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Shocking! The ‘star-studded’ XI who remained unsold in the auction

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Internet Desk: During the two days auction on January 27 and 28 which was held in Bengaluru the cricket fraternity saw some predictable as well as unpredictable price hikes. At the same time, there were some names in this season as well, who remained unsold by taking everyone into surprise at the end of the auction. Here will chose a playing XI who should get a team in this season.

Hashim Amla: In IPL 2017, this star Proteas batsman played 10 matches for Kings XI Punjab where he scored 420 runs and beside that he also hit 2 centuries with a high score of 104* which proves his destructive ability in the limited overs format. But shockingly this star batsman didn’t get any team in this season.

Joe Root:  The current England cricket team captain has a rich reputation in T20I cricket. He has represented his nation in 25 T20I matches till now where he scored 743 runs with an average of 39.10. His highest score is 90* and he has four half centuries with a good strike rate of 128.76 under his belt. But despite having all these stats all the eight franchises didn’t show any interest to buy a classy player like him which is bad for cricket.

Corey Anderson: His ability to hit the ball was proved to everyone when he broke the record of Shahid Afridi by scoring the fastest hundred in 36 balls against West Indies back in 2014, later Mr.360* AB de Villiers broke the record against the same team in 31 deliveries. Anderson played in 3 seasons for Mumbai Indians but his performance was not upto the mark. In the last season too he failed to deliver anything and his average was just 20.28. That could be the reason why none of the franchises showed their interest of buying him.

Angelo Mathews: The veteran Sri Lankan all-rounder also not been picked by any franchise this season only because he is very much injury prone. In the last season he only played 3 matches for Delhi Daredevils as he was yet to recover from his hamstring injury.

Shaun Marsh: The star Aussie batsman was regular in IPL in last 5 seasons but his graph was going down all the time in this period. In the last season he played 9 matches for Kings XI Punjab and scored 264 runs with an average of 33. As per sources this was the main reason that no franchise showed their interest to get him in the side.

Lendl Simmons: Simmons came under limelight after he became the third highest run getter in the IPL 2015. Simmons had a consistent run in the eighth season, registering six half centuries in 13 games. In the 2015 IPL final, he top scored with 68 from 45 balls which helped Mumbai Indians post a total in excess of 200. He also single handedly took the Windies in the final of the 2016 ICC World T20I where he played a knock of 82 runs against India. In the last season he played 7 matches for the defending champions where he scored just 137 runs with an average of 39.96. Despite having all these records under his belt no team did pick him in the squad.

Irfan Pathan: The veteran all-rounder was unsold in 2017 IPL auction but later has been brought in as a replacement for Dwayne Bravo by Gujarat Lions for their remaining seven matches. In this season he again remained unsold, now it should be interesting whether any franchise pick him again just like the last season.

Rajat Bhatia: He played a major role with both bat and ball, back in 2012 to help Kolkata Knight Riders to win their maiden title, but after 2014 his graph as a bowler as well as batsman has gone down a lot. He played just 3 matches for Gujarat Lions last season, but due to his poor show the team didn’t use him in all the matches.

Lasith Malinga: After missing IPL 2008 due to a knee injury, he was at his devastating best in IPL 2009. In IPL 2010, he carried the Mumbai Indians to the final. He won the Purple Cap (awarded to the leading wicket-taker in the league stage of every season) in IPL 2011. Little wonder that MI retained their most prized weapon ahead of the 2014 auction. He was slow to get off the blocks in 2015, but once he hit his straps there was no looking back. In the last season he took 11 wickets for Mumbai Indians in 12 matches but after that he didn’t play that much after that and was irregular in the Sri Lankan line-up as well. This might be the reason that none of the eight teams went for him this season.

Mitchell McClenaghan: McClenaghan played a big role in Mumbai Indians winning the IPL crown in 2015. With Corey Anderson ruled out, MI were severely crippled, but McClenaghan surprised many when he instantly stepped up to the task. He took 19 wickets in last season which was one of the key reasons of Mumbai Indians winning the cup, but surprisingly none of the franchise showed their interest to buy him.

Ishant Sharma: Ishant made a come-back in the Indian team during the Test series between India and South Africa. In his return the lanky pacer bowled pretty well as he picked 8 wickets in last two test matches, but despite his good show on the Proteas soil the franchises didn’t show any interest to buy him this season.

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