With the IPL just six months away, the bidding and the auction permutations are already in the mind of not only the owners but also the supporters. With the brand new auction structure next season, teams are to be broken and formed again in the auction. But Indian star Hardik Pandya seems to be someone who wants to be a part of the auction instead of staying at Mumbai Indians, according to reports.
With Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions set to be discontinued from the upcoming edition, the likes of the likes of MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ben Stokes and Steve Smith are some of the big names that may be up for grabs to in the 2018 IPL players’ auction.
Pandya has been an exceptional player for India
The Deccan Chronicle reports that Hardik Pandya is someone who wants to be a part of the auction despite his team Mumbai Indians want to retain him.
Hardik Pandya has been one of the recent stars of Indian cricket who has skyrocketed his value in the last one year. He has been pivotal for India in all formats and will be hoping for another cracker of IPL next year.
Pandya has bought for only 10 lakhs in 2013 by Mumbai Indians, his pay wage was rose to 20 lakhs but that clearly not enough for a player of his caliber.
“Hardik wants to be at the auction and the rule says that if he isn’t ready to play for Mumbai Indians, he can certainly be at the auction,” a top board official was quoted as saying by The Times of India last week.
Also there is a speculation that Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore are interested in him and are ready splash a hefty amount of cash for him. Teams like Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings will also be eyeing to add him in their squad.
Hardik with his brother Krunal, both play for Mumbai Indians
Also Pandya will love to enlist his name in one of the top earners list, given the abilities he has. It will not be a surprise if Hardik Pandya becomes one of the marquee signing next year.