He was the one of the big stars of the Mzansi Super League, but Reeza Hendricks was one of a host of top South Africans to go unsold in the IPL auction on Tuesday.
The Jozi Stars opener hit two hundreds in a row to spearhead his team’s resurgence in the MSL, and ended up as the joint second-highest run-scorer on 412 in 10 matches alongside Quinton de Kock (eight games).
Stars teammate Rassie van der Dussen topped the list with 469 in 12 encounters.
Hendricks and De Kock had the best averages, though, with 58.85, and with a strike-rate of 142.56, Hendricks would’ve been a good bet on the batting-friendly IPL pitches.
But the Proteas batsman missed out on a deal, along with fellow South Africans such as Dale Steyn, Hashim Amla and Morné Morkel.
Former Proteas left-hander Ingram was the major winner, concluding a contract worth over R12 million with the Delhi Capitals – previously the Daredevils.
“What an exciting moment to go through the @IPL auction again. Awesome to be joining @DelhiCapitals and can’t wait to be part of the buzz and excitement of cricket in India again. #IPL2019 #DontDieWondering,” Ingram tweeted.
What an exciting moment to go throught the @IPL auction again. Awesome to be joining @DelhiCapitals and cant wait to be part of the buzz and excitement of cricket in India again. #IPL2019 #DontDieWondering— Colin Ingram (@CAIngram41) December 18, 2018
One key piece of @strikersbbl puzzle is South African @CAIngram41 who has had a busy build-up to this year's @BBL tournament. The dashing batsman has played in T20 leagues all over the world and has a unique fitness regime. @7cricket @theodrop #BBL08 #7News pic.twitter.com/BijEKKW7Sa— 7 News Adelaide (@7NewsAdelaide) December 18, 2018
There was some success for a few Mzansi Super League stand-outs, with Cape Town Blitz paceman Anrich Nortje being picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders – owned by Shah Rukh Khan – for around R4 million.
Heinrich Klaasen may not have quite come off for the Durban Heat in the MSL, but he was snapped up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for about R400 000 and will play alongside AB de Villiers for RCB.
Another South African who scored an IPL contract in the first round was Hardus Viljoen (Kings XI Punjab).
Others still awaiting their fate in the auction include Van der Dussen, JP Duminy, Ryan Rickelton and Dane Paterson, amongst others.
The likes of Proteas captain Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi (all Chennai Super Kings) and De Kock (Mumbai Indians) have already been secured.