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IPL 2023: 5 released players who might go unsold in auction

Mohammad Nabi. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

IPL franchises have made their move with the 16th edition of the lucrative T20 tournament in sight. In a bid to revamp their squads, teams have parted ways with players who were not in their plans going forward. Most of the releases were on expected lines but the ouster of marquee players such as Dwayne Bravo and Kane Willamson left the fans in disbelief. 

The released players’ list contains many proven performers of the shortest format and some of them are expected to be in high demand at the IPL 2023 auction. However, there are a few who might not arouse any interest from the franchises and might go unsold at the upcoming auction.

Here are the five released players who might go unsold at the auction:

5. Varun Aaron

Varun Aaron has been around the IPL landscape for over a decade. He rose to prominence in the 2014 season, when he picked 16 wickets in 10 games for Royal Challengers Bangalore at an economy of 8.15. However, barring the seventh edition of the lucrative T20 tournament, the 33-year-old was not set the stage ablaze with his bowling displays.

Gujarat Titans signed the ace pacer at the 2022 mega auction to bolster their seam-bowling arsenal. It was a great opportunity for Aaron to redeem himself but he struggled to put on a show with the ball. Though he took two wickets in as many games, Aaron conceded runs at an economy of 10.40 and was dropped from the side.

The Gujarat franchise decided not to retain Aaron for the next season. Given the right-arm fast bowler has not been consistent in the cash-rich league, it will be tough for him to find buyers at the forthcoming auction and it might not be a surprise if the ace seamer goes unsold at the much-anticipated event scheduled in December.

4. Tim Seifert

Tim Seifert has been a proven performer in the T20 circuit. The 27-year-old has featured in 159 games in the shortest format and aggregated 3143 runs at a strike rate of 125.56. He is someone who can take the attack to the opposition from ball one and Delhi Capitals roped in the wicketkeeper batter for the 2022 season.

With David Warner unavailable for the starting games of the season, Seifert was given a few opportunities to showcase his batting might. However, the Kiwi batter failed to impress with his showings and could manage just 24 runs in two games. Following the mediocre displays, he was sidelined from the team.

DC decided to release the Wanganui-born ahead of the 2023 IPL auction and so, Seifert will go under the hammer at the much-awaited event in December. The New Zealand batter has been far from his best of late. He featured in Caribbean Premier League 2022 and scored 221 runs in 10 games for Trinbago Knight Riders at a poor strike rate of 93.24. Given the swashbuckling batter has been out of form, IPL franchises might not show interest in picking him at the upcoming auction.

3. Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane has been a run-bank in the Indian Premier League. The 34-year-old has been part of the lucrative T20 tournament since its inception in 2008 and has accumulated 4074 runs in 158 games at a strike rate of 120.68, which includes two sensational centuries.

Kolkata Knight Riders acquired the services of the veteran batter at the 2022 mega auction to provide solidity to the top of the order. However, Rahane was not able to perform as per the team’s expectations and could only manage 133 runs in seven games at a strike rate of 103.91. Following his string of under-whelming performances, the KKR think tank did not retain the Indian batter for the upcoming season.

Rahane was a pale shadow of his classic self at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2022. He featured in eight games and could manage just 112 runs at a strike rate of 117.89. Given the Maharastra-born has struggled to find his groove in the T20 circuit, IPL franchises might not raise their paddle for him at the upcoming auction.

2. Chris Jordan

Chris Jordan has made a name for himself for his sensational death-bowling prowess and has been a match-winner for England in the shortest format of the game. He has featured in 84 T20Is and bagged 95 wickets at an economy of 8.72. Also, the 34-year-old is no muck with the bat and has smashed 472 runs at a strike rate of 136.56. 

Chennai Super Kings signed Jordan at the previous IPL auction to address their death-bowling concerns but the England seamer was not able to repay the faith. The Barbados-born played four matches and was able to bag just two wickets leaking runs at an alarming rate of 10.52. Due to Jordan’s mediocre outings, CSK did not retain him for the upcoming season. 

Jordan has been around the IPL circuit since 2016 but the veteran pacer has not been able to stamp his authority on the lucrative T20 tournament yet. Though he has picked 27 scalps in 28 games, he has conceded runs at an economy of 9.32. Given the ace seamer struggled again in the 2022 season, IPL teams might not look to include him in their arsenal for the next season. 

1. Mohammad Nabi

Mohammad Nabi has been a giant of a player in the T20 circuit. He has proven his all-round might in the T20 leagues around the world. The 37-year-old has featured in 355 games and amassed an insane tally of 5203 runs at a strike rate of 137.64. On the bowling front, he has bagged 322 wickets at an economy of 6.99.

Kolkata Knight Riders signed the veteran all-rounder at the 2022 IPL auction to add depth to the side. However, Nabi failed to break into the playing XI and had to warm the bench for the entire season. The Afghanistan cricketer did not fit into KKR’s scheme of things going forward and the franchise released him ahead of the forthcoming auction.

Nabi has not been in the best of touches in the international arena. He has played 18 T20Is this calendar year and has managed 163 runs at a strike rate of 115.60. The Afghan veteran is presently at the twilight of his career and his numbers suggest that he is not at the standard he was at once. Thus, IPL franchises will be hesitant to sign him at IPL 2023 auction. Last year too, only KKR raise the paddle for the ace all-rounder, and this time around he might as well go unsold.

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