There has been a lot of chaos and uncertainty about the IPL 2019, with the finer details of the tournament still being undecided.
This has certainly made the task of being a franchisee-ower even more arduous. Sources say the tournament will be shifted to South Africa, yet others say that big names will not be available for the IPL, owing to the 2019 World Cup.
This led to a lot of changing moments in the IPL. While unknown players were bought for huge amounts, major players were left unsold. Here’s taking a look at the unsold 11 of IPL 2019.
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Known for his aggression on the field, whether it be with the bat or behind the wickets, the New Zealander is known for his spectacular knocks. Even after his retirement, he continues to be a favorite in the franchise. However, when playing for Royal Challengers Bangalore last year, he scored a mere 127 runs, and he was unsold this year.
On the field as a replacement for David Warner in Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Englishman scored 148 runs in 6 matches at an average of 24.66. However, he wasn’t retained, as Warner will return next IPL. Furthermore, Hales has also been fighting for a place in the England Cricket Team, as he has been overshadowed by Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy.
The continued omission of Amla comes as a shock to anyone who is a fan of the game. Last seen in the IPL in 2017, the South African has been unlucky in this regard. Despite having scored 577 runs in 16 matches with an average of 44.38 and a strike rate of 141.76 that season, the striker struggles to make a place for himself.
The Indian has been doing fairly well in Test matches and has recently won the Man-of-the-Match award at Adelaide. However, there is a vast difference between Test and T20, and Pujara found himself falling short this time.
The Indian batsman was one of the few capped Indian batsmen who went unsold, with a base price of 50 lakhs. He was exceptional in his stint with Rising Pune Supergiants, which caused Kings XI Punjab to pick him up for 1 crore last year. However, he failed to perform, scoring just 47 runs in 5 matches. This was the major reason that Tiwary went unsold this year.
The wicketkeeper has been disappointing consistently since 2015, failing to contribute for his team, Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was bought by Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018 for 1.4 crores, however, he just played a single match. Having reached the age of 35, Ojha’s career seems over.
The Sri Lankan has been a consistent underperformer in the IPL. This has surely played a huge role in his omission. Furthermore, his unavailability owing to the World Cup and his base price of 2 crores stemmed his position as unsold.
Despite being sold for 7.4 crores last year, Woakes could not do justice to his team, Royal Challengers Bangalore. He took 8 wickets in 5 matches, at an economy rate of 10.36. Moreover, he scored only 17 runs in the tournament. In addition to this, Woakes would not have been available for the IPL anyway, owing to the World Cup.
Holder has played for three IPL teams before and has always been fairly consistent with the bat and ball. Despite this, he failed to find himself any team in the 2019 edition of the IPL.
An exceptional player, not getting Zampa was surely a loss for many franchises. In 11 IPL matches, he has snapped 19 wickets at an economy of 7.55, but his unavailability due to the World Cup could have hindered his purchase.
An experienced player in the tournament, Steyn has played 90 matches in the IPL. He has been in an amazing form, but could not secure a place for himself in any team in the tournament.