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Top five bowlers up for grabs at 2023 IPL Auction


The IPL 2023 Auctions are just around the corner and franchises will be vying for players who can create magic with the ball in hand.

The importance of finding bowlers who can bowl at different phases of the game is of insurmountable importance to the franchises and will be the key to success at the IPL next year.

The auctions are scheduled for December 23 at Kochi wherein some of the biggest names in T20 cricket are expected to go under the hammer.

England’s tall left arm pacer Reece Topley has caught the eye of cricket aficionados with his recent performances in international cricket. The 6 foot 7 inch sky scraper can swing the ball both ways and has effective variations in the final overs of the game.

What makes Topley a great buy for any team in this year’s auction is that he has already proven to perform consistently well in Asia. His performances against India earlier this year are testament to this fact and with a base price of Rs 75 lakhs, look for many teams to engage in a bidding war for his services.

Adil Rashid comes into the IPL 2023 player auctions riding on England’s T20 World Cup winning campaign. Notoriously known for keeping some of the biggest T20 batsmen at bay, Rashid has consistently taken the scalps of some of the world’s most explosive players.

The English leggy has different variations under his arsenal but his weapon of choice is his wicked googly.

Rashid is known for bowling economical spells and can slow down the oppositions run rate when coming into bowl. His ability to bowl at any phase of the game is another bonus point which teams will be looking for and is also very handy with the bat lower down the order, allowing teams to bat more deeply and making him a valuable buy in this IPL 2023 Auction.

Australia’s leading wicket-taker in T20I’s, Adam Zampa has been in sensational form since 2020. Having previously featured in three seasons of the IPL, Zampa has represented the Pune and Bangalore franchises.

Many teams will be keen to snatch his services as he is known for his economy and ability not to concede easy boundaries.

Zampa is also a great wicket taking option and has a great record in Asia, making him the perfect spinner for any side to acquire at this year’s auctions.

Shivam Mavi caught the attention of all with his searing pace at the 2018 U-19 World Cup. The pacer has consistently clocked over 140kmph when bowling in the IPL and was snapped up by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs three crores.

Mavi is a value buy for teams in the IPL as he provides serious pace and is a good wicket taking option. His prior experience in the IPL makes him a sensible buy for most teams as he has a safe pair of hands and is able to bat lower down the order.

His recent performances in the Syed Mustaq Ali trophy are a testimony to this as he has picked up the most wickets for Uttar Pradesh in the tournament.

The 30 years old Kiwi pacer Adam Milne is set to raise a lot of paddles this IPL 2023 Auction as he is known for his great pace and ability to bowl across all phases of the game.

Milne has featured in four seasons of the IPL so far and has represented three teams. One of his greatest strengths is his variations and his ability to bowl slower balls and yorkers to curb batters.

Milne has vast experience playing in T20 leagues across the globe and has also had some stellar performances on the international circuit. Expect to see a bidding war from franchises to secure his services ahead of the IPL season next year.

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