It is that time of the year when the fans of the sport are glued to their television sets, not for a match of cricket on the field, but for a professional auction, that of players.
The Indian Premier League, which has fast grown into the most popular domestic T20 competition in the world, is back in action this month, as all the teams in the competitions were busy in the auction that took place today.
There were some interesting bids for star players from around the world and there were also some players who went unsold.
The IPL auction has over the years, surprised everyone, with the insane amounts spent on players but it does not stop to amuse, with teams deciding not to spend on some star players.
It has happened yet against this year with star Indian internationals Ishant Sharma and Pragyan Ojha, both going unsold in the first lot.
The Delhi fast bowler was superb in India’s comfortable victory over Bangladesh in the one of test match earlier this month but he did not attract a single bid during this auction.
Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir, who was active on social media throughout the auction, came up with an interesting reason for Ishant not being sold.
The outspoken person that he is, the Delhi batsman felt that the base price of the stars are ridiculous and that it was one of the major reasons why this auction is not balance.
Speaking to Gaurav Kapoor, the host on Sony Six, during a break in the auction, Gambhir said, “I was surprised to see Ishant Sharma’s base price. I think it was too high.”
The skipper went on to explain that the fast bowler is only expected to bowl 4 over in a game and should not cost anywhere close to someone like Ben Stokes, who can add with the bat and also in the field.
Both players had a similar base price but Stokes went on to become a record signing in the IPL this season while Ishanth remains unsold overnight.
The Delhi bowler will be up for sale yet again, at a lower price and it will be interesting to see if any of the teams are interested in him in the second go.
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