Bombshell, Jaw-dropper, Stunner. Call it whatever you like. IPL 2022 Mega Auction didn’t disappoint our expectations. Old relations were broken, new were forged, and some were betrayed, but one thing that was expected was IPL 2022 Mega-Auction would be a show-stopping revelation for all of us, and it did. Comically, IPL lived up to its reputation of being the ‘Bollywood of the Cricket’. Nothing short of drama happened in the mega event. This auction was a turning point for all the teams. While a few of them, like MI, CSK, RCB, and DC, retained their core, others like PBKS SRH decided to go all in. But did their strategies fare well enough? Who gained the most and who lost the most this year? Let us find out.
Ishan Kishan was the talk of the town when Mumbai refused to leave their golden boy. Spending a whopping amount of 15.25 crores for the Jharkhand lad has indeed spiked his price in the market, but did the 23-year-old deserve this contract? He was Mumbai’s best batsman in 2020, but his 2021 performances left a lot to be desired. It remains to be seen if he can re-create his 2020 explosion with MI again because nothing short of such performance can justify this sort of tag.
Deepak Chahar is another big winner on the list, and he deserves every penny of that contract worth 14 crores, which binds him to CSK. Deepak has shown his all-around abilities in the recent series, proving that he is more than capable with bat and can add a much-needed depth in India’s batting line-up. On top of that, he is an effective new-ball bowler who thrives in power-play.
Shreyas Iyer. A bit of a puzzle, we say. His talent, without any doubt, is a world-class tier, but his inconsistency might create some large-scale problems for him. Especially considering his pay-check of 12.25 crores. A batter who can anchor the innings while scoring at a decent rate, Iyer’s acquisition might help Kolkata solve their instability at the top of the order. A bonus on that, Iyer can also don the mantle of the captain for the KKR side. What remains to see is can he perform?
Liam Livingstone. What a player. Livingstone is a perfect fit for the T20 format. He is a dangerous batsman who can heavy tonk sixes that can compete with the likes of Chris Gayle while being an agile fielder who can also offer some spin bowling if you need. But a price tag of 11.5 crores seems a tad bit over-rated.
Talking about the teams, Delhi got a steal-deal bringing the ever-explosive David Warner for just 6.25 crores.
A proven match-winner for just 6.25 crores. Joke of the year. How broke were the other teams not to go after such a giant? Gujarat enjoyed a similar deal when signing Jason Roy for just two crores. While you expect SRH to weep about this loss, they won’t! They got Aiden Markram, the #3 best T20 batsman, for a minimal price of 2.6 crores. With top 2 Babar Azam and Md. Rizwan were unable to participate, Aiden was the best pick overall. Mumbai has made a big gamble by bringing in Jofra Archer to accompany Bumrah, but if he isn’t fit by the time of IPL, MI will have serious issues.
It’s impossible to talk about winners and not mention losers. Krishnappa Gowtham bagged a 9.25 crore contract with CSK in the 2021 Auction. A year later, while CSK won the IPL without needing the services of their expensive buy, Gowtham underperformed in every possible domestic tournament. His latest contract with Lucknow was priced at 90 lakhs, 10% of what he earned for the Chennai outfit.
Joining him is Riley Meredith. Meredith impressed everyone and bagged a contract worth 8 crores with Punjab, and all that led down the drain as expected. Now Meredith is expected to re-take his bowling lessons under Indian ace Zaheer Khan in Mumbai for just his base price.
Manish Pandey, a batsman SRH, splashed out 11 crores in the hope to fix their fragile middle-order. Well, he certainly didn’t give SRH their moments of satisfaction and was released. Lucknow brought the Kannada-lad for 4.6 crores, but there are possibilities that he might not be a regular feature for the Lucknow side. Pat Cummins, too received a pay-cut, while he certainly deserved better. The Aussies Test captain didn’t justify 15.5 crores spent on him, but he showed glimpses of his best accompanied by his death-over batting displays. 7.25 crores seem a relatively cheap deal for the speedster.
Nothing in India ends without a teary-eyed drama. The tradition continues in the IPL as well. Eoin Morgan’s leadership ability was held to be of no value when KKR didn’t even bother to bid for the captain who dragged them to IPL 2021 finals. His batting form wasn’t convincing enough, but his leadership was good enough for any franchises to go after him. Add another heartbreak as Chennai’s beloved Chinna Thala was suddenly forced out of the door.
Raina’s heroics have countless times rescued Chennai. Be it be his blitzkrieg 83 or his stunning 100*, Raina was the backbone of CSK for ten straight years scoring at least 400 runs for every single season for them. He backed out in 2020 IPL citing personal issues, had a poor 2021 with just 160 runs, and then what? He was trashed aside. That’s what happens with good guys, as Bollywood says. This incident has made every cricket fan look at Chennai with eyes of disgust.
Well, what Chennai did was undoubtedly debatable, but we have a bigger topic waiting for us. Who do you think built their squad to their liking? No one, if you ask us. The inclusion of two new teams and several overseas stars backing out for national duty has left every squad with a bit of uncertainty, and most are banking on their new players to learn the ropes asap and make an impact. But who do you think can figure out a winning combo right from scratch? Watch 2022 Tata IPL know the answer.