IPL has made the announcement regarding the base price of cricketers who have signed up for the upcoming auctions. At times, players tend to overvalue themselves in the auctions. While it could go against them on a few occasions, it is largely not a big decision for players who are sure themselves of a contract. Of course, it does speak a few things about the confidence of the cricketer. In this article, we take a look at five players who have over-valued themselves in the base price for IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions.
1) Devdutt Padikkal – INR 2 Cr
Devdutt Padikkal is one of the players who have over-valued themselves in the base price for IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions. The Bengaluru-based cricketer has set his base price at INR 2 Cr. Considering he is fairly new to the game, it is surprising that he has picked this slot. Devdutt has played only two games for India so far and has featured in 29 IPL fixtures.
It also needs to be noted that his recent form has not been great. He struggled in the UAE edition of IPL 2021 and could not strike form in the domestic competitions, as well. That said, he is a youngster and has plenty of scope for improvement. He is sure to get a good contract, as many teams would want to invest in the future.
2) Harshal Patel – INR 2 Cr
Although he is in terrific form, Harshal Patel seems to have over-price himself in regard to the base price. Until recently, Harshal had a tough time in getting into the Indian Team. However, after a Purple Cup-winning IPL campaign, his stocks have risen considerably.
Many players such as Manish Pandey and Washington Sundar have placed themselves in lower brackets. However, Harshal has decided to enter the auctions in the INR 2 Cr bracket. While it is certain that he will get a contract, it is also good to note that he sees himself as a top T20 asset.
3) Ashton Agar – INR 2 Cr
Ashton Agar has been doing well for Australia in recent years. For a player who still does not have a fixed spot in the XI, a base price of INR 2 Cr seems too high.
Nevertheless, Agar might have considered one more aspect while deciding his base price. IPL is now played in a bio-bubble, and it might not be a worthwhile effort to stay in it for two months if there is not a good pay package. This could have driven him to enter the auctions in the top bracket.
4) Nathan Lyon – INR 1.5 Cr
Similar to Agar, Lyon could have also calculated INR 1.5 Cr to be a minimum deal if he has to spend his time in the IPL. However, unlike Agar, Lyon might not gather interest at the auctions.
He is a Test specialist and has not shown his skills in the shortest format. Franchises would anyways not go after unidimensional overseas players in the spin department unless they are as talented as the likes of Adam Zampa.
5) David Willey – INR 2 Cr
David Willey is also one of the players who have over-valued themselves in the base price for IPL 2022 Mega-Auctions. The Englishman does not have a place cemented in the English T20 XI. Hence, it is surprising that he has picked himself in the top bracket.
However, there could be suitors for the player. Willey is an intelligent T20 bowler who can also smash a few big hits in the lower order. He also has good experience in various T20 leagues to back his attributes.