IPL 2021 auction takes a countdown and it will be revealed soon which cricketer will make their way into a new franchise. More than 1000 players applied for the auctions out of which BCCI shortlisted 292 in the end. 164 Indian players are part of the final list, along with 128 foreign players. A lot of popular names like Cheteshwar Pujara, Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Shaun Marsh, Corey Anderson, Carlos Brathwaite are part of the auction.
IPL has become one of the most noteworthy and celebrated domestic cricket tournaments due to its massive viewership. Almost every global cricketer wants to be part of the IPL tournaments due to its massive fan following and surplus earnings.
However, in IPL 2021, there are few cricketers who escaped being part of the 14th edition of the domestic cricket tournament.
IPL 2021 Auction: 5 Grand Names Who Did Not Register Themselves
English skipper Joe Root has decided to shy away from the IPL 2021 auction. With an experience of 139 ODIs and 32 T20Is so far, Joe Root has played a lot of cricket in the limited-overs format. However, he has not been part of a single IPL tournament so far, which is surprising.
With 5962 and 893 runs in ODIs and T20Is respectively, Root has 50+ and 35+ average in both formats. These are very great figures to look upon. It looks like Joe Root currently has no plans to become a part of the Indian Premier League.
Mitchell Start is another popular name who did not register himself for IPL 2021 auction. The Australia pacer played for Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2014 to 2016. With his dangerous yorkers and speed, he has managed to trouble batsmen in international cricket.
He became a key bowler for RCB in IPL 2015 edition, taking 20 wickets in 13 matches. He moved outside of RCB in 2017 to focus on an international career. In IPL 2018, the left-arm bowler was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs. 9.4 crore. But he was ruled out of the season due to injury.
Post the tournament, KKR released Mitchell Starc out of the squad. Speedster Starc has kept himself away from participating in the IPL tournaments since that time.
James Pattinson is an Australia pacer who made his debut in IPL 2020. The right-arm pacer played for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2020 and showcased a decent performance with 11 wickets in 10 matches. The 30-year-old Pattinson has great ability with his pace. Mumbai Indians released him ahead of IPL 2021 auctions. James Pattinson was expected to register his name for IPL 2021 auction, however, he chose otherwise.
Tom Banton made his debut in IPL 2020 playing for Kolkata Knight Riders. The English batsman played only 2 matches last season scoring 18 runs. Although Banton made his international debut in November 2019, he is quite active in domestic leagues.
He represents England county team Somerset since 2017 and plays for Brisbane Heat in Big Bash League. He also played for Peshawar Zalmi in Pakistan Super League in 2020. After being released by KKR, the 22-year-old youngster did not register himself for IPL 2021 auction.
Mushfiqur Rahim is another grand name who wished to move away from IPL 2021 auction. The 33-year-old Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman plays actively in Bangladesh Premier League – Bangladesh’s domestic T20 tournament.
He registered himself in IPL 2020 auction at a base price of 75 lakh but went unsold. This might be the reason why the experienced Bangladesh cricketer did not register for IPL 2021 auction. Hence, he will not be able to make a debut in the Indian Premier League in 2021 as well.