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West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell and former Indian cricket Gautam Gambhir during the IPL. -File photo
The auction will be held on February 18 for the 14th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Regarding this, former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir said that this time most teams will be eyeing all-rounders. So far West Indies player Andre Russell has been the league’s hero, but Gambhir believes that New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jameson could become the second Russell this time.
Jameson has not played the IPL yet. His base prize has been kept at 75 lakh rupees. Gambhir believes that this time all the franchises can stake a big claim on Jameson.
‘Jameson is not a big name yet, but will ever become a superstar’
Gambhir told Star Sports, “Kyle Jameson is not a big name right now, but he will become a superstar anytime.” All the franchises can put a big claim on him in the auction, because he is a player that you can keep in the team for a long time. He is about 7 feet tall. Bowling at a speed of 140 and is also excellent at batting. I believe he could be the next Andre Russell. ‘
Jameson has played 6 Tests, 2 ODIs and 4 T20s so far. He scored 226 runs in Tests and took 36 wickets, while taking 25 runs in ODIs, taking 3 wickets. He did not get a chance to score runs in T20 but he took 3 wickets.
Some franchisees seek all-rounders
Gambhir said, ‘Some franchises like Kings XI Punjab are looking for a good all-rounder. He only needs a player like Jameson. Sunrisers Hyderabad also need a similar player who can bowl with a new ball and bat at number 6 or 7 to score runs. Jameson can be a great player for such teams.
Russell hit 8 fifty and took 61 wickets
At the same time, Andre Russell played 74 matches in the IPL so far, scoring 1517 runs at the highest strike rate of 182.33. They have also fitted 8 Fifty. Russell also took 61 wickets at an average of 28.08.
These 10 players may also get big bids
10 players have been placed in the base prize slot of Rs 2 crore for the auction. It has Australian players Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell apart from Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav of India. Apart from these, England’s Moin Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy and Mark Wood have also found a place in the list. One of the names in the list is Bangladesh’s all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.