IPL 2016 auctions is about to start and we are here to review five big names who might go unsold in the auction for 2016 edition of the IPL. IPL franchises have learnt a lot over the course of time and are no more just going after big names. Instead, they are going after the ones who fits in their lineup. A lot of behind the scene calculations and strategy goes before picking a player.
We look at 5 players who might go unsold in this year’s auction:
1: KC Cariappa: The surprise pick of last year’s auction, Cariappa was bought by KKR for 2.4 crores last year but failed to make any impression. He was an unknown name in the Indian cricket circuit but after the auctions, he became a known name. No doubt that the chances he got were too less but there was no surprise element in his bowling. He was thought to be a mystery bowler but even KKR management might not say this at the moment. They didn’t retain him or maybe this is a plan to buy him back for a lesser amount. But at the moment, this looks very likely that Cariappa will go unsold.
2: Mahela Jayawardena: He played his last T20 International in 2014 T20 World Cup final when Sri Lanka defeated India in the finals. But he continued to play in franchise cricket. He recently played in the Big bash and did impress and is currently playing in the MCL. But like the last year’s auction, this Sri Lankan is very likely to remain unsold this year as well. The main reason being that the top order slot of most teams are already settled and the scope of a foreign player getting into it looks unlikely. Plus the track record of Jayawardena in the IPL won’t help his cause as well.
3: George Bailey: He was the captain of the Kings XI Punjab last year and was retained by them for the previous year’s edition. But with the way their team fared last year, they decided the other way this time. George didn’t have an outstanding IPL last year, both as a player and a captain and the expectations were very high after they had fared so well in the 2014 edition. Bailey did fare well for Hobart Hurricanes in this year’s Big Bash for the Hobart Hurricanes but struggled against spin a bit. IPL is a different ball game altogether and Bailey might find it tough to impress the franchises this time around.
4: Manoj Tiwari: Bengal’s Ranji star batsman played for Delhi Daredevils in the 2015 edition of the IPL. He was bought for 2.8 crores but the team management never showed that much confidence in him. And when Mayank Agrawal and Shreyash Iyer made the opening slot their’s, Tiwari found it tougher to make it to the 11. He last appearance for India resulted in an ODI century but that was long back. A series of injuries and lack of big hitting abilities just compounds his problems to appeal for a place in the middle order. Add the fact that he had a below average limited overs domestic season, which saw him out of injuries more often than not, and this means that it is likely that he will go unsold this season.
5: Darren Sammy: Don’t get surprised after you this name in the list. Though he is captain of the West Indies team for the upcoming T20 World Cup, but his individual performance has been far from being acceptable. He was in the RCB squad last year and was bought for Rs. 2.8 crores and has been released now. His bowling has been a big let down and has hardly impressed with the ball in the hand. He was part of the 11 in the initial matches last year and then was dropped from the 11 and could not make it to it thereafter. His recent performances for both, West Indies and the franchises, haven’t been good and it will go against him. Sammy isn’t good enough a batsman to make it into the squad solely on his batting. Don’t be surprised if you find him going unsold this season.
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