With the beginning of the new year, preparations have also started for the 15th season of IPL. In the mega auction of IPL 2022, 1,214 players are going to bid. Let us tell you that there will be 896 Indian and 318 foreign players. 10 teams are going to participate in this two-day-long mega auction. The auction will include 270 capped players, 903 uncapped players, and players from 41 partner countries.
Let us tell you that this will be the first major auction of IPL after the year 2018. There was a total of 8 teams in the mega auction of IPL 2018. But this time 10 teams will participate in the auction in 2022. The 10 teams together have spent a total of Rs 338 crore on 33 players.
The special thing is that 49 players have been included in the list of minimum price of 2 crores released for this Big Mega Auction. There are 17 Indians on this list, while 32 are foreign players. Talking about India, apart from Ravichandran Ashwin, the names of Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Suresh Raina are included in this list.
The shortlisted names from the franchisees will be put up for bidding in the mega auction to be held in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13. At the same time, apart from Rabada, Bravo, Warner, foreign players include big names like Adam Zampa, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Mark Wood, Trent Boult and Faf du Plessis.
KL Rahul has been added by the new fledgling team of Lucknow for 17 crores. In such a situation, KL Rahul has also become the most expensive player in IPL history. Earlier, former RCB captain Virat Kohli used to get only 17 crores from the 2018 to 2021 season. Lucknow has also made KL the captain of its team.
Simultaneously, the Ahmedabad squad has strengthened its ranks by acquiring Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya and Afghanistan's famous spinner Rashid Khan for (15-15 crores) and talented opener Shubman Gill for (15-15 crores) (8 crores). Hardik has also been named captain of the team.
The Mumbai Indians did not re-sign Pandya. Pandya is said to be from Gujarat, and the franchise has chosen him, captain, to capitalise on his popularity among local supporters. The team is hoping that even if Pandya does not bowl, the contract would be advantageous for them.
West Indies legend Chris Gayle has not given his name in the auction. At the same time, Australia's Mitchell Starc, England's Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Joe Root, Chris Woakes have also not included their names in the auction.