IPL 2019: Five overseas players who might go unsold in the auction
These players have given their respective franchises a lot of headaches with their performances and absence from the league.
Updated - Nov 25, 2018 4:07 pm
The four overseas players, if picked and balanced rightly, can work wonders for any Indian Premier League (IPL) team. Over the years, we’ve witnessed several of those cricketers mesmerise the Indian fans with their heroics. They have got the capabilities of taking the game away from the oppositions and are one of the major attractions of the league. But, once this selection process goes wrong, things can get ugly.
There is constant experimentation that goes on and a bulk of the matches are done by the time this right combination is found. Just like in all other seasons, the franchises have decided to leave out some of the foreign cricketers whom they feel don’t fit into their squad. While a few of them are expected to bag big bucks, some might go unsold. We take a look at five of them who may find no bidders.
1. Mark Wood
Brother Mark, as he was fondly called at the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) camp, was released by the franchise ahead of IPL 2019. Wood often hurries the batsmen with his pace and also gets some steep bounce out of the pitches. This is one of his biggest strengths but he hasn’t quite been able to translate his potential in Indian conditions where fast bowlers don’t get much assistance from the wickets.
The pitches do not offer a great deal of bounce and hence he wasn’t as successful. Wood only featured in one game for the Super Kings in their first match against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede Stadium. In his four overs, he gave away 49 runs and didn’t pick any wicket. With ECB setting norms surrounding the English players’ participation in the league, Wood might find no bidders for the next season.