The much-awaited auction for the 16th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 got concluded on Friday (December 23) in Kochi. The event saw the likes of Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Cameron Green, and Harry Brook receiving huge bids from the franchises. With a total of 87 available spots, the franchises managed to fill 80 of them, with 29 of them being overseas players.
In this auction as well, some prominent foreign players failed to find any bids in the auction. The reason could be the team’s combinations, remaining slots for each category, and the recent form of the players. Here is the best Unsold XI of overseas players after the IPL 2023 auction.
Let us have a look best playing XI of the overseas players who remained unsold in the IPL 2023 auction.
English batter, David Malan did not find any buyer in the IPL 2023 auction. He has been the number-one batsman in the ICC T20 rankings. After making his IPL debut in 2021, the southpaw batter has so far appeared in only one match, but he has performed brilliantly in T20Is. David has scored 1748 runs in 55 matches at an average of 38.84. He has scored 14 half-centuries and 1 century. His highest individual score has been 103 runs.
New Zealand’s star opener, Colin Munro also went unsold in the IPL 2023 auction. He made his debut for Kolkata Knight Riders against Delhi Capitals in the year 2016, while Colin played his last IPL match for Delhi Capitals. His performance in IPL has not been anything special. He has scored 177 runs in 13 matches at an average of 14.75. Apart from this, he has amassed 1724 runs in 65 T20I matches at an average of 31.35 and has taken 4 wickets.
Rassie van der Dussen
South Africa’s star batter, Rassie van der Dussen went unsold in the IPL 2023 auction. Rassie made his IPL debut in the last edition itself. In his first season playing for Rajasthan Royals, he scored only 3 runs in 3 matches. However, in T20Is, he has amassed 1044 runs in 41 matches at an average of 36, including 7 half-centuries. His highest individual score is 94* not out. It is surprising for a player like Rassie not to find a buyer.
The 31-year-old New Zealand star all-rounder went unsold in the IPL 2023 mini-auction. He made his IPL debut earlier this year for Rajasthan Royals. This season he played just a couple of games, in which the right-handed batter scored 17 runs and failed to take a wicket in the tournament. If we look at Mitchell’s T20I career, he has scored 786 runs in 41 matches at an average of almost 26 and has taken 7 wickets.
Australian team’s star all-rounder Travis Head failed to find a buyer in the IPL 2023 auction. He made his IPL debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Mumbai Indians in 2016, while Head played his last IPL match for RCB in 2017 against Delhi Capitals (then – Delhi Daredevils). The southpaw batter has scored 205 runs in 10 IPL matches. At the same time, he has scored 345 runs in 17 T20Is.
Former Afghanistan skipper, Mohammad Nabi also went unsold in the auction. Nabi made his IPL debut in 2017 for Sunrisers Hyderabad. If we look at his IPL career, he has scored 180 runs in 17 matches at an average of 15. At the same time, Nabi took 13 wickets. Talking about the T20I career of the right-handed batter, he has scored 1664 runs in 103 matches at an average of 22 and has taken 84 wickets. The Afghani all-rounder has played for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.
South African team’s star all-rounder Wayne Parnell was not bought by anyone in the mini-auction of IPL 2023. He made his IPL debut in the year 2011 for Pune Warriors. Parnell has played 26 matches in IPL, in which he has taken 26 wickets, while he has scored 63 runs in batting. If we look at the T20I record of the left-arm fast bowler, he has scalped 57 wickets in 53 matches, while scoring 168 runs with the bat.
England team’s star fast bowler Chris Jordan did not find any buyer in the IPL 2023 auction. He made his IPL debut in 2016 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Jordan has taken 27 wickets in 28 games in IPL while scoring 75 runs in batting. If we look at the T20I record, he has taken 95 wickets in 84 games and scored 422 runs with the bat. The yorker specialist has represented 4 teams in the IPL, which include Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Punjab Kings, and Chennai Super Kings.
Mujeeb ur Rehman
Afghanistan team’s star spinner, Mujeeb ur Rehman also remained unsold in this IPL season. He made his IPL debut in 2018 for Punjab Kings (then Kings XI Punjab). Mujeeb has taken 19 wickets in 19 matches in IPL. If we look at his T20I record, then Mujeeb has taken 19 wickets in 19 games. Mujeeb ur Rehman has played for Sunrisers Hyderabad as well.
Bangladesh’s star fast bowler Taskin Ahmed is yet to make his IPL debut. This time also he could not find any buyer. Unfortunately, he will not be seen playing in IPL 2023 as well. Taskin has taken 36 wickets in 46 T20Is. Apart from this, he has the ability to score runs in batting as well. Taskin also performed brilliantly in the ICC T20 World Cup played in Australia this year.
South African team’s star chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi failed to find a buyer in the IPL auction this time. He made his IPL debut in 2016 for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Shamsi has been able to get only 3 wickets in 5 IPL matches, but if we look at his T20I record, he has taken 73 wickets in 59 matches. Not only this, Shamsi has also been the number one bowler in ICC’s T20 bowling rankings. He has also played for Rajasthan Royals.