Top 5 blunders in IPL auction
The IPL auction is one of the important events in the cricketing calendar. It makes or breaks a player's career and the IPL team for that particular season.
A lot of times where the decision made at the time of or during the auction by the team management play a crucial role in their team going the distance in the tournament. After all, IPL franchises drop incredible amounts of money, and time in an open environment with fellow teams on some of the world's best cricketers, and needless to say, they arrive at their tables after thoroughly conducting their research before the time of the auction.
However, despite all the research, and the scouting, sometimes franchises do end up making a mockery of themselves by investing on players who end up disappointments, and look like blunders right from the start of the tournament, and there are a few occurrences where teams don't use the players wisely despite going too hard on them at the auction
With the IPL auctions are not too far, we will look at the five auction blunders that have taken place in the IPL till date.
#5 Jaydev Unadkat to Rajasthan Royals for 11.5 crores (2018)
After ending as the highest wicket taker of the Rising Pune Supergiants franchise in the IPL season 10, Jaydev Unadkat was expected to go for big bucks at the IPL Auction. The thing which was not expected was the price at which he was bought for by the Jaipur based franchise.
He was bought for a whopping Rs 11.5 crores by the franchise. His jaw-dropping claim by the RR was even more than the likes of well established Mitchell Starc, Andrew Tye among others.
But after just an ordinary season where he could pick only 11 wickets in 15 games at a higher economy of more than 9, he was released ahead of the 2019 edition.