With the IPL auction one day away, speculation is rife as to which players in the pool of 350, will ensnare the biggest deals. Previous IPL seasons have shown that there is no co-relation between the individual cricketer's base/reserve price and their eventual price tag. And with IPL growing in popularity and global reach with each season and the revenues increasing exponentially, the sky is the limit for IPL's hot shots -
Chris Gayle: This hard hitter from Jamaica has been the mainstay of the Kolkata Knightriders and very rarely has a quiet Twenty20 encounter. While his knack for destroying the opening bowler's figures with swipes, pulls and heaves to the boundary, and over it, is well documented, he is also nifty with the ball. He averages 29.97 with the bat at a strike rate of 134.79 and averages 25.90 while bowling his off-spinners at a respectable economy rate of7.29. Gayle's base price is $400,000.
Dale Steyn - The No. 1 bowler in the world who can generate the kind of pace that is hard to counter or indeed face, Steyn's destructiveness with the new ball is legendary and he can make life hell even for the most seasoned batsman. Once the property of the Royal Challengers Bangalore, he has inexplicably not been retained by his franchise. Steyn has taken 79 T20 scalps from 71 matches at an average of 24.16 and a very good economy rate of 6.82. Steyn's base price has been marked at $200,000
Yuvraj Singh: Touted as one of the most feared batsman in the Indian one-day line-up, he has found himself in and out of the side due to wavering form. But the "Punjab ka Puttar" ups his game a few notches when playing for the pride of Kings XI Punjab. Though not particularly consistent in recent times, he can be deadly dangerous on his day. He makes 26.49 runs per match at a strike rate of 136.53 and is a useful off-break too, who bowls at an average of 22.66 and an economy rate of 7.55. Yuvraj's reserve price is $400,000
James Anderson: Coming off an incredibly successful Ashes tour of Down Under with the highest wicket tally in the series, Anderson will no doubt be taking his hunger for scalps into IPL4 when be make his debut in the League. Franchises will be feverishly vying for his magical swing bowler who has almost singlehandedly revived the art form. He played quite a role for the victorious English side in the World T20 in June 2010. Having played 39 T20s, he averages 32.45 with an economy rate of 8.20, but he has the potential to transform those figures. Anderson's base price is $400,000
Jacques Kallis: Touted as one of the greatest all-rounders in the game, Kallis has been an asset to the Royal Challengers Bangalore. For most of the tournament last year, he led the runs chart till he was narrowly outstripped by Sachin Tendulkar. He played a pivotal role in ensuring his team reached the semi-finals and went on to secure the third place in the tournament which in turn guaranteed it a berth in the Champions League. In T20s, he averages 34.70 with the bat at a strike rate of 114.40. His base price is $300,000