Top 5 Players who went unsold in Tata IPL 2022 Auction: The recently concluded Indian Premier League Mega Auction brought some of the closely contested biddings for some players, while there were a lot of players who went unsold despite performing well in the international circuit. The auctions, like ever, have been amusing to watch. After watching the IPL 2022 Mega Auction, one thing I can bet on is, no one can predict the price of players.
A couple of players, who were deemed to break the charts, were sold for a very little price, while a few unexpected ones bagged a colossal sum from franchises. So, all in all, it’s the game of chances.
Players like Liam Livingstone went for over INR 10 Crores, while the abilities of experienced David Warner fetched mere 6.25 Crores. Meanwhile, there were a few players who went unsold as well. Out of 600 who were shortlisted in the first round of the IPL auction, only 204 managed to tempt the teams.
In this article, we will take a look at the top 5 players who went unsold in the Tata IPL 2022 Auction.
Top 5 Players who went unsold in Tata IPL 2022 Auction:
Many called it a disgrace on the Chennai Super Kings while some were baffled with the act CSK showed. Despite having a purse value of close to 3 Cr, CSK went against bidding for the veteran cricketer.
Mr IPL, Suresh Raina couldn’t bring an IPL contract home, this time and it wasn’t expected by anyone. Raina, who joins the line of Virat Kohli, David Warner and Rohit Sharma in the list of highest run-getter in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), won’t be seen donning the yellow jersey in the IPL 2022, in fact, any jersey.
Raina placed himself at a base price of INR 2 Crores, but couldn’t attract any IPL team. Though the southpaw failed to score runs in the IPL 2021, his abilities go beyond his stats and could have turned out to be a steal deal, if he would have gotten to any franchise.
England’s limited-overs skipper, Eoin Morgan also went unsold during the recent IPL auctions. Morgan led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) last year and helped the franchise to make a massive turnaround with his captaincy, but his bat remained quiet during the entire tournament.
The Englishman had a torrid time with the bat and owing to which he went unsold. The southpaw managed to score just 133 runs in 17 matches at an average of 11.08.
Dawid Malan was the top-ranked cricketer in the ICC’s T20I batsman ranking, however, lately, his position has begun to decline. Malan, despite posing for very high standards, couldn’t support his ranking and has consistently failed to score brisk runs in the shortest formats.
He currently stands at number 5 in the ICC rankings. He was fortunate to get a contract from Punjab Kings (PBKS) during the IPL 2021. But this time, the franchises looked beyond the numbers and Malan went unsold at a base price of INR 1.5 Cr.
Australian limited-overs captain, Aaron Finch was expected to get an IPL contract, but the reality showed something else. The ICC T20 World Cup 2021 winning captain couldn’t manage to convince any IPL franchise and went unsold at a base price of INR 1.5 Cr.
Though Aaron Finch has time and again flexed his abilities in the previous few editions of the IPL, his poor consistency has always held him from the back. He was with RCB in the IPL 2020 where he did fairly well, but due to poor consistency, he was released in the very next season.
The Australian dashing cricketer, Steve Smith, this time couldn’t manage to persuade any IPL franchise and was unsold in the iPL 2022 Mega Auction. Smith, who scores consistently for Australia in every format, has surprisingly got no takers.
He played for DC in the IPL 2021 where he scored 152 runs in eight matches at a decent average of 25.33.