Former Indian cricketer and Mumbai Indians management staff TA Sekhar highlighted the qualities that the franchise seeks before putting their money in a particular player in the IPL Auction. The T20 Cricket demands different qualities at a different time and the players should be up for the challenge.
The Indian Premier League eight franchises have revealed their choices for the player retention that was held on January 4. The IPL auctions are going to be held on January 27 and 28 in Bengaluru. The eights franchises will like to spend their remaining budget smartly and it would be interesting to note which players would be brought back through Right to Match cards.
The players should be on the top of their game.
The expectations are higher for a modern-day player. A T20 bowler is expected to have a plethora of variations in his repertoire. The batsmen are expected to be in top gear for the most of the time.
“We are looking at fast bowlers who could bowl during powerplay as well as during the death overs. If it is a spinner, he should be able to bowl an over in the powerplay and contain batsmen, who are known for going after bowlers. A fast bowler should have variations — yorkers, slower balls, slow bouncer and the bouncer. He should be able to use all the variations effectively,” Sekhar told Sportstar.
The players need to be on their toes and they should be able to get going from the get-go. The batsmen is expected to go all guns firing whereas the bowlers are expected to put the brakes and shackle the batsmen with their variations.
Shekar added, “If it is an opening batsman, then we are looking at how he handles fast bowlers and whether he can hit the ball or gives away more of dot balls. A middle-order batsman should be able to rotate the strike. We are also looking at a batsman who can hit sixes and fours in the last four overs.”
The Indian Premier League is going to be once again intriguing and the players should be at the top of their game if they want to attract the bidders. The current form and how a particular player can be dangerous in demanding situations are the attributes for selection.