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Dewald Brevis of South Africa plays a shot as Alex Horton of England keeps during the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup match between England and South Africa at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on January 26, 2022 in Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda. Photo: ICC Media Zone

IPL 2022: Five more players to watch out for at the Mega auction

This weekend, the Indian Premier League (IPL) Mega Auction will create a real buzz all over the cricketing world and enrich some players.

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Dewald Brevis of South Africa plays a shot as Alex Horton of England keeps during the ICC U19 Men’s Cricket World Cup match between England and South Africa at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on January 26, 2022 in Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda. Photo: ICC Media Zone

This weekend, the Indian Premier League (IPL) Mega Auction creates a real buzz in the cricketing world.

It is a nervous time for hundreds of players with even the most prominent names not guaranteed a team.

Courtesy of AFP Sport we looked at five names to watch out for in the IPL Auction, but here we give you five more. Our generosity knows no bounds.

Five more players to watch out for at the IPL Mega auction

Faf Du Plessis (South Africa)

He may have been left out in the cold by the shifting sands in the Proteas setup but Faf du Plessis remains a huge asset.

The former Proteas skipper enjoyed a highly successful multi-season stint with the Chennai Super Kings and was the Player of the Match in last season’s final.

CSK likely want their South African beefcake back, but he will come up early in the auction which means they could be made to pay more than they would like to get their man.

Shikhar Dhawan (India)

The India opener has played for Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Delhi Capitals in previous editions of the IPL and is rumoured to be attracting interest from at least five franchises.

His name will come up early in the auction. While that might be a problem for the franchises themselves it just about guarantees a big payday for Dhawan.

Dhawan’s IPL record speaks for itself. He is a smart batter who is able to form strong opening partnerships with different types of players.

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Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka)

Hasaranga might be selling himself short with a base price around the R2 million mark considering his rising stock.

He would do well to perform in the series against Australia. However, his showing at the T20 World Cup will already have drawn interest.

Hasaranga has developed into a fully-fledged allrounder. Teams might see him as the closest thing they can get to Rashid Khan.

Dewald Brevis (South Africa)

‘Baby AB’ Dewald Brevis has drawn a lot of attention not only for his batting style which is the spitting image of Proteas and IPL icon AB De Villiers.

Brevis was also the leading runscorer at the recent ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies, only once failing to get past 50.

His name will come up relatively early. In addition, he has a low base price. IPL franchises have shown a willingness to get in on the ground floor on South African cricketers in the past, and could do it again. 

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Liam Livingstone (England)

Liam Livingstone will be somewhere in the middle order when it comes to his name being drawn for the auction, but he would be a smart buy.

Livingstone’s all-round abilities appear to be on the up. Meanwhile, as a white-ball specialist he would be available for the entire IPL.

His much-improved spin bowling can be a bonus option or even a solid fourth or fifth hand. He has a decent price tag as a base but it isn’t likely to prove an obstacle unless there is some early craziness.