After an impressive one-day series against Pakistan to back up his strong rookie season in 2017, Black Caps paceman Lockie Ferguson has become a top talent being sought after at this year's Indian Premier League auction.
Ferguson is one of 13 Kiwis looking to be signed for next year's tournament, joining the likes of Brendon McCullum and Corey Anderson when the auction begins in Jaipur later today.
The 27-year-old was picked up by Pune Supergiant in 2017 for approximately NZ$100,000 and turned heads early on with figures of 2-7 off four overs against Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Despite the strong debut season, Ferguson was overlooked at the auctions for this year's tournament. But after taking 11 wickets for an average of 12.81 in the three ODIs against Pakistan last month, Ferguson has again caught the eye of IPL teams.
His reserve sits at NZ$200,000 - the same as veteran Black Caps opener Martin Guptill.
This year's auction will be particularly competitive due to the fact there are only 20 spots left for overseas players, with many teams opting to retain their international talents.
Among those retained were nine Black Caps: Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner.
Kiwi talent is also being looked on favourably this year due to New Zealand being one of only two boards (West Indies the other) willing to release players for the entire IPL season with the Cricket World Cup looming in May, shortly after the IPL final.
This year's auction starts at 10pm NZT.
New Zealand cricketers in Indian Premier League auction:
$400,000 reserve: Corey Anderson, Brendon McCullum
$200,000: Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill
$150,000: Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi
$100,000: Doug Bracewell, Anton Devcich, Glenn Phillips, Seth Rance, Neil Wagner
$40,000: Blair Tickner
New Zealanders retained by their franchises:
Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee (Bangalore)
Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne (Mumbai)
Trent Boult, Colin Munro (Delhi)
Kane Williamson (Hyderabad)
Mitchell Santner (Chennai)
Ish Sodhi (Rajasthan)