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IPL 2020 auctions: 5 big shots who went unsold

Tim Southee

While several players landed a fortune in the IPL auctions, there were some popular names who did not attract enough attention from the franchises despite having set their base price quite low.

Here's a look at five such well-known players who did not attract any bidders in the IPL 2020 auctions.

Mushfiqur Rahim

Base price: Rs 75 lac

Just like last year, Mushfiqur Rahim had thrown in his hat in the auctions but went unsold. One can understand that teams are not looking at him as a batsman who can score quickfire runs. But, possibly, that is the perception due to his physique.

If we go by stats, Mushfiqur Rahim is currently the highest run-scorer for his franchise Khulna Tigers in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League and has scored runs at a strike rate of almost 170. He has performed well in the past BPL seasons as well and has almost clicked against India every time.

Rahim is a seasoned player from the subcontinent and has a fair idea of the conditions as compared to the players from teams like Australia, England, and South Africa. Hence, teams overlooking him for consecutive years is absurd.

mpu-2]Martin Guptill

Base price: Rs 1 crore

It did not come as a big surprise that Martin Guptill went unsold in the auctions. His stocks have been on a decline with his form dipping in the last few years. Guptill did not have a great ODI World Cup as well.

In the last season of the IPL, he was picked by Sunrisers Hyderabad as a reserve opener. But, due to the presence of David Warner, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson at the top of the order, he got to play only three matches in which he scored 81 runs.

The fact is that most of the franchises are sorted with their opening combinations and with Guptill having batted at the top of the order throughout his career, there are not enough openings for him to land a contract.

Carlos Brathwaite

Base price: Rs 50 lac

Carlos Brathwaite hogged the limelight after taking West Indies to the title in the 2016 T20 World Cup. He did so in eye-catching style, by clobbering Ben Stokes for four consecutive sixes in the last over.

The issue with Brathwaite in the last few IPL seasons is that though his strike rate has been up there, he has not lasted at the crease for long enough. This is why he has an IPL batting average of 13.92. The West Indian was expensive with the ball last year and went for 9.66 runs per over.

Part of the reason is also due to the fact that Brathwaite did not get enough matches in one go and hence could never settle down. But, such is the nature of the beast. With Brathwaite having been dropped from the West Indian international side as well, he hadn't made any splashes in the last couple of years to be considered.

Shai Hope

Base price: Rs 50 lac

Shai Hope is among the top three ODI run-scorers in 2019 with an average of around 60, and numbers that rival Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. His strike rate has been on the slower side but he has shown on and off that he can accelerate when need be.

In the West Indian side, he plays as a sheet anchor which is the role given to him. Even in the ongoing tour of India, Hope has been prolific with the bat.

But it is quite clear now that teams are not looking for a sheet anchor and have their eyes firmly placed on dashers. Most of the franchises may look towards Indian options to play the role of the consolidator but overseas batsmen need to have the power game in order to be picked.

Tim Southee

Base price: Rs 1 crore

Tim Southee had a disastrous IPL 2019 in which he played only three games for Royal Challengers Bangalore but leaked runs at 13.11 per over. With age not on his side anymore, Southee's pace has been declining for the last couple of years. So much so that, he was bowling in the mid-120s in the first Test against Australia.

In conditions which do not offer any assistance for the pace bowlers, he runs the risk of being taken to the cleaners. Southee's death bowling has also not been accurate enough since IPL 2017 and it was in this auction that the patience of the franchises finally ran out.

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