‘I would be surprised if someone is not looking at Sikandar Raza’ – Harsha Bhogle


‘I would be surprised if someone is not looking at Sikandar Raza’ – Harsha Bhogle

One of the most renowned commentators around the globe, Harsha Bhogle believes Sikandar Raza will erupt a bidding war at the mini-auction for IPL 2023. His ability to score crucial runs with the bat and pick up wickets effectively with the ball can come in handy for any side in the world.

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Speaking on the Cricbuzz show, the commentator said: “I would be surprised if someone is not looking at Sikandar Raza at the 2023 IPL Auction.” Raza was in top-notch form in the recently concluded T20 World Cup in Australia. He smashed 219 runs at an average of 27.37 and a healthy strike-rate of 147.97.

In addition to that, Raza also picked up 10 wickets in eight games at an economy of just 6.50. As a spinner, he has a lot of variations which will attract many buyers. He was also named in the ICC Team of the Tournament for his exploits throughout the event.

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Ashish Nehra opines on Sikandar Raza

Ashish Nehra
Ashish Nehra

Apart from Harsha Bhogle, former Indian cricketer Ashish Nehra also raised the bar for the Zimbabwean all-rounder. “Sikandar Raza brings a lot to the table. It’s not just his batting but he can contribute with the bowl as well. Also his ability to bat deep at 5 or 6 will make him a strong choice for a lot of IPL franchises. “

All IPL teams submitted their list of retained players on Tuesday (November 15). While some teams released a few names, teams like Mumbai Indians let their 13 players go at the auction. Despite the auction being a mini one, there will be no shortage of big names.

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The likes of Ben Stokes, Sam Curran and Cameron Green are expected to throw their names for the event. It will be interesting to see how the franchises execute their plans at the auction table. The away and home venue system will return next season, making the tournament even further exciting.

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