Top 5 unsold players in IPL 2024 mini-auction

Indian Premier League Auction 2024: Here are the top five unsold players. Surprisingly, these big names failed to attract a bid at the mini-auctions held in Dubai.

Mathew K
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Top Unsold Players (Source: Twitter)

The recent IPL auction showcased the unpredictable nature of team selections, with several established players facing unexpected outcomes based on various factors, ranging from performance history to perceived limitations in their playing styles. Here are the top 5 unsold players in this season’s IPL mini-auction.


Steve Smith

Steve Smith, the former Australian captain, found himself without any takers during the recent IPL auction. Despite his credentials, particularly in the longer formats of the game, Smith's base price of Rs 2 crore proved to be a deterrent for potential teams. While not a standout performer in T20 cricket, the hope was that his association with recent ODI World Cup success might generate interest. However, this expectation fell flat, leaving Smith without an IPL team for the upcoming season.

James Neesham


Similarly, James Neesham, the versatile New Zealand all-rounder, will miss the upcoming IPL edition. Despite being a utility player capable of contributing with both bat and ball, Neesham's inconsistency and frequent team changes in previous seasons likely impacted the lack of interest featured in his services during the auction in Dubai.

Keshav Maharaj

Keshav Maharaj, the South African left-arm spinner, showcased his skills in Indian conditions during the recent World Cup. However, the dynamics of IPL auctions often make franchises cautious about acquiring international spinners, especially those perceived as one-dimensional. Maharaj's limited batting contribution, despite his proficiency with the willow, may have influenced teams to overlook him in the quest for more versatile options.


Jason Holder

Jason Holder, the West Indian all-rounder, experienced a shift in fortune during this auction. Despite having lucrative deals in the past, his limitations, particularly in bowling at the death and a perceived lack of versatility in his batting approach, may have worked against him. This time around, teams seemed more discerning in their choices, impacting Holder's auction outcome.

Dasun Shanaka

Dasun Shanaka, the Sri Lankan finisher, has been a notable presence in T20 cricket in recent years. However, a combination of factors, including an injury during the World Cup and a dip in batting form, led to teams refraining from bidding for the 32-year-old. Shanaka, who was part of the Gujarat Titans in IPL 2023, now faces the challenge of rediscovering his form and securing a spot in future IPL editions.

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