Cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra has listed some players from the West Indies who must exceptionally perform in the ODI three-game series against India to get better offers at the IPL 2022 auction.
India and West Indies kick off their white ball series with the first ODI on Sunday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Aakash Chopra expects Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran to make headlines at IPL 2022 auction
The ODI series will end on February 11, just a day before the action-packed IPL 2022 auction in Bangalore.
Chopra pointed out that the likes of Shai Hope and Nicholas Pooran should do their best to make their case in the auction.
Hope is yet to play a game in the lucrative T20 league, but West Indies wicket-striker Pooran was part of Kings of Punjab over the past three seasons. He had a disastrous season last year as he could only manage 85 runs in 12 innings.
“If you think from a West Indies perspective, you play three ODIs a week before the auction. I know a different format but this is a huge opportunity. There’s a lot of recency bias,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.
“Shai Hope – who doesn’t get IPL contracts, but here if he scores two hundred in three games like he did earlier his name will also be in the headlines. Nicholas Pooran – who the year last was very ordinary, if he plays well, his name will also come. He will also play with the greatest effort,” he added.
One player you should pay attention to is Romario Shepherd: Aakash Chopra
Chopra also singled out West Indies versatile bowler Romario Shepherd, who was the second wicket taker in CPL 2021.
Shepherd scalped 18 wickets in nine games for Guyana Amazon Warriors and returned 109 runs with the bat at 165.15 strike rate.
“One player you should pay attention to is Romario Shepherd, he creates ripples and waves. Akeal Hosein, if he plays, if not Hayden Walsh Jr. and Fabien Allen – they have three spin bowling options,” Chopra said.
The IPL 2022 Mega Auction will be held on February 12-13 in Bangalore, a total of 590 players (370 Indians and 220 foreigners) will go under the hammer.
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