5 players who can steal the limelight in the 2018 IPL auction
The IPL is entering its second decade and the most exciting news so far has been the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals after a ban of two years. Two-time IPL-winning captain MS Dhoni, Indian captain Virat Kohli and reigning IPL champion Rohit Sharma have all been retained by their respective IPL sides, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians ahead of IPL 2018.
All eight teams have retained at least one player ahead of the auctions. However, there were a few surprises as players like KL Rahul and Quinton de Kock were not retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils respectively.
Let's take a look at five players who can steal the limelight in the IPL 2018 auction.
#5 Krunal Pandya
Krunal Pandya was the name on the lips of all Mumbai Indians fans the past couple of years. Mumbai Indians would have considered retaining him as he would have cost them just INR 3 crore. But at the end, they retained their successful captain Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and death over specialist Jasprit Bumrah.
He scored 240 runs and grabbed 10 wickets in the 10th edition of IPL with an economy of 6.82, the least for any Mumbai Indians bowler.
He will be the big catch in the 2018 auction because of his all-around capabilities.