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Ipl 2018
IPL 7 auction: All eyes on big hitters
A number of big names from international cricket would go under the hammer during the players' auction for the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League. 514 players have found a place in the auction list, which takes place on 12th and 13th February at Bangalore. With IPL being a 20 over format, it is a batsman's game, hence all eyes would be on big hitters, who can change the face of the game within the span of a few overs.

The IPL franchises would not mind shelling out huge money to get their star player, which would strengthen their squad. Here is a look at some Indian and international players who could draw huge cheques during the auction.

Virender Sehwag

In spite of not being on top of his game, this swashbuckling Indian batsman still creates fear in the minds of the bowler. He is one such batsmen, who can take the leather off the ball with his attacking stroke-play. As an opener, he can make great use of the field restrictions, which he excels in. He has a good record in the IPL scoring 2174 runs so far. Apart from his batting exploit, he is decent off-spinner as well. It would not be a big surprise, if one witnesses a number of teams involving in a tug of war to include the player in their rooster.

Yuvraj Singh

Like Sehwag, Yuvraj has also been out of form, but is still a destructive player while on song. The elegant left hander would be on the radar of many a IPL franchises for the player can clear the ropes with ease. His Indian counterpart, Virat Kohli, captain of RCB seems to be interested in roping the player, as he is aware of the the players class. Yuvraj may not have had a great IPL in the past as well, but he would be doubly motivated this time, as IPL could serve as a platform for Yuvraj to make a comeback into the Indian team.

Yusuf Pathan

It was the first edition of the Indian Premier League, which announced the arrival of Yusuf Pathan. He was one of the most talked players in Indian cricket with his batting heroics, so much so that he found a place in the Indian team as well. But, things have changed with his inconsistency, but still, teams would be more than interested to sign the player for the special talent that he possesses of clearing the fence. He has scored 1820 runs in the IPL so far with some match winning performances for Rajasthan Royals before moving to Kolkata Knight Riders.

Corey Anderson

This New Zealand player created a big name for himself in world cricket by scoring the fastest ODI century in 36 balls against the West Indies recently. He is a destroyer on the field and is capable of tearing apart any bowling attack. His recent performances against India in New Zealand has only helped his cause. But surprisingly, he has a comparatively lesser base price of one crore , which could be good piece of business for the IPL franchises.

Kevin Pietersen

There would be no dearth of buyers for the prolific, dashing English batsman, who has been left out of the English T20 World Cup squad. England's loss is IPL's gain. KP, as he is popularly known in the cricket circles would be an asset for any team. His presence on the field would give his team a boost of confidence, primarily for the things that he has achieved in world cricket.

David Warner

The Australian opener is considered to ba a pocket dynamite for his batting exploits. He is a terrific hitter of a cricket ball. Don't go by his height, for he is a strong man who can trouble the bowlers with shots all round the park. More or less, when he hits the ball, it stays hit. Apart from his batting exploits, he is a live-wire on the field. On an average, he can save around 10 runs per game, which is a handy asset in this format of the game.  

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