The IPL 2022 auction witnessed intense bidding as teams put together their respective teams to the best of their abilities. Some big names came under the hammer and saw a lot of surprises. Ishan Kishan was the most expensive buy at the 2022 IPL auction, with the Mumbai Indians awarding the goalkeeper battery for a staggering 15.25 kroner. A total of 204 players were sold and Rs 551.70 crore was spent by 10 franchises. However, there are some big names that have failed to find bidders at IPL auctions.
We take a look at the big names unsold at the 2022 IPL auction:
Suresh Raina (base price Rs 2 crore):
Left-handers are fourth on the IPL all-time runners-up list. He played 205 games and hit 5,528 runs with an average of 32.51. Raina is only behind Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in the initial roster and also has better averages than Rohit Sharma and also has a better hit rate than the three above him on the roster.
At 35, Raina still looks in good shape but her base price of Rs 2 crore may have spooked some teams. On top of that, Raina struggled a lot in the 2021 season, hitting just 160 runs in 12 games for a negligible 17.77 average.
Steve Smith (Base price of Rs 2 crore):
Australian running machine surprisingly found no bidder in the 2022 IPL auction. He had a mixed tournament in 2021 while playing for the Delhi Capitals. Smith hit 152 runs in eight games with a 25.33 average and 112.59 batting average.
His overall experience could be useful to some teams, but no one chooses to influence him.
Shakib Al Hasan (Base price of Rs 2 crore):
This volatile Bangladeshi star topped the ICC ODI Universal Player Rankings and is second in the ICC T20I Rankings. However, apart from stick and ball possession, neither team made a bid for Shakib.
His poor form in IPL 2021 might cost him. Shakib, who plays for KKR, conceded just 47 times in eight games and managed to score just four goals.
Adil Rashid (Base price of Rs 2 crore):
The British Legion have shown great control over the years and are currently one of the best players in the shortest game format. Adil Rashid was third in the ICC T20I rankings, but that fact became numb when the franchisee decided to give him Serenity.
Imran Tahir (Base price of Rs 2 crore):
The South African veteran is now 42 and his base price Rs 2 crore may be the reason he failed to find a buyer at auction. Even last year, Tahir had the chance to play just one game for Chennai Super Kings where he scored two goals with an economic chance of 4.
Aaron Finch (Base price of Rs 1.50 crore):
The white-headed Aussie captain showed lightning-quick talent in the IPL but has consistently fallen short. Finch has played for RCB in 2020 where he did quite well - scoring 268 runs in 12 games but was released ahead of the 2021 IPL auction where he went unsold.
Dawid Malan (Base price of Rs 1.50 crore):
The Englishman is the best ram on the T20I according to ICC ratings but lately it has been steadily declining. He is currently ranked 5th in the ICC T20I rankings and has failed to live up to his high standards in the past.
He had joined Punjab Kings last season amid much fanfare but got to play a solitary game in which he had scored 26 runs.
Eoin Morgan (Base price of Rs 1.50 crore):
England whiteball captain led Kolkata Knight Riders to the IPL 2021 final where they lost to Chennai Super Kings. Despite KKR's superb finish, Morgan is having a bad time with his own racket.
Left-handed just 133 runs in 17 games for an 11.08 average. His struggles in 2021 will most likely make the team decide not to buy him despite his clear leadership abilities.
Chris Lynn (Base price of Rs 1.50 crore):
One of Australia's most brutal forwards, Lynn failed to replicate her BBL success in the IPL. He was acquired by Indian Mumbai for a base price of Rs 2 crore ahead of the 2021 IPL season but only has to play one game.
However, he did impress with 49 runs in a row with a score of 140. Of course, one team could have taken a chance and installed an explosive battery of extra class, but not for the Aussie.
Tabraiz Shamsi (Base price of Rs 1 crore):
The South African spinner showed his ability in ODI against India. In the T20I format, Shamsi was the second seeded bowler, but despite his strength, the team surprisingly showed no interest in him.