The two day marathon IPL auction ended on Sunday evening as the 8 franchises spent a whopping 431.7 crores to stock up their squad before the start of the 11th season in April. Ben Stokes for the second year running was the most expensive player in the auction, as Rajasthan Royals snapped him up for 12.5 crores. Kolkata Knight Riders spent the most over the weekend as they bought Australian heavy-weights like Mitchell Starc and Chris Lynn.
However, the headlines were dominated by the young uncapped players, who were very much in demand over the two days. These young players might not have made their international debuts yet but they have definitely made a name for themselves in the various T20 leagues in the world.
Here are the 5 most expensive uncapped players who were bought at the 2018 IPL auction:
Krunal Pandya – 8.8 crores
On Day 1 of the IPL auction, the headlines were made by Hardik Pandya’s brother Krunal, who was snapped up by Mumbai Indians through the use of RTM card for 8.8 crores.The all-rounder broke Pawan Negi’s record who was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 8.5 in the 2016 auction.
After a long bidding war between Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderbad, Mumbai managed to strike the killer blow with the RTM card for 22 times his base price. Krunal will join his brother Hardik in hopefully leading Mumbai to their 4th IPL title.
Jofra Archer – 7.20 crores
Jofra Archer has been in the news over the past two months for his excellent performances in the recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League and the ongoing Big Bash League. Particularly in BBL7, Archer has been brilliants with his fast bowling, some useful power hitting and superb agility in the field. The 22-year-old is a British passport holder but is in the process of completing a 7 year residency period, before he becomes eligible to play for England.
At Rajasthan, he will be joined by his compatriots Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Australian captain Steven Smith.
Krishnappa Gowtham – 6.2 crores
Day 2 headlines were majorly dominated by Krishnappa Gowtham, who was bought by Rajasthan Royals for an eye shattering 6.2 crores, which was 31 times his base price of 20 lakhs. The 29-year-old had a wonderful Ranji season in 2017, picking up two consecutive 5 wicket hauls. He was especially lethal against Mumbai in the Ranji quarter-final as he picked up 6 crucial wickets.
He has played 27 T20’s till now, in which he has 310 runs at an average of 16.31 and a strike rate of 159.79. He has bagged 20 wickets at an average of 28.95 and an economy rate of 7.06.
Ishan Kishan – 6.2 crores
Apart from young uncapped players, wicket-keepers were the other most demanded category of players in the 2018 IPL auction. Fortunately for Ishan Kishan, he is an excellent wicket-keeper with an aggressive batting style, something that was clearly noticed by most of the teams in the room as Mumbai Indians snapped him up 6.2 crores. However, Mumbai didn’t get him with any ease as CSK and RCB were hell bent on bringing the 19-year-old to their team.
Kishan is still developing as the player but his talent was clearly visible last season as he opened the innings for Gujarat Lions along with Brendon McCullum. He scored a total of 319 runs at an average of 21, something he will definitely be looking to improve this season.
D’Arcy Short – 4 crores
Short has been a total phenomenon in the 2017/2018 Big Bash League. He is the current run-scorer and the first player to score over 500 runs in a single season. He has hit one brilliant hundred in the initial few matches and has followed that knock with 3 fifties in the subsequent matches. Although he has yet to make his international debut, the 27-year-olds recent form has led him to being selected in the Australian T20 team for the upcoming series against England.
At Rajasthan Royals, Short will not only have his countries captain Steven Smith but also his Hobart Hurricanes team-mate Jofra Archer. If he can replicate even half his form from Big Bash, Rajasthan Royals could benefit exponentially.