The IPL governing council has made it official that a sum of 332 players will go under the hammer in the City of Joy on 19th December. Some of India’s brightest talents and the world’s most skilful and attractive names will be up for grabs for the eight franchises, who are busy preparing their strategies to get the right setup on the day.
While the teams are working incredibly hard on getting their permutations and combinations right, the sides also need to realize not all the players they want can fit into their setup. Some players could go well out of their budgets whilst a few others have already set up an astronomical base price, which most franchisees will not be keen to spend.
Here’s a list of five players whose base price sent shock waves across the cricketing universe:
1. Angelo Mathews (2 Crore)
There was a time once when Angelo Mathews was the most highly reputed all-rounder in the world. Things changed drastically for him and he went out of consideration too soon for his fans’ liking. A career plagued by injuries and inconsistent performances, Angelo Mathews ended up joining a long list of bright talents who just make us wonder how he couldn’t make it big.
Mathews’ downfall coincided with the downfall of a great cricketing nation, which currently finds itself in a shambolic condition. He was expected to lead Sri Lanka towards glory after the retirement of their stalwarts, but he too couldn’t contribute much after all the surgeries he had to go through.
Mathews assigned himself an INR 2 Crore base price, which is way over the hill and far away for what he can contribute. He was an all-rounder in the past but he just a middle-order batsman struggling to find runs these days, not a good enough profile to attract a bid.
2. Mitchell Marsh (2 Crore)
Mitchell Marsh previously represented Deccan Chargers, Rising Pune Supergiant and the Pune Warriors India in the IPL, but failed to perform well for all of them. His stint in this tournament was cut short by lack of experience or opportunities and it doesn’t seem likely that he will get an opportunity this season.
A former U19 World Cup-winning captain, Mitchell Marsh did well in the Australian domestic circuit for a long period of time and had a good shot with the national side as well. His performances were not up to the mark thus far, but he is always lingering around the side and always in the eyes of the selectors.
Mitchell Marsh assigned himself a price tag of INR 2 Crore, which again is a little too much to ask for having not done anything significant in the few months. It seems highly unlikely that a franchise will be keen on spending so much money on him at this point in time.
3. Adam Zampa (1.5 Crore)
Despite being one of the best non-Asian spinners in the world, Adam Zampa has been far too inconsistent to be considered a part of the elite most spin bowlers. The Australian had previously represented the Rising Pune Supergiant is one of the three bowlers in the tournament history to have picked up 6 wickets in an innings.
Yet, he hasn’t done enough in the tournament or in recent times to claim a strong bid. Zampa has been struggling for form and with so many spinners already available in the Indian domestic circuit, the quality of a foreign spinner has to be outrageously high for him to stake a claim in the playing XI, being one of the four overseas cricketers.
As it stands, only the two Afghan spinners Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Rashid Khan have that talent in them to stake a claim in the XI. Zampa has been a part of the tournament and definitely is an experienced campaigner, but it seems highly unlikely that a team would want to spend INR 1.5 crore on him.
4. Dale Steyn (2 Crore)
One of the game’s most decorated and celebrated personalities, Dale Steyn bid adieu to his Test career a few months ago. He is focused on prolonging his cricketing career and is adamant to stay relevant in the limited-overs for some more time.
Steyn was with the Gujarat Lions in 2016 before he went unsold in 2017, 2018 and 2019 auctions. The Royal Challengers Bangalore needed something inspirational to lift their season and they opted him as the replacement for Nathan Coulter-Nile. His season got off to a good start but was forced to quit the tournament having sustained another unfortunate injury.
Steyn could provide a short-term solution for the clubs looking to consolidate their bowling, especially the Royal Challengers Bangalore. But for a solution as short term and unpredictable in terms of injuries, Steyn might not fetch a bid at a base price of INR 2 crore.
5. David Miller (75 Lakh)
One of Kings XI Punjab‘s main feature for a long period of time, David Miller was finally released by the franchise after years of persistence. The South African was showing no great signs of improvement and with the likes of Nicholas Pooran in the squad, they definitely were going to ignore him and move forward.
Miller is back in the auction after a fairly long period of time. There are some teams like the Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders who need middle-order batsmen who can bring in experience and fire-power to mix caution and aggression, depending on whatever is needed at that point in time.
Miller, quite surprisingly, went with a base price of just INR 75 Lakh. The Proteas middle-order batsman is almost certain to get a contract even if he had gone for a base price twice as high as what he chose. It did come in as a surprise to see him keep his base price so low.
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