The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 mini-auction concluded last week in Chennai with few jaw-dropping moments. South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris broke the bank and emerged as the most expensive buy in the history of IPL.
While a lot of uncapped players got chances, a few reputed players didn’t find buyers in the IPL 2021 auction. However, this is not the end of the world for some of the unsold players.
Although the franchises got most of their desired players albeit they might need some players in the later stages, due to international commitments. So, many of the unsold overseas players can be picked then.
In the meantime, let’s take a look at 4 unsold players who can be picked later for IPL 2021:
4. Alex Hales
Despite winning the golden bat in the recently-concluded Big Bash League (BBL) 2020-21, English hard hitter and opener Alex Hales did not find any buyer in the auction this time.
Alex Hales, who last played in the IPL for SunRisers Hyderabad in 2018, scored 543 runs in 15 BBL fixtures. An equally good player of both spin and fast bowling, Alex is a true game-changer and his ability to strike the ball is second to none.
The 32-year-old has played some good knocks in the IPL, if he gets in form and produces these kinds of innings more, he can be picked by a franchise later on. He is currently playing for Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).
3. Jason Behrendorff
Jason Behrendorff was a part of Mumbai Indians a few seasons back but had struggled with regular game time. However, he recently took 16 wickets in the BBL, while plying his trade for the eventual runner-ups, Perth Scorchers.
The Australian pacer can swing the ball in both directions and can be a handy pick for any team. Just like his Australia and Perth teammate Jhye Richardson, Behrendorff was expected to get a buyer or two but it wasn’t the case.
But, since the majority of the tournaments are being organized under a bio-bubble, mental and physical fatigue might start to creep in players as the tournament progresses.
Hence, bowlers might get injured in the long season or for workload management and the franchises will surely have to look for replacements, and Behrendorff might get in the fray.
2. Marnus Labuschagne
Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne is having a ball with his willow. However, the South Africa-born players can be a pretty handy customer with the ball as well.
After topping the run-scoring charts in the Test and ODI series against India in the recently concluded tour, Labuschagne played 6 matches for Brisbane Heat and bagged 11 wickets with a pretty decent economy rate of 6.75.
With all the aforementioned details about him, it is fair to say that Marnus is a versatile player and an asset as well. He can definitely get picked for the latter stages of the tournament.
1. Jason Roy
Though not a very renowned player of the spin, English powerhouse Jason Roy can trouble any bowlers on his day. In BBL 2020-21, Roy scored 355 runs in 12 matches, averaging just over 32.
Jason Roy, however, is a very versatile batsman and can bat a bit lower as well. The 30-year-old can be the first choice replacement if an overseas batsman gets injured.
Unlike his England teammate Hales, Roy will be in action against India in the upcoming five-match series in the sub-continent nation.