On Saturday, IPL announced the list of players who had registered themselves for the upcoming IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions. The list of players in the top brackets of base price was also announced. In this article, we take a look at five players who have underpriced themselves for IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions.
A few seasons ago, capped Indians were rated highly in the competition. However, in recent years, the trend has been such that if a player is underperforming, he might go unsold at the auctions. At times, the base price of a player could also play a role in the decision of the franchises. Hence, to assure themselves of a contract at least, some players tend to undervalue themselves in the auction while selecting their base price. In this article, we take a look at five players who might have done that for IPL 2022.
1) Ajinkya Rahane – INR 1 Cr
Ajinkya Rahane is one of the players who have underpriced themselves for IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions. Not long ago, Ajinkya Rahane was a captain of an IPL franchise. However, after moving to Delhi Capitals, his opportunities have diminished. A player who also led India a few months ago, the base price of INR 1 cr is pretty low. With two more teams in the fray, an experienced player like Rahane would be of good value. The Mumbai cricketer also did well in the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Hence, it is surprising that he has kept his base price low.
2) Manish Pandey – INR 1 Cr
A few teams are looking at Manish Pandey as a captaincy choice. At SRH, Pandey was too much under pressure to perform. However, if Pandey plays at the right position with the right people around him, he can win games easily. He did that for KKR a couple of years ago. Pandey has also played for the Indian T20I Team recently and therefore, it is surprising that his base price is just INR 1 cr.
3) Washington Sundar – INR 1.5 Cr
The likes of Devdutt Padikkal and Harshal Patel, who made their India debut only recently, have kept themselves in the INR 2 cr base-price bracket. However, Washington Sundar has refrained from doing that. Actually, he is not in any fear of not getting a contract. A youngster, Washi’s attributes as an all-rounder will tempt most franchises. In fact, he can expect himself at the centre of a bidding war at the auctions.
4) Nitish Rana – INR 1 Cr
Nitish Rana has played for India and is also experienced in the league. He is also one of the very few Indian batsmen in the top-order or the middle-order who can bowl. He is also a left-hander and hence, Rana is likely to get a good bid at the auctions. If not INR 2 cr, he could have valued himself at INR 1.5 cr may be.
5) Kuldeep Yadav – INR 1 Cr
Kuldeep Yadav is also one of the who have underpriced themselves for IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions. Although game-time has been an issue for him in recent seasons, it needs to be noted that a few years ago, Kuldeep was an undroppable name from the limited-overs team. He is young and could still attract a huge bid.