The IPL auctions are undoubtedly the most awaited day for every cricketer in the world as it opens up a spectrum of opportunities for many youngsters and veterans alike. We have seen the IPL auctions giving rise to hundreds of ‘Rags to riches’ stories over the years. Uncapped players being bought for Crores of rupees is a usual sight in the auctions nowadays.
However it is also a day of heartbreaks. A huge number of players go Unsold every year in the auctions as well and although they can be brought in by any team later if there is an injury or any other kind of vacancy, they surely do miss the exposure that the IPL auction gives them.
In this article, we will take a look at 5 Indian players who can go Unsold in IPL 2022’s mega auction and thus return home with broken hearts.
5 Indian Players who might go Unsold in IPL 2022’s Mega Auction
1. Hanuma Vihari
It is a well known fact that in a format as intense and fast-paced as T20, Test players are usually not preferred and for very valid reasons. Although there are ample players who are sensational across all formats like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Steve Smith and Kane Williamson, some players’ style aligns more to the longer formats. That is exactly why Hanuma Vihari does not make it to the shortlist of most of the IPL franchises.
Despite doing extremely well in domestic cricket and with the Indian test team, Hanuma Vihari lacks the dynamism and the fire that is required in the Indian Premier League. He was a part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad squad a long back but failed to impress in the chances that he got. He was unsold in IPL 2021’s auction.
2. Cheteshwar Pujara
Yet another Test centric player who is not favoured by the IPL franchises. However, unlike Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara has actually had a decent IPL career. He was a core member of the Kings XI Punjab squad that made it to the finals only to lose against Kolkata Knight Riders and he was a very responsible T20 batsman back then.
However with the Indian national team picking the veteran batsman only for the longest format, he became a Test specialist and lost the vigour in ODI and T20 cricket. After that, he went Unsold in the IPL auctions for many successive years before being bought by CSK in IPL 2021. CSK ended up winning the trophy last season but Pujara did not play even a single match. He is expected to go unsold this year amid so much competition.
3. Rahul Sharma
For the unversed, Rahul Sharma was one of the most dependable spinners during his days at Pune Warriors. The 35 year old has spent his fair share of time in top teams like Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, Pune Warriors and Delhi Capitals. He vanished from the Indian cricketing scenario for a couple years after the demolition of Pune Warriors but he is back again and is trying his best to get back into an IPL franchise.
He is currently a part of the Punjab Team. He was unsold in IPL 2021.
4. Karun Nair
It is really sad to see a player of Karun Nair’s calibre fall down to such lows in his career. The 30 year old never really got his chance to shine after scoring his triple century against England in 2016. A few years ago he was a regular player in the Punjab Kings squad but there too he failed to impress.
After being unsold in the first round of auction last year, he was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders at the base price of 50 lakhs. He did not get any exposure last year and will probably be unsold this year.
5. Varun Aaron
When Varun Aaron first rose to fame during his time at Delhi Daredevils, he was a brilliant fast bowler with a lot of potential. He even got his national team callup but unfortunately he could never really make good use of his talent and in a few years became a mediocre pacer who was nonexistent and unimportant in the Indian cricket scenario.
He was unsold last year and will probably be the same in the Mega auction as well. His last IPL team was Rajasthan Royals.