IPL 2019: It is Baffling to See Why Local Players Get Big Money in Auctions Despite Poor Performances Says Sunil Gavaskar
The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) came to an end on Sunday after the Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings in the final of the tournament by a solitary run to win their 4th IPL title. It was an exceptional tournament and in the end, it was the best team of the tournament who held aloft the trophy.
There were several players who failed to justify their price tag in the IPL auctions and didn’t perform the way their owners would have hoped them to do. Former India skipper and a member of the 1983 World Cup team, Sunil Gavaskar hence questioned the logic of spending big money on some of the local players who makes their name just by impressing in the local T20 Leagues.
He further added that it is baffling to see many uncapped players getting a break in the IPL while proven players in the Ranji Trophy fails to make the cut. In his column for the Sportstar, Sunil Gavaskar questioned why a player smashing local players keeps getting big bids in IPL Auctions.
“The so-called mystery bowlers who look good in local leagues have been exposed time and again in the IPL. Franchises shell out huge amounts to buy them at the auction, but when it comes to bowling to international and national batsmen, these players have invariably cut a sorry figure. However, in the next season, they still get picked for crores, which is baffling, to say the least,” he wrote.
“There have also been many one-season wonders, who have fallen away for the simple reason that they have lacked the basic technique needed to keep out a good delivery. By the time they come for the second season they have been studied and found out and so aren’t seen again,” he further mentioned.
Sunil Gavaskar further questioned that why no proven players from the Ranji Trophy winning teams doesn’t get picked by the IPL franchises. “When you look at the states or Ranji Trophy outfits that these players have come from, you will find that they are all from teams which have their former players as scouts for the franchises,” stated Gavaskar.
The former Indian opener further added that there are not many players from winning Ranji Trophy teams or semi-finalists who finds a place in the IPL franchise. He said that players from such teams have good technique to be successful on the field as they consistently play red ball cricket which is quite difficult compared to playing white ball cricket.
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