‘What happened to this world’: Twitter reacts as Suresh Raina, Steven Smith go unsold in first round
Former India cricketer Suresh Raina and Australia Test vice-captain Steven Smith have gone unsold in the second round of the Indian T20 League auction. Both players played for Chennai and Delhi respectively in the last season and were released by their franchises. Raina had a horrendous time with the bat last year. The left-hander could only manage 160 runs in 12 games averaging 17.77, with only one fifty during the first leg.
As far as Smith is concerned, he only played eight games and manage only 152 runs averaging 25.33 and a low strike rate of 112.59. Raina retired from international cricket in August 2020, one month before ITL 2020. He was part of the four-time winners but pulled out due to the COVID19 scare in the team.
Smith hasn’t had a great time in the T20s in the last two years. In ITL 2020, he started with two back-to-back fifties for Rajasthan. Things went downhill for the former Australia skipper as he could manage only one more half-century in the season. He was released by the team next year and was bought by Delhi. During the T20 World Cup, the right-hander managed only 69 runs striking at 97.18.
Meanwhile, both players were slotted in set number two in the players auction. The set two was presented in front of the franchises but no one showed any interest in either of the players. There is a chance that they could be bought when the unsold players are presented again later in the day. Fans on Twitter were visibly sad for Raina while they were expecting Smith to go unsold.
This is how Twitter reacted to both players going unsold
Sad not to see a single bid for Mr IPL @ImRaina in the first round.. @IPL #AuctionDay #IPLMegaAuction2022
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) February 12, 2022
Dhoni also abandoned him sad
— Siddharth Agarwal (@siddhu54321) February 12, 2022
— Hrittik Azad (@hrittikazad) February 12, 2022
32 And He Fits Our Chennai Criteria, But Unfortunately He Ain't Watson
— Biju Varghese (@BijuCSKManU) February 12, 2022