The last Indian Premier League mega-auction was held in 2018. The next one was to take place before the start of the IPL 2021. However, it has been moved to 2022. In this article, we take a look at the list of five Popular buys from the 2018 mega-auction which will not be featured in IPL 2022.
Four years may not be a long time in an IPL cycle, but since the last mega-auction, some famous cricketers have moved on in their careers. Therefore, some of them, despite having been the center of attention in previous mega auctions, will not be present at the next mega auction event.
1) Gautam Gambhir – INR 2.8 Cr (capitals of Delhi)
Gautama Gambhir was one of the popular signings of the 2018 mega-auction. Having brought KKR to two titles, many expected the franchise to return for their skipper. However, Gambhir had a gentlemen’s deal with the franchise that he didn’t want to return. Gambhir actually wanted a new challenge. He had left his franchise house at the end of the 2010 IPL. At the 2018 IPL auctions, the southpaw returned to Delhi. He was made captain. Gambhir later retired and is now a deputy. It will not be part of IPL 2022.
2) Yuvraj Singh – INR 2 Cr (King of Punjab)
Like Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh also returned to his home franchise in the 2018 IPL. Again, similar to Gautam, Yuvi also couldn’t enjoy a big comeback in his first IPL team. He was later released and Mumbai Indians chose him for 2019. Yuvi won the championship that season. Despite having announced that he will return to the field, the BCCI has reportedly refused to give him permission to take part in the IPL.
3) Brendon McCullum – INR 3.6 Cr (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Brendon McCullum is synonymous with IPL for many reasons. On the opening night of the event, he marked an extraordinary century against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. So when RCB signed up for the auctions, there was a lot of attention. More importantly, Bazz would have been on a squad that already included Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. So, there was a lot of excitement. McCullum is currently the head coach of the Kolkata Knight Riders.
4) Shane Watson – INR 4 Cr (Chennai Super Kings)
Shane Watson joined CSK in the 2018 IPL. Many thought this was not a great sign because Watto was not in great shape for RCB. However, at CSK, the Aussie was a different player. He has had his moments of struggle but he has done very well in pivotal events. Watto was one of the main reasons why CSK won the title in 2018. After the 2020 IPL, Watson retired from cricket.
5) Mitchell Johnson – INR 2 Cr (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Mitchell Johnson was known for his frightening pace and incredible accuracy. It was entered by KKR at the 2018 IPL mega-auction. It was a popular purchase as many thought it was a signing that could help KKR secure a playoff spot. KKR were decent that season. Johnson later retired from all forms of cricket and, therefore, will not be part of the IPL 2022 auctions.