IPL 2019: 5 unsold players from 2018 who are expected to be a hot property in the auction

IPL 2019: 5 unsold players from 2018 who are expected to be a hot property in the auction

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Jonny Bairstow
England batsman Jonny Bairstow. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

The 2019 IPL auction is just around the corner. And, the franchises have started churning out their list of players whom they will be aiming at the auction. As many as 1003 players registered for the 2019 IPL auction. Of them, the franchises have shortlisted 346 players who will be going under the hammer on 18th of December.

This time around, we will be witnessing a sort of a peculiar auction. The reason being plenty of Australian and English players will be leaving early in a bid to prepare for the 2019 World Cup. And hence, Indians, South Africans, New Zealanders, and West Indians will be a hot property in the 2019 IPL auction.

Moreover, in the absence of English and Australian players, a handful of unsold players from 2018 auction will also be making it to the wish-list of many of the franchises. Thus, in this article, we will have a look at five unsold players from 2018 IPL auction who will be catching everyone’s eye in the 2019 IPL auction.

1. Shivam Dube (India)

Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Shivam Dube, the 25-year all-rounder from Mumbai, has been on an exponential curve in the recent scheme of cricket. The all-rounder is having a ball of a time in the ongoing Ranji Trophy. Thus far having played five matches, the Mumbaikar has scored 413 runs at an excellent average of 68.83. In addition to that, he also has 16 scalps to his name in the tournament so far. The budding all-rounder has also hit two gritty fifties and two astonishing centuries in the tourney so far.

With excellent all-round abilities, Dube has turned out to be a significant part of the Mumbai team. Although Mumbai hasn’t lived up to the expectations in the ongoing Ranji season, Dube has provided them a much-needed balance in the middle with his all-round abilities.

Hence, with talent by his side, Shivam, who went unsold in 2018, is expected to attract a lot of bidders in the 2019 IPL auction. Moreover, with Shivam being an uncapped Indian player, the case gets much stronger. His decent T20 numbers speak the same story as well. Having played 13 T20s, Dube has amassed 189 runs at a decent strike-rate of 147.65. Besides, he also has ten wickets to his name.

Thus, the Mumbaikar will unquestionably be one of those players who went unsold in 2018 but is anticipated to gain a lot of attention in 2019 auction.