Yusuf Pathan was among some big names that went unsold in the IPL auction 2020 that was held on Friday in Kolkata. Yusuf Pathan, who was released by the SunRisers Hyderabad franchise, had a base price of Rs 1 crore in the IPL auction 2020 but found no takers with most teams choosing to go after young players. Irfan Pathan took to Twitter to pen a special message for his older brother, saying: “Small hiccups don’t define your career, you have been outstanding thru-out. A real match-winner. Love you always Lala.”
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) December 19, 2019
SunRisers Hyderabad had decided to let go of Yusuf Pathan. The franchise adopted a youth-friendly approach in the IPL auction, not going for the big names, instead of buying five all-rounders out of the seven players they picked in Kolkata.
Barring Mitchell Marsh and Fabian Allen, SunRisers Hyderabad went after the young guns with the likes of Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Sanjay Yadav and Bavanaka Sandeep benefitting from the Hyderabad’s strategy.
Yusuf Pathan had a nightmare outing in the 2019 IPL season. The all-rounder played 10 matches, scoring a total of just 40 runs at an average of 13.33 with a high score of 16 not out. He bowled just six balls in the entire season, going wicketless.
The older of the Pathan brothers had struggled in 2018 as well where he played 15 matches in a season in which SunRisers Hyderabad finished runners-up. Yusuf had scored 260 runs at an average of 28.88, failing to hit even a single half-century while picking up a solitary wicket.
The IPL auction 2020 was dominated by Australians with Pat Cummins becoming the most expensive overseas buy ever in the history of the league by fetching a whopping Rs 15.50 crore bid from two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders.