All the franchises of IPL released the list of retained players on Tuesday, 30 November 2021. Many big faces have not found a place in the retention list. At the same time, many such players were surprised by the franchises by retaining them. Mega auction is to be held after retention. The mega auction will get even more enjoyable with two new teams.
Five Indian players can be unsold in the mega auction.
If some reports are believed, there may be a mega auction in January next year. Many big and uncapped players of the country and abroad will enter this auction. A lot of bids are going to be made on them. However, many such players will also be in the auction, whom no franchise shows interest in buying. Let’s look at 5 Indian players who could go unsold in the mega auction.
I have played for India. I was running out of Team India for a long time. Now there is hardly any return of Kedar Jadhav in Team India. Kedar Jadhav’s performance in IPL, too, was not unique. He played for Sunrisers Hyderabad after being dropped from Chennai Super Kings. Hyderabad had bought Kedar Jadhav for two crores but could not live up to the team’s expectations.
I got a chance to bat in five innings of six matches of IPL 2021. Could score only 55 runs. 19 was the highest score. Earlier, Kedar Jadhav could only score 248 runs in 18 innings while playing for Chennai. Looking at the age and form of 36-year-old Kedar Jadhav, it seems like he will remain unsold. Hardly any franchisee shows interest in buying Kedar Jadhav.
Team India’s fast bowler. Once upon a time, MS Dhoni used to be the most trusted bowler. In 2014, Mohit Sharma was an essential part of the Chennai franchise. He took 23 wickets that season. A purple cap was also won. After this, he also played in the World Cup 2015. But in the last few years, the name of Mohit Sharma suddenly disappeared. The reason for this is injury and poor form.
Mohit Sharma played for Delhi Capitals in the 2020 IPL season. I got a chance to play only one match. One wicket was taken by spending 45 runs in the spell of four overs. Mohit may give his name in the mega auction, but hardly any franchise will bid on him.
Cheteshwar Pujara was always considered a Test cricketer. But he has also done the feat of scoring a century in T20 cricket. In the Syed Mushtaq Ali 2018-19, he scored a century against Railways. Pujara played in IPL from 2010 to 2014. Scored 390 runs in 22 innings. Strike rate of 99. Only one fifty.
Chennai Super Kings bought Pujara in the 2021 IPL auction. But did not get a chance to play even a single match. Pujara is going through the poor form at the moment. Maybe he should be dropped from the Test team as well. In such a situation, hardly any franchisee bids on Pujara in the mega auction.
Best bowler in domestic cricket. Was part of Mumbai Indians. Dhawal was not retained. It doesn’t even make sense to retain. In the last two seasons, Dhawal Kulkarni could play only two matches. He did not get a single wicket in these two matches. Dhawal Kulkarni, 32, will enter the mega auction, and there is little hope of any team bidding on him.
It’s been 34 years. He was a part of the Chennai Super Kings but did not get a chance to play a single match in 2021. Played five matches for Chennai in 2020. Five wickets were taken. Karn Sharma is not a big name in T20 cricket, and most of the franchises in the mega auction are going to bet on players looking at the future.
It is also being said that there will be no mega auction after this. In such a situation, instead of 34 years, the franchises would like to keep a 22-year-old young spinner in the team, who later proves to be a match-winner for the team. It is possible that Karn Sharma may not find any buyer.