Suresh Raina, a former Indian batter, offered his predictions for the top domestic and foreign players who will be in high demand during the 2023 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on Friday. Raina’s main options for the Indians were Jaydev Unadkat and Narayan Jagadeesan. Both Indian players have successful domestic campaigns. At a 3.33 economy rate, Unadkat finished with 19 wickets in 10 games. The latest of Jagadeesan’s five straight centuries for Tamil Nadu, a record-breaking 277 against Arunachal Pradesh, came at the same time.
“Then there is Jaydev Unadkat who just won the Vijay Hazare Trophy and has a lot of experience in the IPL. N Jagadeesan has a very good cricketing brain, and he bats so deep, is a very smart, calculative batsman. He has done really well for Tamil Nadu, watch out for him,” Raina said in a Jio Cinema show ahead of the IPL 2023 auction. Joshua Little of Ireland, a fast bowler, has been singled out by Raina as a player to watch after a stellar T20 World Cup in which he grabbed 11 wickets in seven games.
“Sam Curran has done really well for England as well as for Chennai Super Kings and there is Ben Stokes who has led England well. So having a top all-rounder in your team can change the movement of the game. Watch out for Joshua Little from Ireland. He has done really well in the World Cup just now, and I just played with him,” Raina said. The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 auction, which will take place in Kochi on December 23, will include a total of 405 players, including 273 Indians and 132 foreign players.
“The IPL 2023 Player Auction list is out with a total of 405 cricketers set to go under the hammer in Kochi on December 23, 2022. Initially, a total of 369 players were shortlisted by 10 teams from the initial list of 991 players. Thirty-six additional players were requested by teams, which are added into the final list which makes a total of 405 players which will be presented at the IPL 2023 auction,” a statement from the league said.
“Out of 405 players, 273 are Indians and 132 are overseas players of which 4 players are from associate nations. The total capped players are 119, uncapped players are 282, and 4 from associate nations,” added the statement.