5 blunders made by franchises during IPL Auctions

5 blunders made by franchises during IPL Auctions

The decisions have turned out to be costly for the franchises.

MI backing out of David Warner’s bid despite lowish price

David Warner
David Warner. (Photo: IANS)

Early in his career, David Warner made a name for himself as a white-ball specialist before he made the transition to Test cricket. His skills and ability to score big runs in the shorter formats was no secret. Hence, he was one of two players that Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) retained in 2011 and also made him captain in the coming season.

However, in 2014, he was back in the auction pool. He put his base price at INR 1.5 crore. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) started the bidding while Mumbai Indians (MI) joined in. The two teams kept battling as the price went over INR 5 crores. However, at INR 5.5 crores, MI backed out and SRH got an absolute steal.

Warner has played four (out of the five) seasons since 2014 and has won the Orange Cap three times. In fact, in these four seasons, he has amassed 3,271 runs at an average of 55.44 and a strike-rate of 142.39. The Australian opener has scored 34 half-centuries and a couple of hundreds. No other player comes even close to his record in the last five years. Hence, this may have been one of MI’s biggest blunders on the auction table.

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