It was expected that one of the two new franchises would target Ishan Kishan before the auctions. However, no team was able to sign the player. Now, the youngster will feature in the auctions. As per the predictions of many, he could end up as the costliest player at the event. On that note, in this article, we take a look at four teams that could target India’s Ishan Kishan in IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions.
1) Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians surprised many by releasing Ishan Kishan before the auctions. However, they could now go a long way in having him back in the squad. Ishan did well both at the top and in the middle-order for the franchise. MI now also needs a keeper and an opening partner for Ishan Kishan. Although they could try to go back for Quinton de Kock, as well, Ishan Kishan will still be their first option.
2) Royal Challengers Bangalore
Like most other franchises, RCB also needs an opener and a wicket-keeper. They were interested in Ishan Kishan back in the IPL 2018 Mega-Auctions. Since they need a player of a similar profile, they could target to bid for him again. Ishan Kishan coming into the XI will make RCB have one of the best batting line-ups in the competition.
3) Punjab Kings
Mayank Agarwal is the only capped retention for Punjab before IPL 2022 Auctions. They have the highest purse at the event, and hence, they could exert monopoly at the start of the bidding event. One name they will surely focus on is Ishan Kishan. While he can be the perfect replacement for KL Rahul at the top, Ishan also offers a leadership role in the long term. Hence, PBKS could target Ishan Kishan in IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions.
4) Sunrisers Hyderabad
SRH is one of the teams that could target Ishan Kishan in IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions. Apart from having to set up a good squad, SRH is also in need of a brand rehash. With the departures of David Warner and Rashid Khan, the franchise has lost a chunk of its fanbase. Hiring potential superstars such as Ishan Kishan could be a gamechanger for the team. Of course, the franchise needs an opener and a wicket-keeper, both roles that could be fulfilled by Ishan Kishan.