The ‘riches to rags’ story of IPL stars left unsold


Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills are cock a hoop after IPL franchisees valued them beyond many expectations. But there are several examples of stars who did not find favour with the teams.

Ishant Sharma’s Rs 2 crore base price was perhaps too high for the franchisees as he went unsold. Sharma was part of Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) last and was sold for a hefty Rs 3.8 crore ($558,000).

Irfan Pathan, who spearheaded India’s bowling attack once, did not find any takers for his Rs 50 lakh ($74,000) tag. He has played for five different teams during the nine editions of IPL.

Thisara Perera’s name had no takers even at the base price of Rs 50 lakh ($74,000). Last year, RPS had paid Rs 1 crore ($147,000) for the star. He has played for six teams across the nine years at IPL.

Left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha’s fate was no different. As the auctioneer announced the base price of Rs 30 lakh ($44,100) against his name, there was silence.

There were more unsold players during the first half of the auction. But before the auction ended, Darren Sammy, Munaf Patel, Darren Bravo, Manoj Tiwary and a few others were finally picked up.

Cheteshwar Pujara’s story continues to disappoint and teams continue to ignore his batting talent. The eight clubs perceive him as unfit for the shortest version of the game. He has played only six ODIs.