Martin Guptill must have walked out on to the pitch at Wellington on Saturday anticipating a bidding war happening over him, 11,000kms away in Bengaluru. After playing 57 T20s for New Zealand with a batting average of 34.7 and a strike rate of 129.64, the No.5 T20 batsman in the world had good reason to think so. But by the time he returned to the pavilion, the 29-year old Kiwi had been put up twice on the auction table and was met with an eerie silence to go unsold both times. His base price of Rs.50 lakhs found no takers while, M Ashwin, Nath
Unlike the past auctions, where a Yuvraj Singh or Glenn Maxwell hogged the limelight,
Pawan Negi is not a newcomer to the IPL;
The prime reason for the bidding war around Negi can be attributed to a recency effect behind his selection to the Indian team for the World cup T20. He is also a part of the Indian squad for the three-match T20 series against Sri Lanka, which starts next week. But, Negi carved his path to the squad after picking 16 wickets in nine matches in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and six wickets in seven matches in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy and three off two in the Deodhar trophy. All these look good, but nothing to warrant an 8.5 crore paycheck. It implies that DD spent their highest bid on a youngster with potential. If there is one thing we have learned from IPL, then it is that obese paychecks do not guarantee success – ask Yuvraj Singh.
Others like M Ashwin (Rs. 4.5 crore), Deepak Hooda (Rs. 4.2 crore), Nathu Singh (Rs. 3.2 crore), Krunal Pandya (Rs. 2 crore), Rishabh Pant (Rs. 1.9 crore), Ankit Rajpoot (Rs. 1.5 crore), Kishore Kamath (Rs. 1.4 crores) and Eklavya Dwivedi (Rs. 1 crore) fetched a higher
The first glimpses of the fascination for the unknown came up in the auction last year. When KC Cariappa bagged a Rs. 2.4 crore bid at the 2015 auction, 24 times his base price, nobody had a clue about who he was. Even Google searches remained unanswered. But as the season turned out, Cariappa’s Kolkata Knight Riders career lasted just 12 balls after he went for 28 runs in those two overs and bagged one wicket. In yesterday’s auction, he went for Rs. 80 lakhs to Kings XI Punjab.
The KC Cariappa of this year was M Ashwin. The leg-spinner’s performance of 10 wickets at an economy rate of 5.52 in six Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy matches helped him earn nine times the base price of Pragyan Ojha, who has taken 89 wickets in 92 IPL matches, and yet went unsold. The 25-year old from Tamil Nadu is no new kid on the block; he made his debut in November 2012 against Odisha in a Ranji Trophy match. However, he had to come back to the domestic circuit in the Vijay Hazare trophy 2015/16 after a gap of three years and turned things in his favour with some good performances. Whether it was his stint with the Chennai Super Kings as
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Another youngster, who got a big paycheck with recent performances, was Kishore Kamath. The 21-year old leg-spinner and handy batsman from Dharwad in Karnataka caught the eye of the scouts after his performances in the Karnataka Premier League. A trial with the Mumbai Indians could also have helped him fetch an amount that was 14 times his base price of Rs 10 lakhs.
The best time to perform is obviously before the IPL auction, and that was exactly what Rishabh Pant did. The Delhi boy scored an 18-ball record-breaking fifty in the 2016 U-19 World Cup match against Nepal just five days before the auction to earn a Rs. 1.9 crore bid from Delhi Daredevils – an amount that was more than 6 times the bid received for the India U-19 captain Ishan Kishan, who is also a left-hander and wicketkeeper. The 18-year old from Delhi will be
One thing, which connects them all, however, is the word “potential.” Be it extensive scouting by the franchises or the fascination
During all the bidding for the potential stars, Pragyan Ojha, Manoj Tiwary, Vijay Zol, Manvinder Bisla, Ashok Menaria and a lot of others, also went unsold yesterday, who were the “potential” players a few years ago.
Will all of them deliver justice to their paychecks? For that we have to wait until April, when all these players arrive on our television sets to show off their skills. M Ashwin could be a find for the Rising Pune Supergiants or he could become the KC Cariappa of next season and slide away from the limelight, we hope it is not the latter
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