After a series of good performances in all forms of the game, ‘Delhi Daredevil’ Gautam Gambhir (534 runs from 14 IPL matches with an average of 41.08) has figured in every team’s wish list.
His name is yet to be submitted through ‘expression of interest’ in the transfer window, but team sources say that the left-hander is the player every team wants.
“The way he has batted throughout the year makes him the favourite for everyone. Even in the IPL, Gambhir and Sehwag were instrumental in giving some very good starts to Delhi and it’s natural to hear his name right on top of everyone’s wish list,” a source told TOI on Thursday.
Besides Gambhir, the other five in great demand are Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Munaf Patel and Sree Santh. “Unfortunately, none of them is likely to get a transfer,” the source added.
As reported by TOI earlier, Rohit Sharma is being targetted by Mumbai Indians, but Team Hyderabad doesn’t seem interested in trading the batsman. Similarly, Pathan senior and Munaf’s future depends on what kind of strategy Team Jaipur adopts. Team Chennai’s Raina came back from a hiatus after a decent show in the IPL and his team will surely not want to sell him.
Temperamental fast bowler Sree Santh may have been out of favour for a while, but he hasn’t done too badly in the inaugural season for Team Mohali. He is again likely to share the new ball with Australia’s Brett Lee.
“But don’t be surprised if one or two more Indian cricketers figure in that top list. For instance, a cricketer like Zaheer Khan. The left-hand seamer was in top form and now Mumbai Indians are desperately targetting him,” a team official said.
If these top players will not be put up for sale by their respective teams, what’s the option left? Bag those who are young and have a contract with BCCI. “Franchises are relieved that some of the senior Indians cricketers will be around when the transfer business really gets serious. As of now, most of the teams want to keep their cards close to the chest,” another team official said. Expectedly, the buzz will get louder in the new year.
“Next year in January, the franchisees are expected to come out with some aggressive moves to strengthen their teams,” an IPL official said.