The mega IPL 2020 auction which was held in Kolkata had its moments. It was an absolute peach of an event where all the eight competitive Indian Premier League franchises brought the best players during intense bidding wars. Pat Cummins stole the show as he became the most expensive signing in this year’s auction. He was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping price tag of INR 15.5 crores.
Glenn Maxwell was the second expensive player as he was drafted in by Kings XI Punjab for INR 10.75 crores. It was a shocker when premium fast bowler Dale Steyn went unsold in the initial rounds of the auction. He set his base price at INR 2 crores but no franchise showed interest in him at the start. However, Royal Challengers Bangalore racked him up in the later stages of the auction by drafting him in their squad for the upcoming IPL.
On the other hand, it is never a good story to write about when big players go unsold in the IPL auction. There were significant players who failed to inspire the bidders in the initial and final stages of the marquee event.
Let’s take a look at the five big players who went unsold in IPL 2020 Auction.
1. Mustafizur Rahman
Mustafizur Rahman who set his base price at INR 1 crore went unsold in the auction. The specialist left-arm fast-medium bowler hit the peak performance at the beginning of his international career by bowling off cutters. In the 2016 Indian Premier League auction, Rahman was drafted by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
He justified his signing right by taking 17 wickets in 16 matches in the tournament where he helped his team win the title. He was also named as “Emerging Player of the Tournament” and in fact, he was the first overseas player to receive this award. In January 2018, he was drafted in by the Mumbai Indians in the 2018 IPL auction. He didn’t get many chances as he played only a handful of matches.
Having played 7 games, he took 7 wickets. He was not part of the previous auction as Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) refused to grant him No Objection Certificate (NOC) for the lucrative tournament. The board also denied his permission to take part in foreign T20 leagues considering his fitness for the 2019 World Cup.