Top five international players who should have been bought at the IPL auction

Martin Guptill unsold Indian Premier League IPL auction

Martin Guptill had a base price of just INR 75 lakhs

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The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction has come and gone, and the franchises have locked in their teams for this year’s tournament.

There were a lot of surprises during the auction, with some players, like Jaydev Unadkat, who was sold for INR 11.5 crores, garnering a lot of attention and a jaw-dropping price tag.

However, it is necessary to point out that the IPL teams may have missed a trick or two by letting these players go unsold during the auction.

5. Joe Root

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There was a lot of hype surrounding Root after he announced that he would be entering his name in the IPL auction, but his consistent performances didn’t seem to interest the franchises.

Root was one of the bright spots for England during the Ashes as he averaged 47.25 with the bat before going on to score 226 runs in the five-match ODI series against Australia at an average of 75.33.

While Root has not played Twenty20 cricket since September 2017, it is important to note that he averages 39.10 in the shortest format.

Furthermore, with Root being a handy part-time bowler, it should have made him more enticing. However, none of the IPL teams were willing to fork out INR 1.5 crores to secure his services.

4. Mitchell McClenaghan

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The New Zealand left-arm seamer was one of the standout performers for the Mumbai Indians in last year’s IPL as he was the franchise’s second-highest wicket-taker with 19 victims at an average of 26.68. In addition to this, he was the fourth-highest wicket-taker in the tournament.

While McClenaghan has not been able to replicate the success he had in the IPL, he did have a solid showing in the Big Bash League (BBL), where he picked up 11 wickets in 10 games at an average of 32.81.

Considering that McClenaghan had a base price of INR 1 crore, it’s baffling that none of the IPL teams decided to invest their money in a bowler that has a knack of taking wickets.

3. Nathan Lyon

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The veteran Australian spinner should have been attracted bids left and right at the auction, but instead it is was dead silent. Cue the cricket sounds!

Lyon left England in a spin during the Ashes as he took 21 wickets at an average of 29.23. After the series concluded, Lyon played for the Sydney Sixers in the BBL.

In the four matches he played, Lyon took seven wickets at a brilliant average of 13.42 and finished with an impressive economy rate of 5.87.

While Lyon’s base price of INR 1.5 crores would have been a sizable investment, it is likely that he would have repaid the faith when handed the ball.

2. Hashim Amla

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This is one of the more bamboozling cases as Amla stole the spotlight while playing for the Kings XI Punjab last year.

Not only did the South African batsman finish at the franchise’s top scorer with 420 runs in 10 matches at an average of 60 and a strike rate of 145.83, but he was also the only player to score two centuries in the competition and finished as the fifth-highest scorer as well.

A base price of INR 1.5 crores should have been seen as a bargain for a player who more than proved his worth.

1. Martin Guptill

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The New Zealand opener could have been the steal of a lifetime for one of the franchises, but none of them batted an eyelid when his name came up.

Interestingly, Guptill has garnered a lot of attention this year for his performances on the field as since the beginning of 2018, he is averaging 77.50 in ODIs and 40.87 in Twenty20 Internationals.

On Friday, Guptill further showed the IPL franchises what they missed out on as he struck the fastest Twenty20 International century by a New Zealand player. Furthermore, he surpassed compatriot Brendon McCullum to become the highest run scorer in the format.

As if this wasn’t enough, Guptill’s base price at the auction was a measly INR 75 lakhs. With this in mind, it is completely bizarre that none of the teams decided to bid for the 31-year-old.

Feature written by Bimal Mirwani

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