It has been more than one week since the IPL auction took place in Bengaluru. We covered all the stuffs related to the players auction. Here’s one interesying thing – The unsold XI of the IPL auction.
1. Martin Guptill
Surely a surprising one to be left from any team’s scheme of things. Martin Guptill can play big shots, can anchor the inning and can also chase well. He was left in earlier seasons too but then somehow managed to get a contract.
2. Hashim Amla (C)
Hashim Amla might be perceived as a traditional Test match batsman but his couple of centuries in last IPL could’ve helped his cause although it didn’t and no team showed any interest in buying him.
3. Joe Root
Another player who’s perceived as not a good T20 player but what if I tell you that Joe Root has better statistics than his contemporaries like Steve Smith and Kane Williamson. One will lead a franchise and the other will be an important member but Joe Root couldn’t get a place in any team due to the perception.
4. Unmukt Chand
Unmukt Chand might have some technical issues, he might have some weaknesses but on his day, he’s a delight to watch.
5. Naman Ojha (WK)
One of the excellent players of spin, Naman Ojha adds value to the squad with both bat and gloves. It was surprising to see no team going after him.
6. Baba Aparajith
He is a very good middle order batsman who does not only provide good hitting at the end but also provides stability to the batting order in case the team loses early wickets. On top of that, he can always come handy with his off spin.
7. Rajat Bhatiya
A decent person to have in your mix, Rajat Bhatiya is an ideally suited bowler of this format. He doesn’t give a lot away which makes him a very good pick for franchises but perhaps it was his age which prompted them to not to buy him.
8. Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel features as our 4th overseas player in the list. A tall and lanchy fast bowler from SA, Morne Morkel could prove to be absolutely lethal on his day as he already showed in 2014 season. His recent form has been decent too.
9. Sreenath Aravind
Probably the unluckiest pick in the auction, Sreenath Aravind had already proved mettle playing for RCB where he used to pick bunch of wickets at top. The left arm seamer wasn’t in radar of any franchise.
10. Rajneesh Gurbani
The right arm seamer played an instrumental role in making Vidarbha Ranji champion where he took a lot of wickets in the semifinal against Karnataka. Unfortunately his performance could not draw much attention among the bidders.
11. Iqbal Abdullah
Another impressive lad to complete the list, Abdullah was find of one of the IPL seasons where he was a success story for KKR. Later he got picked for RCB and did well there too. Unfortunately this year he won’t be participating.