IPL 2018 is all set to begin in a few weeks. And the anticipation of highly entertaining contests between different franchisees in IPL 2018 is getting the fans excited. However, a few in-form players will be missed in the IPL auction as they went unsold in the IPL auction or their names were not even called up for bidding. Cricwizz takes a look at the current in-form players who will be missed in the IPL 2018 as they went unsold or their names were not called up for bidding.
It’s rather unfortunate that a quality limited-overs batsman in Ross Taylor has to miss out on an IPL contract. His name was not even called up for bidding in the IPL auction. He is the current in-form player in international cricket. He struck two tons in four ODIs against England. His last ton – 181* – steered New Zealand to a record chase of 336 and helped the team to level the five-match ODI series 2-2. The fact that Taylor batted with an injured leg during his knock of 181* proves he is a man to rely on in times of distress. But franchisees missed out on a quality batsman.
The Afghanistan left-handed batsman is also in top form, striking two fifties in four innings in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers. He bats lower down the order at No 5 and No 6 and finish off the innings. He scored 67 and 52* in two clashes at ICC World Cup Qualifiers. He is equally adept in rotating the strike and hitting the big shots. He could have been the ideal finisher for an IPL team batting lower down the order. Better luck next time, Zadran.
The Bangladesh keeper-batsman and former skipper helped The Tigers post the fourth highest chase in T20Is against Sri Lanka with a knock of 72*. It was clean hitting and smart batting. Rahim is a quality T20 batsman who knows how to steal singles, convert ones into twos and score boundaries even off good balls. He has a smart brain as well who can read the match situations and play according to the needs of the team. He would be a real asset to the team just as a specialist batsman. But his name did not even come up for bidding in the IPL auction.
The England keeper-batsman played as a specialist opener for his team in the ODI series against New Zealand and struck two straight tons. His second ton helped England win the ODI series against New Zealand. Bairstow slammed 60-ball 104 with 9 fours and 6 sixes to imply he is cut out for the shorter formats and can be destructive as a batsman. But he too went unsold and that’s a costly mistake on the part of franchisees.
The New Zealand opener too went unsold and it’s rather unfortunate not to see Guptill in action in IPL. Guptill has four scores of fifty and more in last 9 limited-overs matches. In the T20I clash against Australia last month, Guptill cracked 105 off 54 balls with 6 fours and 9 sixes. However, his ton went in vain as New Zealand lost the match. But Guptill’s explosive batting style found no takers. He would be missed in IPL 2018.
The Afghanistan keeper-batsman came back to international cricket after serving a doping ban recently. He cracked 75* in the fourth ODI against Zimbabwe to win the series for Afghanistan. He is a big hitter of the ball and can set the tone of the innings as an opener. His keeping is also up to mark. Afghanistan missed Shahzad during his doping ban. He was expected to get an IPL contract this season, but he missed out on it again as his name was not even called up for bidding.
He registered for IPL auction for the first time in his career. He was expected to get a high price with fierce bidding among franchisees. He, shockingly, failed to get a single bid and went unsold in the auction. Root has been in terrific form in limited-overs cricket recently. He has four scores of fifty and more in last 10 ODIs. He cracked 102 against New Zealand in Dunedin, but in a losing cause. However, he went unsold as his availability for the entire duration of IPL 2018 is doubtful.