Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma was ignored by all the eight franchises in the recently concluded IPL 2017 auction.
The lanky Delhi pacer, perhaps suffered for a huge base price of Rs. 2 crore as he went unsold during both the rounds.
Also, Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir made a pretty bold revelation on Ishant’s base price of Rs. 2 crore for the auctions.
During the mid-auction break at Sony Six, Gambhir was talking to the anchor Gaurav Kapoor in the studio. Gambhir, there said, “I was surprised to see Ishant Sharma’s base price. I think it was too high.” He supported his statement by saying that Ishant can only bowl 4 overs for his team whereas a guy like Ben Stokes can contribute to the team’s cause in all three departments of the game.
An IPL franchise’s top boss, who was at the auction table, was also quoted saying by PTI on Ishant’s matter, “Ishant Sharma shouldn’t have kept his base price at Rs 2 crore. Firstly, he doesn’t play for India in T20s and not considered a white ball bowler. He is only playing Test cricket. Ideally, he should have shed his ego and kept his base price in the range of Rs 30 lakhs. Varun Aaron gained just because of that even though Ishant probably has more quality.”