Some players who haven’t played international cricket ended up being sold for big bucks at the 2021 IPL auction in Chennai on Thursday. Here’s a look at some of those uncapped gamers who are on their way to becoming millionaires overnight.
Base price: Rs 40 lakh, bought for Rs 8 crore by Punjab Kings
Style: Quick Right Arm Bowler
Meredith had listed his base price at INR 40 lakh, but the uncapped Australian player drew a bidding war between the capitals of Delhi and the Punjab Kings when his name was drawn. Although DC and the Punjab Kings engaged in an intense bidding war, the young Aussie was eventually signed by the Punjab side.
Meredith was a star of the Hobart Hurricanes team in the Big Bash League. In 34 games for the Hurricanes, he bagged 43 wickets at an average of 23.60 and a save rate of 8.06.
Base price: Rs 20 lakh, bought for Rs 9.25 crore by Chennai Super Kings
Style: Versatile Spin
The 32-year-old Karnataka all-rounder is not new to IPL, having played for several teams, most recently the Punjab Kings. Chennai Super Kings have found credit in their ability to spin the ball and land big shots when needed. He has also fired Indian skipper Virat Kohli on several occasions for his off-spin.
Released by the Punjab Kings, the big contract with CSK must have surprised even Gowtham himself. It has 1,045 races with a century of 42 first-class games in addition to 166 wickets.
Base price: Rs 20 lakh, bought for Rs 5.25 crore by Punjab Kings
Style: Versatile Spin
Named after a Bollywood crush, the young drummer from Tamil Nadu has gained a reputation as a smart finisher with his great hitting ability. The 25-year-old played a key role in his side’s victory at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this year. It was unsold at the auction last time around, but its sparkling show on SMAT made it hard to ignore.
In five first-class matches, he has two half-centuries, including an unbeaten 92.
Base price: Rs 20 lakh, bought on base price by Royal Challengers bangalore.
Style: wicket keeper batsman
One of those drummers who drew attention in this year’s SMAT was Azharuddeen, 22, drummer from Kerala. His path to glory has been a sensational 37-ball century against Mumbai. Named after the former Indian captain, Azharuddeen’s average of 25.91 in 22 first-class games and 22.25 in 24 A-list games is not impressive, but he made a move that could well turn out to be life changing.
Base price: Rs 20 lakh, bought for Rs 1.2 Crore by Rajasthan Royals
Style: left arm stimulator
22-year-old pacemaker Saurashtra comes from a humble background growing up in Bhavnagar district. His family did not have a television until last year and had to depend on their neighbors to watch it in action. He made a good impression at the Cooch Behar Trophy and was also able to train at the MRF Pace Academy under Australian legend Glenn McGrath.
(With PTI inputs)