Yesterday, the draws for the upcoming 2019 IPL auctions were declared with as many as 346 players being shortlisted from over 1,000 who applied for the same. Off these, 226 are Indian players and 120 from abroad.
Among some of the surprises of the draws were the exorbitant prices some of the players set for themselves, headlined by Lasith Malinga and Jaydev Unadkat. (₹2 crore and ₹1 crore respectively).
In fact, the latter is the costliest player going into the IPL auction, leaving behind the likes of more established players like Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and even Yuvraj Singh.
Rasik Salim – A New Entrant at IPL auctions 2019
But one surprise addition to these is the shortlisting of a 17-year-old pacer from Jammu and Kashmir. Rasikh Salam is among the four players from Jammu and Kashmir who have been inducted in the list. They are of course led by Parvez Rasool, who is also the first player from the state to represent India at an international competition.
Salam caught the eyes of the nation earlier this year after his decent performances in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He was then called for a trial session by Mumbai Indians. Salam was picked for the senior team despite having least experience in the cricket age bracket.
The feisty youngster debuted against Rajasthan and instantly shone for his team in the very second match against the mighty Tamil Nadu side. In fact, he took two crucial wickets in the match. Both J&K captain Parvez Rasool and Irfan Pathan, who is currently playing the role of a mentor, later praised him for his sublime performances.
Salam added another feather in his hat in a short time after the addition to the IPL list. There, he finds himself in a company of some of the most prominent and seasoned players.
If picked up, Rasikh will get to share the dressing team with some of the best players in the world and will play a vital role in shaping up his bright future. The mere fact that the youngster was among 226 Indians from over 1000 entries is a testament of cricket’s bright future in Jammu and Kashmir.
Some of the other surprises included the absence of established international players like Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, Eoin Morgan, and Joe Root, all of whom have chosen to focus on the 2019 World Cup rather sweat it out in the world’s richest league.