IPL Auction 2019: Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson and other overseas stars who may not attract any bids

  • Rohit Sankar
  • December 20th, 2018
  • 15:14:48 IST

While T20 leagues keep cropping up in every other country each year, the Indian Premier League (IPL) remains the most watched, most adored league in world cricket and even though the next season is still some time away, the much awaited foreword, the gala, fun, engaging player auction is just around the corner.

Even as 346 players are set to go under the hammer on 18 December at Jaipur, there are only 70 slots to be filled and it is likely that franchises will be conservative in their approach, which could result in some big overseas stars going unsold.

Here we put together a list of five such players who might invite no bidders at the auctions this year:

Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)

File image of Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews. AFP

File image of Sri Lanka all-rounder Angelo Mathews. AFP

Base price: Rs 2 crore

There are several factors that peg back Angelo Mathews’ chances in this year’s IPL auction, primary among being his insane base price. The all-rounder (now mostly a batsman) had gone unsold in the 2018 auctions and had a mediocre year in 2017 for Delhi Daredevils (now, Delhi Capitals), playing just three matches.

His current form isn’t very promising either, and Sri Lanka have started looking past Mathews in their limited-overs setup which are signs that franchises would surely use to not dish out Rs 2 crore for him. With the Sri Lankan well past his prime and not really a massive hitter of the ball, his chances of getting a suitor could have been higher had he lowered his base price.

Form in 2018 T20s: Mat – 3, Runs 58, Avg – 19.33, SR – 107.41

Overall T20 record: Mat -153, Runs – 2435, Avg – 25.36, SR – 120.48

IPL record: Mat – 49, Runs – 724, Avg – 23.35, SR – 125.91

Corey Anderson (New Zealand)

Base price: Rs 2 crore

Once a much sought after player due to his big-hitting skills and bowling variations, Anderson’s stocks have fallen over the years after dismal performances across formats. Viewed as a superb finisher who could clear the ropes at will — a record 36-ball ton in an ODI against West Indies in 2014 enhancing his reputation — Anderson was an elite pick franchises waited for at the auctions. This is no longer the case given his diminishing numbers.

Injury concerns have further affected Anderson’s chances and after a deplorable season at Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) earlier this year, Anderson is unlikely to win any bidders at a base price of Rs 2 crore. His record in the IPL isn’t too promising either and it would be shocking if a franchise decides to shell out that much money for Anderson.

Form in 2018 T20s: Mat -25, Runs- 622, Avg – 32.74, SR- 158.27, Wkts – 5, Eco – 11.16

Overall T20 record: Mat – 123, Runs – 2380, Avg – 28.00, SR – 143.11, Wkts – 31, Eco – 9.20

IPL record: Mat – 31, Runs – 538, Avg – 24.45, SR – 127.19, Wkts – 11, Eco – 10.46

Dale Steyn (South Africa)

Base price: Rs 1.5 crore

There is little to doubt in the Phalaborwa Express’ ability to hit top form after returning from an injury and he showed as much in his recent exploits for the Proteas across formats. What works against Steyn this time, though, is that franchises could be hesitant to pick him given that Cricket South Africa (CSA) will want their premier fast bowler fit and firing before the World Cup which is set to take place shortly after the IPL.

Steyn might be withdrawn in the latter half of the tournament which could seriously cripple the franchise’s chances to bring in the best available replacement given that the auction could see some of them being sold to other franchises.

Form in 2018 T20s: Mat – 12, Wkts – 15, Eco – 6.94

Overall T20 record: Mat – 195, Wkts – 222, Avg – 21.76, Eco – 6.68

IPL record: Mat – 90, Wkts – 92, Avg – 25.06, Eco – 6.72

Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka)

Base price: Rs 2 crore

The Sri Lankan quick bowler, a core Mumbai Indians player until 2017, had been the franchise’s bowling mentor in 2018. Malinga’s constant trysts with injuries and lack of form had worked against the pacer and he was unsold in 2018, post which he became the bowling mentor for Mumbai Indians. Malinga made a roaring return to the Sri Lankan side in the Asia Cup earlier this year and has appeared fitter and threatening since then which might have prompted him to put his hat back in the auction pool.

With possibilities of the IPL being staged in South Africa or UAE, Malinga’s wealth of experience, aside from his death bowling and variations, could have been an indispensable skill. However, a few factors affect his chances this time. At a base price of Rs 2 crore, the only franchise likely to be interested in him are Mumbai Indians, who love backing their core group and Malinga was a dutiful servant for nearly a decade. But Sri Lanka will have Malinga in their World Cup plans and may not want to risk him in the latter half of the tournament which is incredibly close to the World Cup. At a lower base price, Malinga might have attracted more bidders for his experience, which could have come handy in the league stages at least.

Form in 2018 T20s: Mat – 15, Wkts – 22, Eco – 7.52

Overall T20 record: Mat – 260, Wkts- 350, Avg – 19.00, Eco – 6.94

IPL record: Mat – 110, Wkts – 154, Eco – 6.87

Jonny Bairstow (England)

Base price: Rs 1.5 crore

Bairstow set the social media abuzz when he lambasted a 24-ball 84 in the T10 league for Kerala Knights against Bengal Tigers. Known more for his Test exploits, Bairstow had made a seamless transition to England’s limited-overs setup in 2017, and is now an indispensable player for England in all formats. A wicket-keeper batsman and an opening batsman in this format, Bairstow is as enticing an option as it comes.

Franchises would have gone after Bairstow for multiple times his base price but with the World Cup soon after the IPL and England Cricket Board’s (ECB) apprehensions on keeping him fit, Bairstow could be withdrawn later in the tournament, which could hamper the planning of whichever team that picks him. This pegs back his chances of finding takers in this auction despite a stupendous year across formats for England.

Form in 2018 T20s: Mat – 4, Runs- 67, Avg – 22.33, SR – 163.41

Overall T20 record: Mat – 92, Runs – 1647, Avg – 24.95, SR – 126.79

IPL record: NA

Updated Date: December 20, 2018 15:14:48 IST

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