2019 IPL auction: These all-rounders can fetch big bucks
All-rounders play a critical role in the shortest format of cricket, as they provide the much-needed balance. The Indian Premier League boasts of several star all-rounders across franchises. In the IPL 2019 auction, many stars will be up for grabs, as teams have only retained their core and released fringe players. Here we analyze the all-rounders who might fetch big bucks, this time around.
England regular Woakes could set the auction rolling
Royal Challengers Bangalore released England's prime all-rounder Chris Woakes after just one season. Woakes had thrived for KKR in 2017 when he picked 17 wickets in 13 matches. The bowling all-rounder is a proven match-winner and features for England across all formats. The Englishman was one of the top buys, last season and we expect teams to fight for him in the 2019 auction.
Sam Curran could be a wise purchase
Sam Curran is one of the most exciting young talents in world cricket, at the moment. The left-handed pace bowler is a handy batsman and showed his brilliance in the Test series win against India, earlier this year. He has genuine pace and can clear the fences at ease. He is 20 years of age and can be a long-term prospect for any franchise.
Powerful Brathwaite is a handy option for teams
All-rounder Carlos Brathwaite was released by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL trade window. He featured in just four matches last season, but showed his prowess with a knock of 43*. Prior to that, Carlos had donned the jersey of Delhi Daredevils for two seasons. An effective player at the death, he can get wickets as well. We expect he will start a bidding war.