IPL 2020 auction recently ended with all teams satisfied with their purchases. But there were few eyebrows raised as some star players were left in the cold. Cricwizz makes a list of the best-unsold XI of IPL 2020. Is your favourite player on the list?
Lewis played for Mumbai Indians last season and didn’t have a bad campaign, but it was not above expectations either. Hence, he was released by Mumbai Indians.
He is a hard-hitter of the ball at the top of the order, but his inconsistencies have been his biggest bane. It could be his failure to make the good starts count that could have gone against him.
Also, his selection of shots has been unjustified as he has thrown his wickets to reckless slogs. It prompted Mumbai to release him into the auction. And no team bid for him.
The New Zealand opener has been going through a horrific form since the World Cup. He has lost his big-hitting skill and has been a walking wicket. He also failed to get the team off to a brisk start, falling to new ball frequently.
Hence, franchises stayed away from the batsman as they felt his presence could only add more pressure to the middle-order.
It was a shocker to leave out Shai Hope who had a decent limited-overs series with India recently. He’s a consistent scorer and has all shots in the books.
But his strike rate is abysmal for a top-order batsman. And T20 cricket demands strike rate of close to 150 to be deemed a quality batsman.
But Hope has struggled to lift his strike rate in limited-overs cricket. And that may have prompted franchises to give no ‘hope’ to Hope.
He has 3 tons in T20Is, but none in any other formats. He is said to be tailormade for the shortest format of the game. But the New Zealand cricket has not set the IPL on fire and that could be the reason franchises have not chosen to gamble on him once again.
He has been part of few IPL franchises but not one memorable knock in the IPL for franchises to go for a bidding war on him.
It’s sad a talent like Munro does not make full justice to his potential in IPL and will have to see the event from the comfort of his home in 2020.
Pathan has been part of few winning IPL teams – Rajasthan Royals, KKR, and SRH. He was considered a good luck charm for his team, and that’s the reason he survived in KKR for a few seasons more despite his waning performance with bat and ball.
Eventually, Pathan’s luck ran out and he was shown the door by not only KKR but from IPL 2020 altogether.
He is the same cricketer who slammed four consecutive sixes to help West Indies beat England in the final of 2016 World T20. But he’s best known for that special knock only.
He has flattered to deceive since then. He came up with brilliant performance with the bat in the World Cup clash against New Zealand but failed to take his team past the finish line.
But he’s now considered a done force and avoided by franchises altogether this season.
Keeper & captain
It’s shocking to see a shrewd keeper-batsman in Mushfiqur Rahim being shown the door from IPL 2020. He has good keeping skills and is a street-smart cricketer in the shortest format.
But the IPL franchises were probably not convinced of Rahim’s cricketing skills. His age was also a factor. Hence, Rahim was left unsold. But he is still one of the best keeper-batsmen around.
He has a hat-trick to his name in IPL and played a major role for Kings XI Punjab for few seasons, but he has since lost his form and was released by his franchise ahead of the auction.
Tye has not only lost form but pace as well. He has become easy fodder for batsmen to score runs off him. And IPL franchises need wicket-taking bowlers who could do the bulk of the damage at the top.
And hence, Tye didn’t fit in their plans.
He could have been a good asset in the bowling unit for any franchise. His left-arm bowling, and ability to bring the ball in into the right-hander is a rare sight in cricket. He also has a deceptive slower ball to frustrate the opponents.
But Rahman has struggled under pressure and in death overs, he has the penchant to leak runs aplenty. Hence, Rahman seems to be a misfit in IPL 2020 but finds a place in this best-unsold XI of IPL 2020.
The Australian is quality leg-spinner if not the best in his job. He has a six-wicket haul in IPL while playing for CSK. But Zampa’s inconsistent form could have been his undoing and finds himself in the unsold list for IPL 2020.
Besides, franchises seem to rely more on Indian spinners in IPL as the home bowlers would be knowing the conditions better to exploit them and pose some difficult questions to the opposition.
The New Zealand cricketer is also a handy leg-spinner. His height gives him the benefit to get more bounce on his deliveries. But for IPL franchises, he does not seem to inspire much confidence.
One reason could be that a lack of match-winning performance from Sodhi, who is more content on playing the containing role.
Besides, as with Zampa, franchises seem to bet more on Indian leg-spinners than overseas players with the same skill sets. Sodhi has done nothing wrong, but nothing right too to command a bid for a place in IPL 2020.