IPL Mega Auction 2022: Suresh Raina headlines list of unsold players
- Indian cricketer Suresh Raina went unsold in the IPL 2022 mega auction
- Raina had set a bidding price of Rs. 2 crore
- Raina previously represented Chennai Super Kings since the IPL’s inception
Indian cricketer Suresh Raina was among the biggest names to go unsold in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction held in Bengaluru, on Saturday. Raina, who set a bidding price of Rs. 2 crore, failed to acquire any bidders in the opening bid.
Australian cricketer Steve Smith, South Africa's David Miller, Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan also went unsold in the proceedings.
35-year-old Raina previously represented franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK) since the IPL’s inception. The left-handed batsman also led Gujarat Lions in 2016 and 2017 when CSK was suspended for a spot-fixing debacle. The southpaw returned to CSK after the Gujarat franchise was defunct. Raina was then released by CSK in IPL 2021 due to inconsistency in his performances.
During the franchise’ 2021 win, the batsman scored 160 runs in 12 matches, with a strike rate of 125. Raina has racked up over 5,528 runs in 205 matches, with an average of 32.51 and a strike rate of 136.73. Many expected Raina to be picked by CSK this year, and so, his failure to grab a singular bid left many people stunned.
Raina announced his retirement on August 15, 2020 - hours after former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He is one of the most notable names in the history of IPL.
On the other hand, Steve Smith was previously a member of the Delhi Capitals in the 2021 edition of the tournament. He also led Rajasthan Royals in 2019 and 2020.
On the first day of the mega auction, several cricketers were acquired, including Shikhar Dhawan by Punjab Kings for Rs. 8.25 crore, Ravichandran Ashwin by Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 5 crore, David Warner by Delhi Capitals for Rs. 6.25 crore, Trent Boult by Rajasthan Royals for Rs.8 crore, and Pat Cummins by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs. 7.25 crore.