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Mayank Agarwal. Image Credits: Twitter

On December 23 in Kochi, the eagerly anticipated mini-auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 season will take place. Former Indian cricketer Akash Chopra thinks Sunrisers Hyderabad, who had the highest bid of Rs 42.25 crore, are the favorites to sign Mayank Agarwal in the IPL 2023 auction.

The Punjab Kings have made it to the finals once since the Indian Premier League (IPL) began in 2008, but they haven’t advanced further than that in the previous four seasons. They made several changes to their roster in response to subpar performances, and captain Mayank Agarwal was let go before this year’s auction.

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IPL 2023: "He Will Be Sold For A Huge Amount And Sunrisers Are The Ones Who Might Take Him Away" - Aakash Chopra On Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal for PBKS. Photo- IPL

Mayank Agarwal Will Be Sold For Huge Amount – Aakash Chopra

Since so many clubs are in need of a reliable opener, Mayank Agarwal is expected to command a higher price after being released by the Punjab Kings, according to Aakash Chopra. Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow were likely placed at the top of the order by PBKS, he said.

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Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

“One of the main reasons for leaving out Mayank was that they weren’t able to find a position for him at the top of the order. But one thing is for sure that he will be sold for a huge amount. KKR probably need an opener, but they can’t afford him. Sunrisers are the ones who might take him away.”

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Punjab Kings Can Bid Even Till INR 15 Crore  – Aakash Chopra

According to Aakash Chopra, the Punjab Kings have the resources to sign elite all-round players who can contribute to the club in all three areas, such as Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, or Cameron Green.

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“They have 9 slots available and INR 32 crore to spend, which is quite a lot of money. If they set their sights on someone, they will get that player more often than not. One of the big names among Curran, Green, etc. might go to Punjab and the other might go to Sunrisers. They can bid even till INR 15 crore so that they still have around 15 crore for the other eight players, which is a decent sum.”

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