The IPL 2017 auction was a life changing event for a number of international and domestic players as they were bought for massive amounts of money by IPL franchises. However it was also a shock for a number of well known cricketing superstars who were ignored by the franchises. We take a look at some of the players who were not bought during the IPL auction and reasons as to why they could have been overlooked.
Ishant Sharma: Heading the list is India’s Ishant Sharma. The Delhi pacer listed his base price at 2 crore rupees and it could have been one of the reasons why no franchise was pulling to spend that amount on Ishant. Other reasons could be due to the fact that Ishant has been injured in the past and also has a habit of bowling no-balls which is a huge liability especially in T20 cricket.
Alex Hales: The tall English opener is known for his big hitting and has been a regular in England’s T20 side. However he never had a great tour when England took on India recently and a base price of 100 lakhs could have been a second negative.
Imran Tahir: This was a shocker because Tahir has had a phenomenal season for South Africa and captain Faf Du Plesis has gone on record to state that one of the reasons for South Africa’s strong performance in ODIs and T20s during the last 12 months is due to Tahir’s contribution. The leg spinner also had a low base price of 50 lakhs but for some reason did not find favor with the franchises.
Ross Taylor: The former New Zealand captain has extensive experience playing in the IPL and had a base price of just 50 lakhs. However Taylor hasn’t been in the best of form prior to the IPL auction and has had to have eye surgery in 2016 due to vision problems.
Kyle Abbott: The former South African bowler who retired from international cricket due to a Kolpak deal is good at bowling at the death with a variety of slower balls and yorkers. Abbott decided to drop out of international cricket as the Kolpak deal offered him a better financial future. He had a base price of 1.5 crores which was definitely too high for him to be considered by the franchises.
Johnson Charles: Most West Indian players have made an impact because of T20 cricket and have been in high demand. Johnson Charles is one of those big hitters who had a base price of just 30 lakhs but could still get not get any of the franchises to bid on him.