With the IPL 2019 round the corner, the auction and selection frenzy have already begun. The IPL auction which is scheduled to be hosted in December will see franchise owners battle it out to procure talents and skills. With both domestic and international stars in the lineup to make up the teams, we take a look at the three Indian legends who might not feature in the next season of the mega tournament.
A veteran of 154 IPL matches and 4218 runs, the aggressive and yet passive skipper was a force to reckon with in the IPL. After having led KKR to two victories, GG saw fortunes turn as he found himself back where he started at the Delhi Daredevils camp only to be dropped mid season from captaincy and playing XI. He compiled 85 runs from 5 innings, 55 of which came in one innings. Despite scoring 500+ runs in the Vijay Hazare he was harshly left out of the Duleep Trophy, perhaps a reckoner that the spotlight has moved on from a legend who was once India’s finest left hand batsmen.
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When IPL’s fifth leading wicket taker is sold for his base price of 2 crores, it surely must indicate that time has taken its toll. After a 10 year bond with the MI Paltan Harbhajan Singh saw himself in CSK yellow. Though he seemed to have picked up Tamil, …lots of it, he didn’t pick up as many wickets. With a tally of 7 wickets and an economy of 8.48 the Turbinator did not impress. Furthermore, having bowled only 32 overs in 13 games doesn’t do him any good. With the ever growing pool of spin talents both foreign and local, Harbhajan Singh might have just played his last IPL series.
Yet another Indian legend who was picked up for his base price in the 2018 auctions.Yuvi came out strong making a comeback to the Indian side. However things quickly faded as the runs did not come across formats and series. Kings XI did manage to get back Yuvi largely owing to his brand value but 65 runs from 6 innings with a high score of 20 had severely dented the already damaged Kings XI fabric. The last time he went past 300 runs in a season was way back in 2014. Yuvraj also failed to impress in the domestic circuit making it very difficult for a franchise to put a number on the all rounder in an auction driven by figures and merit of runs. Ask Stuart Broad and he’ll tell you why Yuvi is a total badass and it is no secret that he is a fighter who will not back down, and yet here we are at a point in time when the legend shall offer himself to a team yet again, and perhaps this time, the men in black suits might look away.
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