The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 auctions came up with lots of mind-boggling surprises. Ahead of this event, the basic condition which was put before the franchise was that each franchise can buy up to 25 players each in a single auction. The team owners had limited money to their purses and they had to put their brains in gear very cautiously.
Moments after the auction commenced, the entire episode turned out to be surprising for the viewers who have been watching the auction event since morning. Giant names like Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Ishant Sharma, Sean Abbott, Irfan Pathan, Imran Tahir and much more, were unsold by the lunch break. While several names like Ben Stokes, being the most expensive, sold for Rs 14 crores while his national team mate Tymal Mills ranked no 2 in the sold list with Rs 12 crores.
Despite the presence of big names on the list, there were few Indian youngsters who either haven’t yet debuted with the Indian side or haven’t performed so well that they could be continued for a long run but came up with flying colours in IPL 2017 auctions.
Left-arm medium pacer from Rajasthan has been bought by the Royal Challengers Bengaluru worth Rs 2 crores. 27-years-old Aniket is an uncapped player and yet to play fro Team India. As a bowler, he has picked 124 wickets in 39 first class matches while 3 wickets in 2 List A matches. Recently, he was brought to bowl the Australian players at the nets who have come to India for the test series against India.
Another left-arm medium pacer from Tamil Nadu, sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 3 Crores. 25-years-old Natarajan is also uncapped and reprents Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy. He has taken 27 wickets in 9 first-class matches.
Right-arm off-break bowler from Karnataka, Krishnappa Gowtham is another uncapped player who has been bought worth Rs 2 crores by the Mumbai Indians. 28-years-old Gowtham represents Karnataka in the Ranji Trophy and has taken 36 wickets in 12 first class matches.
22 years old, right-arm medium pacer from Karnataka has been bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 2.6 crores. This uncapped player has taken 44 wickets in 11 first-class matches and he represents Hyderabad in Ranji Trophy.
Hailing from Uttar Pradesh, this handy googly bowler played his first IPL game in 2009 under the Royal Challengers Bengaluru. Sharma debuted in ODIs in 2014 versus Sri Lanka and played his first test later that year against Australia in Adelaide. With not so good track record with his national appearance for a total of 4 times (2 ODIs, 1 Test, 1T20), Karn was bought by the mumbai Indians worth Rs 3.20 crores. Karn Sharma has plucked 4 wickets in 1 Test, 1 wicket in 1 T2o while no wickets in ODIs. However, he has 138 wickets in his account after having played 57 first-class matches.
Another fast bowler who had spent his valuable time under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the national side but failed to make it large. Hailing from Jharkhand, Varun Aaron played his first IPL game with KKR in 2011 and continued with them for the next year as well. He was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Player Auction ahead of IPL 2014 and was be part of the franchise in Vivo IPL 2016. In this season, Aaron has been bought by the Kings XI Punjab for Rs 2.8 crores.