Several great players remain unsold during the IPL auctions that make great replacements adding an unexpected twist of events by the end of the season. With Chris Gayle doing an exemplary job in IPL 2011, there is much need for these players to fill in the shoes of the original player who withdraws due to injury or some other reason mid-season. So here’s a list of the few promising players that remained unsold in this year’s IPL auction that could benefit the playing XI as replacements.
- Thisara Perera
Having played with Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rising Pune Supergiants, Mumbai Indians, Kochi Tuskers Kerala, and Kings XI Punjab, the Sri Lankan all-rounder is truly a dark horse with his immense experience in the IPL. The highest wicket-taker in the ODI tri-series (with Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, and Bangladesh), Perera can be of great advantage to any team given his experience on the field.
- Hashim Amla
The South African opener had an outstanding 420 runs at an average of 60 with a strike rate of 145 in IPL 2017, even though his performance in the recent series against India was dismal. Hashim still has proven himself as a quality player of spin and would make an excellent replacement for any team that chooses to engage him as an opener.
- Mitchell McClenaghan
With his brilliant performance with Mumbai Indians in the past seasons, his ability to bowl cutters and change his pace, and his lower-order hitting, Mitchell McClenaghan has proven his worth as a marvelous player time and again. Even though he did not have a great Big Bash League with the Sydney Thunder, there’s no doubt that any team would be lucky to have him in their franchise.
- Joe Root
The English player has a lot to contribute to any team in the T20 format with his phenomenal batting, his skill as an off-spinner and a gun-fielder. Root may turn out to be an excellent IPL player, especially in the Gautam Gambhir mold. With his solid batsman skill, he can be used as the anchor to hold the innings together. The player is, without doubt, one to look out for.
- Unmukt Chand
With a fifty in one of the two innings that he played in the domestic T20 tournament, Unmukt Chand has been compared with Virat Kohli early in his playing years. Even though the player has had less than average performance in IPLs and middling domestic seasons in the past few years, he has still had a good run in the Vijay Hazare Trophy with 316 runs. The teams, although it seems unlikely, may take upon the cricketer thanks to his best domestic season in the past few years.
With an overload of work on the playing XI, it is a matter of necessity that new players be brought in and these five are the crème of the crème in any cricket field.