IPL auction might still be far away, but the auctions are slowly closing in. The teams are gearing up to get their composition right ahead of the big day on December 18. As many as 1003 players have registered for the one-day affair, with only 70 slots available amongst the eight teams.
According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, nine capped players have put their base price to the maximum possible value.
Here are the capped players who have added themselves to the Rs. 2 crore base price:
#1 Corey Anderson
Part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad in the IPL 2018 season, he did not have a great year and played only 3 games. He picked up only three wickets and bowled at an economy of 13.26.
He could only manage 17 runs in the three games, hitting just one six. He was released by the RCB franchise.
#2 Sam Curran
One of the most exciting players to look out for, Sam Curran showed what he is capable of with both bat and ball, troubling the Indian team on their recent tour. A nippy left-arm bowler and a more-than-handy batsman down the order, Curran is unlikely to be part of England's World Cup plans, and has thus added himself to the maximum price column.
#3 Colin Ingram
The 33-year-old might have played his last game for South Africa in 2013, but his recent form has given him enough confidence to put in his name in the maximum base price list. He has been in fine form for Glamorgan in the English county and is also a tricky customer with the ball.
He had a base price of Rs. 2 crore in the auctions in 2018 also but went unsold. He'll hope that there's no encore of the previous season.
#4 Angelo Mathews
The veteran all-rounder of Sri Lankan cricket is a useful player to have, due to his ability to contribute with both bat and ball. In his earlier days, he was a valuable fielder as well.
He had put in his name for the Rs. 2 crore slot, just like he had done last year. However, the Sri Lankan did not find any takers in the 2018 edition.
#5 Lasith Malinga
Along with Mathews, another surprising entry in the maximum base price list is Lasith Malinga, who was the bowling coach of the Mumbai Indians last season. The pacer with a slinging action is no doubt an IPL legend, and leads the charts for the most wickets in the IPL across all seasons, but hasn't really been his old self in the last few years.
He last played in the 2017 season, picking up 11 wickets from 12 games.
#6 Shaun Marsh
Part of the Australian middle-order in the upcoming Test series against India, Marsh, the Orange Cap holder of the inaugural season has pushed himself to the maximum base price bracket. A solid left-handed batsman who can control the innings with his assured strokes, Marsh had put his price at Rs. 1.5 crores in the auctions last year, but went unsold.
He last played in the 2017 season, scoring 264 runs from nine games.
#7 Brendon McCullum
One of the most destructive batsmen to have ever played the game, Brendon McCullum might have retired quite a while back, but his charm still remains. A T20 player who plies his trade in leagues around the world, McCullum was bought as RCB's X-factor at the top last year, but couldn't create much magic.
Released by the Bangalore-based franchise, McCullum will be eyeing a new team and has put his base price at the maximum price.
#8 D'Arcy Short
Not part of the India-Australia Test series, D'Arcy Short has been one of Australia's emerging white-ball players and gained recognition with his exploits in the Big Bash league. Playing at the top of the order, Short is a treat to watch when he gets going, but hasn't been able to bring consistency in his game.
Released by the Rajasthan Royals after a poor debut season, Short will be looking to bolster a new franchise's top order in 2019.
#9 Chris Woakes
England's star all-rounder has been a handy addition to their lineups in both red-ball and white-ball cricket. Generating quick deliveries with a hint of movement, Woakes is also a useful batsman down the order, and fits the bill of a T20 all-rounder.
After playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders, Woakes was purchased by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, but joined the released players' list after just one season.