The auction for the 13th season of IPL took place in Kolkata amid big media and public glare. After trade-off, retaining and releasing of players, IPL lovers were excited about the auction as it makes or breaks the composition and balance of any franchise. While some franchises shone through with their impressive bidding in auction, there were other franchises too that disappointed with their decision-making. Of all the players that were sold, we have chosen five players, whose bidding surprised us. Take a look at five worst signings in the IPL auction:
Royal Challengers Bangalore have a history of lacking proper arsenal in bowling. They lack balance, which often proves critical for them in IPL. Bangalore surprised one and all when they signed Australian medium-pacer, Kane Richardson for a whopping price of INR 4 crores. Richardson had entered the IPL auction at a base price of INR 1.5 crores, which was considered a lot for a player of his skills. Richardson lacks raw pace and is a bowler, who can be taken to the cleaners given how much he depends on change of pace in the shortest format. He last played in IPL in 2016.
Despite back-to-back poor seasons for Rajasthan Royals in IPL, Jaydev Unadkat will again be back for the same side in IPL 2020. After getting massive bids of INR 11.5 crores and 8.4 crores respectively, this time, Unadkat got a bidding of INR 3 crores by Rajasthan Royals, much to everyone’s surprise. Apart from his left-arm angle, the Saurashtra pacer lacks largely when it comes to skills be it with the new ball or at the fag-end. Given how he has fared for Rajasthan in the past, the team’s persistence with him doesn’t make much sense.
One of the biggest surprises to come out of IPL auction was the signing of left-handed batsman, Saurabh Tiwary by Mumbai Indians. The defending champions bought him at his base price of INR 50 lakhs. Mumbai are known for making some brilliant moves in the auction but the call to go for Tiwary doesn’t seem the best of their decisions. Tiwary, who played alongside Virat Kohli in the 2008 U-19 World Cup hasn’t done justice to his talent. After having a few good seasons with Mumbai Indians in the early years of IPL, he faded away with time. And it will be interesting to see what role he plays for Mumbai in the upcoming edition of the IPL.
Australian pace bowler, Josh Hazlewood is well-known for his ability with the red-ball in hand. He has even drawn comparisons with the great Glenn McGrath for his ability to bowl consistent line and lengths. But he has little or no reputation when it comes to shortest-format of the game. The right-arm pace bowler has a pretty poor record in T20 internationals, where he concedes 9.61 runs per over. He was signed by MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings at his base price of INR 2 crores.
Australian all-rounder, Mitchell Marsh was one of the surprise picks in the IPL auction. The seaming all-rounder was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad at his base price of INR 2 crores. He is one of the most highly-rated all-rounders in Australia’s domestic circuit. But despite boasting colossal talent, the 28 years old has failed to transform that into performances. He has an average record in T20 cricket as well. The Perth-born cricketer has featured in 75 T20s, making 1,519 runs with a strike-rate of 119.98 and has 46 wickets. He has failed to impress in IPL as well and last appeared in the cash-rich league in 2016 for Rising Pune Supergiant.