The 14th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is getting close, and all the teams have announced the list of their retained/released players. The trading window has been opened for teams to trade some players before the mini-action, which is expected to take place in the third week of February.
As the auction is near, the cricket experts and Pundits have started releasing their prophecies concerning how much money some certain players can attract in the upcoming auctions.
Meanwhile, former India opener and now commentator Aakash Chopra has made a bold prediction on the day when the 8 IPL franchises announced their released and retained players of the 14th edition of the cash-rich league.
Aakash Chopra: Mitchell Starc Can Become Most Expensive IPL Buy Ever
The cricketer-turned-commentator has predicted Australian speedster Mitchell Starc to become the most expensive IPL player ever breaking the record set by Pat Cummins in the 2020 auction.
Notably, Starc hasn’t played too many games in the lucrative league due to injuries or personal reasons. It is expected that the New South Wales pacer shall be available for selection this time around and franchises will target him because Starc is a top-rated death bowler. The left-arm has so far played 27 IPL games and picked up 34 wickets at an average of 20.38 with 4/15 being his best.
Further, then 43-year-old said that Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman, who was released by KXIP on Wednesday can fetch somewhere around Rs 7 to 8 crore. Jason Roy, part of Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020, can go for Rs 4-6 crore according to the cricketer-turned-commentator.
Released Australia cricketers Glenn Maxwell and Nathan Coulter-Nile can “decent contracts”, Aakash Chopra said.
The former Delhi batsman also expressed a lot of confidence in IPL future of Australia all-rounder Cameron Green and New Zealand’s 6 feet seven-inch tall pacer Kylie Jamieson.
“Jamieson to receive solid interest. 5-7 crore. Green for 5-6 crore,” Aakash Chopra predicted.