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The Indian Premier League has established itself as the biggest and the richest T20 league in the world. Star players from around the world look forward to being signed by the IPL franchises every year. And this year, the 11th season of the cash-rich Indian T20 league has brought it’s own share of surprises. Let’s take a look at 5 star players who went unsold in the IPL 2018 player auction, which took place in Bengaluru on 26 and 27 January.
5 unsold names at IPL’s player auction of 11th season:
1. Ish Sodhi
One of the bigger shocks in the IPL player auction of the 11th season came when the New Zealand star bowler Ish Sodhi was not picked by any franchise. Sodhi is renowned for his fast bowling prowess in the short-format of cricket, and it was a surprise to see him going usold.
Sodhi, who is currently world’s number 1 T20 bowler according to ICC rankings has taken 29 wickets in 20 T20 Internationals, at an impressive economy of 6.92. However, the 25-year-old Indian origin cricketer’s credentials were not enough to get him an IPL buyer.
2. Lasith Malinga
Sri Lankan pace-bowling legend Lasith Malinga has always been the go-to player in the batsman dominant T20-format Indian league. The Sri Lankan veteran had been playing for the Mumbai Indians since 2009, however, Malinga’s struggling form since his ankle surgery in the 2015 edition seems to have put a dent on his IPL future.
In addition to getting dropped from the Sri Lankan squad for ODI and T20 series in India in last year, Lasith Malinga has also not been able to find himself a buyer in the 2018 IPL auction for the upcoming season.
3. Eoin Morgan
England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan, has earned respect as an inventive and free-stroking middle-order batsman, especially in the shorter formats. Morgan was one of the big buys at the 2010 IPL auction, with the Bangalore Royal Challengers snapping him for his base price for USD 220,000. IPL 2011 proved to be a tad bit better for Morgan as he represented Kolkata Knight Riders, scoring 137 runs in nine innings.
However, this will be first time that Eoin Morgan will go unsold since his entry into the Indian Premier League in 2010.
4. Joe Root
It was the England Test captain’s maiden IPL auction, and contradictory to what was expected, he has remained unsold in the player auction for the 11th season of the cash-rich T20 league. While he’s never been a part of an overseas league, the top-order batsman has played just five T20 Blast matches since 2012.
Earlier this month, the batsman was withdrawn from England’s T20 squad to play the inaugural tri-series against Australia and New Zealand.
5. Hashim Amla
The former South Africa captain, known for his batting prowess, was brought into the Kings XI Punjab squad as a substitute for an injured Shaun Marsh in the 2016 edition. And in the last season of 2017, the cricketer slammed a massive 420 runs in 10 matches, including two centuries and two half-centuries at a strike rate of 141.76