The 2023 IPL players auction is expected to be taking place on December 16, 2022, and since a mega-auction already took place ahead of the 15th edition of the tournament, this one is just there to help IPL franchises get rid of unnecessary players and replace them with new ones. However, auctions are now not the only way in which a franchise can buy a player. The franchises are also allowed to acquire players from other franchises in the form of a trade before the 2023 IPL auction is held.
IPL 2023 Player Trade Window is expected to be officially opened after the end of 2022 T20WC and run until seven days before the auction. Here, we will be looking at 3 Indian players who are most likely to get traded to other sides before the auction gets underway.
#3 Vijay Shankar
The Men in Blue’s 1st ever 3-D cricketer has found it hard to get going in recent times. Last year, Vijay Shankar amassed just 19 runs and took no wickets off the 4 games he featured in before picking up a serious injury. If he goes into the auction pool, his price is bound to increase due to the nature of the event.
Thus, teams interested in Vijay Shankar must acquire him in the IPL 2023 Trade Window itself. The Chepauk decks might suit his back-of-the-length bowling and he has also played for CSK before. Therefore, they’re a potential destination. Other teams may also look into Shankar if they need a medium-paced local all-rounder.
#2 Ravindra Jadeja
Just ahead of the commencement of IPL 2022, CSK made Ravindra Jadeja their new captain. However, after 5 defeats in the first six matches, Jaddu had to give the leadership duties back to MS Dhoni. He apparently got ruled out of the season a couple of games after the incident. Interestingly, the all-rounder also removed all CSK-related posts from his social media before he unfollowed them.
Things appear to be sour between Jadeja and CSK officials and several franchises must be itching to sign the star all-rounder. Thus, it will not be surprising to see Ravindra Jadeja find a new home during the IPL 2023 Trade Window. Gujarat Titans allegedly approached CSK about it but no agreement was reached until now. Nonetheless, there are other teams too, and Jadeja will be a hot commodity come to the IPL 2023 Trade Window.
#1 Manish Pandey
Just a few years back, Manish Pandey was touted as the next big thing in the Indian Cricket circuit, but he has failed to perform consistently and it had led to the downfall of his reputation ever since he left KKR. Last season, Pandey couldn’t repay the faith Gautam Gambhir and LSG put in him. Manish’s role of anchor is something both KL Rahul and de Kock can also play. In addition, their big-hitting prowess is better than that of Manish.
It is likely Manish Pandey will be released by LSG. Regardless, he is still one of the best batters in domestic cricket and a couple of teams might look to sign him through the IPL 2023 Trade Window whenever it opens. Potential buyers include Gujarat Titans and Chennai Super Kings. Both sides have a void at the number 3 or 4 position.