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Hanuma Vihari

Cricketer Hanuma Vihari remained unsold within the 2021 IPL mini public sale — his base worth was `1 crore. He too should have been shocked as his sarcastic tweet, “LOL”, accompanied by a laughing emoji mentioned all of it.

The tweet has now gone viral and his followers are very aggravated on the snub.
Consultants say IPL is enterprise, not only a sport. The franchises make investments large cash on their crew and search for gamers who’re value their funding. Gamers ought to perceive the enterprise logic and never assume emotionally.


One has seen large gamers like Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and plenty of extra being snubbed by their respective franchisees once they underperformed. They weren’t retained.

Cricket administrator and former Expertise Useful resource Growth Wing (TRDW) for Kolkata Knight Riders Makarand Waingankar says that franchises do their homework properly earlier than they put money into a participant. They rent scouts to examine the efficiency of gamers all yr lengthy and choose gamers primarily based on their suggestions.

“These scouts may be former cricketers and analysts who watch domestic matches like the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, and send feedback to the franchises about the players’ performance and potential,” says Makarand.


Vihari’s observe document has been unsatisfactory. He has featured in 24 IPL matches with a meagre 284 runs! Furthermore, he’s thought-about a “good test player”, not for a T-20 format.

However since a check batsman like Cheteshwar Pujara was picked, followers really feel why not Vihari?

Citing the instance of England captain Joe Root, who was as soon as equally snubbed, former cricketer and Chief selector M.S.Okay. Prasad admits that typically gamers can get a uncooked deal. It was unlucky that Vihari went unsold on the public sale. However Prasad says he has an excellent alternative to show his mettle for subsequent yr’s IPL’s mega public sale.


“I advise Vihari not to feel bad because he has one full domestic year to play and get ready to further showcase his potential. He’s a quality player and he definitely deserves to be in any franchise,” says Prasad.

A tad unfortunate too

Vihari’s state of affairs is also a case of unhealthy luck too. One should not overlook that he performed with an injured leg whereas saving the match towards Australia within the Sydney check. He was dominated out for the following check match at Adelaide, and so couldn’t be part of India’s historic win.


There are a lot of gamers who’ve carried out very poorly in IPL, particularly the massive weapons on who big cash was spent, however they nonetheless get taken.
Vihari wasn’t so fortunate.

Sports activities broadcaster Sunil Yashkalra calls such eventualities ‘gruesome coincidences’, and says such issues occur in sport. In line with him, Vihari ought to have taken this setback in his stride and never tweeted.

“He is just 26, so he needs to be a bit careful with his social media handle. He has to upload videos of his batting practice sessions and not express his anguish,” says Yashkalra, who describes auctions as ‘Russian roulette’.