In-form Raza tipped to make IPL grade

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Sikandar Raza

One of the most renowned commentators around the globe, Harsha Bhogle believes Sikandar Raza will erupt a bidding war at the mini-auction for IPL 2023.

His ability to score crucial runs with the bat and pick up wickets effectively with the ball can come in handy for any side in the world.

Speaking on the Cricbuzz show, the commentator said: “I would be surprised if someone is not looking at Sikandar Raza at the 2023 IPL Auction.”

Raza was in top-notch form in the recently concluded T20 World Cup in Australia. He smashed 219 runs at an average of 27.37 and a healthy strike rate of 147.97.

NOTTINGHAM, ENGLAND – JUNE 13: Commentator Harsha Bhogle before the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand at Trent Bridge on June 13, 2019 in Nottingham, England. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

In addition to that, Raza also picked up 10 wickets in eight games at an economy of just 6.50.

As a spinner, he has a lot of variations which will attract many buyers. He was also named in the ICC Team of the Tournament for his exploits throughout the event.

Apart from Harsha Bhogle, former Indian cricketer Ashish Nehra also raised the bar for the Zimbabwean all-rounder.

“Sikandar Raza brings a lot to the table. It’s not just his batting but he can contribute with the bowl as well. Also his ability to bat deep at 5 or 6 will make him a strong choice for a lot of IPL franchises.”

All IPL teams submitted their list of retained players on Tuesday While some teams released a few names.

The 10 teams will now head to the IPL 2023 auction which will be held in Kochi on December 23.

163 players including 50 overseas stars were retained between the 10 franchises. This leaves with a total of 87 slots available at the next month’s auction.

Despite the auction being a mini one, there will be no shortage of big names.

The likes of Ben Stokes, Sam Curran and Cameron Green are expected to throw their names for the event.

 

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