What surprised you the most in the IPL 2018 auction?

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Mudassir Ali
Feb 22, 2020 04:32 AM 0 Answers
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Mudassir Ali
- Feb 22, 2020 04:32 AM

The most surprising element of this IPL is the list of players who were overlooked at the auction

Hashim Amla – An under-rated batsman because he scores runs consistently at a quick pace without making ‘noise’. Some one should have told the franchises that many of the ODI records held/made by Virat Kohli are being broken by this man.
Shaun Marsh – If we go by IPL statistics, this man holds one of the best batting figures by any foreign batsman. Average of 40 and a strike rate of 130+ in more than 70 matches. What more does a team need from their top order batsmen. Not to forget his recent exploits in the JLT One Day Cup and the Ashes. Plus he can bat anywhere in the top 4.
Joe Root – No one expects any member of the current batting quartet of Root, Kohli, Smith and Williamson to be left out of a global T20 event. However logic failed to make its way to the heads of the team owners and they overlooked not only a spine for their batting order but also a budding captain. At least a team like KKR could have gone for him and added steel to their fragile line up.
Morne Morkel – One of the most feared fast bowlers in the world, his IPL stats also work in his favour. An economy of <8, with the potent threat of bounce, swing and speed, should have been enough to rate him as one of the picks to lead any bowling attack. His stocks in international cricket have definitely not fallen as against some one like Malinga.
Tom Latham - He was the best Kiwi batsman in their recent outing in India. Add to that he can keep wickets and if needed he can float around the batting order as per the team’s needs.
Ish Sodhi - Another Kiwi who has risen through the ranks to #1 in the ICC rankings. Yet, he is ignored. Imran Tahir was treated the same way last time at the auction and was later on drafted in RPS as a replacement. No need to tell how important his quota of 4 overs turned out to be. Also with India winning most of their recent limited over matches on the back of Chahal and Kuldeep, there is a positive fervor for wrist spinners in India. It made no sense to set aside this man.
Rajneesh Gurbani - The man who helped Vidarbha script history was luckless at the auctions. A consistent performer at the domestic level, he deserved to make his IPL debut this year. It seems Ranji Trophy has lost its significance when it comes to IPL selection, otherwise the best swing bowler of the tournament would have found a few takers.

It looks like team owners don’t like to have level headed players who can play proper cricket and still contribute. When they seek a batsman they want a hitter rather than a stroke player (even though both end up scoring at the same pace). And when they seek a bowler, I fail to understand what they really seek. But it is quite certain that at least 3 of them (from the above list) will still end up playing in IPL 2018 as a replacement for some injured player.

Mudassir Ali
- Feb 22, 2020 04:32 AM

Kings XI Punjab become new RCB. They got both openers of them , and top heavy batting with only one good t-20 bowler Andrew Tye. (They tried to buy Chahar and Starc too)
RR become new RPS: Smith, Stokes, Rahane, Unadkat, R.Tripathi, Ankit Sharma. Only 2 thing they missed is Dhoni and spiners RPS had in form of Ashwin , Sundar and Zampa.
Recently concluded Syed Mustaq Ali T-20 Trophy hasn’t much impact on their so called scouts because D.Shorey , M.Lomror , S.Goswami and many others sold for their base price only. They are much more worth than that.
Sometimes it’s now or never lesson to CSK. They let go every player from beginning thinking they will try on next and at last only settled for what’s leftover. They started bidding and left at last for Ashwin , C.Woakes, D’arcy Short ,Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat. Atlast they left with 6Cr those might be used in one of those purchases earlier.
Players like Hashim Amla (He is SA Rahane), L.Simmons, Alax Hales, D.Smith, Zampa, Badree (he took a hat-trick last year), Mclenghan, T.Head, Gurbani going unsold.
Players Luck totally depends upon on which day and at which time he comes up at the auction day 1 or day two which time before lunch or last lunch.
RCB knew that MI is saving RTM card for Krunal Pandya that’s why they raised biddings to reduce purse of MI .
As soon as Mallya goes from RCB so does the Gayle.
Looking at Preity Zinta Going mad after first bid on 27th Jan (S.Dhawan) to last bid on 28th Jan(C.Gayle). If auction continued for few more hours she might bid for Sponsorship Rights from VIVO.

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