The IPL, since its inception, has unearthed many stars and made proper cricketers out of youngsters. It has molded many youngsters into the great players they have now become. Other than supplying talent to the Indian team, international stars too have earned a place in their side based on their IPL performances.
Players like Jofra Archer made their IPL debut much before they entered into international cricket. Over the last 6 months, many new international stars have come into prominence and many of them have been slated as potential IPL stars.
Here are 3 players who could start a bidding war in the auction:
#3 Hazratullah Zazai (Afghanistan)
Afghanistan have had the habit of creating specialist T20 cricketers who have earned the big bucks in the auction over the past few years. Rashid Khan was the first person to benefit by the IPL and was followed by and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Hazratullah Zazai can be the next hot property from Afghanistan. The 20-year-old has just played 5 international games, 3 T20Is, and 2 ODIs where he has scored 189 runs at an average of 39 and a strike rate of 150 which is absolutely phenomenal.
His rise to fame came with his performance for the Kabul Zwanan in the Afghanistan Premier League where he smashed 322 runs in 10 innings with an average of 32.2 and a beastly strike rate of 193.97.
He smashed 50 off 12 balls, the joint fastest 50 in T20 cricket and hit 6 sixes in an over off Abdullah Mazari against the Balkh Legends.
His destructive batting abilities and the fact that he's an opening batsman might prompt teams to go for him. He's a player who will be on the teams' radar by now and must use the chances to play in the IPL if given and make an impact like what his fellow Afghans did.
Possible Takers: Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals
#2 Oshane Thomas (West Indies)
Oshane Thomas was probably the best bowler for the West Indies in the recently concluded T20I series against India. He picked up the wickets of both Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma and conceded just 21 runs on a pretty slow Kolkata pitch and was a force to be reckoned with. His special trait is the bounce he manages to generate with his release and bowls very quick even on half baked pitches.
With express pace and the ability to pick up wickets, he could be a great option for teams to consider. He could solve the problems of many IPL franchises who didn't have a lead overseas fast bowler and is somewhat similar to Lungisani Ngidi who plays for the Chennai Super Kings and was a revelation last season.
While he has not picked up many wickets in India, this young pacer shows tremendous promise and might very well reward the team which picks him. RR made a similar choice last season when they bought Jofra Archer who performed exceptionally well in the Big Bash League. With possibilities of the IPL being shifted to South Africa, Oshane Thomas is certainly an option for teams to consider.
Possible Takers: Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab
#1 Shimron Hetmyer (West Indies)
Shimron Hetmyer is one among many players who burst into the limelight after playing in the Caribbean Premier League. He played for the Guyana Amazon Warriors and had a tremendous season scoring 440 runs in 12 innings at an average of 40 and a strike rate of 150.
That wasn't all for Hetmyer as he scored a century in the first ODI against India off just 75 balls and tormented the Indian bowling lineup. He followed it up with 95 in the second game where Shai Hope scored a century to tie the game. He recently said that his dream was to play in the IPL and his could be fulfilled as his achievements have forced the cricketing world to turn their attention towards him and will surely be a strong contender for a selection in an IPL franchise.
Just 21 years of age, he is already a key part of this Windies side and can solve many middle order problems which sides faced last season.
Shimron will certainly attract huge bids from teams and has all the potential to become the next superstar. He is yet another player who could become hot property at the IPL auction.
Possible Takers: Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab