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Over 1000 players sign up VIVO IPL Player Auction 2018

England’s Test captain Joe Root has also thrown his hat into the ring after signing up for VIVO IPL Player Auction 2018

The VIVO Indian Premier League Player Registration closed on Friday, Jan 12, 2018, with a whopping 1122 players signing up to be a part of the mega VIVO IPL Player Auction 2018 scheduled to take place in Bengaluru on Jan 27-28, 2018.

As has been the trend over the last 10 seasons, world cricket’s top stars and emerging talents have once again converged to add sparkle to the upcoming 11th edition.

The list that has been sent out to the eight IPL franchises has 281 capped players, 838 uncapped players, including 778 Indians and three players from the Associate nations.

A fierce bidding war is expected to break out when Indian stars Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, off spinners R Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, mystery spinner Kuldeep Yadav and openers KL Rahul and M Vijay go under the hammer.

The franchises will leave no stone unturned when Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Chris Lynn, Eoin Morgan and pacers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins come up for VIVO IPL Player Auction 2018.

England’s Test captain Joe Root has also thrown his hat into the ring and will be the new entrant to the world’s most popular T20 league.

Dwayne Bravo, Carlos Brathwaite, Evin Lewis and Jason Holder will add the Caribbean flavor to the league.

Lasith Malinga will lead Sri Lanka’s entourage that includes Angelo Mathews, the exciting Niroshan Dickwella, and Thisara Perera.

Showing his full range of strokes will be Glenn Maxwell, all-rounder Shane Watson and Mitchell Johnson, who bowled Mumbai Indians to their third title last season with his final over heroics.

Hashim Amla, who hit two centuries for Kings XI Punjab in the 10th season will be hoping for a high bid with compatriots Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, David Miller and speedsters Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada.

Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham from New Zealand will add their charm to the league.

The VIVO IPL has always been about the union of talent and opportunity and India U19 captain Prithvi Shaw, Baroda skipper Deepak Hooda, all-rounder Krunal Pandya and Basil Thampi will fill up the uncapped players’ slot. Australian D'Arcy Short and youngster Jofra Archer will be hoping to cash in on their recent T20 form.

The country-wise breakdown of 282 overseas players is as below.

Country

Players Registered

Afghanistan

13

Australia

58

Bangladesh

8

England

26

Ireland

2

New Zealand

30

Scotland

1

South Africa

57

Sri Lanka

39

USA 

2

West Indies

39

Zimbabwe

7

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Bumrah eager to learn with each outing

The fast bowler was happy with his first stint in whites for Team India and looked to get better with more matches under his belt

A few eyebrows were raised when Jasprit Bumrah made it to the playing eleven for the 1st Test against South Africa at Cape Town. Few called it a gamble, few doubted his red ball exploits and match practice while the rest believed the team should have gone with experience more than exuberance of youth. Bumrah though, had other plans – he had bowled his heart out in the nets in the build up to the 1st Test and exclaimed he felt no nervousness whatsoever in his first outing in Test whites.

“It’s not like in my life I was playing a first-class game for the first time. I have played a lot of four-day games earlier as well. It’s a gap, but it’s fine,” Bumrah said after practice in the build up to the 2nd Test in Centurion. “My basic plan was to go inside and have a feel of the wicket and then make changes in my bowling accordingly.”

Bumrah labelled his debut as “happy”, not like he set the match on fire with a 5-wicket haul on debut, but picked up four in the match to take a lot from it in the end. After all, he had AB de Villiers and South Africa Test captain Faf du Plessis to his name. “It is not a dream debut, but I’m really happy. Whatever I learned from the first match, I was very happy. As a bowler, you quickly want to get your first Test wicket and to get AB’s wicket is very good. He was playing really well, and I got his wicket. It felt really good, but yes, not to get too excited and not to get too down after every match is my basic motto.”

The fast bowler sounded wise, which he was the moment he walked out to bowl in the second innings. After being hit for runs in the first innings and claiming just one victim, Bumrah came back strong with a telling performance picking up three more in the second essay.

“In the first innings we thought we bowled a little fuller than normal because in India the wickets are different where we have to pitch the ball a little fuller to get swing and you have to get the batsmen on the front foot. Over here there is bounce, so there is a little bit of difference.

“We analysed that and tried to adapt that in the second innings and as a unit we were able to create pressure. That was the basic plan going into the second innings, and that worked well. So hopefully, we will see videos of how the pitches behave here in Centurion and we will plan according to it. My basic plan always is to never go by perceptions that this will happen, and this won’t happen. Nowadays, anything can happen anywhere. So, day by day, learn from every session which you have, every experience which you have, and analyse and go forward.”

On the team front, Bumrah was confident that India could would comeback strong after the loss in the 1st Test. The spirits were high and the team was looking to stay in a positive frame of mind, believed Bumrah. “We are taking each day at a time and trying to train well. Your confidence doesn’t take a dent after one Test match. If your confidence goes away after one match, you don’t deserve to play! According to me, you learn from the mistakes you have made and keep moving forward. I have not played over here but as far the net wickets go, there’s a good amount of bounce. So, we’re trying to adapt to it and the mistakes that we made in the first match, we’re trying to rectify them.”

Anand Subramaniam
Anand Subramaniam

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