The mega auction ahead of the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 is scheduled to be taking place takes place on February 12-13. On Tuesday, the IPL had confirmed that 590 cricketers will be going under the hammer during the mega auction, and further named a 10-player marquee list that will be up for grabs in the opening session. The mega auction 2022had added significance due to the addition of two new franchises in the tournament; Lucknow (Super Giants) and Ahmedabad.
The marquee list features four Indian players – Ravichandran Ashwin, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, etc, and former India opener Aakash Chopra reckons that Iyer can potentially be the most expensive of all. The middle-order batter wasn’t retained by the Delhi Capitals (DC) ahead of the mega auction.
Shreyas Iyer had been playing for the Capitals since 2015 and also led the franchise in three seasons (2018, 2019, and 2020). He was forced to miss the first phase of the 2021 edition due to a shoulder injury and Rishabh Pant replaced him as the captain during the second phase in the United Arab Emirates.
In the recent video on his Youtube channel, Aakash Chopra said, “Shreyas Iyer could be a potential captain of KKR or RCB. I don’t think Punjab would be looking at him.”
Later in the video, Aakash Chopra further stated that the absence of Ishan Kishan could make Iyer the “most expensive player” in the marquee list.
Explaining the same, Aakash Chopra said, “The most expensive player, to be very honest, is going to be Shreyas Iyer. In this list, the most expensive will be Iyer because Ishan Kishan is not there. If Ishan was there, there could’ve been a tug of war. Now, they will reserve money for Ishan and money will be splashed out for Iyer.”
He further added, “The three most expensive overseas players will be Rabada, and then one of Quinton de Kock or David Warner will be the most expensive overseas player as well. There’s a good possibility.”