Indian Premier League 2019 Player Auction: The IPL auctions are days away and it is pitted to be the biggest auction ever in the IPL history, as 346 cricketers, including 226 Indians will be going under the hammer on Tuesday, December 18. Where fortunes could be made. There are some big names like Yuvraj Singh, Brendon McCullum, Mohammad Shami, among others, who will be going under the hammer for the 11th Edition of the cash-rich league. Nine players have been listed at the price of Rs. 2 Crore including the lone Indian pacer Jaydev Unadkat, who was the highest buy of the IPL 2018.
Here are 5 big players who might go unsold in this blockbuster league:
1. Yuvraj Singh:
The veteran southpaw has not been in the reckoning for a long time and has not been performing outstandingly in the Ranji circuit as well. The proven match winner has not come up with performance off late. Hence, it would be a surprise if any franchise wants to gamble with Yuvraj Singh. Last season, he played for Punjab and didn’t get among the runs. Which does not make his case strong for any of the franchises to bid for him. Yuvraj had a dismal in 2018 edition, as he scored only 65 runs off 8 matches.
2. Brendon McCullum:
The swashbuckling Kiwi has retired from international cricket but has been playing franchise cricket. He is not consistent and that could work against him. Franchises will think twice before roping him in. He played six matches for Royal Challengers Banglore, in which he scored only 127 runs at an average of just 21.16.
3. Lasith Malinga:
At the twilight of his career, Malinga has not been the force he once was. Malinga is prone to picking up injuries and with intense cricket expected throughout the six weeks of IPL, his fitness could work against him. Thus, chances are high, he might go unsold this year.
4. Morne Morkel:
Just like Malinga, Morkel is also prone to picking up injuries and hasn’t played International Cricket recently. Hence, he would be rusty and franchises would know all of that. Hence, it would be a gamble if a franchise wishes to bid for him.
5. Cheteshwar Pujara:
No doubt he is a world-class batsman, but T20 is just not his format! Franchises will definitely be looking for the players who have the capability to go big and that’s where Pujara falls short.