Jason Roy laments: The English opening batsman has rued the fact that he won’t be playing in Indian Premier League 2021.
England opening batsman Jason Roy, a tailor-made batsman for T20s, appears to be dejected with himself after not finding a buyer in the auction for the 14th season of the Indian Premier League.
Roy, 30, was among the 10 players who had set a maximum base price of INR 2 crore. Among these 10, only Roy and England pacer Liam Plunkett failed to invite a bid for themselves. Another England pacer Mark Wood, on the other hand, had opted out of the auction last night.
Roy, who was bought by Delhi Capitals for his base price of INR 1.5 crore last season, ended up opting out of the season as the franchise eventually handed a maiden call-up to Australia all-rounder Daniel Sams.
In eight IPL matches across two seasons for Gujarat Lions and Capitals, Roy’s 179 runs have come at an average and strike rate of 29.83 and 133.58 including a match-winning 91* (53) to seal a 195-run chase against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium.
Jason Roy laments after remaining unsold in IPL 2021 auction
With an ICC T20 World Cup set to be played in India this year, Roy would have hoped of making it to IPL 2021 for there couldn’t have been a better preparation for the world event than the biggest T20 league in the world.
After remaining unsold for a couple of times, Roy took to his Twitter handle to lament not getting pick. However, the right-hand batsman also congratulated others who got picked for IPL 2021.
Massive shame not to be involved in the @IPL this year but wanted to congratulate all the lads that did get picked up. Especially some of the high rollers. Going to be good to watch 👊🏼
— Jason Roy (@JasonRoy20) February 18, 2021
Coming on the back of representing Perth Scorchers in Big Bash League 2020-21, Roy has been a regular part of T20 leagues in the last two years or so namely T20 Blast (Surrey Lions), Pakistan Super League (Quetta Gladiators) and Mzansi Super League (Nelson Mandela Bay Giants).