IPL 2019: Best XI from the signings made this auction
The IPL auction has ended and it seems like every team have got what they wanted. Some teams went ahead and emptied their pockets for newbies and also some for old horses too. This year has been no different. The amount of research, these franchises go through every year before the auction is mammoth, but it doesn't bear fruit everytime.
IPL, no doubt is a bread and butter, especially for the ones who don't make a living playing for their country. This year's auction was like any other auction, a search for an anomaly!
Every year IPL franchises lookout for players who bring something new to the table. And they are ready to spend millions on such players.
Let's look at the best team of 11 players who were sold in this year's auction.
#1 Johnny Bairstow
The aggressive English batsman has proved his mettle on the big stage in the shorter formats. And adapting to IPL would be a cakewalk for him. His dominating style of play might have seduced the SRH selectors to pick him up at ₹ 2.2 cr.
His style of play is tailor-made for the T20 version of the game, which is to attack the bowlers in the first 6 overs. The Hyderabad ground has always seemed to favour those who attack early on rather than those who take it to the last over.
In his 22 innings in international T20s, Bairstow has managed to maintain a healthy strike rate of 125.71. It will be interesting to see how his approach will be in India.
#2 Wriddhiman Saha
Saha has been around IPL for a long time but it was only in 2014 that people discovered him after he scored a magnificent hundred in the night of the final at Chinnaswamy stadium. With that century he showed his strength and adaptability in the side. He opened the innings and batted till the end.
Saha is keen on making an international comeback and given the fact that Indian selectors look for IPL to select test players it won't be a bad buy for SRH since Saha is looking like a wounded lion waiting to hunt, because he has watched too much of Rishab Pant now.
Saha has scored more than 1600 runs at a healthy average and strike rate of 24.33 and 129.85 respectively. Along with the runs he brings great skills along with him behind the wicket. He is probably the best wicketkeeper in India at the moment besides Dhoni.