The IPL 2024 mini-auction is around the corner and fans are eagerly anticipating new faces in their favorite franchises. The mini-auction would be a crucial opportunity for franchises to alleviate any evident drawbacks in their squad. Some big-ticket players are available in the auction pool and one of them is the Australian captain, Pat Cummins. Franchises are expected to flock to get Pat Cummins on their side before the next season and in this article, we will take a look at 3 teams that can target Cummins in this auction.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore has always been a batting-heavy side and on many occasions, it has backfired. Chinnaswamy Stadium is considered to be the toughest ground for bowlers and in such circumstances, it becomes very important for RCB to build a strong bowling unit. Pat Cummins is the perfect option to lead the bowling attack along with someone like Mohammad Siraj. Josh Hazlewood has been released which warrants RCB to go for a quality fast bowler and Cummins falls in that bracket.
Last season’s runner-up Gujarat Titans have let go of their skipper Hardik Pandya in a shock move. They can grab more headlines if they can manage to pull off a “Cummins coming” in the mini-auction. The Gujarat management has released some of the fast bowlers that they had in their squad last season like Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, and Shivam Mavi. It is expected that they will go for a fast bowler in the auction and Pat Cummins would be an ideal option to add to the squad because he brings with him leadership qualities as well.
Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings, another franchise that can open its coffers for the Australian skipper. MS Dhoni is known for using underrated names in his squad and guiding them to glory but he also has a penchant for experienced players. Pat Cummins has a wealth of experience of playing in international cricket and also leading his team. Cummins’ lower-order batting abilities might be another reason that can attract a bid from Chennai Super Kings.