IPL 2022: 5 expensive players who might go unsold in mega auction

IPL 2022: 5 expensive players who might go unsold in mega auction

The IPL mega auction will take place early next year in 2022.

Jhye Richardson
Jhye Richardson. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh was brought for a whopping amount of 14 cores in the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). During that season, RCB had superstar players like Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, and Virat Kohli in the team. Yuvraj, back then, was used as the finisher of the team. He scored 376 runs at 34.18. Decent enough but not jaw-dropping like the amount of money shelled out on him during the auctions.

By his lofty standards, Yuvraj would have agreed that he didn’t have the best of the IPL seasons for RCB. Was is it due to lack of poor form? Or was it due to the pressure of high auction price? The reason is not known but there are numerous instances in the IPL where the teams have gone all-out to get a certain player but had to endure disappointment at the end of the season.

Glenn Maxwell is certainly one of those. He was purchased for 10.75 crores by PBKS but failed to have an impact as he could score only 108 runs that season. Still, that didn’t stop the franchises like RCB and CSK from going all the way to avail his services. So far, Maxwell has delivered for RCB after the management purchased him for 14.25 crores.

There are though two ways to it. While some have had good returns with huge prices, others have not quite lived up to the price tag. With the mega auctions coming up, few teams might think of not buying those players, who have failed to perform for the franchises respectively.

Here are some expensive players who might go unsold in the IPL mega auctions in 2022

1. Dan Christian

Dan Christian
Dan Christian. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Australian all-rounder Dan Christian was purchased for 4.80 crores by RCB before the start of the 14th edition of the IPL. Mike Hesson, RCB director back then was impressed by getting the services of veteran all-rounder Christian, who made quite a name by playing some quality cricket in the BBL. Hesson and former RCB coach Simon Katich thought he would help finish off games, and his four overs would be handy.

Though, the opposite has happened. Maxwell and RCB’s other big signing Kyle Jamieson played the majority of the games in the ongoing season. Christian has so far played fewer games. He got a chance to play during RCB’s last match against RR. The all-rounder was taken for 21 runs in two overs. It remains to be seen if RCB give more chances during the remainder of the season.

Mega auctions are scheduled in February 2022, and by the looks of it, RCB and other franchises might not bid for Christian due to his middling returns.