The IPL 2024 auction in Dubai was filled with excitement, drama, and, of course, a fair share of disappointments. While some players celebrated their lucrative deals, others found themselves on the sidelines with no takers. Here’s a closer look at the top five unsold players who faced the harsh reality of rejection during the auction.
The former Australian captain, known for his classical style, failed to attract any bidders. Despite his recent World Cup triumph, Smith’s base price of Rs 2 crore proved too steep for teams to take a gamble on him in the fast-paced world of T20 cricket.
The versatile Kiwi all-rounder, James Neesham, who has hopped across multiple IPL teams, found no favor this time around. Despite his utility skills, Neesham’s inconsistent performances in the IPL made teams reluctant to secure him for the upcoming edition.
The South African left-arm spinner showcased his talent in Indian conditions during the World Cup but failed to secure an IPL spot. Teams hesitated, wary of one-dimensional international spinners, despite Maharaj’s ability with the bat not being fully utilized.
The West Indian all-rounder, a regular in the previous seasons, faced rejection this time. His limitations in death bowling and struggles to showcase different batting gears led teams to look elsewhere for their squad requirements.
Despite being a prominent finisher in T20 cricket, the Sri Lankan found no takers in IPL 2024. A combination of injury and a loss of batting form after the World Cup made franchises hesitant to bid for the 32-year-old.
These unsold players, once stars in the league, now face the challenge of redemption as they watch from the sidelines, eager for an opportunity to prove their worth in the cricketing arena.