IPL 2021 auction — Cameron Green to be a big target in IPL 14: Cameron Green’s performance in the third test between India and Australia has certainly put him on the radar of all the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise. The youngster is playing his third Test for his country but with each passing innings he has matured as a player. Green in the second innings in Sydney scored his maiden fifty. But it is the T20-like innings post his half-century which caught everyone’s eye.
Green who initially started slowly with Steve Smith, started picking up the pace near the Tea session. He took just 15 balls to accumulate 24 runs. While for many it might be slow, it is worth noting his 24-run knock included as a classy straight drive boundary and three massive sixes — something which is seen by Andre Russell and Hardik Pandya.
Green, the 6 feet 7-inch gentle giant, was cautious but didn’t let the loose deliveries get away and the six off Siraj (1/90 in 25 overs) over widish mid-on gave a glimpse of his quality.
As if to show that he can do it repeatedly, he muscled another one off the same bowler in the same region and then again into the Cow Corner for fun.
Currently he is dubbed as a batting all-rounder, however, he is not bad as a bowling option as well.
IPL 2021: Who is Cameron Green?
Contracted to Western Australia as a schoolboy, Green took five for 24 on first-class debut against Tasmania in February 2017 as a 17-year-old. He was selected initially for his bowling given his 6ft 7-inch frame and his prowess to deliver fast ousting. However, he was plagued by stress fractures.
Nonetheless, throughout his junior days his technically sound batting and an unquenchable thirst for scoring runs saw him as a genuine all-rounder of rare quality.
Batting and fielding averages
Green, after missing the 2017-18 first-class cricket season, spent the 2018 winter at Cricket Australia’s National Performance Centre in Brisbane. He made his maiden first-class century, producing scores 87* and 121* to force an extraordinary draw against Queensland at the Gabba. He would go on to score two more centuries that summer before posting a career-best 197 against New South Wales in October 2020.
This performance led to his first international call-up as he was named in Australia’s ODI and T20I squads against India.
IPL 2021 auction dates
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 auction is likely to be held on February 11. According to the information available to InsideSport, the IPL has also set January 20 as the deadline for the eight franchises to submit the lists of retained and released players.
(With inputs from ESPNCricinfo)