The ICC ODI World Cup 2023 ended with despair for Indian cricket fans. Despite being in formidable form, the Indian team could not clinch the title this time. Amidst this gloomy stage, the IPL 2024 tournament is knocking on our doors. The teams are gearing up for the IPL Mini Auction to be held in Dubai. This is the first time an IPL auction will be conducted outside India. The teams and their fans are thrilled about the budding and veteran players to be hired.
Before finding out the top cricketers to auction, let us learn what this event is and why the teams are participating.
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The IPL Mini Auction 2024 is a smaller version of the major auction that witnesses trading players for the participating teams. The team authorities use their balance in the purse to buy new members or trade the existing ones, considering specific requirements.
This time, the mini-auction will be held on December 19, 2024, in the Coca-Cola Arena, Dubai. This is the first time an IPL auction will be held outside India. The teams and the Cricket Fantasy players are excited to see their favorite teams pursuing top performers globally.
Top Players to look for in IPL Mini Auction 2024
Josh Hazlewood (Australia)
The surprising decision to release the Australian pace bowler by RCB following his stellar performance in the ODI World Cup 2023 has raised eyebrows. Despite a commendable track record of 27 matches in the IPL, Hazlewood’s departure comes after securing 35 wickets at an economy rate 8.06.
His prowess extends beyond the initial overs, proving effective both with the new ball and during the death overs. With such credentials, Hazlewood is a valuable asset for any team seeking a formidable fast bowler. The move leaves fans speculating on the rationale behind the release, as his consistent contributions make him an attractive prospect for franchises needing a reliable and impactful pace option.
Travis Head (Australia)
Travis Head, Australia’s dynamic opener, missed the first part of the World Cup due to a hand injury sustained in September against South Africa. However, he made a strong comeback in Dharamsala against New Zealand, scoring a remarkable 109 off just 67 balls in his first game back. His most memorable performance came in the World Cup final against India in Ahmedabad, where, with Australia struggling at 47/3 while chasing 241, Head played a crucial role. His resilient knock of 137, partnered with Marnus Labuschagne’s 58*, led Australia to their sixth World Cup title.
Given his impressive batting, teams may vie for Head in the IPL 2024 auction, recognizing his potential as one of the key players who could make a significant impact.
Azmatullah Omarzai (Afghanistan)
Afghanistan showed their skills in the World Cup and became a strong team aiming for the semi-finals. One player who stood out was Azmatullah Omarzai, an all-rounder who played exceptionally well. In a match against South Africa during the World Cup league stage, Omarzai scored an unbeaten 97 runs. He scored 353 runs in nine matches throughout the tournament, hitting three fifties against India, Sri Lanka, and South Africa.
One of his best moments was his quick and effective innings of 73 runs off 63 balls against Sri Lanka, helping Afghanistan win by seven wickets. Later, he played an outstanding unbeaten knock of 97 against South Africa in a high-pressure situation. Omarzai’s ability to handle pressure makes him a valuable player. In the upcoming IPL auction, some teams might be willing to spend significantly to have the 23-year-old join their squad.
Rachin Ravindra (New Zealand)
Rachin Ravindra emerged as a standout player in the ODI World Cup, leaving a lasting impact with his consistent and impressive performances. The 24-year-old New Zealand batsman showcased remarkable form, accumulating 578 runs from 10 matches in the tournament. His outstanding achievements included three centuries and two fifties, making him the highest run-scorer for New Zealand in the World Cup.
Ravindra’s entry onto the international stage was marked by an unbeaten 96-ball 123 against England in the tournament opener. Subsequently, he continued to shine with valiant centuries against Australia and Pakistan, creating a memorable tournament for himself. Known for his precise shot selections and fearless approach against opponents, Ravindra is expected to attract substantial attention and potentially secure a significant bid in the IPL 2024 player auction. Additionally, his ability to contribute with left-arm spin adds versatility to his skill set.
Wanindu Hasaranga’s unexpected release ahead of the IPL 2024 auction raised eyebrows. Having been part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) since 2021, Hasaranga delivered solid performances, securing 35 wickets from 26 games.
In the IPL 2022 season, the Sri Lankan spinner stood out with 26 wickets in 16 matches, claiming the second-highest wicket-taker position. However, his form dipped in IPL 2023, managing only nine wickets in eight games.
Despite this, Hasaranga remains a valuable choice for teams seeking wrist spinners. His track record as a match-winner with the ball and his ability to score quick runs make him a versatile player for crucial moments. Although a hamstring injury sidelined him during September’s World Cup, franchises may view Hasaranga as a promising long-term option for IPL 2024, considering his past successes and potential contributions.
Mitchell Starc (Australia)
Australia’s pacer Mitchell Starc, absent from the IPL since 2015 with Royal Challengers Bangalore, hinted at a return for the 2024 season. Despite an average World Cup performance of 16 wickets in 10 games, Starc’s IPL expertise makes him a valuable mentor for young pacers in the squad. Teams might consider leveraging his experience in the dynamic IPL environment, recognizing the potential impact of the seasoned bowler in guiding emerging talents.
This mini-event is going to be a rollercoaster ride for the fans. Everyone is eagerly waiting for the results of this auction. The outcomes will decide which teams have spent their purse money on which players and for what reason. Many players showcased their skills on the field in this ODI World Cup. All are ready to set the grounds on fire this IPL season. So, buckle up and stay tuned to the updates to make your fantasy cricket team stronger than ever!