The Indian Premier League never fails to spring surprises. From seeing players coming from poor backgrounds earning million-dollar deal, big-names going unsold to players bagging eye-popping deals, the auction sees it all. The recently-concluded auction of the IPL also saw some player earning big-money deals.
346 players featured in the auction for the 70 available slots for the eight teams. 226 Indian players had signed up while the remaining were overseas. All the teams went all out to secure the services of the players they unwanted and did not hesitate in spending big, Consequently, several players ended up earning mega deals. So here we take a look at such deals.
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Most Expensive Buys of IPL 2019 Auctions
Jaydev Unadkat: INR 8.40 Crores
The left-arm pacer was the most expensive Indian player in the last auction. However, he was released by Rajasthan Royals after a miserable season when he picked up just 11 wickets in 15 games. But unfazed by the poor performance, the left-armer had set his base-price at INR 1.5 crore – the biggest amount for an Indian in this auction.
And he was spot on as he attracted a big bidding war. He eventually went to Rajasthan Royals for 8.40 crores. Last year, Unadkat was the second highest wicket-taker and would like to come up with that kind of performance in 2019 season.
Varun Chakravarty: INR 8.4 Crores
Varun Chakravarty is the latest player to earn a huge deal despite being a relatively unknown entity. The mystery-spinner from Tamil Nadu was picked by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping price of INR 8.40 crores. He had grabbed the limelight after impressing in this year’s Tamil Nadu Premier League.
The mystery spinner scalped nine wickets in ten matches in the TNPL 2018. Furthermore, he didn’t let the batsmen off the hook as he bowled with a splendid economy of INR 4.70. His exploits helped Siechem Madurai Panthers win their maiden title. Varun had also impressed in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, picking up 22 wickets from 9 games.
Sam Curran: INR 7.2 Crores
Sam Curran has not looked back since impressing against India in the home Test runs. He impressed one and all with his ability to bat lower-down the order and make a big difference with the ball. He was one of England’s best performers against India and has now reaped the rewards.
The allrounder was bought for INR 7.2 rupees by Kings XI Punjab. The England star, who has not played IPL yet, is not going to be available after May 1 as England players are not allowed in playoff stages due to World Cup preparation.
Colin Ingram: INR 6.40 Crores
Colin Ingram had last played in IPL during 2011 when he represented Delhi Capitals in three games. Since then, his reputation has not grown much. However, Delhi Capitals did not worry about that as they shelled out a whopping INR 6.40 Crores to secure the services of the South African.
An experienced player, Ingram has played 202 T20 matches in which he has scored 5186 runs.
Axar Patel: INR 5 Crores
Eyeing to improve their fortunes, Delhi Capitals spent big to sign India allrounder Axar Patel. They national-capital based outfit spent INR 5 crore to secure Patel’s services. Patel is known for his disciplined bowling, clean hitting and fielding. He is an entity that every captain loves to have in T20s and Delhi will be hoping he justifies the price tag.