IPL 2021: 5 big overseas players who may go unsold in the auction
Players may go unsold due to various reasons like poor form in recent times, unimpressive form during the previous IPL seasons, or even due to injury concerns.
Updated - Feb 17, 2021 11:26 am
The IPL auction is just around the corner, and preparations for the same are surely going to intensify as all the teams will be looking to build title-winning squads. 292 players will go under the hammer on the 18th of February and there is a maximum of 61 slots that can be filled by franchises.
There are 22 vacant slots for overseas players and teams are definitely going to use up all of them. A total of 128 overseas players are on the final list and players like Shakib Al Hasan, Dawid Malan, and Chris Morris are definitely going to attract a lot of bids.
However, it isn’t bright for everyone as a majority of the players will go unsold. Players may go unsold due to various reasons like poor form in recent times, unimpressive form during the previous IPL seasons, or even due to injury concerns.
Here’s a look at 5 overseas players who may not find any taker in the auction:
1. Alex Carey
Alex Carey is Australia’s premier wicketkeeper-batsman in the 50-overs format and has impressed fans with his batting lower down the order. However, he hasn’t been able to replicate the same batting down the order in the shortest format.
He is at his best at the top of the order, but due to the abundance of top-order batsmen at the Delhi Capitals, he was forced to play in the middle order. He played 3 games last season and scored 32 runs at a strike-rate of 110.34, and struggled to score boundaries.
The Australian scored 425 runs in the recently concluded Big Bash League, but his strike-rate of 122.12 might go against him. Teams will be primarily looking at him as an opening batsman, and given that there are better and more explosive openers in the market, Carey might end up going unsold. Even his lofty base price of Rs. 1.5 crore might deter teams from bidding for him.