Every year in the IPL auctions a relatively unknown is sold for crores of rupees. A player unheard of becomes the talk of the town as teams fight it out for his signature. This year was no different as players like Pawan Negi, Rishab Pant, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda were bought for a lot of money but this is just one side of the story as some quality players went for peanuts. Here is a list of players who could have been sold for a lot of money but were purchased rather cheaply.
Colin Munro: Another quality all-rounder that went for nickels and dimes. He went to the Kolkata franchisee for 30 lakhs only and the other teams should rue this missed opportunity. Munro is a regular in the Blackcaps’ T20 setup and has a strike rate of 159.71. When the likes of Carlos Brathwaite and Chris Morris go for 4.2 crores and 7 crores respectively, you have got to feel for Colin Munro.
Aaron Finch: He was touted as one of the players to watch out for in the IPL auctions but to everyone’s surprise, the World’s No.2 T20 batsmen went unsold. He was, however, bought by the Gujarat Lions for his base price of 1 crore in the second round. Aaron Finch is a real match-winner and a quality batsmen to have at the top of the order. His T20 strike rate of 151.47 bears testimony to that. The Australian’s hamstring injury might have put off teams for buying him but he is a risk worth taking.
Marcus Stoinis: The Australian all-rounder was picked up by the Kings XI from Punjab for Rs. 55 lakhs. This is very cheap for a player like Stoinis if his BBL 2015-16 statistics are anything to go by. Stoinis had a great Big Bash where he picked up 9 wickets at an average of 10.89 and an economy of 6.53! He is no mug with the bat either and is a very useful purchase for the Kings XI.
Travis Head: Another Australian features in this list. He was also expected to attract a lot of interest in the IPL auctions but much, to everyone’s surprise, he was sold for just 50 lakhs to the Royal Challenger Bangalore. He scored 299 runs in the BBL 2015-16 at an average of 42.71 and a strike rate of 154.92. If that wasn’t enough, he also took 6 wickets at 19.67.
Jason Holder: The West Indies’ ODI and Test skipper surprisingly went unsold in the first round of auctions in spite of having a base price of only Rs.50 lakhs. Thankfully he was bought in the re-auctions but he did not spark any bidding wars. The Kolkata Knight Riders pocketed him for just 70 lakhs. Considering the money that the teams were ready to offer for some of the uncapped players, 70 lakhs for someone of Holder’s ability is a steal. Holder is predominantly a bowler but he is no mug with the bat either. He has an impressive strike rate of 126.54 with the bat and will provide another dimension to the KKR team. He would have been a useful asset for any team and KKR have got themselves a real gem.
Thisara Perera: The utility all-rounder from Sri Lanka too went unsold the first time but was bought in the second round. He was bought by the Rising Pune SuperGiants for 1 crore rupees which is pretty low for a player of his ability. Thisara Perera is a useful bowler and destructive middle-order batsmen who can turn the tide of any game on his own. He has loads of IPL experience as well and will come in handy for the RPG during the IPL.
Farhaan Behardein: A regular South African international for just 30 lakhs. Credit to Kings XI Punjab for this shrewd piece of business. Behardein went unsold when he his name came up for the first time. He was even unsold in the re-auction but when his name came up for the third time in the final round of actions when he was snapped up by the Punjab franchise. Behardein is a useful lower middle-order batsmen and who can roll his arms as well. He would have brought solidarity to any team’s batting line-up but the fact that most teams were well settled even before the auction started made it hard for Behardein to find any takers.
Irfan Pathan: One can understand why overseas players are bought rather cheaply but it is puzzling if an Indian player is sold cheaply. This is exactly the case of Irfan Pathan who was picked up by RPG for Rs. 1 crore. Irfan Pathan has played close to 100 IPL matches and is one of the highest wicket-takers in the history of the IPL with 80 scalps to his name. He also has a healthy strike rate of 121.08 in the IPL and has been in tremendous form of late.