NEW DELHI: As the dust settles on the two-day IPL player auction held in Bengaluru this weekend, here are the top five domestic Indian cricketers who fetched whopping paycheques.
Krunal Pandya (Rs 8.8 crore, Mumbai Indians)
The most profitable uncapped player was, not surprisingly, Baroda’s Pandya who had smartly set his base price at Rs 40 lakh. The Baroda allrounder, who was Man of the Match in last season’s semi-final and final as Mumbai Indians surged to the IPL title, found heavy interest from RCB and SRH while Mumbai looked on in silence. At 8.8 Crore, RCB won the bid for the allrounder but Mumbai, with glee on their faces, immediately used an RTM card.
Ishan Kishan (Rs 6.2 crore, Mumbai Indians)
The hugely talented Jharkhand batsman and former India Under-19 captain was the most profitable uncapped domestic player after Pandya, and should find good opportunities with his new IPL franchise. In the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, the 19-year-old finished as Jharkhand leading run-scorer with 273 in eight innings at a strike-rate of 145.98. Playing for Gujarat Lions over the last two IPL seasons, Kishan made 319 runs in 15 innings.
Krishnappa Gowtham (Rs 6.2 crore, Rajasthan Royals)
This was a huge pay day for Gowtham, who went for 31 times from his base price after RCB and Rajasthan engaged in a bidding war. A 29-year-old offspinning allrounder who plays for Karnataka in domestic cricket and Malnad Gladiators in the Karnataka Premier League, Gowtham has earned a reputation of being a canny spinner and stroke-making batsman down the order. In 27 career T20 games, he has 20 wickets at an economy of 7.06 and best figures of 4/19. Gowtham has also represented India A.
Rahul Tripathi (Rs 3.4 crore, Rajasthan Royals)
Tripathi earned the fattest paycheques from the pool of uncapped batsmen on day one of the auction, finding a new IPL home with RR. With 391 runs from 14 innings at a strike-rate of 146.4, the Maharashtra batsman made a big impact for Rising Pune Supergiants in the last IPL. Kings XI Punjab and RCB went after Tripathi, before RR entered the bidding and raised the stakes to 2 crore. They did no back off until the hammer went down, and given his base price of 20 lakh this is a major purchase. Once he was promoted to open for Pune last season, Tripathi reeled off scores of 33, 31, 59, 45, 38, 37 and 93 to provide starts and with 290 runs off 184 balls, he was the most prolific batsman during the Powerplay overs after David Warner.
Vijay Shankar (Rs 3.2 crore, Delhi Daredevils)
Shankar emerged another profitable uncapped allrounder during the auction, sold for Rs 3.2 crore to Daredevils. The 27-year-old has 589 runs and 13 wickets in 41 career T20 appearances.
Source : timesofindia