Hours after IPL announced that there would be as many as 1122 players taking part in the IPL auction, it has been revealed that 36 players (13 Indian and 23 overseas) have listed their base price at INR 2 crore, which is the maximum base price limit, ahead of the auction that is scheduled to take place in Bangalore.
Along with Root, it remains to be seen which franchises Chris Gayle and Ben Stokes head to.
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It is what will be driving the four-time Major victor when he kick starts his 11th season in the pay-for-pay ranks. I don't fear any of them. "I just don't feel that now", he said.
Root had stayed away from the IPL firstly because he wanted to establish himself in Test cricket and secondly due to the twin considerations of his first child, which was born in January 2017, and his appointment as Test captain of the England team.
Among Australian cricketers, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins top the list, being the most feared pacers in global cricket.
Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder will add the Caribbean flavor to the league while Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka's entourage that includes Angelo Mathews, the exciting Niroshan Dickwella, and Thisara Perera.
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With 93 still needed to win and only 74 deliveries left (it was a big ask in those days), the match was as good as over. Hales is free to play again after being cleared over his involvement in the Stokes incident.
South African stars Hashim Amla, who hit two centuries for Kings XI Punjab last season, Faf du Plessis and Morne Morkel will also be expecting high bids.
The surprise entrants to the top two base-price brackets have been Australia's Cameron White, England's Liam Plunkett, South Africa's Colin Ingram (Rs. 2 crore each) along with India's promising all-rounder Washington Sundar and pacer Mohit Sharma.
Lasith Malinga, who's form has taken a considerable dip in the past year or so, too will be part of the auction apart from his Sri Lanka mates Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella. Sri Lanka and the west Indies will 39 players each while New Zealand, among the top Twenty20 nations in the world will have 30. Indian all-rounder Washington Sundar, who made his worldwide debut recently, also belongs to this category while pacer Mohammed Siraj and batsman Manish Pandey have set their base price at INR 1 crore.
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Afghanistan and Ireland, the two countries that earned Test status previous year, have entered 13 and 2 players respectively.