Mitchell Starc is the biggest name among the list of withdrawn players to miss the IPL 2020 Auction.
The countdown for the IPL 2020 Auction is in its final frontier, and even though the auction isn’t as huge as the mega auction that would happen in 2021, the excitement surrounding event is still multi-fold.
In a recent media statement, IPL announced that 332 players are shortlisted to go under the hammer the coming Thursday in Kolkata. The list of which initially included 971 cricketers from across the globe.
Unfortunately, a few big names will not be a part of IPL 2020. For the skills they possess, fans will miss these players next season. Moreover, had they been present in the auction, the proceedings could have turned more interesting.
On that note, here is the list of three potent withdraw players who could have taken the IPL 2020 Auction by storm.
#3 Yuvraj Singh | India
Yuvraj Singh, one of the best T20 players to have played for India will not be a part of IPL 2020. The all-rounder recently retired from international cricket. With the intention to play foreign leagues, he also chose to retire from IPL at the same time.
Although many feel that Yuvi would have anyways not found a buyer at the upcoming auction, the fact is, Yuvi can still be a match-winner. At 38, Yuvi could have expressed himself on the field. As seen from the recent shift in his attitude on social media, the player’s mindset is different at the moment. His approach is daring, and more towards the positive side.
We have also seen aged players like Shane Watson and Chris Gayle doing wonders when we know they are already past their prime. In the right team, and with the perfect backing, Yuvi could have signed off from IPL on a high in 2020 or more.
#2 Shakib Al Hasan | Bangladesh
Shakib Al Hasan is one of the best all-rounders going around in the world of cricket right now. However, with ICC having suspended him for a year, Sunrisers Hyderabad had to release the Bangladeshi player ahead of the auction.
Let alone his fine batting skills, Shakib is a terrific left-arm spinner; probably the best in the T20 format at the moment. His 4-overs are precious, and can be utilized at any point in the innings.
Coming to his batting abilities, Shakib can easily slot into the No.5 position, and score runs consistently for his team. Moreover, with the wealth of experience he possesses, he is a useful asset to any team. All these attributes would have garnered him a lot of attention at the auction.
As a matter of fact, had Shakib not been suspended, SRH would have surely not let go off the player. But, given the uncertainty among foreign players in IPL, we may have seen Shakib going under the hammer.
#1 Mitchell Starc | Australia
Despite his zenith-time with the ball coinciding with the rise of IPL, it is unfortunate that Mitchell Starc has hardly played in the competition. Although he did feature in two editions, the fans have been left asking for more of the fearsome left-arm pacer in India.
There are many teams that would have looked to sign overseas fast-bowlers at the upcoming Auction. In fact, franchises such as RCB and KXIP have no option but to invest big in the quicks. In such a scenario, it would have been a mouthwatering event to watch teams go hard after Starc at the auction.
Starc is an efficient bowler across the 20 overs. Be it at the start, middle-overs, or at the death, Starc is a terrific bowler at any phase of the innings. Apart from his individual performances, Starc also infuses energy into the entire bowling unit with his enthusiasm. Also, at No.8 or No.9, the player is more than useful with the bat.
While all the fans were eagerly waiting for Mitchell Starc to feature in the auction pool, Starc decided to opt out of the tournament with an intent to be fit and fresh for the World T20 2020.
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