IPL 2022: Manoj Tiwary, a former Indian cricketer who is now the Minister for Sports and Youth Affairs in the state of West Bengal, has been included in the final list of 590 names that was announced ahead of the super auction for the IPL 2022. He will want to be picked by a team so that he can impress and showcase his skills at the age of 36. Betting in India will want to keep close tabs on this player, who may still have it.
The 36-year-old failed to find a buyer in the IPL 2021 auction and last appeared in the event during the 2018 season for the Punjab-based team. Tiwary’s previous IPL experience may help him find a buyer in IPL 2022, as he has played 98 games and scored 1695 runs at an average of 28.7 during the course of his career in the tournament. He can still perform in an IPL match with the skills he has got.
With a base price of INR 50 lakh, Tiwary is one of the most expensive players on the market. He has previously played for several teams including the Delhi Capitals, Kolkata Knight Riders, the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant, and the Punjab Kings.
The right-hander also gained a spot in the Bengal team for the Ranji Trophy 2022 season until the event was cancelled, and he last appeared in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in January 2021.
IPL 2022: Sreesanth and Pujara are among the names on the shortlist
Cheteshwar Pujara, an India Test regular who was a member of the successful Chennai Super Kings team in 2021, has also been nominated for the forthcoming IPL 2022 Mega Auction. Although he did not appear in a single game last season, the right-hander has just returned from an abysmal performance during a three-game trip to South Africa. The 34-year-old has put his base price at Rs. 50 lakh, and it remains to be seen if he will be selected by any team.
Meanwhile, Sreesanth, who last appeared in an IPL game in 2013 for the Rajasthan Royals, will go under the hammer in the big auction after registering for INR 50 lakh at the start of the event. A year after returning to cricket after serving a suspension after allegations of participation in spot-fixing, the 38-year-old seamer went unsigned for the IPL 2021 season. In 2021, he represented Kerala in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, but he did not participate in the most recent season.
Arjun Tendulkar, Sachin Tendulkar’s son, has also been included in the list of names that have been selected for the big auction. The left-arm seamer was a member of the Mumbai Indians’ IPL 2021 team, although he did not appear in a single game. The IPL 2022 Mega auction is planned to take place in Bengaluru on the 12th and 13th of February, and there will be 10 teams competing this year, rather than the normal eight teams in previous editions.
Will these players get sold with 10 teams lining up to make big buys this summer?
There are going to be a lot of young talents in the IPL 2022 auction, who can really impress this season, with 10 teams looking to sign them. A lot more players will be sold this time, as every time will want to have young and long-term assets as the core of their franchises.
To add to that, some of the veteran players may not be sold or have retired already. That opens the doors for a lot of mixing and matching at the auction, with the teams looking to shell out the big bucks at present, in order to add more quality and balance. With that being said, it will be interesting to see which player ends up with which team, as the shuffling process will surely make an impact.
It will be interesting to see what kind of players are targetted by the teams in this year’s auction. For now, there is clarity that 590 players have given their names as part of the IPL auction and can be purchased, depending on the needs of the teams. Keeping that in mind, many of these players may be just hopeful than anything else, that a team decides to add them to their squad to add more value to their existing quality.