Twitter Reactions: Fans surprised as Irfan Pathan went unsold in the IPL 2017 Auction

Twitter Reactions: Fans surprised as Irfan Pathan went unsold in the IPL 2017 Auction

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Irfan Pathan. (Photo credit should read SAJJAD HUSSAIN/AFP/Getty Images)

The IPL 2017 player’s auction held in Bengaluru on February 20 had quite a few surprises in store. Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills bagging the two most players tag along with a list of uncapped Indian players also cashing in crores. But in comparison to those sold what stunned fans was some big names finding no buyers. Indian pacer Ishant Sharma and allrounder Irfan Pathan were presented twice but no team showed interest in picking them.

Both the players were with the Rising Pune Supergiants in the previous edition, didn’t feature in a majority of the matches and were released ahead of the auction. While in Ishant’s case his high base price of INR 2 crore went against him as franchises cited that as a reason for not raising a bid in his name after the auction. Irfan who had a contract worth 1 crore with RPS had modestly priced himself at half of it.

Given his form in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali where his best show against North Zone saw Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, and Yuvraj Singh walk back with 3, 2 and 0 runs respectively. He had figures of 3/10 in his 4 overs that also ensured his team West Zone an easy win. Leading Baroda in the Zonal T20 tournament he was the only player along with Deepak Hooda from the team to be picked in the West Zone XI.

A lot of Twitterati felt not getting enough opportunities in the last two editions of the IPL went against Irfan. He was benched for the entire season by Chennai Super Kings in 2015 and just got 4 matches for the PRS. The common link in the two teams was the coach and captain duo of Stephen Fleming and MS Dhoni. While it was West Indies allrounder Dwayne Bravo who didn’t let Irfan make a case for selection at CSK with RPS they opted to back Rajat Bhatia over the 32-year-old.

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It definitely isn’t the end of road for Irfan who recently said that he takes inspiration from Ashish Nehra’s comeback and still has the hunger and will to make a national comeback.

Here are some of the reactions from Twitter: