The 2024 IPL auction was held on Tuesday. Phil Salt’s name also came up in it. But no franchise wanted to buy the English batsman. But at the end of the auction season, if the franchisee’s heart has seen the West Indies-England match, then he has hit his head!
The two teams met yesterday in the fourth T20 of the series at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad and Tobago. English opener Salt went on a rampage of 119 runs off 57 balls with 7 fours and 10 sixes.
Not that Salt hadn’t hinted at that before the auction. The English lost the first two matches of the five-match T20 series against the Windies. Salt was in rhythm in both those matches. He scored 40 runs in just 20 balls in the first match. 25 runs came from his bat in the next match.
In the third match, Salt appeared in a more formidable form. The 27-year-old right-handed opener left the field after securing England’s victory in a devastating innings of 109 runs off just 56 balls. But tomorrow has surpassed himself. His storming 75-run victory brought the visitors level in the series.
Got the century before the auction. Salt remained unsold in yesterday’s IPL auction despite being in peak form. However, he openly expressed his disappointment, ‘I was hoping to get a team. Played there last year and did well. Today I am at this stage after one year. But some things are beyond our control. Auctions are like lotteries. I am a bit disappointed. But it can happen. All the cricketers in the list are not bad players.
Salt scored 218 runs in 9 matches for Delhi Capitals in the last IPL. Although not very good in terms of runs, his strike rate is quite enviable, 163.91.
Salt had two different experiences on the same day. On the one hand, he is only the third batsman to score a century in two consecutive T20 matches. On the other hand, the IPL auction remains unsold. That is why the English batsman referred to the day as ‘confusing’.
On a confusing day in Salt, West Indies captain Rovman Powell won the toss and invited England to bat first. The two English openers were aggressive from the start. England scored 117 runs in 9.5 overs with the first wicket partnership of Salt-Jos Buttler.
The English captain returned with 55 runs off 29 balls, but the pace of the visitors did not slow down. After that, Will Jacks came back with a 24-run cameo off just 9 balls. England were 246 when Phil Salt was dismissed for the third wicket. At the other end, Liam Livingstone’s 21-ball 54-run batting made England score a record 267 runs in their T20 history in the last 20 overs.
In response, Windies started losing wickets while batting quickly to score runs. The hosts reached 100 runs in just 40 balls. But by then there are no 4 wickets. In the end, no one except Andre Russell (51 runs from 25 balls) could catch the lead of the hosts. In the end, Windies folded with 27 balls left in the innings.
This match of devastating batting, however, saw several records. The English batsmen hit 19 sixes in the match, which is the second highest in a T20I match by England. Jos Buttlers hit the maximum 20 sixes in the third match of this series.
The two teams combined for 34 sixes in that match, which is the second-highest number of sixes in a T20 International match. On the other hand, in this match, the batsmen of both teams hit the boundary 33 times, which is the third highest number of sixes in a match. The South Africa-West Indies 35-over match in March this year is on top of all.