South Africa pacer Gerald Coetzee has been in breathtaking form in the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup in India. The 23-year-old was among the top wicket takers of the tournament with 20 scalps from just eight matches he played in the tournament. He played a crucial for the Proteas to get into the semi-finals. With a height of 6’3 and a speed of up to 145kph, Coetzee has every quality that could make him a fast bowling legend in the future.
Coetzee has impressed with his pace and line length which made him gave him success in the World Cup. He was the spearhead pacer for South Africa in the tournament and is a promising youngster for the Proteas in the future. Following his standout performance in the World Cup, Coetzee is likely to get under the hammer in the IPL 2024 auction which will take place in December. It will be interesting to see how much purse teams would be willing to spend on him in the auction. Let’s have a look at the five franchises that could be big for Gerald Coetzee in the IPL 2024 auction.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have taken some bold decisions by releasing some of their main bowlers ahead of the IPl 2024 auction. They have released two of their main fast bowlers Harshal Patel and Josh Hazlewood along with the spinner Wanindu Hasaranga. It looks like RCB is looking for new fast-bowling options in IPL 2024, and Gerald Coetzee could turn out to be the best choice. It is likely that RCB will be willing to spend a huge amount for Coetzee and his inclusion will be more strength to their bowling lineup that already has Mohammed Siraj and Reece Topley. Siraj was in breathtaking form in IPL 2023 and could make a dangerous pair Coetzee in the starting overs of the game that could put pressure on the opponent. RCB also have a purse of INR 23.25 crore and they would be willing to spend a big amount to get Coetzee in their squad.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have released a bunch of their main players ahead of the IPL 2024 auction. They got rid of their fast bowlers like Umesh Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, and Shardul Thakur. KKR now need some fast bowling options in IPL 2024 and Gerald Coetzee could be their first choice for the upcoming season. Coetzee will fill in the place of a left-arm pacer and KKR could spend a big amount on him as they will be coming with a purse of 32.7 crore in the auction. The South African pacer could be the best choice for the two-time IPL champions.
Chennai Super Kings
The defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) will not be looking to make many changes in their winning squad for IPL 2024. However, they have released some big players ahead of the auction and will be looking for some effective players to fill in their place. CSK already has fast-bowling options like Matheesha Pathirana, Tushar Deshpande, and Shivam Dube, who are the main players in the squad. But they have also released players like Dwaine Pretorius, and Sisanda Magala with Ben Stokes opting out of the upcoming season. The five-time champions would prefer an overseas lef-arm bowling option and Gerald Coetzee could be the best choice for them. Coetzee can turn out to be a match-winner for CSK who can turn the around in crucial moments.
Lucknow Super Giants
Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) is one of the franchises that will be looking for a fast-bowling option in the IPL 2024 auction. However, they have already retained pacers like Naveen-ul-Haq, Mark Wood, and Mohsin Khan but have also released Jaydev Unadkat and Daniel Sams from their squad ahead of the upcoming auction. Apart from this, LSG has traded Avesh Khan to Rajasthan Royals. Now with the purse of INR 13.15 crore, LSG doesn’t need to add so many players in the auction as they already have a balanced squad for IPL 2024. However, they could look up to Gerald Coetzee, who could be the best left-arm fast-bowling for them in the upcoming season. Coetzee could provide more strength to a powerful bowling lineup along Mark Wood, Mohsin Khan, and Naveen-ul-Haq along with spin bowling options like Amit Mishra, Ravi Bishnoi, and Krunal Pandya.
The five-time champions Mumbai Indians will look for a fast-bowling option in the IPL 2024 auction. MI will be going with Jasprit Bumrah who will be coming back to the cash-rich league after 2022. Along with him, Mi has pace bowling options like Jason Behrondorff, Romario Shepherd, Akash Madhwal, and Arjun Tendulkar. Among all these Hardik Pandya can also play the role of an extra pacer after MI has bought him back from Gujarat Titans. However, MI has also released Jofra Archer, Riley Meredith, and Chris Jordan ahead of the auction. Now MI can also opt for Gerald Coetzee in their squad and they are also known for picking up youngsters in the auction and Coetzee could be one of them. His inclusion could provide more strength to their bowling unit in IPL 2024. However, MI is left with a budget of ₹17.75 crore after getting Hardik Pandya back for INR 15 crore in an all-cash trade with Gujarat Titans. MI will look to spend their purse wisely in the auction and buy Coetzee at an affordable price.