I don’t judge players based on auction price: Dravid

Delhi Daredevils ‘Mentor’ Rahul Dravid today said that he has never judged players based on the price that they commanded at the IPL auctions as it is not always a true reflection of their abilities and skill sets.

“I never judge players based on his price. I understand how an auction works. What one actually earns in auction is not reflection of who you are. A lot of things happen in auction. You can’t control prices. Just because someone got so much money does not mean that the franchise considers him more important player than another,” Dravid said in reference to a question on Pawan Negi being paid Rs 8.5 crore by Daredevils.

“There are dynamics that is hard to explain. At what lot the player is picked, what do you have and what the other guy (rival franchise) need is hard to explain. Once the auction is done, the value (price) goes out of the window. Players are never selected on basis of what they earn. In Rajasthan (Royals), it was not done. Because of the nature of the tournament, good players don’t get to play as someone else plays a better role,” said Dravid.

Similar eyebrows were raised when Carlos Brathwaite was picked for Rs 4.2 crore at the auction and Dravid said that while some criticism was justified one needed to look at the method behind the madness.

“Why was Brathwaite paid that amount at auction? Well, I am using it just as an example. It wasn’t an unjustified criticism, but teams go through process. There are lot of research behind the scenes, look at players, try and pick the right ones, in the given restriction. I have gone into lot of auction where I have had a wish list and walked out necessarily having nothing close to my wish list.

“Even in picking XI of IPL teams, a lot of thought goes in. We have 7-8 international players, everyone is a certainty or performer in his international teams but they may not be in in your top four overseas players. The four foreigners have to mesh and balance with seven others you put in the park. So what are the skills you require from foreign players is something that’s important to us,” Dravid explained Brathwaite’s price.

Dravid said that as a coach of the U-19 team, he has told his wards that they should think about playing all the formats as “playing for India is a gold medal and playing in IPL is a silver medal’.