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Updated December 19th, 2023 at 18:10 IST

The Curious Case of Top Unsold Players in IPL Auction 2024

top players in the IPL Auction 2024 raises intriguing questions about team strategies, player evaluations, and the dynamic nature of T20 cricket.

Reported by: Garvit Parashar
Edited by: Garvit Parashar
TOP UNSOLD PLAYERS IN IPL AUCTION 2024 TODAY
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The Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction 2024 witnessed its fair share of surprises and nail-biting moments as franchises battled it out to secure the services of the best cricketing talent from around the world. However, amidst the frenetic bidding and high-stake gambles, some notable names found themselves on the list of unsold players. In this article, we explore the top unsold players from the IPL Auction 2024 and delve into the possible reasons behind their unexpected fate.

 

Rilee Rossouw (Base price INR 2 crore):

The South African striker, Rilee Rossouw, entered the auction with a base price of INR 2 crore but failed to attract any franchise in the auction. Known for his aggressive batting style, Rossouw has experience in various T20 leagues globally. 

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Karun Nair (Base price INR 50 lakh):

Karun Nair, an Indian cricketer who once scored a triple century in Test cricket, had a base price of INR 50 lakh. Despite his domestic and international credentials, Nair surprisingly went unsold in the auction, raising eyebrows among cricket enthusiasts.

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Steven Smith (Base price INR 2 crore):

The former Australian captain and one of the modern-day greats, Steven Smith, had set his base price at INR 2 crore. However, the absence of bids for Smith hinted at a potential shift in team strategies, possibly emphasizing youth or specific playing styles. However, Smith has a good record in IPL, but his current form is not showing his actual caliber. 

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Manish Pandey (Base price INR 50 lakh):

Manish Pandey, an experienced Indian middle-order batsman, found himself without a bidder despite his base price of INR 50 lakh. The reasons for his exclusion could be linked to team dynamics, budget constraints, or a perceived surplus of similar players in the auction pool.

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Sarfaraz Khan (Base price INR 20 lakh):

Indian youngster Sarfaraz Khan, with a base price of INR 20 lakh, failed to find a buyer in the IPL Auction 2024. His exclusion may be attributed to a combination of factors, including team composition, recent form, and the intense competition among players.

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Mujeeb Ur Rahman (Base price INR 2 crore):

The Afghan spinner, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, entered the auction with a base price of INR 2 crore but remained unsold. Teams might have opted for other spin options or prioritized different positions, contributing to his surprising omission.

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Ish Sodhi (Base price INR 75 lakh):

New Zealand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi, with a base price of INR 75 lakh, did not attract any bids. The reasons behind his exclusion could involve a preference for other spinners or teams focusing on strengthening their batting or fast-bowling departments.

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Tabraiz Shamsi (Base price INR 50 lakh):

The South African left-arm wrist-spinner, Tabraiz Shamsi, found no takers despite his base price of INR 50 lakh. The dynamics of team requirements and the availability of alternative spinning options might have influenced this outcome.

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Josh Inglis (Base price 2 crore):

Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Josh Inglis, with a base price of INR 2 crore, went unsold in the auction. The availability of other wicketkeeping options or specific team strategies could be contributing factors. Josh has played some good innings in the recent ICC ODI World Cup 2023, which helped the team in getting title number 6. 

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Kusal Mendis (Base price INR 50 lakh):

Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Mendis, with a base price of INR 50 lakh, remained unsold. Teams might have opted for other batting options or considered various factors, including recent form and playing conditions.

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Lockie Ferguson (Base price INR 2 crore):

New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson, with a base price of INR 2 crore, went without a bid. Teams might have focused on other fast-bowling options or allocated their budget to different areas.

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Josh Hazlewood (Base price INR 2 crore):

Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood, with a base price of INR 2 crore, went unsold in the auction. Teams might have prioritized other bowling options or strategic preferences, leading to his omission.

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Adil Rashid (Base price INR 2 crore):

The English leg-spinner Adil Rashid, with a base price of INR 2 crore, found no takers in the IPL Auction 2024. Teams might have preferred other spinners or focused on strengthening different aspects of their squads.

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Published December 19th, 2023 at 18:09 IST

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