IPL 2022: This star Indian batsman will earn more than Rs 20 crore at mega auction believes Akash Chopra

Former India opener Aakash Chopra has said that batter KL Rahul will go for more than 20 crores in the IPL 2022 mega auction if there is no cap on the salary of a player during the mega auction.

Aakash Chopra feels Rahul is India's best T20 batsman who can break IPL auction records if he goes into the bidding war

KL Rahul has been enjoying a purple patch for Team India in T20Is at present as he continues to pile on runs one game after another.

. Rahul slammed his fourth half-century in the last five T20Is for India as Rohit Sharma & Co. defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the second T20I of the ongoing three-match series in Ranchi on Sunday. "Rohit and Rahul, what a tone they have. KL Rahul, I am saying it again - he is India's best T20 batsman. There is no better batter than him. He will be the most expensive player if he goes into the IPL auction, if the ceiling is not fixed because of the draft," Chopra said in a video on his YouTube channel.

"If you see the last five matches, he has scored three-four fifties in that. I know he didn't score against Pakistan and New Zealand, but this player is of a different level," he added.

Impressed by his stunning stroke play, Chopra said he was left in awe of Rahul's skill level. He lauded the right-hander's ability to take fast bowlers to the cleaners at ease and said he has become a fan of the star batter, who was recently appointed as India's full-time vice-captain in T20Is.

If KL Rahul leaves Punjab, he is likely to be given the captaincy of Lucknow or Ahmedabad. Former South African bowler Dale Steyn, on the other hand, had said that KL Rahul could return to the RCB as captain.

"The six he hits over the covers against the fast bowlers, however, fast you may bowl, it is kamaal and lajawab. Of course, I am a KL Rahul fan, you know it already. You should also be his fan because the skill level is unbelievable," Chopra said.

It is to be noted that two new franchises Lucknow and Ahmedabad will be added in IPL 2022 and both these teams will want to include 29-year-old Rahul in their squad.

Rahul will be seen in action on Sunday (November 21) in the third T20I against New Zealand at Eden Gardens.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have reportedly confirmed the retentions rules for all the Indian Premier League (IPL) teams ahead of the mega auction for the 2022 season. IPL is all set to become a ten-team tournament from the next year after the addition of two new franchises in the form of Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

BCCI will conduct a mega auction ahead of IPL 2022 in order to give a fair chance to both the new teams to build a strong squad from scratch. As per a report in Cricbuzz, All the existing eight IPL teams will be allowed a maximum of four retentions while the two new teams will be allowed to pick three players before the mega auction. There will be no Right To Match (RTM) option this time around.