The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been the platform for a lot of aspiring cricketers to build their careers, from around the world. There still are cricketers who thank the IPL for their success and growth. The tournament is such, which can take a person from rags to riches. There have been cases where multiple teams get into a bidding war for a player who isn’t even played international cricket.
Something similar was witnessed on Friday, December 23, at the IPL 2023 auction where Indian fast bowler, Sandeep Sharma failed to find a buyer in the auction. After finding no bidders for himself at the auction, Sharma said that he was “shocked and disappointed” after going unsold. The 29-year-old was dismayed and said that he failed to believe that even after performing so well for every team he played for, no team showed interest in getting him to their side.
During a chat with Cricket.com, Sandeep Sharma said, “I’m shocked and disappointed. I don’t know why I went unsold. I’ve done well whichever team I had played for and genuinely thought some team would bid for me. To be honest, I was not expecting this. Don’t even know where it has gone wrong. In domestic cricket, I have been performing well. In the Ranji Trophy, last round, I took seven wickets. I did so well in Syed Mushtaq Ali.”
Sandeep Sharma has played for the Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the cash-rich event and has consistently taken wickets, particularly during the powerplay, regardless of the team he has played for. That was one of the reasons he received a T20I call-up from Team India. Sandeep actually holds the seventh position on the all-time list for most wickets per innings, with 1.09 wickets to his credit.
Talking about the same, Sandeep Sharma said, “I have always strived to be consistent in my bowling. And that’s the only thing in my hands. I can’t control selection or non-selection. If a chance comes then good, or else, I have to keep doing good work.”
There still is a chance for Sandeep Sharma to find himself a spot at the IPL. Registered at a base price of INR 50 lakh, the pacer failed to attract any bid from either of the 10 franchises, but he can play the IPL if any of the teams rope him in as an injury replacement. If a replacement player is required, Sandeep might be near the top of the franchises’ list given his talent and experience.