5. Ishant Sharma
Ishant’s fitness and agility have recently deteriorated. His bowling action appears to be lethargic, and he is unlikely to be picked in the mega auctions by any franchise. With his age working against him and his old-school bowling tactics, he may not be able to get a bid before the IPL 2022 season.
4. Dinesh Karthik
Often regarded as an excellent finisher in the death overs, Karthik still has the ability to play competitive cricket in the IPL. He is a brilliant wicketkeeper and is still fit despite being 36 years of age. He should definitely evoke interest in the franchise because of his multidimensional ability and he performs the most difficult role in T20 cricket, i.e., the role of a finisher.
3. Robin Uthappa
After his tenure with KKR, he moved on to Rajasthan Royals, where he did not fare well. For the franchise, he was underwhelmed and was largely used out of his positions. The Karnataka batter was then traded to the Chennai franchise, where he did not appear in a game until Raina was injured.
2. Chris Gayle
After a disastrous season in IPL 2021, he was released by the Punjab franchise ahead of the mega auctions. Holding the record of the highest number of sixes and the highest score in IPL, it remains to be seen if he evokes any interest among the franchises with age, not in his favour.
1. Suresh Raina
Raina is a hard-hitting middle-order batter who has the ability to turn a game around with his match-winning prowess. He still has the potential to help his team win games, and it will be intriguing to see whether teams pursue him in the mega auctions.