What do you think of the recent IPL auction results?
Although Irfan Pathan hasn’t played for India since 2012, it came as a bit of a surprise when he didn’t find any suitors during the 2017 Indian Premier League [IPL] auction.
The snub was especially surprising considering there was a lot of demand for all-rounders and pace bowlers at the auction.
This was a far cry from the 2008 and 2011 auctions when Pathan went for huge amounts. Since then, his stock has decreased significantly.
In fact, Pathan did not play a single match during IPL 2015 when he was part of the Chennai Super Kings [CSK]. He played just four matches for the Rising Pune Supergiants [RPS] last season – scoring 11 runs and failing to pick up a single wicket.
On Tuesday, the 32-year-old took to Twitter to post a message to his fans. He recalled an incident from 2010 when there were fears that his cricketing career would end, but he fought back strongly and represented India again.
MS Dhoni may no longer be the captain of the Indian team or the Rising Pune Sugergiants [RPS], but he will captain his state side Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy.
The former India skipper will lead a 18-man squad, which includes the likes of Saurabh Tiwary and Varun Aaron who have represented India in the past.
Dhoni had resigned as the captain of the India ODI and T20I teams last month as he felt that the same player – Virat Kohli, in this case – should lead the Indian team in all three formats of the game.
He was surprisingly removed as captain of RPS a couple of days ago, with Australia’s Steve Smith named as his replacement.
The Vijay Hazare Trophy will commence on February 25.
MS Dhoni (c), Ishan Kishan, Ishank Jaggi, Virat Singh, Saurabh Tiwary, Kaushal Singh, Pratyush Singh, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sonu Kumar Singh, Varun Aaron, Rahul Shukla, Anukul Roy, Monu Kumar Singh, Jaskaran Singh, Anand Singh, Kumar Deobrat, S Rathore, Vikash Singh.