England’s Test captain Joe Root has also thrown his hat into the ring after signing up for VIVO IPL Player Auction 2018 who showed his strength in the World T20 match against South Africa chasing down a target of nearly 230 leading from the front.
The list that has been sent out to the eight IPL franchises has 281 capped players, 838 uncapped players, including 778 Indians and three players from the Associate nations.
A fierce bidding war is expected to break out when Indian stars Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, off spinners R Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav and openers KL Rahul and M Vijay go under the hammer.
The VIVO IPL Player Registration closed on Friday, Jan 12, 2018, with a whopping 1122 players signing up to be a part of the mega VIVO IPL Player Auction 2018 scheduled to take place in Bengaluru on Jan 27-28, 2018.As has been the trend over the last 10 seasons, world cricket’s top stars and emerging talents have once again converged to add sparkle to the upcoming 11th edition.
The franchises will leave no stone unturned when Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Chris Lynn, Eoin Morgan and pacers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins come up for VIVO IPL Player Auction 2018.
Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham from New Zealand will also go under the hammer this year.
Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka’s list that includes Angelo Mathews, Niroshan Dickwella, and Thisara Perera.
Showing his full range of strokes will be Glenn Maxwell, all-rounder Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson, who bowled Mumbai Indians to their third title last season with his final over heroics.
Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, David Miller and speedsters Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada also to undergo the auction this year.
The VIVO IPL has always been about the union of talent and opportunity and India U19 captain Prithvi Shaw, Baroda skipper Deepak Hooda, all-rounder Krunal Pandya,Basil Thampi and many other will fill up the uncapped players slot. Australian D’Arcy Short and youngster Jofra Archer will be hoping to cash in on their recent T20 form.
The country-wise breakdown of 282 overseas players is as below.