The 2023 IPL auction will take place in Kochi on December 23. Unlike the previous season’s mega-auction in February, the BCCI will conduct a mini-auction for the forthcoming season.
Ahead of the auction, all ten franchises released a list of players they retained and released from the squad.
A total of 85 players were released ahead of the auctions, and some of the big names include Mayank Agarwal, Kane Williamson, Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, and Pat Cummins. While the players mentioned above are likely to receive heavy cash in the auction, several players fear going unsold.
The article will point out five renowned cricketers who might go unsold in the mini-auction.
5. Mohammad Nabi
Kolkata Knight Riders bought Mohammad Nabi for one crore in the mega-auctions but released the 37-year-old ahead of the auction. Nabi did not play any match in the 2022 edition and failed to create an impact for Afghanistan in the recently concluded ICC T20 World Cup. After a poor performance in the World Cup, Nabi stepped down as Afghanistan captain and is unlikely to be bought by any franchise for the coming season. Nabi has played 17 matches in the IPL since 2017. He has amassed 180 runs and picked up 13 wickets. The former Afghani captain made his IPL debut for SRH and switched teams when KKR bought him last year.
4. Ajinkya Rahane
Another KKR player who might go unsold in the auction is Ajinkya Rahane. Shahrukh Khan-owned KKR bought the former Rajasthan Royals captain for one crore at the mega-auction. Rahane was criticized for his slow strike rate and struggled to provide a start for his team. The 34-year-old scored just 133 runs in seven matches he played last season. Another reason Rahane might not get picked is his ouster from the Test side. The right-handed player last had international exposure in January this year. Since 2012, Rahane has scored 300 plus runs, but in the past three editions, he has scored just 254 runs in 18 matches.
3. Aaron Finch
Australia’s T20I captain Aaron Finch might need help getting a buyer in the auction due to his poor run with the bat. The 35-year-old has played for almost every team in the IPL and had a turbulent journey in the cash-studded league. Finch went unsold in the 2021 auctions. He was also ignored in the 2022 auction before KKR picked him at the last moment for 1.5 crores. However, the opener did not repay the faith shown in him and scored mere 86 runs in five matches. Further, Finch’s failure with the bat at the recently concluded T20 World Cup added heavily to Australia’s early exit from the tournament. Thus, considering all the instances, it is unlikely that any franchise would look to invest in Finch. In 92 matches in the IPL, Finch has scored 2091 runs at an average of 25.19.
2. Jason Roy
Gujarat Titans showed faith in English opener Jason Roy and bought him for a whopping two crore in the mega-auction. However, Roy pulled out of the tournament citing bio-bubble fatigue, disturbing the team combination for the whole season. As a result, GT released Roy for the upcoming season, and the 32-year-old is unlikely to buy a buyer due to his commitment issues and poor run with the bat. The World Cup-winning English side also dropped Roy for the World Cup owing to his poor form. Roy has played just 13 matches in the IPL and scored 329 runs.
1. Dwayne Bravo
The biggest shock which struck the viewers while scrolling through the list of released players was to see Dwayne Bravo’s name on it. The 39-year-old is IPL’s leading wicket-taker and served CSK for ten years. Bravo has picked up 183 wickets, but considering his age, it is unlikely for him to get picked by any team. Bravo picked up 16 wickets in the previous edition, but due to Chennai’s batting combination, he did not get the chance to express himself. Bravo has scored just 77 runs in the past three seasons and did not showcase his all-round abilities.