IPL auctions generally create anticipation every year among the experts and fans. All the franchises try with all their might to bag the right players. Every player tends to get a chance to play in the IPL and prove themselves on such a prestigious stage. Being unsold in the IPL doesn’t mean that it is the end of the scene. Some franchises can gain unsold players as back up players in the middle of the season. Several unsold players got the opportunity to play in the IPL if the signed players withdrew the contract due to some other issues.
In the previous season, some unsold players got the IPL contract in the middle of the season. Some players couldn’t do justice for the opportunity whereas some players got a good reputation as the men with X-factor. Here is the list of unsold players who got the IPL contract in the last moment and proved to be the right ones.
Mitchell Mc Clenaghan handed memorable victories for Mumbai Indians in 2015, and 2017 by picking 18 wickets and 19 wickets from the seasons respectively. But he was left unsold in 2018 since his tag of Rs.1 crore seemed higher for many franchises. But due to injury woes of Jason Behrendorf, he was back into the team and picked 14 wickets from the season. He picked 64 wickets from IPL season and will be a right choice for being retained by the franchise.
This Canarese player was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders as a replacement to Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who made wonders by deliveries at 140kph in ICC U19 World cup. But unfortunately, Kamlesh sustained a foot injury and was out of the team though he got the IPL contract for a whopping sum of Rs.3.2crores. He picked nine wickets from three matches and was ruled out of the team due to injury woes.
Prasidh was brought into the team for a sum of Rs.20lakhs and picked 10 wickets from seven games. He got huge applause from the experts by his performance for Kolkata Knight Riders. He deserves a second chance to play for Kolkata Knight Riders.
He was left unsold in the IPL 2018 despite splendid performances in ICC World T20. He picked 3/14 in four overs to hand his team, New Zealand, a memorable win. His base price in IPL 2018 was Rs.50 lakh. He entered into the team as the replacement for Afghan player Zahir Khan. He represented Vitality Blast, Caribbean Premier League, and Big Bash League in 2018 and made his mark. This Kiwi pacer picked 5 wickets from 6 matches at an impressive economy rate of 5.8 per over. Rajasthan Royals reentered the IPL in 2018 after serving a ban period of 2 years due to spot-fixing scandal and bought Zahir Khan for Rs.60 lakhs and there are chances that the franchise wants to bag this magical player.
He did not get an opportunity to play for Mumbai Indians in the previous season though he earned 21 IPL caps for the team. He entered into the team as a replacement for Pat Cummins in that edition. He picked 100 T20 wickets and he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore and picked 4 wickets in ninth and tenth editions of IPL. He was a versatile speedster and his joining with his another teammate Mitchell McClenaghan for Mumbai Indians will strengthen the bowling attack.
He was the replacement for Kedar Jadhav in the previous edition of IPL for Chennai Super Kings. Kedar Jadhav was one of the reasons for the team’s victory in the inaugural game of IPL 2018 against Mumbai Indians. He scored a quick 24 runs which handed the team the most crucial victory. But he was out of the team due to injury woes. In T20s, Willey scored 2416 runs and picked 158 scalps from 164 games. He picked just two wickets from three games but he will be the perfect replacement for aging players like Shane Watson and Dwayne Bravo.