The countdown to the 17th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has begun, and the excitement among fans is palpable. As franchises gear up for the tournament, the focus shifts to the potential game-changers picked up during the auctions.
Legendary Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar recently shared his insights on the best buy for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL 2024 auction, singling out a player who he believes could play a pivotal role in the upcoming season.
CSK’s strategic buys at IPL auction
CSK, led by the iconic MS Dhoni, adopted a strategic approach in the IPL 2024 auction, making judicious choices to bolster their squad. The six players they acquired during the bidding event included Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Shardul Thakur, Mustafizur Rahman, Sameer Rizvi, and Avanish Rao Aravelly.
Sunil Gavaskar picks CSK’s best buy for IPL 2024
In the midst of the anticipation surrounding CSK’s new recruits, Gavaskar highlighted one player who, according to him, stands out as the best buy for the franchise. Gavaskar pointed to New Zealand’s Mitchell, praising his all-around abilities and the impact he has made on the international stage.
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Gavaskar shares the reason behind his pick
Speaking about Mitchell, Gavaskar expressed his admiration for the cricketer’s versatility across formats. He went on to emphasize Mitchell’s contributions in the ODI World Cup 2023 and T20 format, underscoring his capability to make an impact with both bat and ball. Gavaskar also highlighted Mitchell’s potential role at various positions in the batting order, making him a versatile and dangerous player for CSK.
“Doesn’t matter whether I am happy or not, they have got to be happy. I think they have got a good blend over there. When you look at Daryl Mitchell, who I think has been a splendid cricketer in all forms of the game,” said Gavaskar during a discussion on Star Sports.
“The way he played in the ODI World Cup and the way he has played in the T20 format as well, with the fact that he can bowl a bit. He might not bowl you four overs but he can maybe come and bowl you the odd couple of overs. Then either at No. 3, No. 4 or No. 5, and even as a finisher at No. 5 or No. 6, he can be a very, very dangerous player. So I think that’s probably their best buy,” added Gavaskar.