IPL Auction 2022: Four overseas openings that will spark a bidding war
One of the most successful foreign players in league history, David Warner is still considered one of the most successful openers in the format. Although Sunrisers Hyderabad may not have retained him after his unceremonious dismissal as captain last year, the left-handed hitter is said to still be on the minds of several franchises as they look to build their teams from from zero.
Warner amassed 5,449 runs in 150 matches in the IPL and slammed four centuries and 50 half centuries. He has a penchant for scoring big up front and capable of playing big shots.
Warner is a brilliant accumulator and also a power play aggressor. With the tournament’s two new franchises, teams are reportedly looking to go after Australia’s senior hitter for the variety he brings to the table.
2. Jonny Bairstow
The explosive English batsman has a reputation as one of the most destructive hitters in white-ball cricket. The right-handed Yorkshire batsman has often given Sunrisers Hyderabad quick starts and has also forged several important partnerships with David Warner.
Bairstow is also known for hitting big sixes and making the most of field restrictions in overs on the power play. He is also an equally good wicket-keeper and that makes him an even better choice for teams. But the best thing about Bairstow is that he can play a batsman in his own right and any team would seek him out.
3. Quinton de Kock
Like Jonny Bairstow, Quinton de Kock is also a wicket-beater keeper, but his credentials as a full-fledged batsman are sure to spark a bidding war when his name appears at the bidding table.
The South African left-handed batsman has been a regular feature in the IPL and has performed well for the franchises he has been a part of.
In his last two seasons for the Mumbai Indians, de Kock was the regular flyhalf and gave the team some brilliant starts. QDK – who recently retired from the Test format to focus on white-ball cricket – played a big part in MI’s title triumph.
De Kock – who hit Indian bowlers in the recent ODI series between India and South Africa in the latter’s backyard – showed his batting skills on slow pitches in Paarl and Cape Town . His recent performance against Indian pacers and spinners will have franchises opening their coffers.
4. Faf du Plessis
The South African veteran batsman has been one of the key members of the Chennai Super Kings team over the years. Faf du Plessis was one of the main reasons for CSK’s triumph in 2018 and 2021.
His ability to pace the innings makes him one of the franchises top picks at auction. Du Plessis is capable of hitting big sixes on pitches where the ball hits the bat well and hits just as well on slow pitches.
One of those rare cricketers who knows the art of controlling the game, the former South Africa captain could prove to be an asset to any team.