There may be few unsold players in the upcoming 2021 IPL auctions in February.
On January 20, 2021, all Indian Premier League teams submitted their list of released and retained players ahead of the 2021 auction. Some of the successful players came as a surprise, given the cloud surrounding them leaving the IPL franchise. Plus, some releases raised eyebrows for many fans.
As the IPL The auctions for the 2021 season will take place in February, most franchises could seek players from the new name pool and could also consider released players from other franchises. No doubt that players like Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell will again be bought at high prices.
But, there are obviously few of those released players who might not be on the franchise radar. Players with poor IPL results, poor form, or international commitments, might not be the ones who will not attract many buyers at the auction. Let’s take a look at them-
5 released players likely to be unsold in the 2021 IPL auctions:
1. Nathan Coulter-Nile
It was quite surprising to see Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile not being held back by the Mumbai Indians team ahead of the 2021 IPL auction. While he didn’t have the best of seasons with the ball, he played a key spell in the team’s victory in the final. In addition to this, the Western Australia stimulator is considered to be one of the best in the shortest format.
Its IPL recordings also read well. In 33 games, he’s taken 41 wickets and has a strike rate of 17. However, with all of his bowling experience, pace and quality, there’s a catch. The pacemaker has a long history of injury. Coulter-Nile has missed several series and games, due to injuries. He has had bizarre injuries in the past that have often left him out of the IPL.
Even in the 2020 season, he missed a few matches at the start because he was injured. In 2018, he was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, to retire due to injury. He had fetched a lot of money from the 2020 auctions, but franchises might lack the patience to have a bowler with such a history of injuries.