Rohit Sharma is one of the most successful players in IPL history. The Indian cricketer has been a part of an IPL winning side for 5 seasons, which is the most by any player so far. He has led Mumbai Indians to four IPL titles as skipper after he won the trophy for the erstwhile Deccan Chargers as a player in 2009. However, the right-hander was released by the Hyderabad-based franchise in 2011. As we inch closer to the upcoming auction on December 19, we take a look at five IPL teams that wished to buy Rohit Sharma during the 2011 Auction.
Out of all IPL franchises in 2011, Mumbai Indians managed to buy Rohit Sharma in an intense bidding war. The signing provided out to be the most successful in tournament’s history as Rohit Sharma went on to lead Mumbai Indians to title victories in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019 editions.
Before the auction, CSK released a majority of their players from their line-up. Their wish list in the 2011 auction included the likes of Rohit Sharma and Yusuf Pathan. Even though they failed to grab either of the two cricketers, CSK roped in Ravichandran Ashwin. Had they been successful in purchasing Rohit Sharma, CSK would have ended up with Indian T20 veterans MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma in the same team.
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Apart from Rohit Sharma, Rajasthan Royals also had Jacques Kallis and Yusuf Pathan in their wish list of players in 2011 auction. But just like CSK, even Royals failed to buy the players they were seeking the most.
Delhi Daredevils owners tried their very best to purchase Rohit Sharma in 2011. However, they lost the bidding war to Mumbai Indians. Had Rohit ended up with Delhi in the auction, fans could have possibly witnessed a deadly opening combination of Virender Sehwag and Rohit Sharma.
RCB is known for buying flamboyant T20 hitters like Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, TM Dilshan and Shane Watson. The franchise went after Rohit Sharma in 2011 but lost their only chance of buying the cricketer. With successful bidding, Indian cricket fans would have witnessed the presence of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in the same team.