The primary objective for all franchises going into an IPL auction is to get the right player at the right price. That, unfortunately for them, is very rarely the case – just ask the Delhi Daredevils.
However, in this 2016 IPL Player Auction, there are a few players, who could be prove to be real value for money. Here is a look at a few of the international players, who might be available for a bargain price -- relatively speaking, of course.
Usman Khawaja: Base price: Rs 1 crore: The base price might seem a little steep, but the form that the left-hander has been in, even if he goes for three or four times that, it could still prove to be a bargain. One of the most important positions in the IPL is the opener, and Khawaja showed in the Big Bash League, just what a ridiculously-lethal player he can be at the top of the order, hitting hundreds like it were mere 30s, and that too on the big occasions. Considering the form that the Australian has been in, there might be a few franchises interested. However, there have been instances when obvious choices have been overlooked, and if Khawaja happens to be one of them, one of the franchises could quickly step in and get him at an absolute bargain.
Travis Head: Base price: Rs 30 lakhs: Another one of the Aussies who set the BBL alight with his big hitting. The left-hander's brilliant form with the bat in the Big Bash League led to a national team callup, and while Head did not particularly turn heads with his performance for Australia in the T20 series against India, his BBL performances should stir up enough interest. It is just a matter of how far the bidding might go.
Mushfiqur Rahim: Base price: Rs 30 lakhs: Bangladesh players not named Shakib Al Hasan haven't been particularly popular in the IPL Player Auctions, maybe because that early Masrafe Mortaza deal for the Kolkata Knight Riders turned sour. With Bangladesh players ignored in the last few auctions, Mushfiqur might be overlooked again, but the wicketkeeper-batsman has the hitting ability to contribute considerably to an IPL side.
Soumya Sarkar: Base price: Rs 30 lakhs: A young Bangladesh player with an eye for the boundaries and the ability to contribute with the ball if needed as well. Soumya Sarkar has a strike rate of nearly 140 in T20 international cricket, and over 100 in ODIs. Can be a match-winner on his day.
Colin Munro: Base price: Rs 30 lakhs: Came into the spotlight for a 27-ball 56 against Pakistan, with the 28-year-old showing his ability to tonk the ball over the ropes for fun. At Rs 30 lakhs, he could prove to be a real bargain, provided a bidding war does not ensue.
Kyle Abbott: Base price: Rs 30 lakhs: One of the most underrated bowlers in world cricket. Abbott always seems to be unlucky not to be in the South Africa XI, despite almost never disappointing when given an opportunity. Can move the ball off the seam, while also being adept at bowling those full deliveries.
Mustafizur Rahman: Base price: Rs 50 lakhs: The Indian batsmen will find it difficult to forget this youngster too soon, such was his impact when India came to Bangladesh shores last year. His slower balls are extremely difficult to pick, with his variations certain to prove an asset. Has picked up 26 wickets in 9 ODIs and 10 wickets in seven T20Is, which says it all really. If any of the IPL franchises fancy a punt on a Bangladesh player, Mustafizur should be it, especially if he ends up coming for under a crore.