IPL 2022: Three Indian team players who may go unsold in the mega auction

It’s only a few days until IPL franchises compete in the upcoming mega auction on February 12th and 13th, 2022. All of the franchises will be hoping to add quality players to their rosters who can help them win the championship. The existing franchises have retained a few players for the upcoming 15th edition of the Indian Premier League, while the new teams, Lucknow and Ahemdabad, have confirmed their picks from the first draught.

The teams will be looking forward to building a strong team with 590 players all set to go under the hammer this time, with the highest base price category being that of 2 Crore – set by 48 players from around the world. Teams will, however, keep an eye on players whose base price is a little high but who haven’t performed well recently.

 

Murali Vijay

Murali Vijay was one of the most graceful cricket ball hitters at his peak. In 106 matches, he has scored 2619 runs at a strike rate of 121.87, with two centuries and 13 fifties to his name. In 2014 and 2015, he had a good season, scoring 453 runs in 14 games and hitting five home runs.

However, Vijay’s fortunes have plummeted since then. In 2018, he appeared in one game, two in 2019, and three in 2020. In recent years, he has appeared completely out of place. He did not play in the 2021 edition, and it appears unlikely that the 37-year-old will be able to add to his IPL tally in the future.

Kedar Jadhav

Kedar Jadhav was once considered to be the solution to India’s batting issues in the middle order. However, post the 2019 World Cup, he could not live up to his name and eventually fell out of the reckoning for the national side. Jadhav has played for 5 franchises in the IPL.

His 2017 campaign with the Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise has been his best to date, where he had scored 267 runs in 13 matches, at a strike rate of 143.54. However, in the next four years, he played 29 matches and scored only 303 runs at a disappointing strike rate of 101.15 for a middle-order finisher.

Ishant Sharman

In his 13-year IPL career, Ishant Sharma has represented six different franchises. He is ranked 38th in the league for most wickets, having taken 73 wickets at an economy of 8.09, with his best figures being 5/12.

Since 2018, Sharma has been a member of the Delhi Capitals. However, given his injury concerns, as well as his base price and inconsistency in playing for the national team, it will be interesting to see if clubs bid for the 33-year-old.

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