Best XI from the players who went unsold in IPL 2017 auction

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Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad. (Photo credit ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The IPL 2017 auctions was a mega event in itself. The much-awaited auctions went underway with as many as 351 players going under the hammer on February 20. The popularity of the Indian Premier League needs no introduction. The immense following that the tournament has managed to garner over the years was on display yet again. The auction saw a lot of drama unfold. The English players made merry with most of them bagging rich deals.

Ben Stokes struck a whopping INR 14.5 crore deal with Rising Pune Supergiants in the auctions. This was a record buy for any overseas player in the history of the tournament. His countryman Tymal Mills also made merry as he was bagged for INR 12 crore by the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Another startling feature of the auctions was the purchase of Afghanistan players. For the first time in the history, two players from Afghanistan managed to secure the IPL contracts.

Indian uncapped players like T Natarajan and domestic performers like Mohammad Siraj got themselves crores in the auction. While most of the talk encircled around the ones sold in the auction, very few noticed that some top players went unsold. Some of the omissions were surprising while some had to pay for their high base price. Here we pick the best XI from the unsold players at the IPL Auctions 2017:

1. Alex Hales

England batsman Alex Hales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

While most of the English players bagged rich deals, there was one who missed out. Opener Alex Hales was tipped to be a hot favorite in the auctions. He was based at INR 1 Crore and found no bidders in the auctions. Hales is an absolute power hitter who had struck 171 in an ODI innings last year.

He is a T20 veteran. In the 147 T20s that Hales has played, he has scored 3911 runs at an average close to 30. He has a T20 century to his name as well.

Also read- 5 Players who were steal deals for their teams in IPL 2017 Auction

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