IPL 2021 Auctions: Big names who went unsold
Some big names like Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Hanuma Vihari, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Hales and Jason Roy did not attract bidders in the IPL 2021 auctions.
Aaron Finch had a shocker of a BBL season this time around and managed just 179 runs from 13 matches. The Melbourne Renegades skipper had a sorry average of 13.76 and scored his runs at a strike rate of 113.29.
Finch had a poor season for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last year's IPL as well and added just 268 runs from 12 matches at an average of 22.33 and a strike rate of 111.20. This came on the back of another bummer in IPL 2018 when he could score just 134 runs at 16.75.
The Australian T20I captain, who will be seen leading the team in a T20 series in New Zealand recently, did not find any takers in this year's IPL auctions.
Shaun Marsh had set his base price at INR 1.5 crores but did not attract any bidders. He had earlier represented Kings XI Punjab for a decade with good returns, but now, the franchises probably feel that he is past his sell-by date.
Shaun Marsh scored 312 runs from 12 matches for Melbourne Renegades in the last edition of The Big Bash League, scoring at an average of 26 and a strike rate of 126.82.
The protagonist of India's heroic draw in the 3rd test match against Australia at Sydney, Hanuma Vihari's name came up in the auctions three times but no one expressed their interest in him. He had set his base price at INR 1 crore and last played for Delhi Capitals where he could not make a mark.
Marnus Labuschagne has taken giant strides in International cricket ever since his debut in Ashes 2019. As soon as he got free from the Australian duties, Labuschagne was on the park again, representing Brisbane Heat.
He played six matches and scored 176 runs at 29.33 and also picked up some crucial wickets for the side. However, the franchises did not show any interest in him.
That no one went for Alex Hales in this year's auctions is a bit of a surprise. Hales had set his base price at 1.50 crores and given that he had a sensational season in the BBL, he was expected to be picked. Perhaps, this being a mini auction, all teams have their opening slots full which is why the highest run scorer of this year's Big Bash League did not find any takers.
Hales scored 543 runs for Sydney Thunder in the last edition of The Big Bash League at an average of 38.7 and a strike rate of 160. Unfortunately for him, it was a case of supply versus demand.
While Hales going unsold came as a surprise, that Jason Roy was not picked was along expected lines. Roy was picked by Delhi Capitals in IPL 2020 but decided not to feature for the franchise and spend time with his family. He has struggled to score since the return of competitive cricket due to the COVID-19 break. Add to that, his troubles against spin and a base price of 2 crores was never going to materialize for the explosive England opener.
Corey Anderson has not played any cricket since he represented Barbados Tridents in the Caribbean Premier League last year. Even in the tournament, he was not able to leave a mark.
The last time he featured in the IPL was for RCB when there was an attempt to fashion him into a death bowler. As expected, Anderson went for plenty and has not featured in IPL since. He kept his base price at INR 75 lakh but did not attract any buyers.
Martin Guptill recently plied his trade in New Zealand's domestic T20 competition Super Smash but without a lot of success. He is part of the New Zealand T20 squad for the series against Australia but has to pass a fitness test to be available for selection.
Guptill has been one of the best limited-overs opening batsmen for New Zealand and averages 32.20 in T20s at a strike rate of over 130. However, he is perhaps past his prime and has not been able to deliver those impactful performances for which he is known, for quite some time. Hence, it was not a shock that even his low base price of 50 lakhs did not attract any buyers.
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