Mitchell Johnson is set to be one of the most valuable players in the 2014 IPL auctions © IANS
Mitchell Johnson is set to be one of the most valuable players in the 2014 IPL auctions © IANS

 

Sydney: Jan 16, 2014

 

Australian pace sensation Mitchell Johnson will reportedly compete with his teammate and compatriot, David Warner, as the country’s most valuable Twenty20 player at next month”s Indian Premier League (IPL) player auctions, following his successful return to the elite ranks of international cricket.

 

Warner has long been regarded as Australia”s best player in the shortest form of the game but Johnson’s stocks have risen for the IPL buyers after his magnificent performances in the Ashes.

 

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Johnson is tipped to fetch a 1.12 million-dollar price tag after his Ashes performance and could even go as high as 1.2 million dollars, with an IPL team director putting his name on top of the most sought after list, which includes four other Australians in the form of Warner, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, for the 2014 IPL.

 

The director said that Johnson is the only player amongst the Australians to get a serious price bid as he offers something nobody else does , which is his hostility with the ball, and also added that he is a premium player.

 

Finch’s rapid improvement in the limited-overs scene has not gone unnoticed by IPL franchises, who had ignored him at last year’s auction, while Australia’s emerging pace talent of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, along with Nathan Coulter-Nile will be nominated at the auction, the report added.