IPL Auction 2017: World No 1 bowler remains unsold. Does this make sense?

Imran Tahir is the No 1 bowler in Tests and One Day Internationals. Hence, Tahir remaining unsold makes us believe that IPL can be dead weird.

Many have criticised the IPL over usage of weird logic: It’s there just to rope in the moolah! Even when it comes to bidding, it is weird to see big global cricketing names being overlooked. Arguably, the biggest name that was given amiss at the currently ongoing IPL auctions has to be the numero uno bowler in both One Day Internationals and Tests, Imran Tahir. In his initial days, he used to be taken apart but he has come of age faster than anyone, he has grown leaps and bounds.

In fact, his recent fifer against the Kiwis must have made him believe that he could potentially set the auctions on fire but was left disappointed. It was an anti-climax of sorts to see such a big international name remain unsold.

To his credit, he has played 31 T20I, scalping 54 wickets at a healthy economy rate of 6.3, which is more than accepted in the shortest format. He is so sought-after that he has played for more than 25 teams—can you believe that? Good lord! How can you overlook somebody with such body of work? Yes, IPL can be this weird.

The best aspect of this Lahore-born Protean is his fiery nature, which deceives you into believing that he is a fast bowler; but, in fact, he is a wrist spinner and a very good one. He also has an effective googly which can fox the very best in the world and man, he uses it very judiciously. That is how wily a customer he is with the white ball.