Former Indian leg-spinner Anil Kumble has picked an overseas spin option for five-time champions Indian Premier League (IPL). He feels that Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikander Raza can play a great role for the team as he can give them a wonderful middle-order batting, along with his spin which is not easy to pick.
Sikander Raza registers himself for the IPL 2023 auction
Zimbabwe all-rounder Sikander Raza is rated as one of the best players among all the low-ranked teams. His ability to contribute equally with the bat as well as the ball put him right alongside the top all-rounders in the world.
Raza’s staggering display with both bat and ball was one of the main reasons behind Zimbabwe’s qualifying for the T20 World Cup 2022. However, he didn’t stop there as he played well in the tournament as well and gave his side a real chance to qualify for the semi-final.
Raza finished as Zimbabwe’s highest run-scorer in the tournament, with 219 runs to his name at a strike rate of 147.97. He also picked up 10 wickets with a decent economy of 6.50. One of the main highlights of his campaign was when his bowling performance set up the shock win over Pakistan.
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Raza has now registered himself for the IPL 2023 auction. It’s fair to say many franchises would have kept a keen eye on him during the T20 World Cup 2022. He has set himself the base price of INR 20 lacs and with the kind of ability he has, it is expected that he will feature in the tournament this year.
Anil Kumble bats for Sikander Raza to be picked by Mumbai Indians for IPL 2023
As IPL 2023 auction is just a few days away now, former Indian leg spinner Anil Kumble feels that Sikander Raza can give a wonderful middle order batting, along with his spin, which is not easy to pick, for Mumbai Indians. He said:
“Sikandar Raza could be an overseas spin option for Mumbai Indians. He can give you a wonderful middle order batting, along with his spin which is not easy to pick”. He said.
The IPL 2023 auction will take place on 23rd December in Kochi. It remains to be seen if Raza will attract bidders or not.