The IPL 2021 auction was a highly exciting event for a lot of reasons. The fans witnessed multiple million-dollar men, a string of domestic cricketers getting bids worth their wait and the fast bowlers and all-rounders being excessively in demand. Thus, most of the players bore their fruit of delivering magnificent performances in the shortest format recently.
Nevertheless, there were a handful of Indian players who the franchises preferred and could have been left out. While such cricketers were undeniably an asset in the past, based on the recent form, the franchise owners had better choices to go after. Having secured their deals already, the teams could only hope that they are worth the amount invested.
IPL 2021 Auction: 5 Indian Players Who Shouldn’t Have Been Picked
Left-arm spinner and lower-order batsman Pawan Negi was the costliest Indian player in the IPL 2016 auction when Delhi Daredevils pouched him for INR 8.5 crores. Pawan Negi surpassed a stalwart like Yuvraj Singh, who fetched seven crores in the bidding event. Nevertheless, Negi had very little to show for it. He played in 11 matches and scored only 119 runs at 29.75.
The franchise might have underutilized him in the bowling department that year as he bowled 1.4 overs but took two wickets in the process. And having played his last IPL game back in 2019, Kolkata Knight Riders’ decision to go for him at INR 50 lakhs (base price) was debatable. The Knight Riders have enough cricketers to cover all their bases. Like in the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2020, Negi might be confined to the bench only.