With ongoing discussions over IPL-2021 auctions, Aakash Chopra predicts on some players who can be epitome one for the coming auction. The Former Indian Cricketer conveys the prediction on his YouTube channel.
1] Rajasthan Royals Auction Prediction
With the release of Steven Smith, franchise need player who can fill the loopholes seen in the middle order for Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, David Miller.
“They need overseas batsmen because they have Buttler, Stokes and Miller. They have three but quite a few time they might have to play all three because they don’t have Smith. So they would need at least one batsman as back-up and you might want to play someone ahead of Miller”. Quoted by Chopra.
“If I make their team, they have Yashasvi Jaiswal and Buttler as openers, Samson at No.3, Stokes at No.4, Riyan Parag/Manan Vohra at No.6. So I need an overseas player at No.5. Tewatia comes at No.7 and then it looks alright” added by Chopra.
“So their batting will remain a little overseas dominated. I doubt they will look towards Glenn Maxwell. This is not the team who will look towards Maxwell”.
“They need Indian Batsmen in my opinion they don’t want to play three overseas batsmen, which is not ideal any which way. I don’t know who that guy is, could be Gurkeerat Mann. Why did you let Rahane go? You should have kept him, he would been of use to you now”.
2] Chennai Super Kings Auction Prediction
With addition of Robin Uthappa to the camp, his presence in the playing XI is little pale due to the presence of Ambati Rayudu, Rituraj Gaikwad and Faf du Plessis.
“They have 7 total slots available. When I made their team, I had Rayudu to open with Ruturaj, then Raina, Faf, Dhoni, Jadeja, Sam Curran, Bravo, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur/Deepak Chahar. They can actually play with 8 Indians as well but will want to play with 7 only. I feel they need an overseas opener or top order batsman”
“I won’t be surprised if they are thinking about Glenn Maxwell because they do not have an off spinner and it will not be easy to get an off spinner in the auction. If they want to get someone to open and Dhoni can do this, they can go with Maxwell and see what happens”. Added by Chopra.
“When I see their line-up, it is not that bad an XI. I feel this year will not be that bad. With Raina coming back and Gaikwad and Jaddu’s stature growing you will find this team still has the competitiveness and will win quite a few encounters”.
3] Royal Challengers Bangalore Auction Prediction
“RCB have 11 slots vacant, out of which three are overseas one. So you feel that they have to shop whole heartedly because they don’t have the overseas options in the playing XI ready. They have AB de Villiers, Joshua Phillipe, Zampa, Richardson and Daniel Sams. But are four out of these five going to play, I doubt it”
“RCB will run after Starc if he is available. They have money, so they can run after him. They can go to 15-19 crores also if they wish to do so” concluded by Chopra.