IPL auction 2024: Top 5 batters to watch out for

The IPL auction for the 2024 edition is all set to take place on December 19 in Dubai.

On Monday, the Board of the Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released the list of the 333 players who will go under the hammer in the auction and their base prices.

Players like Rachin Ravindra and Daryl Mitchell, who both performed brilliantly in the recent World Cup, would be in high demand. There are also a few batters who could end up bagging lucrative deals on the back of their impressive record in the T20 format over the years.

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Performances in the World Cup are also going to hold a lot of importance as far as players getting picked in the auction is concerned.

Let us look at the top 5 batters who could fetch big money in the IPL 2024 auction

IPL Auction 2024: Top 5 batters to watch out for

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Harry Brook

Harry Brook went into the previous edition of the IPL with a lot of eyes on him, especially after how he performed for England, although in Test cricket. Playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Brook scored a sparkling hundred against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Apart from that, the young Englishman had a forgettable campaign after which the Orange Army decided to release him. Brook has registered himself for the auction at a price of INR 2 crore and it will be interesting to see who picks him up after how he struggled last time around.

Overall, in T20s, Brook has a decent record, having scored 2982 runs from 115 innings at an average of 33.50 with three hundred and 11 half-centuries to show for his efforts. With two fifties to his name in T20Is, Brook has also started to make an impact for the Three Lions in limited-overs cricket.

Travis Head

Travis Head is expected to trigger a bidding war in the upcoming auction keeping, in mind the form he showed on Indian soil. After returning from an injury layoff, Head started his campaign in the 2023 World Cup with a 59-ball hundred against New Zealand at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.

From there on, the southpaw has not looked back. In the final against India at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, he fetched the Player of the Match award after scoring a hundred. Thereafter, he chipped in with some handy knocks in the five-match T20I series on Indian soil.

Head has a base price of INR 2 crore and plenty of teams are expected to bid on him. The left-hander plays for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League (BBL) and has scored 1394 runs at an average of 27.88 with one hundred and eight fifties.

Head does not have an overly great record in the T20 format, but it is hard for franchises to ignore the way he adapted to the Indian conditions in the World Cup.

Finn Allen

Finn Allen has filled in the massive boots of Martin Guptill with a lot of effectiveness in the last 12 months for New Zealand.

The 24-year-old is someone who throws the kitchen sink at everything right from the outset, not allowing bowlers to settle into a rhythm. It is a reason why he has an astonishing strike rate of 167.93 in the shorter format.

Having already scored a T20I hundred for the Black Caps, Allen has shown that he does not get perturbed at the international level. Allen was previously a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and he knows what it is like to be in an electric atmosphere.

He has a base price of INR 75 lakhs, which means that teams may look him bid for him in the auction. If Allen gets going at the top, the opposition could end up chasing leather.

In the ongoing Ford Trophy at home, Allen is the leading run-scorer, having notched 369 runs at an average of 92.25 with two hundreds and a top score of 168.

Brandon King

Brandon King has made a name for himself as one of the most dependable top-order batters for the West Indies in T20Is. The 2019 edition of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) where he scored a hundred for the Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Qualifier 1 against the Barbados Tridents helped King take a huge stride in his career.

He made his T20I debut in that very year and he has only grown as a batter since then. In one of the T20Is against India last year in the USA, King scored an unbeaten 85 and helped West Indies win the five-match series 3-2.

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King has a base price of INR 50 lakhs and he can be a valuable pick in the auction. In 118 T20 matches until now, King has racked up 2824 runs at an average of 28.52 and a strike-rate of 132.14 with two centuries and 18 half-centuries to his name.

Apart from playing big shots, King has shown his ability to be adaptable as per match situations.

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Rovman Powell

Rovman Powell, the current captain of the West Indies T20I team, can strike the ball a long distance. Back in January 2022, the right-handed batter smashed 107 runs off 53 balls with four fours and 10 sixes against a strong English bowling attack at the Kensington Oval in Bridgetown, Barbados.

The knock showed the damage Powell can do on his day. No target is big enough for the chasing teams if he tees off in the middle order. In 63 T20Is until now in his career, Powell has scored 1082 runs at an average of 25.16 with one century and four half-centuries to his name.

Powell has prior experience of playing in the IPL, having represented the Delhi Capitals. In 17 matches, he scored 257 runs at a strike rate of 146.02 with a top score of 67 not out to show for his efforts.

Powell may not set the auction on fire, but is expected to find a team, given his T20I expertise for the West Indies and other teams around the world. 


Rohit is an experienced cricket writer based in India