The 2018 auction for the Indian Premier League is just days away, and if the initial buzz is any indication, this upcoming auction will be the biggest money spinner like never before in the history of ipl. The IPL auctions for this year will be held in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28.

While deciding the base price, certain players have made some interesting choices. A few players who failed in the IPL have set their base price very high, while some other who hold an excellent record have set a lower base price. Let us now look at the list of five players with a surprising base price for the 2018 auctions.

Colin Munro of New Zealand

Colin Munro is one of the most incredible T20 batsmen in modern day cricket.

He is currently ranked No. 1 on the ICC list of T20 batsmen, and this Kiwi player is the only player to hit three International T20 centuries. The left-handed batsman has been at the peak of his form for the past twelve months, but still, his base price remains Rs 50 lakhs.

Interestingly, the base prices of players like Travis Head and Colin Ingram are Rs 1.5 Crores and Rs 2 Crores respectively. Even if Colin Munro has set his base price to Rs 1.5 Crores or Rs 2 Crores, teams would be ready to pick him, as he is now the hottest property in International Cricket.

Jason Holder from West Indies

West Indian all-rounder Jason Holder was one of those players who went unsold in 2017, and in all probabilities, he may face a similar fate in 2018 too considering the base price of Rs 1.50 Crores he has set for himself. Many IPL teams have some cheaper alternatives, and it will compel them to stay away from buying Holder. His T20 career bowling economy rate is above 8, and his batting average is below 15 which is not that impressive.

However, West Indies players have good demand in the IPL, and sometimes, teams may gamble and include Hason Holder in their lineup considering his all-around abilities.

Nathan Lyon from Australia

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon who went unsold last year has set a base price of Rs 1.50 Crore in 2018.

Interestingly, the bowler with minimal experience in T20 had set the same base price in 2017 auctions too.

Even though he has a decent economy rate of just above seven in the Big Bash League, it will not be sufficient enough to justify such a whopping base price. Unless fo any surprises, no IPL team will spend a large sum for an average player like Lyon.

Harry Gurney from England

Harry Gurney is a very talented fast bowler, but he has not played even a single T20 tournament outside England. But still, he has set his base price to Rs 1.50 Crore, and this has surprised many. As Gurney has little experience outside England, chances are less that teams may pick up this left-handed seamer. However, it may not be a wrong decision if any team picks this young player, as he has some dangerous leg cutters in his arsenal.

Peter Handscomb from Australia

Even though Peter Handscomb may not have played a single T20 International for Australia, he has set his base price of Rs 1.50 Crore. With a limited number of strokes in his arsenal, he has a strike rate below 120 in T20 which is not that impressive.

Peter Handscomb is an experienced middle-order batsman, but his inability to score quick runs makes him a genuine pick in the longer format of the game. It surprising that a player like Peter Handscomb has opted such a whopping base price when teams have the privilege to chose among 578 players, most of them available for a much lesser price.

Meanwhile the Chennai Super Kings are back in this edition of the IPL. Dhoni will most probably lead the team as Chennai retained three players including Raina and Ravindra Jadeja.

Highlights from IPL 2018 player retention event