The VIVO IPL Auctions 2017 saw more than 350 players go under the hammer among which only 66 players were sold among the eight franchisees.
After an intriguing action which lasted for few hours, the IPL 2017 auctions witnessed some fierce battle for in-demand players like Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills, while some franchises also chose not to opt for some high-profile players, leaving many of the cricketing fans bewildered.
From the lot which the franchisees showed no interest in, we form the UNSOLD XI in the IPL Auctions 2017. It includes four overseas players, similar to the norms in the IPL rule book.
Unmukt Chand [Base Price – 30 lakhs]
The opener was with Mumbai Indians last year, but the two-time champions did not retain him. Regarded as a player with huge potential, 23-year Chand did not find any buyers in this year’s auction.
Alex Hales [Base Price – 1 crore]
The third player to go under the hammer in today’s auction, Hales’ base price of 1 crore might have been the factor which tempted the franchisees to not bid for him. Though his national team opening partner Jason Roy was bought by Gujarat, Hales will have to watch the IPL from his home.
Cheteshwar Pujara (C) [Base Price – 50 lakhs]
Often touted as a test specialist, Pujara kept his starting price as low as 50 lakhs, but still could not conjure any interest in the franchises, thereby remaining unsold.
Johnny Bairstow (Wk) [Base Price – 1.5 crore]
While Stokes went for a huge 14.5 crore, Bairstow endured a dry patch with no bids for the England wicketkeeper.
Subramaniam Badrinath [Base Price – 30 lakhs]
Once a vital cog in the CSK line-up, Badrinath could not attract any buyers in the auction and was unsold.
Thisara Perera [Base Price – 50 lakhs]
A utility all-rounder with an experience of playing for six different franchises was not enough for Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera to find a team in the auctions.
Irfan Pathan [Base Price – 50 lakhs]
While Pathan was himself disappointed being dubbed as an IPL-to-IPL player, things went from bad to worse for him this year as he remained unsold.
Parveez Rasool [Base Price – 30 lakhs]
He managed to break through in the Indian team thanks to IPL, but this year Rasool will not be a part of the cash-rich league.
Ishant Sharma [Base Price – 2 crore]
The only player in the 2 crore base price bracket who went unsold, Ishant would be clueless on what went wrong in the auctions, especially after his impressive outing in the one-off test against Bangladesh.
Imran Tahir [Base Price – 50 lakhs]
The biggest shock of the day came when No. 1 ODI and T20 bowler in the world, Imran Tahir went unsold in the auctions, not once, but twice. Like Ishant Sharma, he will be disappointed on being snubbed for IPL 10.
RP Singh [Base Price – 30 lakhs]
31-year old RP has an experience of 82 IPL games and played for Pune last season, but went unsold in this year’s auctions.