

Revealed: The reason why Kishore Kumar’s biopic starring Ranbir Kapoor won’t feature Katrina Kaif!

अभिनेत्री प्रियंका चोपड़ा ने स्वच्छ भारत अभियान में हिस्सा लिया

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here