IPL Auction 2019: Five overseas players who could become millionaires

With the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup homing in immediately after the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League, franchises will look to add more overseas muscle to their squads on Tuesday’s IPL player auction in Jaipur.

A limited pool of players and purse means franchises will only look to add back-up options or find the missing links for teams that found themselves in the bottom half of the 2018 edition, but some promising young talent from around the world available, the following overseas players could suddenly become the talk of the town come Tuesday.

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Joe Denly

The England allrounder fell out of favour after making his international debut in 2010, but a stunning comeback eight years later against Sri Lanka could see him in the middle of a bidding war after a breakout 2018. Denly’s second coming included lower order runs and four wickets with his handy legspin, which found him named Player of the Year by the Professional Cricketers’ Association as well as the domestic T20 and One-Day competitions. Leg-spinners remain in high demand in the Indian Premier League, and his recent performances should attract the attention of multiple franchises looking for the perfect No. 6 or 7 in their line-up.

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Luke Ronchi

The New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman has been in scintillating form in T20 competitions across the world, and his performances in the Pakistan Super League mark him out to be a top pick at this IPL auction as well. Ronchi’s retirement from the international game mean he will be available for the full duration of the competition, and teams like Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals could spark a huge tussle at the auction table.

Shimron Hetmyer has spoken of his desire to bag an IPL contract
Shimron Hetmyer has spoken of his desire to bag an IPL contract. © IANS

Shimron Hetmyer

The 21-year-old West Indies batsman showcased his hard-hitting talents for his team on their tour of India earlier this year, and IPL franchises would have taken notice of his skills which could set him up for a massive payday at Tuesday’s auctions. Hetmyer is no stranger to hitting big in T20 leagues; he scored 440 runs in the Caribbean Premier League in the build-up to the India ODI series in which he tallied another 259. He looks at ease playing both pace and spin, and will be an ideal candidate for franchises looking to add some muscle to their top order, particularly Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad, the latter looking to find a like-for-like addition to David Warner.

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Sam Curran

The England seamer was India’s choice for Man of the Series during their Test tour of England, in which they were undone by his left-arm swing and lower order batting. The 20-year-old has burst onto the scene with terrific all-round performances, the ideal choice for franchises looking for players with similar skills, and his recent performances with the bat on the tour of Sri Lanka have also ensured his abilities on slow and low pitches, identical to the ones found in India. Despite a high base price of Rs. 2 crore, Curran would be high on the list for franchises like Delhi Daredevils, Mumbai Indians (looking for a replacement for Mustafizur Rehman) as well as Kolkata Knight Riders, who let go of Chris Woakes.

Hazratullah Zazai

Afghanistan players have been a revelation for their respective franchises, mostly due to their spin-bowling abilities like Rashid Khan for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mujeeb-ur-Rehman for Kings XI Punjab last season. But Hazratullah Zazai is of the Mohammad Shehzad mould, and came into prominence after his 12-ball half-century  in the inaugural Afghanistan Premier League, which included six sixes in an over. A career strike-rate of over 150 in T20s mark him out to be a solid contender to break the bank at the IPL auction.