Ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction, 1,214 players have registered their names. However, the IPL had shortlisted 590 players based on the wishlist of the 10 teams. Also, 44 new names were registered upon the request of these franchises.
Out of the 590 players, 228 are capped, as 355 are uncapped. Teams are already doing their homework in terms of the squad they want to assemble. There are several Indian and foreign players who can gain mega bids. There are some big names there who were released by their previous employers after the IPL extended to 10 teams and the retention policy in place.
However, many players with good base prices – both Indian and foreign may not get a ticket. There are several factors that go against players in the auction. On the same note, we analyze 10 such players who may not find a team in the IPL 2022 auction.
36-year-old Kedar Jadhav has been a pale shadow of himself in recent IPL years. He hasn’t quite gone, nor has his presence in the team has made much difference. Since 2019, Jadhav has struggled to find his feet. He scored 162, 62, and 55 runs. His strike read 95.85, 93.93, and 105.76. Also, given his age and the base price of Rs. 1 crore, teams will want to ignore him.
Another veteran, a 36-year-old who, has a base price of Rs.1 crore and may miss the bus. Saha has been largely warming the bench of late in IPL, and in the international arena, he is a backup Test keeper. Teams wouldn’t want to spend so much money and have someone who is hardly playing. Also, this sum for a secondary option is something that will keep them away.
The veteran spinner was let go by KKR ahead of IPL 2020. He represented CSK in 2020 and didn’t get game time. For MI last season, he played just one game. Franchises will note this, and also, with several quality spinners up the ranks, Chawla, with a base price of Rs. 1 crore, could be ignored. Despite gaining success over the years, Chawla hasn’t played much of late.
The England pacer has a base price of Rs. 2 crore. When you look at his T20 exploits, Overton has 58 wickets from 63 matches at an economy rate of around nine. With several quality established names in similar price brackets, teams wouldn’t want someone to be on the bench for a whopping sum. This is why Overton is set to get ignored.
Another Englishman with a base price of Rs. 2 crore could be ignored is James Vince. Vince has never featured in the IPL, and despite being in the England side, he doesn’t have the aura around him to be selected by an IPL side. There are plenty of batters, both foreign and Indian, up for the taking, and Vince doesn’t fit in the system.
In the IPL 2021 auction, Matthew Wade, with an INR. 1 crore price tag, was ignored by teams. A year later, with his price increased to Rs. 2 crore, Wade may find no takers. Teams generally prefer an Indian keeper to free up spaces, and despite Wade’s T20 World Cup heroics versus Pakistan in the semis, the veteran cricketer could miss the bus.
The left-arm spinner has Rs. 2 crore base price, which may turn off sides. He had a 50 lac base price in IPL 2018 but was unsold. Agar has never played in the IPL, and despite decent numbers for Australia, he could be ignored given other quality international spinners are available for a similar price.
The 42-year-old has a 2 crore base price, and with the teams seeking to eye long term solutions, Tahir may not have the future he will hope. Perhaps a lower sum could have tempted teams to keep him as a secondary option, but despite his heroics over the years, the former Proteas man may not have any takers.
Ishant Sharma got a second life in IPL after being bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs. 1.10 crore in 2019. However, with just four games over the last two seasons, Ishant hasn’t shown any credentials to highlight why he can be ignored. He has set a base price of Rs. 2 crore, which is too high for a player who looks like fading away.
The West Indian is a quality Test and ODI player but isn’t that aggressive in the T20s. He has a poor average of 18.50 in T20Is. Overall in T20 cricket, he has a strike rate of 116.84. For an opener, this is below par. IPL teams will want better opening options, and Hope doesn’t fit the bill in the format.