The auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season has been an exciting one. A total of 351 players were listed in the auction. Among them there were some surprise purchases which set the auction on fire.
There were some big names in the auction. They have performed well in the limited-overs format, but failed to grab the attention any franchise owners.
However there were also some players who weren’t expected to bag huge prices. Nevertheless they proved everyone wrong as they became huge prices buy.
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Here we look at some of the surprise picks of the auction:
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Varun Chakravarthy- 8.4 crores- KXIP
Although Varun is not a big name, but as far as talent is concerned, he is not far behind. He performed well in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) and Vijay Hazare Trophy. This resulted in Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to purchase him for a massive INR 8.4 crores against his base price of INR 20 lakhs only.
Jaydev Unadkat- 8.4 crores- RCB
Unadkat was the most expensive Indian player of the previous auction, where he was purchased for INR 11.5 crores. However he failed to perform to the expectations. He flattered to deceive with his medium pace bowling. Rajasthan Royals (RR) released him and he was listed in the auction for a base price of INR 1.5 crores. However the same franchise bought him again for INR 8.4 crores.
Sam Curran- 7.2 crores- KXIP
The cricketer from Surrey has been exceptional for England in recent times, especially in Test format. Keeping in mind the form of the 20-year-old player, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) went for him. He was purchased for a whooping INR 7.2 crores.
Mohit Sharma- 5 crores- CSK
The speedster was bought by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the 2018 auction using their Right to Match (RTM) card. However he failed to impress as he picked only seven wickets from nine games. He was released and went into the auction with the base price of INR 1.50 crores. However Chennai Super Kings (CSK), for whom Mohit played previously, purchased him for INR 5 crores.
Mohammed Shami- 4.8 crores- KXIP
The pacer from Bengal failed to impress in the previous season for Delhi Capitals (DC) and was subsequently released. He wasn’t expected to attract high bids. However Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) went all-out for him and shelled out a significant INR 4.8 crores.
Prabhsimran Singh- 4.8 crores- Kings XI Punjab
The 18-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has been playing for some time in the India U19 team. He has also played four List ‘A’ matches so far. Prabhsimran went into the auction with the base price of INR 20 lakhs. As a many as three teams started bidding for him. At last it was Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) who bagged him for INR 4.8 crores.