IPL 2018: 5 Star players who went missing in the auction

All these players could've been a smart buy for any of the teams but unfortunately was not the case this time around.

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Ross Taylor of the Challengers bats. (Photo by Mark Kolbe-IPL 2010/IPL via Getty Images)

The mega-auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) took place over the last couple of days in which all eight franchises managed to build a decent squad. As usual, there were few surprising picks by them and also few players who had attracted huge bids previously went unsold. Even the likes of Chris Gayle who was part of the league over last 10 years, was sold when he went under the hammer for the third time. However, it was Ben Stokes who once again ruled the charts and was the most expensive player amongst all.

Jaydev Unadkat racked a whopping amount of INR 11.5 Crores as Rajasthan Royals picked him after his sensational performance in the last season. KL Rahul and Manish Pandey were the other Indian players who triggered an intense bidding war among the franchises.

Though there were a few well-known players who were shortlisted and were set to go under the hammer. But due to time constraints, their names were skipped as none of the teams showed any interest in them. Few of them could’ve really been a steal deal in case their names would have popped up in the auction.

Here we bring you the list of 5 star players who went missing in the auction:

1. Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan
Irfan Pathan. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Irfan Pathan’s name didn’t come up in the auction itself as the franchises didn’t show any interest in him. Unfortunately, he was dropped from Baroda team mid-way through the Ranji season and was also not picked in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. His base price was listed at Rs. 50 Lakhs and could have played a crucial role as an all-rounder for any team. Irfan wasn’t picked in the auction last year as well and has featured in only 5 matches in last two years.

The left-hander was part of the inaugural World T20 triumph of India in 2007 and had played a crucial role in it. Ever since he played in the IPL  and was in the limelight until 2014. He had to miss the next edition and then he was like a forgotten hero. So far, Irfan Pathan has played 103 matches in which he has scalped 80 wickets at a decent strike rate of 25.53 to go with 1139 runs with the bat at 120.40. The record speaks for itself as he proven his worth before as an all-rounder. But sadly, he wouldn’t be playing in the upcoming season.

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