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Why Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan went unsold in the 2017 IPL Auction

Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan went unsold in the 2017 Indian Premier League auction and this was a major surprise for many fans.

ipl 2017 Updated: Mar 27, 2017 18:01 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
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Ishant Sharma, whose base price was Rs 2 crore, went unsold in the 2017 IPL Auction while Irfan Pathan was also left unsold. (Hindustan Times)

When one looks at the 2017 Indian Premier League auction, there were some surprises. England’s Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills were snapped up for record sums of Rs 14.5 crore and Rs 12 crore by Rising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively. Among the Indian players, Karn Sharma was the most expensive pick as he was picked up by Mumbai Indians for Rs 3.2 crore.

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However, two notable players went unsold in the 2017 IPL Auction. They were Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan. Both these players, who were part of the Rising Pune Supergiants franchise in the 2016 IPL, went unsold. The lack of buyers for these two players left many people surprised.

Ishant Sharma the biggest surprise

Ishant Sharma was picked by Rising Pune Supergiants in the 2016 Indian Premier League and he played a couple of games before he was injured. Heading into the 2016 season, he was sidelined by injury and illness and he missed the entire New Zealand series and a major portion of the England series.

He played only one Test against England and one Test against Bangladesh and in both matches he impressed. Although he picked up only three wickets each in both the matches, he bowled with hostility and aggression. In the Hyderabad Test against Bangladesh, he bowled wonderfully with the new ball and the old ball and troubled Bangladesh’s batsmen with reverse swing and bouncers.

However, having played only two matches since October and having a high base price of Rs 2 crore probably went against Ishant. A very high base price for an Indian bowler is pretty rare, considering that no Indian pace bowler is present in the high brackets from Rs 1 crore to 2 crore. The high base price and lack of matches probably went against Ishant in the auction.

Irfan Pathan was plagued with injuries and a loss of form as he went unsold in the 2017 Indian Premier League. (Getty Images)

Irfan Pathan unlucky

Irfan Pathan will consider himself to be unluckiest of the lot. In the 2016 IPL, he played only one game for Rising Pune Supergiants. Following the end of the IPL, Irfan was plagued by injuries and a dip in form with both bat and ball. He impressed in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in which he picked up five wickets in four games at an average of 17.6 and an economy rate of 6.28.

However, with the bat, he managed just 32 runs in four games and this probably went against him, considering that he is an all-rounder. With a base price of Rs 50 lakhs, Irfan could have been picked. However, the combination of injuries, combined with loss of form in the domestic circuit probably influenced the teams and that is the reason he went unsold.