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All-time Best XI of unsold players in IPL history

There have been many such instances in the past, when big players have gone unsold in the IPL auctions, despite the form on their side.

Dale Steyn RCB
Dale Steyn. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

The bar of competition in the Indian Premier League is so high, that even the star-studded players and well-known personalities can’t take anything for granted. One poor season and one might see curtains to his IPL career. A few bad games and one might be warming the bench for the whole season.

There have been many such instances in the past, when big players have gone unsold in the IPL auctions, despite the form on their side. It always turns out to be a shame for the tournament when it fails to see such players show their magic. Some of these players return as replacement signings, but not everyone is lucky enough.

Hence, let’s take a look at the best XI of players, who went unsold in a particular year, thereby surprising the whole cricketing fraternity:

1. Hashim Amla

Hashim Amla of Kings XI Punjab celebrates his century
Hashim Amla of Kings XI Punjab (Photo Source: Twitter)

It was the mega auctions for the IPL 2018, which had been glorified with the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. With so many spots up for grabs, Hashim Amla, who had scored 420 runs in the previous addition, looked a hot pick. The South African batsman was in sublime form, and above all this, the sixth-highest run-getter of the previous edition.

A base price of 1.5 crores INR wasn’t a big ask for such a big player, who was in red hot form in international cricket. However, the luck wasn’t on his side, and the prolific South African batsman went unsold in the auctions.

The batsman has retired from the international cricket now, and his IPL career might be limited to only the two seasons since no franchise would like to have a retired player in the team. He features in this playing XI as the first opener, as someone who can go for the kill straight away and dislodge any bowling attack.

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