The knockout stages of the 21st Vijay Hazare Trophy are currently occurring, and there have already been some riveting moments this season. Whether it be Tamil Nadu amassing 500 runs in 50 overs or Ruturaj Gaikwad thrashing 43 in an over and propelling Maharashtra directly to the semi-finals.
Perhaps the most unfading instance of the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy is Narayan Jagadeesan’s blistering knock against Arunachal Pradesh. In the sixth round of an Elite Group C match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, the wicket-keeper batter belted a whopping 277 runs in just 141 deliveries, including 25 fours and 15 maximums.
With this knock, the Tamil Nadu opener also registered a milepost of becoming the first player to orchestrate 5 consecutive centuries in List A cricket. Courtesy of Narayan Jagadeesan’s scintillating strike rate, Tamil Nadu also posted the highest List A total of 506/2.
The Vijay Hazare Trophy has been avowed to produce opportunities for youngsters around the country. Every year, a new face coruscates and flashes his skills to the cricketing fraternity. The players too relish every bit of cricket played here as this may be a direct ticket for them to participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
The 26-year-old was recently released by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) ahead of the IPL 2023 auction. The decision to let go of Narayan Jagadeesan right before his pyrotechnics will haunt the CSK management eternally.
Having said that, this has also opened the doors for the right-handed batter to land himself a deep-pocketed contract in the IPL 2023 auction. But, the quizzing is, which franchise will Narayan Jagadeesan be destined in?
Narayan Jagadeesan: 3 Teams Who Can Buy Him in IPL 2023 Auction
1. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
KKR’s Retained Players: Shreyas Iyer (C), Nitish Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, Rinku Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Rasikh Dar, Anukul Roy, Harshit Rana, Lockie Ferguson, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Shardul Thakur.
Following their fiasco in the last season, the Kolkata-based franchise released 16 players from their squad in order to completely revamp their unit. After 3 player tradings, Kolkata has a purse of INR 7.05 crore remaining, which is the lowest amongst the ten franchises.
One of the many predicaments for Kolkata last season was their lack of wicket-keeping alternatives that destabilized their middle order. Sheldon Jackson and Sam Billings were Kolkata’s mainstream keepers and both of them could not meet the expectations.
While Sheldon could only manage to chalk up 23 runs in 5 innings, the English campaigner Billings stitched 169 runs in 8 innings with an average of 24.1. Hence, KKR management decided to release both of them ahead of the IPL 2023 auction.
The Kolkata line-up not only stipulates a genuine wicket-batter but also a level-headed Indian middle-order batter to accompany Shreyas Iyer. Considering that, the in-form Narayan Jagadeesan could be a well-suited option for Kolkata to bid for. Moreover, the right-handed Narayan Jagadeesan might also be relocated to the opening position as Kolkata lumbered with the opening pair last season.
Lastly, Narayan Jagadeesan also has a staggering record at Eden Gardens, which is the home venue for KKR. The northpaw has bagged up 3 half-centuries in 3 matches he played at Eden Gardens at a strike rate of 157.9 and has only been dismissed once in three innings.
2. Punjab Kings (PBKS)
PBKS Retained Players: Shikhar Dhawan (C), Jonny Bairstow, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Raj Angad Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Baltej Dhanda, Nathan Ellis, Atharva Taide, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada.
Analogous to Kolkata, Punjab also had a prosaic IPL 2022 season, managing only 7 victories in 14 games. Although Punjab is not lionized for its paddle tactics, with 32.2 crores in the bank, Punjab could castigate any other franchise at the IPL 2023 auction table.
Punjab has no concerns whatsoever about their bowling department but their Indian batting line-up is no great shakes after unchaining former captain Mayank Agarwal. The 31-year-old Mayank had a penurious IPL season last year as he only orchestrated 196 runs in 12 innings at an average of 16.3.
In absence of Mayank, Narayan Jagadeesan could join forces with Shikhar Dhawan at the opening slot as the Tamil Nadu batter is well-versed in anchoring the innings alongside accelerating his stint promptly. Furthermore, the left-right combination of Shikhar and Narayan Jagadeesan could also fittingly synchronize for PBKS.
3. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
SRH Retained Players: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rahul Tripathi, Abhishek Sharma, Glenn Phillips, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Kartik Tyagi, Aiden Markram, Abdul Samad, Umran Malik, Washington Sundar, T. Natarajan, Marco Jansen.
After losing the first league matches in the 2022 edition, SRH recorded an incredible comeback in the next five games before throwing away the following five matches in a row. Eventually, SRH ended up with a net run rate of -0.379 owing to their patchy performance.
The Hyderabad-based franchise has the highest purse left (42.25 crores) after they relentlessly released captain Kane Williamson and Windies wicket-keeper Nicholas Pooran. In Williamson’s captaincy, SRH finished 8th at the points table last year while Pooran had a substandard campaign.
With Glenn Phillips being the only keeper currently in their squad, that too overseas, Hyderabad would certainly plump for Narayan Jagadeesan at the IPL 2023 auction table. The zippy surface of Rajiv Gandhi International Surface will also act as a fringe benefit for Jagadeesan. Lastly, the tranquillity of Narayan Jagadeesan will also accompany the likes of Aiden Markram and Rahul Tripathi.
The IPL 2023 auction is all set to take place in Kochi on December 23rd and a complete list of players participating in the auction would be announced soon. This IPL 2023 auction promises to be tortuous as the 10 IPL franchises would be subject to a bidding war for international players such as Ben Stokes, Cameron Green, Kane Williamson, and Sam Curran.