IPL 2022 auction: Five leg-spinners who could start bidding war
The craft of leg-spin has its relevance in T20 cricket. Every year, the Indian Premier League (IPL) gives plenty of wrist-spinners a platform to showcase their skills. Indian youngster Ravi Bishnoi climbed the ladder in 2020. This year, several leg-spinners have registered for the IPL 2022 mega auction. Here are some of them who could start a bidding war between franchises.
Australian leg-spinner Adam Zampa, who missed the IPL 2021, has registered this time for a base price Rs. 2 crore. The 29-year-old represented Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2020. He has also played for Rising Pune Supergiant (2016 and 2017). This time, Zampa will be even more effective on the Indian wickets. He has taken 21 wickets from 14 IPL games at 17.62 so far.
England's Adli Rashid is one of the most prolific leg-spinners in T20 cricket. He has also registered for the IPL auction for a base price of Rs. 2 crore. Rashid played only a solitary game for Punjab Kings in the 2021 season. He has taken 248 wickets from 213 T20s at an average of 21.85. Rashid recently became England's leading wicket-taker in T20Is.
South Africa's Imran Tahir has served Chennai Super Kings for years. He was once a mainstay leg-spinner in their bowling attack. Even at 42, Tahir has the propensity to outfox the greatest of batters. He has the experience to produce breakthroughs at any stage of the match. Tahir, who averages 20.77 in the IPL, will be available at Rs. 2 crore in the auction.
Indian left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been a victim of poor player-management. He played just five matches for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2020. The Chinaman warmed the bench in the entire 2021 season. Kuldeep, who is one of the few left-arm leg-spinners in world cricket, could be a valuable asset for any franchise. He has taken 40 wickets from 45 IPL matches.
Indian leg-spinner Rahul Chahar rose to prominence in the IPL while playing for Mumbai Indians. He has taken over 10 wickets each in last three IPL seasons (2021, 2020, and 2019). Chahar, who owns 43 wickets at 25.97 in the IPL, has a base price of Rs. 75 lakh. He was also a part of the Indian squad at the 2021 T20 World Cup.