Indian Premier League 2018 Player Auction: Top 5 stars who went unsold on Day 1

Bengaluru: The opening day of the Indian Premier League (IPL ) players auction saw big names  going unsold on the first day of the auction. The Players  who were the mainstays or the marquee signings for teams in previous season saw no bidders . Here’s a look at the biggest losers to come out of the IPL auctions:

Chris Gayle

The West Indian all-rounder played for Kolkata Knight Riders and was an integral part of Royal Challengers Bangalore till last season.

The left-handed powerhouse is the highest scorer in T20s with 11,000 runs in the game. A dip in recent form prompted RCB not to retain one of their star players.

Joe Root

The England skipper who entered the auction for the first time went unsold with no franchises willing to buy the player. Last year Root decided to give the tournament a miss in order to spend some time with his newborn son Alfred.

Earlier this month, the batsman withdrew from England’s T20 squad to play the tri-series against Australia and New Zealand.

Mitchell McClenaghan

The New Zealand left arm seamer was the leading wicket taker for Mumbai last season with 19 wickets from 14 matches. He has so far taken 54 wickets in three seasons (2015,2016,2017) for Mumbai Indians. The Kiwi pacer played a big role in Mumbai Indians winning the IPL crown in 2015 where he picked up 18 wickets in the campaign.

Hashim Amla

The South African opener who played for Kings XI Punjab last season surprisingly did not find any buyers during the auction. The top-order batsman, who had a base price of Rs 1.5 crore was brought in the side last season for injured Shaun Marsh.

Amla played just 10 matches in which he scored 420 runs, which included two centuries and two half-centuries.

Josh Hazelwood

The Australian seam bowler was a part of Mumbai Indians set-up. in the 2015 edition of IPL, Hazlewood was replaced by New Zealand’s Colin Munro, after he decided to pull out.

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