With the auctions for the much anticipated IPL 2017 done and dusted, we know the final roster of the teams we’re supporting. While auctions have been known to dish out googlies over the years, this time the frequency was quite a bit. A lot of players tipped to make the big bucks ended up remaining unsold for whatever reasons.
If one were to make a team out of them, it probably would be -:
- Alex Hales
World’s number one T20 batsman as recent as last year has not lost his touch. With attacking stroke play and great skill he definitely is a chance gone wanting. What probably was his undoing was the fact of his availability throughout the season.
- Unmukt Chand
Once upon a time tipped to be the next Virat Kohli. this former U-19 captain has created a niche for himself and is doing a decent bit in the Delhi domestic circuit. With great technique, he’d give Hales the freedom to play his strokes.
- Cheteshwar Pujara
Yes, I know what you are thinking. Pujara? Seriously? Yes. Pujara is as solid as you get them and also has shown time and again that he does possess the attacking strokes required to thrive in T20. It is just a case of the lack of opportunity and that is extremely sad.
- Manvinder BislaThe hero of the IPL 2012 final for KKR vs CSK definitely deserved a go. Being a reliable middle order batsman along with his keeping abilities would have made him a great buy.
- Mohammed Shahzad(Wk)
The Afghani Dhoni, as he is called has set the International stage on fire more often than not with his huge hits and the acquired “Helicopter Shot”. With his colleagues getting a pay day, Shahzad will for sure be feeling left out.
- David Wiese/Marlon Samuels
Rotation of these two extremely talented all-rounders depending on the kind of track available. Wiese showed sparks of brilliance at his time with the RCB last year and everyone knows what a played Samuels can be on his day. Having been cleared for bowling, Samuels would have been a dangerous player for any team.
- Irfan Pathan
One of the biggest shocks of the auction. India’s prime fast bowling all-rounder went unsold. Reasons are unclear but it is true that he would fit straight into any XI while in great form. He certainly finds a place here.
- Parvez Rasool
Kashmiri Wizard, in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons recently but along with his variations in both pace and technique, he’d be a tough customer on the turning Indian tracks.With his non-neglectable batting skills he would have made a great addition.
- Ishant Sharma
Another shocker, but more explainable than that of Pathan. With a base price of 2 Cr. and not being a part of the National T20 team, Sharma was quite honestly asking for it. Nevertheless, with price not being a concern here, he’s in the team.
- Imran Tahir
World’s number 1 T20 bowler absent from The World’s number 1 T20 league. That is a headline in itself. Economic and attacking, Imran Tahir is everything you want in a leg Spinner. Tough call there for the lad but in the case of any injury occurring, he’ll probably be the first one called in.
- Pragyan Ojha
With loads of experience by his side and having been with the winning team of Deccan Chargers, he definitely should’ve had a look in. With his base price being an affordable 30 Lakh, he would’ve been a steal for any team.
- Ross Taylor
- Martin Guptill
–Abhijit Krishna Menon