IPL 2021: 5 Blunders by franchises in the auction

IPL 2021: 5 Blunders by franchises in the auction

Franchises went a little too far for some players and ended up splashing a whopping amount.

Kedar Jadhav IPL Auction
Kedar Jadhav. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been an integral part of the cricketing ecosystem since 2008. With eight franchises fighting it out in the field, the owners make sure that they have the right players in their arsenal. The players wait for their turn and it is a matter of a couple of hours that their lives change. Talking about the auction, the more you perform, the more you attract.

Since previous years, we have witnessed many players being sold at a hefty price. Be it Flintoff, Bond, or Jadhav, they have experienced the weight of a heavy price tag. But, unfortunately, this tag does not help them to perform naturally. Rather, they are forced to deal with the pressure of proving their worth. And, this means that they do fail to perform!

This year too, we witnessed a few blunders. Even after their poor performance, they were sold, and that too with a heavy price. What is more surprising is that there were better options available for the owners.

Let us have a look at the 5 blunders from the auction:

5. SRH going for Kedar Jadhav instead of Shahrukh Khan

Kedar Jadhav IPL Auction
Kedar Jadhav. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Kedar Jadhav was the man of the moment during the first game of the 2018 IPL season. He fought with an injury and ensured that CSK was over the line against Mumbai Indians. However, he was unable to participate and during the subsequent seasons, he performed poorly. His performances during the thirteenth edition of the IPL ensured that CSK was well short of the required target. 

Not surprisingly, the management decided to release the Indian all-rounder ahead of the 2021 auction. Last year, he scored 62 runs off 66 balls with a poor strike rate of 93.93. Adding on, he had multiple fitness-related issues too! And during the 2021 auction, Jadhav was lucky enough to be picked by the Sunrisers Hyderabad. 

The Hyderabad-based franchise lacks consistent Indian players. And they had the chance to pick Shahrukh Khan, who is a much better batsman at the moment, in the auctions. However, they opted not to bid for him even after having a heavy purse. This is a big blunder on the part of the Hyderabad franchise.