The IPL 2022 Auction had an exciting opening day in Bengaluru, where 74 players from across the world earned contracts from the 10 franchises. Quite a few players went unsold as well, but there were many cricketers who have received mega deals at the mega auctions.
Deepak Chahar and Ishan Kishan became the most expensive picks by the Chennai Super Kings and the Mumbai Indians in their IPL history, while the Rajasthan Royals signed two former RCB superstars Devdutt Padikkal and Yuzvendra Chahal. Speaking of unsold players now, here are five players who surprisingly did not receive a contract on Day 1 of the IPL 2022 Auction.
1. Suresh Raina went unsold at IPL 2022 Auction
Nicknamed Mr. IPL, Suresh Raina did not receive interest from any franchise at the mega auction. Raina is one of the few batters to have scored more than 5,000 runs in the IPL. However, it seems the franchises considered his recent form and decided against bidding for him.
2. Shakib Al Hasan
Many fans consider Shakib Al Hasan as one of the best all-rounders in the business. However, no one raised the peddle when he came to the auction. Perhaps, Bangladesh’s international schedule during IPL season played a role in Shakib going unsold.
3. Amit Mishra went unsold at IPL 2022 Auction
The highest wicket-taker among Indians, Amit Mishra, failed to find a franchise at the mega auction. Since Mishra performed well for DC in IPL 2021, it is likely that one of the teams may sign him at the accelerated auction.
4. Steve Smith
Steve Smith led Rising Pune Supergiant to the IPL 2017 Final. But the IPL franchises were not interested in his services at the mega auction. Like Mishra, he played for DC last year.
5. David Miller
David Miller earned the tag of ‘Killer Miller’ after his top-class performances in IPL. None of the teams raised the peddle for him on Day 1, but he can earn a contract tomorrow.