Day 2 of the IPL auction kicked off today morning as the teams sat down to finalize their teams for the 11th season of the T20 league. Ben Stokes was the most expensive player on day 1 of the auction as the Rajasthan Royals snapped him up for 12.5 crores. However, it was the Rajasthan Royals’ purchase of Gowtham Krishnappa on the second day, that shocked the majority of the views on television and those sitting in the IPL 2018 auction arena.
Karnataka all-rounder Gowtham Krishnappa would have been left shocked when he would have heard that season 1 winners Rajasthan Royals forked out 6.2 crores to get him to the pink city. The 29-year-old was bought by Mumbai Indians for 2017 Indian Premier League season for 2 crores. However, he did not make a single appearance in the playing XI.
Gowtham Krishnappa has been in excellent of late, especially in the Ranji Trophy. He picked up a 6 wicket haul against the mighty Mumbai team in the quarter-final stage. His all-round abilities eventually helped his team knock-out the record Ranji Trophy winners from this year’s tournament.
Even in the T20’s, Gowtham Krishnappa has a very good record. He has played around 27 T20s, in which he has scored 310 runs at an average of 16.31 and a strike rate of 159.79. In the bowling department also he has chipped in picking up 20 wickets at an average of 28.95 and an economy rate of 7.06.
His base price was 20 lakhs, but the Rajasthan Royals were not afraid to shell 21 times that amount to secure his signing as they look to return with a bang after serving two years of suspension along with Chennai Super Kings. Apart from Ben Stokes and Gowtham Krishnappa, they have managed to get Steven Smith and Ajinkya Rahane.