The 2017 Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction gave plenty of surprises. Where uncapped players got sold at extremely high prices, there were a few Indian stars who failed to attract any buyer. One of the most prominent of them was fast bowler Ishant Sharma.
With the base price of INR 2 crores, the 28 year-old went unsold in both the rounds and left his fans disappointed. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) picked an uncapped player, Varun Aaron, who was out of the Indian Team for a while, for a whopping INR 2.8 crores, though, his base price was INR 30 lakhs.
According to the source, Ishant’s high base price is the reason behind him going unsold at the IPL 2017 auction.
Ishant Sharma shouldn’t have kept his base price at INR 2 crores. Firstly, he doesn’t play for India in T20s and (is) not considered a white ball bowler. He is only playing Test cricket. Ideally, he should have shed his ego and kept his base price in the range of INR 30 lakhs. Varun Aaron gained just because of that even though Ishant probably has more quality.
Red-ball specialist, Ishant Sharma, has been a part of Kolkata Knightriders (KKR), Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) across several IPL seasons. But, failed to make it for IPL 10 edition.
Ishant’s performance in the last IPL season was not up to the mark as well. The tall pacer played just four games and conceded a combined 148 runs for just 3 wickets. He even had to struggle death overs as his favored length didn’t meet the demands of T20 cricket.
Even Kolkata Knight Riders captain and former national teammate, Gautam Gambhir, was surprised with Ishant Sharma’s base price. He felt it was too high.
If we look at the bidding overall, players like Aniket Choudhary, Mohammed Siraj and Thangarasu Natarajan got sold at really high prices after setting low base prices.
Ishant Sharma’s high base price made got him neglected at IPL 2017 auction just like many other players present at the auction. Going by the IPL auctions’ history, keeping the base price low is the best way to attract bidders and start a bidding war between them.