The 2023 ODI World Cup in India is a good platform for IPL franchises to scout their talents for the next campaign. However, not every good performance gets rewarded in the Auctions. While the auction dynamics are in play, at the end of the day, the World Cup was played in a different format. Hence, there will be some exceptions. Even if a few had done well in the tournament, they may not get an IPL contract due to various reasons. Here, we take a look at the list of four good ODI World Cup performers who might go unsold in the IPL 2024 Auctions.
1) Rassie van der Dussen – 448 runs in 10 games
Rassie van der Dussen is one of the top ODI World Cup performers who might unsold in the IPL 2024 Auctions. The South African No.3 had a good campaign, scoring two centuries and a couple of fifties.
A few years ago, he was with the Rajasthan Royals. However, that was not a good tournament for him. Now, despite his performance in India, he might still not get an IPL contract. Rassie has some weakness against spin while he also struggles to accelerate when needed. This lack of extra gear could play a role in his suitability for the IPL.
2) Dawid Malan – 404 runs in 9 games
Even when he was the No.1 T20I batter, there were not many suitors for Dawid Malan. Now, despite being one of the better English batters, he might still fall short.
Also, for a role that he satisfies, more experience and a better acceleration rate are needed. Malan is more of a run aggregator. This role is usually held by an Indian batter in most franchises. Also, his age plays a role here. Hence, the English cricketer may not get an IPL contract.
3) Sadeera Samarawickrama – 373 runs in 9 games
Sadeera Samarawickrama is one of the good ODI World Cup performers who might go unsold in the IPL 2024 Auctions. One of the players who impressed many with his technique and temperament is the Sri Lankan middle-order batter.
Sadeera pulled Sri Lanka out of dangerous situations on quite a few occasions. He displayed good skills, and to go with it, he also showed brilliant consistency. Yet, he might miss out on an IPL contract. This mainly has to do with his popularity as a T20 cricketer, which is not that great right now. Also, he has less experience at the highest level, which might also play a factor.
4) Keshav Maharaj – 15 wickets in 10 games
As expected, Keshav Maharaj had a memorable tournament as he picked quite a few wickets at a very good economy. However, in IPL, there are hardly any opportunities for traditional pure overseas spinners. Unless the player offers some mystery like Sunil Narine, an IPL contract is almost impossible.
Every team has at least one Indian left-arm off-spin option. The franchise might invest in him rather than Keshav, who himself is not a popular spinner in the T20 format. Therefore, the South African cricketer might not get an IPL contract at the upcoming auctions.