The recently concluded IPL 2024 auction witnessed numerous foreign players securing lucrative deals with various teams. However, amidst this influx of talent, there were a few notable cricketers who surprisingly failed to attract any bidders. Let’s delve into the details and explore the unfortunate fate of these seven overseas players in the IPL 2024 auction.
Josh Inglis (Australia)
In a shocking turn of events, Josh Inglis, an Australian batsman, remained unsold in the IPL 2024 auction. Despite playing a pivotal role in Australia’s successful campaign and even scoring a century against India shortly after the World Cup, he failed to capture the attention of any team. With an impressive T20 career boasting 2,687 runs at an average of 31.61 and a strike rate of 148.78, Inglis could have been an ideal fit for teams in search of a talented wicketkeeper-batsman.
Steven Smith’s (Australia)
Test specialist Steven Smith, who has previously found success in the IPL, failed to secure a team this time around. Despite his encouraging T20 track record, Smith was left unsold in the auction. With 5,282 runs in 214 T20 innings at an average of 31.25 and a strike rate of 127.73, Smith’s all-round abilities could have proven invaluable as a backup opener or middle-order batsman.
Phil Salt’s (England)
With a surprising decision, the Delhi Capitals (DC) removed Phil Salt from their squad prior to the IPL 2024 auction. Even more shocking was Salt’s subsequent failure to attract any bidders during the main event. Known for his explosive batting skills and recent back-to-back centuries against the West Indies, Salt’s exclusion was a missed opportunity for teams in need of a dynamic wicketkeeper-batsman.
Colin Munro’s (New Zealand)
Colin Munro, a New Zealand cricketer, was another unfortunate casualty of the IPL 2024 auction. Currently enjoying his best phase as a T20 batsman, Munro’s consistent performances should have garnered interest from IPL franchises. With an impressive record of 10,379 runs, including 61 fifties and five centuries, at an average of 30.79 and a strike rate of 142.19, Munro’s absence was a blow to potential teams in search of a dynamic opening batsman.
Rassie van der Dussen’s (South Africa)
South African batsman Rassie van der Dussen, renowned for his ability to build innings at a steady pace, failed to attract any buyers in the IPL 2024 auction. With previous experience playing for the Rajasthan Royals (RR), van der Dussen’s proficiency against spin and ability to perform well on slower tracks could have made him an ideal backup player for many teams.
Michael Bracewell’s (New Zealand)
All-rounder Michael Bracewell, known for his excellent batting skills and useful off-spin bowling, unfortunately faced limited demand in the auction due to concerns over his fitness. Previously associated with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Bracewell’s potential impact could have been immense given his well-rounded abilities had he been fully fit.
Kyle Jamieson’s (New Zealand)
Talented paceman Kyle Jamieson, with a history of injuries, endured another setback as he went unsold in the IPL 2024 auction. Although primarily a Test specialist, Jamieson’s prowess in T20 cricket cannot be understated, especially if he maintains his fitness. His inclusion as a powerplay specialist and reliable middle-overs bowler would have been valuable to any team.
While the IPL 2024 auction brought forth numerous lucrative deals for foreign players, it spelled disappointment for some exceptionally talented cricketers. The absence of Josh Inglis, Steven Smith, Phil Salt, Colin Munro, Rassie van der Dussen, Michael Bracewell, and Kyle Jamieson from the IPL 2024 saw the league miss out on their skills and expertise.