Updated: 29 November 2021
IPL 2022 mega auction is set to get underway at the starting of next year. This will be a mega event, considering the addition of two new teams ahead of IPL 2022. If we go by the media reports, KL Rahul, the anchor player for Punjab Kings, will part ways with the franchise ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction. He joined the Mohali-based franchise in 2018, and since then, has played an integral role in the team.
KL Rahul who is part of the Team India squad for T20 World Cup 2021 has been the most consistent batsman during the last 3 IPL seasons. But, he has failed to take Punjab to the playoff stage.
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If the team management decides to release KL Rahul before the IPL 2022 mega auction, it will open the doors for other teams to grab this exceptional talented batsman. Let us have a look at three teams that can target KL Rahul in the IPL 2022 mega auction:
3 Teams That Could Target KL Rahul At Mega Auction
Sunrisers Hyderabad had a dismal VIVO IPL 2021 season. The team led by the kiwi captain Kane Williamson finished at the bottom of the IPL 2021 points table, winning just 3 matches and losing 11. SRH will most likely have to do a complete revamp of the entire squad ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction. In such a situation, they will be eager to buy a dependable opener for their team. KL Rahul can be a perfect match for them.
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Being an aggressive opener, Rahul can provide a solid base for the middle-order to flourish. SRH needs a captaincy option and a reliable opener. KL Rahul ticks both the boxes for the team in such a situation.
Rajasthan Royals, like Sunrisers Hyderabad, also had a season to forget in IPL 2021. They could win only 5 matches from the 14 games. The team has failed to reach the final stage barring the IPL inaugural season. The team management will like to build a new team, and for that, they will have to find a perfect Indian player giving company to Sanju Samson.
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KL Rahul can be an ideal player for such a role. The team can rely on him for a solid start giving the middle-order enough momentum. KL Rahul can also do the role of the wicket-keeper for the squad. In such a situation, Sanju Samson can concentrate more on the batting.
ANY NEW FRANCHISE
IPL 2022 mega auction will witness the addition of two new teams. They will have to build the entire squad from scratch. The owners need to brainstorm about picking a good captain who can lead the team. KL Rahul, in such a situation, will be an ideal match. Though he has failed to take Punjab Kings to glory as a captain, we cannot simply ignore him for this role in the new team.
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Punjab Kings lost a few close games, and his performance as a captain can be evaluated as satisfactory. KL Rahul as a batsman will surely be one of the key players if he gets picked by any of the new franchises in the IPL 2022 mega auction.