The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 is set to provide a platform to a lot of new cricketers with the arrival of two new franchises of Ahmedabad and Lucknow. Apart from this, the existing names will also get a chance to showcase their talent who warmed the benches in the previous editions.
The existing eight teams have revealed their retentions ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction. This has come as a surprise for many with many big players released by their former teams. Now, let’s look at the top five spinners who might grab big bucks at the mega auction.
India’s one of the finest limited-over spin bowlers of recent years, Yuzvendra Chahal, was surprisingly released by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ahead of IPL 2022. The 31-year-old will surely begin a bidding war at the auction table if he’s not bought by any of the two new franchises amongst their top picks.
One of the greatest T20 bowlers of all time, Rashid Khan, was released by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) as he was considered the second-choice player. However, the Afghan cricketer wasn’t ready for this and wanted to try his luck at the mega auction. Khan is also reportedly in touch with the Lucknow franchise for the upcoming season.
Veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin recently made a terrific comeback in white-ball cricket in the national colours. The Tamil Nadu cricketer was recalled for the much-awaited 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE after a span of more than four years. Ashwin’s experience and leadership skills will definitely work in his favour during IPL 2022.
Rahul Chahar has stormed into the Indian national team owing to his stellar performances for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the recent years of IPL. The youngster was also picked ahead of Chahal in the Indian squad for the 2021 T20 WC. However, he was released by the five-time champions and will most likely find a new team for the upcoming season of the cash-rich league.
Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga has been quite impressive in various T20 leagues across the globe. He was also the leading wicket-taker in the 20-over World Cup with 16 scalps, including an iconic hat-trick against South Africa. The Galle-born’s power-hitting skills will be an additional factor to attract franchise owners towards him at the IPL 2022 mega auction.