The IPL auctions 2019 were very exciting and surprising at the same time. Big names like Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Chris Woakes, Alex Hales and Chris Jordan went unsold at the event held yesterday (18 December 2018). No one had even put up a bid for Yuvraj Singh but it was Mumbai Indians that stole him for his base price (Rs.1 Crore) at the end.
On the contrary uncapped Indian players made huge money and made their way straight to the banks. Here is a list of these young Indian players.
1. Varun Chakravarthy (Rs. 8.4 Crores – Kings XI Punjab)
Varun Chakravarthy is a 27-year-old Chennai-based architect and uncapped Tamil Nadu cricketer whose base price was 20 lakhs has been bought by the Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs. 8.4 crores.
Chakravarthy started out as a wicket-keeper-batsman at 13, quit the game at 17 and went to college for the next five years. Later he quit his freelance job and began to bowl seam-up for the CromBest Cricket Club. He injured his leg only to become a mystery spinner.
He is known to have a knack for choking the flow of runs with a high-arm action that he uses to dispense a variety of deliveries — leg-break, off-break, googly, carrom ball, flipper, top-spinner, and a yorker-slider, writes The Hindu.
In the Tamil Nadu Premier League, Varun bowled 240 delivers out of which 125 were dot balls. He also picked up 9 wickets. In the 9 Vijay Hazare Trophy games the mystery spinner bagged 22 wickets at an economy of 4.23.
2. Shivam Dube ( Rs. 5 Crore – Royal Challengers Bengaluru)
25-year-old Mumbai cricketer came into the limelight when he hit the veteran leg-spinner Pravin Tambe for 5 sixes in an over in the Mumbai T20 league. He also repeated the heroics against Swapnil Singh of Baroda in a Ranji Trophy match, a day before the IPL auctions.
Every team had an eye on Dube but it was Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bengaluru that clinched him at Rs. 5 crore from a base price of Rs. 20 lakhs.
Shivam is a right-arm medium pace bowler and a left-handed batter which the RCB definitely need.
3. Prabsimran Singh (Rs. 4.8 Crore – Kings XI Punjab)
Singh is a 17-year-old wicket-keeper batsman from Patiala who has been bought by the Kings XI Punjab for a colossal price of Rs. 4.8 Crore. This is the biggest amount for a player under 18 years of age.
He is yet to have played a single senior-level game for his state but has started featuring in Indian age-group teams over the past year.
Last week, Prabhsimran was part of the Indian team that finished runners-up at the ACC Emerging Teams Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.
In June this year, he scored 298 runs off just 301 balls for Patiala in a Punjab U-23 Inter-District tournament game against Amritsar.
Prabsimran tells the Quint that he idolises Virender Sehwag but being a keeper-batsman, no one comes above Adam Gilchrist for the 17-year-old.
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