#2 Baba Aparajith
Having been part of Chennai Super Kings and Rising Pune Supergiant in the past, Baba Aparajith does possess a fair amount of experience of being a part of IPL. However, the 25-year-old Tamil Nadu all-rounder is yet to play a game in the competition.
This could change though, with the cricketer churning out big scores consistently in recent weeks. He has been in splendid form, both with the bat and the ball, thus opening the floodgates for him to finally make his IPL debut.
In 12 games at the Vijay Hazare Trophy, Aparajith scored 598 runs at an average of 66.44. He was one of the main reasons behind Tamil Nadu's successful run in the competition. In the ongoing Deodhar Trophy too, Aparajith scored a century in the first game.
Aparajith is a handy off-spinner, who can be used to torment the left-handers in the opposition. He picked 11 wickets in the VHT and showed good bowling form too.
Aparajith can easily fit into the No.3 or No.4 position in the batting line-up. Although he is more suited to holding one end up, Aparajith can also up the tempo when required. It is useful when one of the players in the top-order can contribute a few overs with the ball. The Tamil Nadu cricketer can do this, thereby increasing his value in the team.
Aparajith has led teams in various divisions of Tamil Nadu cricket. Whilst this may not be of much avail in the presence of other senior players in the team, Aparajith's leadership experience is a beneficial skillset to have during crunch situations in a game.
Domestic all-rounders usually command good bucks at the auction and Aparajith will likely follow suit on December 19th at Kolkata.