Many international cricketers’ careers have benefited from the Indian Premier League. There are still athletes who credit the IPL with their development and success. The competition has the power to transform a person’s financial situation. A player can get extreme renown and overnight stardom if they play brilliantly.
Multiple teams have engaged in bidding wars for players who aren’t even international athletes in the past. Some seasoned artists do not receive a single offer at the auction, despite fantastic stories about new stars scoring rich deals being prevalent. Similar circumstances were present at the IPL 2023 auction on Friday, December 23, as Indian pacer Sandeep Sharma failed to attract the attention of even one club. Sharma stated that he was “shocked and saddened” after finding no buyers for himself at the auction. The 29-year-old was shocked and expressed his shock that no team had expressed interest in signing him, despite the fact that he had consistently performed well for each squad for which he had played over the years.
“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 told Cricket.com
Regardless of the side he has played for, Sandeep has represented the Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad at the lucrative event and has consistently taken wickets, especially during the powerplay. He was called up by Team India for a T20I because of this, among other things. With 1.09 wickets under his belt, Sandeep actually ranks ninth all-time in terms of most wickets per innings. At the IPL 2023 auction, he was unable to attract any buyers.
“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,” he added. Sandeep still has a chance to secure a position in the IPL. The pacer, who was listed at a base price of INR 50 lakh, failed to elicit a bid from any of the 10 clubs, but he is still eligible to participate in the IPL if any of the teams sign him as an injury replacement. Given his talent and experience, Sandeep might be near the top of the teams’ list if a replacement player is needed.