This year’s IPL Auctions saw a change in strategy for most of the franchises, wherein more emphasis and interest was laid on the youngsters rather than established stars. Several uncapped Indian youngsters were brought in for huge amounts which clearly showed that the franchises are planning for the future rather than investing in the current generation of stars.
This change in strategy of the franchises could be due to the fact that the World Cup resumes shortly after the IPL gets over, thus all the stars are expected to return back to their country, while the Indian stars are expected to rest during the course of the tournament which would enable them to be healthy and match-fit before the start of the biggest cricketing event of the year 2019.
Several Indian and International stars have thus gained huge contracts at this year’s league, enabling them to prove their skills at the championship and make gigantic inroads in the competition and ultimately in the national squad. Below we discuss some of the players who have gained huge contracts despite being not so popular:
A mystery spinner from Tamil Nadu, Varun made his List-A and First-Class debut for Tamil Nadu in the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy and 2018-19 Ranji Trophy. He was also the leading wicket-taker in the same Vijay Hazare Trophy with twenty-two dismissals in nine matches.
At the age of 18, he gave up cricket to study architecture at SRM University. After working as an architect freelancer, he gave up his job to follow his passion after seven years and soon made his name in the third division of Tamil Nadu Cricket which eventually paved his way to play in the Tamil Nadu Premier League. He claims to have eight different variations and with the price-tag that he carries around his shoulders, these eight variations would definitely prove to be fruitful.
The costliest International, 20-year-old English all-rounder fascinated everyone with both his batting and bowling when India toured England this year. He was clearly the difference in the series and can be easily said that due to him England prevailed India 4-1 in the five-match Test series. His heroics also led him to be the player of the series for England.
Having decimated India with his all-round abilities, he was expected to break banks in the present IPL Auctions and this was the case too. He was eventually bought by Kings XI Punjab for ₹7.2 crores. Much is expected of him in this year’s IPL and one should be certain that with the kind of talent he possesses, he will surely be a fan favorite.
A complete all-rounder who bats left-handed while bowls right-handed medium fast, 25-year-old Shivam Dube had to fetch a high-priced contract after twice hitting five sixes an over in competitive cricket. He had hit Pravin Tambe five sixes in an over in the Mumbai T20 League and did the same just one day before the 2019 IPL AUCTIONS when he recreated the same feat against Baroda’s Swapnil Singh in Ranji Trophy.
He is one of the clean-hitters of the ball and can be compared to the left-handed Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh for his clean-hitting abilities. He made his T20 debut for Mumbai in the 2015-16 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, while his List-A debut was in the 2016-17 season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy. His Ranji Trophy debut came in the 2017-18 season and has since made rapid inroads to be a permanent member of the Mumbai side. With his proper all-round capabilities, we can soon see him challenge Hardik Pandya for a place in the Indian International set-up.
A wicket-keeper batsman from Punjab, he is the brother of Anmolpreet Singh. Having led the country in the 2018 U-19 Asia Cup Final held at Bangladesh, he performed tremendously in the finals against Sri Lanka scoring 65 runs without being out which helped India to win the match.
He made his List-A debut against Afghanistan in the 2018 ACC Emerging Team U-23 Asia Cup. He recently made 298 off 302 deliveries in the Punjab U-23 Tournament, while he also hit 3 centuries, eventually scoring 547 runs for Punjab in the 2017-18 COOCH BEHAR TROPHY.
Prayas Ray Barman
16-year-old Bengal leg-break googly bowler, Prayas has astonished everyone when he was picked up by RCB for 1.5 crores. Having made his List-A debut against Jammu and Kashmir in the 2018-19 Vijay Hazare Trophy, Prayas was the leading wicket-taker for his state with 11 dismissals in nine matches with a superb economy rate of 4.45. His most notable performance was against Jammu and Kashmir in his debut match, where he picked up 4 for 20 to star in his team’s win.
What do you think? Will any of the above-mentioned future stars will live up to their high price in the upcoming IPL?