Men who may grab eyeballs at auction...

Men who may grab eyeballs at auction...

 As the team owners get ready to loosen their purse strings, here is a look at the men who might demand attention at the auction:

Kevin Pietersen: The buzz surrounding Pietersen ever since he was axed by England underlines the value he brings to the table. An explosive entertainer, Pietersen will be much sought after, but Delhi Daredevils hold the advantage, thanks to the right to match card. Most probably, he is Delhi bound.

Virender Sehwag: His fortunes have been on the downswing of late. A lacklustre domestic season has followed his axing from the national squad and it remains to be seen which franchise bids for the once dasher from Delhi.

Ross Taylor: A former Royal Challengers player, Ross Taylor moved to Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils before landing in Pune Warriors but he hasn’t had much success with the bat. The New Zealander has struck form at the right time, hitting some quick hundreds in the series against India. That might just bring him in spotlight.
Brendon McCullum: A cracker of a batsman, the Kiwi has fired with consistency ever since he took home the captaincy of his national team. A Kolkata Knight Riders’ player, he will be in demand, with his ability to clear the field.

Quinton de Kock: The South African caught the eye with successive centuries in the one-day series against India. Being a competent wicket-keeper as well, de Kock brings all-round ability to the team, a factor that will not miss a franchise’s eye.
Yuvraj Singh: He may not be in the best of form at the moment but no one doubts Yuvraj Singh’s calibre. The Punjab batsman can clear even the biggest of fields and with his left-arm spin, Yuvraj can tie down the batsmen as well as fetch wickets for his team.

Mitchell Johnson: Johnson’s revival started with the IPL and after a successful Ashes series when he terrorised the English batsmen, his stock has only gone up. Mumbai Indians didn’t retain him but they have the right to match card and might use it for him.

Corey Anderson: The strapping all-rounder has been the talk of the town ever since he broke the record for fastest ODI century on New Year’s Day against the West Indies. Having backed that show against India in the ongoing series, the southpaw is tipped to rake in the moolah big time.

David Warner: The blow-hot blow-cold left-hander found much-needed consistency against England in the Ashes. With big runs flowing out of his willow quite regularly now, he may attract some intense bidding.

Vinay Kumar: The medium-pacer has been in a zone off late. Having led Karnataka to Ranji Trophy glory, the crafty bowler picked up six wickets in the first innings of Irani Cup. A touch expensive on the economy rate, but a sure wicket-taker.

Aaron Finch: A solidly-built aggressive batsman, Finch has time and again proven his match-winning abilities. Last year, the all-rounder cracked a T20 world-record 156 against England.

Morne Morkel: The pacer has been one of the key reason behind South Africa’s rise as No 1 Test team.  Morkel is one of the few bowlers who has the skills to rise in a format dominated extensively by the batsmen.

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