IPL auctions are always much awaited by not just the various franchisees to bid and win the best players in a cut-throat competition but also by all IPL fans who wish to see where their favourite players would shift their loyalties to. Of course, there is a lot of money involved in the auction and when there is big money at stake, it got to be serious business. That being said, IPL 2018 auctions also opened to much anticipation.
While most teams played well and were able to belt some of the best players, it was quite surprising that some world favourites remained unsold. Was it because their base price was too high? Let us look into the reasons why ten of the highest rated cricket players from across the world couldn’t find a team to play with in this IPL.Below is the list of the top ten players who remained unsold at the IPL 2018 auctions.
Ishant Sharma (IND)
Joe Root (ENG)
Hashim Amla (SA)
Shawn Marsh (AUS)
James Faulkner (AUS)
Moises Henriques (AUS)
Lendl Simmons (WI)
Eoin Morgan (ENG)
Mitchell McClenagham (NZ)
Lasith Malinga (SRI)
Why the above listed coveted players lost it out at IPL?
Typically, it has been noted that IPL franchisees are not too keen on having test match players in their team and that’s perhaps the reason for Ishant Sharma missing out this IPL season. Ishant Sharma had a base price of 75 lakhs which wasn’t the issue. Sources have revealed that as the bowler has been seen more as a test match bowler, the IPL format doesn’t seem to be well suited for him. Joe Root, though kept his base price at INR 1 Crore, which was less when compared to other English players, couldn’t find a bidder mainly because he had not got a complete NOC from the England Cricket Board to play IPL and that would imply he would probably not play the whole season.
Hashim Amla, Shawn Marsh and James Faulkner also couldn’t find bidders perhaps because of their inconsistent performance in previous IPL seasons. Moises Henriques and Mitchell McClenegham were among the top rated players however, he lost to other all-rounders who were available for auction as well as to the local talent. There were high expectations for Mumbai Indians to purchase Lendl Simmons however, it was again his inconsistency of performance that stood against him. When it comes to Eoin Morgan, it was perhaps his high base price (INR 2 crores) that worked against him. Many teams like KKR and DD needed a good captain and Eoin Morgan could have been a good choice for them had he kept his base price a little lower. Lasith Malinga, a once poster boy for IPL, lost out due to fitness issues primarily.