Kolkata: In the Indian Premier League 2020 Auction, many players got a big bid but there were some names which nobody bought. Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari, the key members of the Indian Test team, did not bid. Both of these remained unsolved. Both of them have been identified as test specialist batsman. Interestingly, Vihari was with Delhi Capitals last season. In IPL 2019, he played only 2 matches and after that he was not given a chance. Delhi Capitals bought Vihari for Rs 2 crore. To buy them, there was a fight between Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals and the game was won by Delhi.
At the same time, Pujara is away from the IPL for 5 years. He last played in this tournament in 2014. He was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 1.90 crore.
Pujara has not played in IPL
Cheteshwar Pujara has played 30 matches in the IPL but he never managed to elevate his game according to this format. In the IPL, he has scored 390 runs in 22 innings at an average of 20.53 and his strike rate is 99.74. The strike rate suggests that Pujara could not adapt himself to T20 cricket. Only one half-century has come out of his bat.
Pujarave has played for 3 teams in Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore. For the IPL 2020 auction, he kept his base price of Rs 50 lakh. Pujara has been a member of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders before Punjab in IPL.
Vihari was released by Delhi
At the same time, Hanuma Vihari was released from the team in early December by Delhi Capitals. He had his base price of Rs 50 lakh for the IPL 2020 auction. Even after this, no one bought them. Vihari played for Sunrisers Hyderabad for the first time in the IPL in 2013. In that season, he played 17 matches and scored 241 runs. 46 runs was his highest score. After this, in 2015, he played with the same team and got a chance in 5 matches. In this, he scored 39 runs. He has 284 runs in 24 matches in the IPL. His strike rate is 88.47.
Apart from these two, there was no such big name among the Indian players who did not find a buyer. Fast bowler Mohit Sharma was also bought by Delhi Capitals in the last round.