Sourav Ganguly has appealed to people not to judge a player’s ability and capability on the basis of the price they draw in the Indian Premier League’s auction. The former India skipper has added that the IPL has no rationale and is all about the concept of "supply and demand" in the league.
After the two days of the mega-auction for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League, many players came into the limelight just because of the prize money that the franchises shelled out for them. The IPL auction regularly received criticism for the way that it has conducted the construction of squads. During the event, franchises, based on the players that they had retained, picked the players they needed to fill up the gaps rather than going with the better players in the positions that were already filled.
Players like Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle were bought at their base price of Rs 2 crores, but the U-19 team players Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti received Rs 3 crore and Rs 3.6 crore respectively. Ganguly, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural season of the league, claimed that the IPL auction money can’t be a parameter to decide a player's abilities.
“Don’t judge players by the amount of money they get in the IPL. Hashim Amla went unsold and he has 54 international hundreds while Ishan Kishen gets over Rs 6 crore having played only Ranji Trophy,” Ganguly told reporters as quoted by The Indian Express.
The former Indian skipper, who had also played for Pune Warriors India before bringing the curtains down on a stellar career, said the tournament basically complements the demand and supply process.
“The IPL has no rationale, it is a different format and you have to look at it that way. It is about demand and supply and can’t be a yardstick to determine a player’s value.”