All the franchises have officially submitted the list of players retained and released ahead of the mini-auctions for the Indian Premier League (IPL). The auction will be a battleground for all teams to address the issues in their squads and enforce the weak positions with proper signings.
However, as it will be a mini-auction this time around, there will be limited resources available and we might witness bidding wars for certain players. One such category will be the Indian batters as most of the franchises need quality Indian batters in their top and middle order.
Hence, in this post, we will take a look at the top three Indian batters who could start the bidding war at auction for IPL 2023 and are likely to fetch the biggest bids.
3. Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey was one of the marquee signings made by the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in their first-ever auction ahead of IPL 2023. The franchise entrusted the Karnataka batter to take the vital number three position in the first few matches.
However, Manish Pandey failed to deliver for the franchise as he could only manage 88 runs in 6 matches at a disappointing strike rate of 110. Subsequently, LSG released him ahead of IPL 2023. But he showed form in the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Manish Pandey scored 247 runs in 8 matches at an average of 61.75 in the SMAT 2022. Furthermore, he has also been in good form during the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2022-23. Many franchises out there need a quality middle-order batter and will look to sign Manish Pandey.