The IPL is a breeding ground for talent and opportunity, and this has been proven time and again.
While 71 uncapped players were sold in the auctions in 2018, many marquee and international stars failed to attract bids due to their indifferent form. Over 400 players were unsold in 2018, including players like Shaun Marsh and Joe Root.
Here are the 4 players that were unsold last season but could find a franchise for IPL 12.
Nicholas Pooran (West Indies)
In 2017, the wicket-keeper-batsman was bought by Mumbai Indians for INR 30 lakh. Unfortunately, he could not show off his true colors during the edition and was dropped the subsequent year. In the recently concluded T10 League in Sharjah, Pooran finished with the most runs, with a spectacular strike rate of 245.5. The cricketer from the Windies will be raring to prove his mettle in the IPL and he could be up for a bidding war as well, with most players likely to leave mid-way due to the World Cup.
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Dale Steyn (South Africa)
The South African has been unsold for the past two editions of the IPL. This can be attributed to his frequent injuries, which makes him a liability for franchises. In his last IPL appearance in 2016 under the now-defunct Gujarat Lions, he played a single game. However, Steyn is still the go-to man and his form this year is proof of that. In the ongoing Mzansi Super League, the pacer has picked up 11 wickets in eight games and has truly proven that when given a second chance, a lion can roar once again.
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Moises Henriques (Australia)
The Australian trailblazer has made quite the name for himself in the T20 circuit. The all-rounder has proven himself to be quite the asset, both while wielding the bat, as well as while delivering toe-crushing yorkers. With over 3000 runs and 100 wickets in 176 T20s, the player can be a dangerous bet on his day. Henriques has played for five different teams in the IPL and is a regular presence in the Big Bash League too, and will surely know how to adapt himself with every ball of the game.
Jason Holder (West Indies)
The West Indies skipper went unsold in the 2017 edition of the IPL, mainly owing to his high base price, that of INR 1.5 crore. However, he has proven himself in every format of the game. With 638 runs and 61 wickets to his name in 84 T20s, the Barbadian might be the dark horse that all the IPL teams will be searching for in the upcoming season. Furthermore, Holder’s role in helping his country win the 2016 T20 World Cup cannot be undermined, and sides will be eager to avail his services for 2019.