Vaughan expressed his bafflement on his official Twitter account following a brilliant performance by England leg-spinner Adil Rashid in the first T20I of the five-match series against India at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday night.
Adil Rashid set the tone for what turned out to be a comfortable eight-wicket win for England.
Bowling in the powerplay, Rashid gave away just seven runs in his two overs besides claiming the prized scalp of Indian skipper Virat Kohli.
Kohli was dismissed for a five-ball duck after he mistimed an attempted cut over mid-off to hit, ending up hitting it straight to Chris Jordan.
Rashid came back in the middle-overs in which he once again proved to be miserly against the likes of Shreyas Iyer and Hardik Pandya. He eventually ended up with figures of 1-14 in three overs.
“How Adil Rashid isn’t one of the first IPL picks is beyond me ….. #INDvENG
How Adil Rashid isn’t one of the first IPL picks is beyond me ….. #INDvENG
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) March 12, 2021
Adil Rashid has been one of the leading white-ball bowlers in the world in the past 4-5 years and certainly one of England’s biggest match-winners with the ball.
Despite his performances at the International level, he has never drawn the attention of IPL franchises in the auction.
And, that is not because there is a question mark on his skill-level. None at all. It is because of the demand-supply dynamics of the auction. With so many quality domestic spinners already at their disposal, the franchises tend to go for seam-bowling all-rounders or out-and-out pacers, which was once again on show in the recent auction. As a result, it wasn’t really a surprise that Rashid went unsold in the 2021 IPL auction.