IPL 2022 Auction: 3 Indians with ₹50 lakh base price likely to go unsold

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the players that will be auctioned off in the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) mega auction in 2022. The auction, which will take place over two days in Bengaluru on February 12 and 13, will include 590 players.

There are 228 capped cricketers among the 590 individuals who have registered for the auction, 355 uncapped players, and seven players from Associate Nations. At the highest base price of 2 crores, 48 cricketers have registered their names. Furthermore, 20 players have set a reserve price of 1.5 crores, while 34 have set a reserve price of 1 crore.

The mega auction, which will involve ten teams, will feature 370 Indian cricketers and 220 abroad players.

IPL 2022 Auction: 3 Indians who might find no takers?

A lot of cricketers have established a basic price of 50 lakh as their starting point. We look at three Indian players in the mentioned category who are likely to go unsold in this segment.

Cheteshwar Pujara

India’s no.3 test Cheteshwar Pujara hasn’t played in the Indian Premier League since 2014 when he was a member of the Punjab Kings (PBKS). For a few seasons, he was unable to find a buyer. He acknowledged his desire to participate in the T20 league ahead of the 2021 auction and showed confidence in his ability to succeed if given the chance. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) eventually chose him at his basic price of 50 lakh rupees. Despite the fact that the team went on to win its fourth championship, Pujara did not appear in a single game.

If he had performed well in Test cricket, he could have had a chance to be selected this season. His form, though, has deteriorated dramatically in the previous two years. In the last two years, the right-hander hasn’t made a century in a Test match.

Pujara’s T20 record is also not promising. He has 1356 runs at a strike rate of 109.35 in 64 matches. He doesn’t have a fantastic record in the IPL either.

Hanuma Vihari

Hanuma Vihari, 28, debuted in the Indian Premier League in 2013. In the T20 league, though, he has not been a constant presence. He has only played in the IPL for three seasons and has only 24 games under his belt. Vihari has a total of 284 runs and a solitary wicket in these three matches.

In the 2013 season, the batting all-rounder played 17 of his 24 matches for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). He didn’t have a particularly good season, scoring 241 runs with an 86.69 strike rate. Vihari appeared in the IPL in 2015 and 2019 but only appeared in five and two games, respectively. Since then, he hasn’t played in the T20 league.

Murali Vijay

Murali Vijay, the former CSK opener, was one of the tournament’s most deadly hitters. In the competition, he has played 106 games and scored 2619 runs at a strike rate of 121.87 with two hundred and 13 fifties. During the 2010 edition, he smashed an incredible 127 off 56 balls for CSK against Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Vijay continued his outstanding performance in the 2011 IPL, winning the Player of the Final award after smashing 95 off 52 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). This was the opening batter’s second century of the 2012 season, this time against the Delhi Capitals. Vijay smashed his way to 113 runs in just 58 balls.