IPL Auction : Upcoming all rounders who can strike gold this year
All Rounders always been in high demand across the cricketing world, they add balance to a team and are capable of doing things which usually require two players. Even the IPL , the franchises and their think tanks have a huge liking for quality all rounders.Loading a team with quality all rounders can turn out be a very successful strategy( Chennai Super Kings perhaps was the first team to crack this).
Due to the scarcity of all rounders in the Indian domestic circuit franchisees have always looked abroad to fill in the all rounders spot in their squads.Its no suprise that even little known all rounders strike gold even before making a name for themselves in the international arena: Chris Morris, Dan Christian, Keiron Pollard to name a few.
Big hitting all rounders who have already made a mark in the international scene usually sell like hot cakes in the IPL auction. So going by the trend of buying allrounders, here is a list of promising all rounders who have not made it big in the international arena but may strike gold in this year’s IPL auction.
Jimmy Neesham [New Zealand]:
- Matches: 29*
- Runs: 445
- Strike rate:161.81
- Strike rate:18.3
This Otago Volts all rounder caught the eyes of many scout reporters during the latest edition of Champions League T20 where he played some match winning innings. One look at the way he bats and you get reminded of big Jacob Oram when he broke into the international scene. Having played few match winnings in Indian conditions and also known to be a handy bowler in the end overs, Jimmy Neesham can expect few bids in this year’s IPL auction.
Ben Cutting [Australia]:
- Matches: 35*
- Runs: 331
- Average: 25.91
- Strike rate:157.07
The tall Queensland all rounder who plays for Brisbane Heats in the big bash played a major role for the heats during the 2013 BBL campaign where they ended up as winners. Ben Cutting has represented Australia in a handful of games but has not made a name for himself. Capable of hitting few lusty blows in the end and can generate good bounce of the deck will definitely come in handy if snapped up by a franchise in the IPL Auction.
Corey Anderson [New Zealand]:
2014 ODI Statistics
- Matches: 6
- Runs: 297
- Average: 99
- Wickets: 08
If there is one name which is almost sure to trigger a bidding war in the IPL Auction this time, the name has to be Corey Anderson, his blitzkrieg innings where scored a century in 36 balls got him global recognition , as a result of that knock he is the current world record holder for the fastest 100 in an ODI breaking a record which was held by Shahid Afridi for a long time.
Corey Anderson is more than handy with his left arm medium pace bowling, which comes as an add on to his power hitting.Almost assured of an IPL berth, the only question which will be in his mind is the amount which he may go for , he couldnt have timed his knock any better.The burly left handed all rounder is touted to be the next big thing in the shorter format of the game so don’t be surprised if he becomes a million dollar baby in the IPL Auction.
Michael Swart [Netherlands]:
- Matches: 28
- Runs: 693
- Wickets: 24
Having excelled in the Australian domestic circuit this Perth born all rounder is now representing the Dutch cricket team. Currently ranked No 7 in the ICC T20 all rounder rankings he can be quite a handful if picked. Michael Swart’s ability as an all rounder cannot be questioned since he is a graduate of the Aussie cricketing system, and moreover the standard of cricket is not fully up to international standard he can surely add value. Teams like Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians who have a very slim purse can use him as a backup for their frontline allrounder.
Parveez Rasool [India]:
Probably one of the very few cricketers who has made it big from the Kashmir valley Parveez Rasool is a very promising allrounder.Rated very highly by experts he was picked up the defunct Pune Warriors last year but played only one game.
Parveez Rasool is known more his off break bowling but is no mug with the bat.Teams like Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings who usually dish out slow and low tracks at their home venues for their opponents can make good use of him or teams like Rajasthan Royals looking for an Indian spinner may also bid for him, since an Indian utility players are a rarity these days Parveez Rasool can be assured of a contract with an IPL team.