When one looks at the 2017 Indian Premier League auction, there were some surprises. England’s Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills were snapped up for record sums of Rs 14.5 crore and Rs 12 crore by Rising Pune Supergiants and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively. Among the Indian players, Karn Sharma was the most expensive pick as he was picked up by Mumbai Indians for Rs 3.2 crore.
However, two notable players went unsold in the 2017 IPL Auction. They were Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan. Both these players, who were part of the Rising Pune Supergiants franchise in the 2016 IPL, went unsold. The lack of buyers for these two players left many people surprised.
Ishant Sharma was picked by Rising Pune Supergiants in the 2016 Indian Premier League and he played a couple of games before he was injured. Heading into the 2016 season, he was sidelined by injury and illness and he missed the entire New Zealand series and a major portion of the England series.
He played only one Test against England and one Test against Bangladesh and in both matches he impressed. Although he picked up only three wickets each in both the matches, he bowled with hostility and aggression. In the Hyderabad Test against Bangladesh, he bowled wonderfully with the new ball and the old ball and troubled Bangladesh’s batsmen with reverse swing and bouncers.