All-rounders play a crucial role in providing the right balance to a side, especially in the limited-overs format. This always puts the players who can bat as well as bowl, a lot more in demand than the uni-dimensional cricketers.
The history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) also suggests a similar story where the all-rounders are generally the most expensive buys at the auction. Now, let’s look at the top five all-rounders who might grab big bucks at the IPL 2022 mega auction, scheduled in the first week of January.
India’s best fast-bowling all-rounder in recent years, Hardik Pandya, was surprisingly released by Mumbai Indians (MI) ahead of IPL 2022. The 28-year-old has been one of the greatest match-winners of the five-time tournament winners during his stint from 2015 onwards. Notably, as per some media reports, he might be bought by the new franchise of Ahmedabad.
England’s Ben Stokes is one of the top all-rounders amongst the active cricketers who was bought by Rajasthan Royals (RR) for a whopping INR 12.5 crores back in 2018. However, he was released by the Jaipur-based franchise ahead of the mega auction which might be a golden opportunity for other teams to grab his services.
Another Englishman in the form of Liam Livingstone makes it to the list of all-rounders who might start a bidding war at the IPL 2022 mega auction. Just like Stokes, the right-hander was associated with the Royals since the last edition of the cash-rich league. His monstrous power-hitting abilities will definitely arise the interest of several franchise owners at the auction table.
Australia’s Mitchell Marsh recently made a terrific comeback in national colours during the recently-concluded 2021 ICC T20 World Cup. He also led his side to a triumph with a match-winning knock of 77* runs in the final against New Zealand. Moreover, he has done reasonably well for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the last couple of years.
West Indian all-rounder Jason Holder might emerge as the dark horse to grab a handsome deal at the mega auction. The lanky cricketer has performed great in whatever limited opportunities given to him in white-ball cricket. If Holder manages to pocket big bucks ahead of IPL 2022, this won’t come as a surprise for cricket fans.