IPL: The Auction Review

Jeremy Caroll

As the IPL auctions has ended but the hype of the players being imagined in an unexpected jersey still continues to rise, since this mega auction has provided the fans a blend of excitement as well as sadness, in relation to the players’ auction. While some of the Indian players were witnessed going at an unexpected price, on the other hand big names like Suresh Raina, Aaron Finch, Steve Smith and even the former captain of team KKR Eoin Morgan went unsold in the 2-day Mega Auction.

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And before the statistics and relevant point appear in this article, it is significant by our news department – The Tough Tackle, to appreciate all the medical and support staff who helped Mr Hugh Edeamedes in the difficult situation when the auctioneer Hugh fell due to Postural Hypotension during the Day 1 of auction proceedings. The BCCI and the fans over the world appreciated the kind efforts by Mr. Charu Sharma who reached the hotel where the auction event was scheduled in just 15-20 minutes to replace Mr. Hugh Edeamedes. Mr Hugh Edeamedes was announced well and officially replaced Mr. Charu for the final round of the Mega Auctions on Day-2.

(also read: IPL auctioneer Hugh Edmeades falls unconscious during mega auction, franchises, cricketers wishes good health condition)

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(ALSO READ: Hugh Edmeades receives a standing ovation as he resumes his job as Auctioneer)

With a total of 600 players going under the hammer, only 204 players were sold while the 396 unfortunately had no deal with any of the franchisees. The Indian Premier League also created an impact of preferring the local talent, rather than showcasing some big names, which was one of the reasons why only 67 overseas were sold, another significant reason being the limitation of overseas in the playing XI.

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Young batsman and recently capped by team India in international Ishan Kishan was the big name for this year’s auction as the wicket keeper batsman was desperately needed back by Mumbai Indians at any cost which led the auction bid rise up to ₹15.25 crore when the MI could officially bag him in the squad list. Mumbai Indians wanted back their significant player in the squad as the young talent could give a lot to the franchise for the upcoming years.

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And while Mumbai Indians wanted back Ishan Kishan, the defending champions Chennai Super Kings did not let Deepak Chahar slip from their hands and broke their bank for the supreme franchise bowler. Deepak Chahar was long gone in the auctions when CSK finally placed the final bid of ₹14 crore.

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Kolkata Knight Riders swift in smoothly when Shreyas Iyer’s name appeared in the auctions and the bids were initiated by RCB who looked to have kept a lot of reserve money to buy the talented player but Delhi Capital too went for Shreyas until Lucknow Super Giants came in. While the three teams were competing to buy Shreyas at around ₹6.50 crore, Kolkata Knight Riders raised the bid and knocked out DC from the bidding process till ₹9.75 crore. While Shreyas was getting confirmed at ₹9.75 crore to KKR, the debut team Gujarat Titans started raising the high price but KKR seemed to have desperately bidding on Shreyas and finally snatched the young batsman for ₹12.25 crore.

And when these three players collectively went for ₹41.50 crore, IPL Mega Auctions was also witnessed to grab so many talented players in low price. The Indian capped players which included Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Umesh Yadav, Wriddhiman Shah, Vijay Shankar, Jayant Yadav, and Ajinkya Rahane were acquired below or at the maximum value of ₹2 crore (individual).

The shocking surprise were given by the franchise when Shahrukh Khan was bought for ₹9 crore, despite his base price being ₹40 L. And along with Shahrukh Khan, Avesh Khan, Liam Livingstone, Rahul Tewatia, Jason Holder, Krunal Pandya, and some more went for an unbelievable amount. While big names like David Warner, Dwayne Bravo, Pat Cummins, Evin Lewis, and more were sold easily which was not expected by the fans.

While so many players got sold, some of the fans were upset as thousands kept waiting for Indian pacer Sreesanth to make a comeback in the Indian Premier League. The Indian bowler was one of the players who had registered to go under the hammer, but when the accelerated auctions began on Day 2, Sreesanth’s name did not appear on the list since the accelerated auction’s method was a list of players who were preferred or recommended by the 10 franchises. Sreesanth was expected to make a strong comeback, but the Indian pacer failed to land a single deal during the two-day auctions.

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(Also read: https://www.thetoughtackle.com/cricket/ipl-indian-pacer-sreesanth-reacts-after-getting-unsold-at-the-ipl-auctions-2523/ )

The fans could have tolerated the disinterest in franchise to buy the 39-year old pacer Sreesanth but couldn’t tolerate the farewell of ‘Mr IPL’ Suresh Raina. Suresh was overlooked in the auctions as he was unsold in the first round and his name did not appear the second time throughout the auctions. The Day 1 passed by with a thought that the former franchise CSK would buy the veteran player back for his base price but the franchise did not even favoured his name in the accelerated auctions which was processed after a long-delay in the auction proceedings.

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(Also read: https://www.thetoughtackle.com/cricket/ipl-ipl-mega-auction-2022-no-franchise-has-expressed-interest-in-mr-ipl-suresh-raina-2432/)

Fans have been continuously lashing out at Chennai Super Kings for snubbing Suresh Raina, and on the other side CSK CEO explained the reason why CSK didn’t went for MR IPL. “Raina has been one of the most consistent performers for CSK for the last 12 years. Of course, it was very difficult for us, not to have Raina but at the same time, you should also understand that the team composition depends on the form and kind of team which any team would like to have”, said CEO Kasi on youtube.

Along with Suresh Raina, Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, Carlos Brathwaite, Usman Khawaja, Marchant De Lange, and Chris Lynn were some of the big names or experienced IPL players who were either unauctioned or went unsold.

And with auctions ending on a happy note for some fans and also on a disappointment aspect for the other half, the ‘Twitter’ world is still buzzing with the warm welcome of players by the new franchise while the old franchise wish an emotional farewell to their former players.

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