There are a lot of things that go into the formation of a team in IPL. And that means not all the good players get a look in to play the world’s best T20 league, IPL. Every team is looking to plug the gaps in their respective side and if a player doesn’t fit in their scheme of things, they generally get no bidding. Just as some players become millionaires, there are others as well, who don’t even get picked by any franchise in the IPL auction. Today, we have prepared a list of five unlucky players who went unsold in IPL auction.
The Windies opener, Evin Lewis is one of the most clean-hitters of the cricket ball. He has played some exceptional knocks for West Indies in T20 internationals as well. He had set INR 1 crore as his base price ahead of the auction. But, he didn’t get any buyers in the auction. Lewis had represented Mumbai Indians in the last two seasons. The opening batsman put up average performances for his franchise. Still there are hardly any doubts that he is a match-winner and can destroy any bowling attack on his day. In fact, he performed well in the T20I series against India as well and there were expectations that we will get to see him in IPL 2020.
The 2016 IPL final Player-of-the-Match, Ben Cutting didn’t get any buyers in the IPL auction, which was surprising, to say the least. He is one of the best pace-bowling power-hitters in T20 cricket. He can also bowl handy-seam-ups and one expected him to make the cut to the IPL 2020. Cutting can hit the ball a long way batting lower-down the order, can bowl a few overs and is a perfect utility player. Despite a low base price of INR 75 lakhs, the all-rounder went unsold.
Kiwi opening batsman, Colin Munro is one of the best performers in T20 internationals. The southpaw boasts an excellent strike-rate of 160 in T20Is, which shows how good he is in the shortest-format. The left-hander is one of the three players to have hit three or more centuries in T20 internationals. Munro hasn’t done too well in the cash-rich IPL across three seasons. But to his defence, he hasn’t got too many chances with only 13 IPL games to his credit. Munro last represented Delhi Capitals. Given his impact at the top and ability to hit sixes, he could have been a good bet in the IPL.
Australian leg-spinner, Adam Zampa was one of the unlucky players to miss out on an IPL contract as he didn’t get any bidders in the auction. Zampa has done a brilliant job in IPL. He had represented Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in the past. The leg-spinner has taken 19 wickets in 11 IPL games and is a wicket-taker. Zampa has a very decent economy rate of 7.25 after having taken 144 wickets in T20 cricket. It was disappointing to see that no team trusted his skills despite his good track record in the shortest-format.
Tamil Nadu batsman, Shahrukh Khan is one of the most talked about players from his state, these days. He has been consistent for his state side in domestic cricket. Shahrukh has done very well in Tamil Nadu Premier League as well. The 24 years old had a very potent Vijay Hazare trophy, where he averaged 48.80 for his 244 runs, with an exceptional strike-rate of 125.77. He had played the role of a finisher with near perfection. He could have been a good option for any team’s middle-order batting given what he brings to the plate.