IPL Auction 2022 openers who will be targeted by Knights Shahrukh Khan Team and Kings of Punjab Preity Zinta Team
In the Indian Premier League mega auction, the Punjab Kings will enter with the most purses. He has Rs 72 crore to build a strong squad ahead of IPL 2022. She can buy a maximum of 23 players including a maximum of 8 foreigners in these rupees. Punjab Kings, co-owned by Preity Zinta, have retained Mayank Agarwal (Rs 12 crore) and Arshdeep Singh (Rs 4 crore).
On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders, co-owned by Shah Rukh Khan, retained Andre Russell, Varun Chakraborty, Venkatesh Iyer and Sunil Narine. 48 crores are now left in her purse. She can buy a maximum of 21 players with this money. The quota of openers of the two teams was not reached.
In such a situation, during the IPL 2022 mega auction, Punjab Kings Chris Lynn, Martin Guptill and Ishan Kishan, while KKR can spend millions of rupees to include Faf du Plessis, Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow in their squad. Let us know what could be the reason behind this?
Australia’s Chris Lynn has proven himself in the IPL playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders. He was also part of the Mumbai Indians but he could only play one game there. As an opener, he may prove to be a dangerous pair with Mayank Agarwal.
Chris Lynn can give his team a quick start. In such a situation, Mayank Agarwal can carry over the innings to the other side. Chris Lynn is also an expert at scoring big once he’s placed in the crease.
Kiwi fly-half Martin Guptill is one of the most explosive batsmen in T20 cricket. In IPL, he played for three teams (Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad). However, he didn’t have enough chances.
Guptill is the top scorer in T20 international cricket. He has played in various T20 leagues around the world. Keeping all these things in mind, Punjab Kings can invest heavily on Guptill again.
If the Punjab Kings are looking for an Indian opener, they can bet big on Ishan Kishan. Ishan Kishan was released by Mumbai ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction. Neither of the two new teams showed interest in buying Ishan Kishan.
However, during the auction, the Punjab Kings can use their huge purse to include Ishan Kishan in their squad. His role as wicketkeeper will prove to be an advantage for the team.
Faf Du Plessis
Former South African team captain Faf du Plessis has scored plenty of points against KKR in the IPL in recent years. During the auction, the franchise can try to include him in their team, so that he can also score many points for KKR. Du Plessis had scored the highest 400 points for Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2020. He was the second highest points scorer this season.
Shikhar Dhawan can be the first choice for every franchise looking for Indian openers. He is one of the most experienced players to have played in the league. He has done exceptionally well over the past 3 years. This left-handed batsman has scored 1726 runs over the past 3 years.
It also includes its 12 fifties and 2 centuries. Dhawan is a better option to give the team a good start. He also has the ability to lead. Considering all these characteristics, Kolkata Knight Riders can consider investing in Shikhar Dhawan.
Besides the fly-half, KKR is also looking for a wicket-keeper. One of England’s star batsmen, Jonny Bairstow fits perfectly into both roles. His IPL record is impeccable. Since IPL 2019, he has scored 1038 league points with 7 in his fifties and a centenarian.
He is a very experienced international cricketer and can strike depending on the situation. He is also flexible on the batting order. Even if he has no experience in leading a team, he can be part of the team’s leadership group.
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