IPL Auction 2018, like its previous sessions, brought a handful of new players into limelight. The T20 tournament has been a power factory for budding cricketers from domestic circuit of India, launching them right into the international podium. A hotspot for selectors IPL, is able to harness and tame several top cricket talents in the current team of India. Not only for the country’s team, the tournament also emerged as the talent hub for budding cricketers from other nations. The recently concluded auction for the upcoming season of the tournament highlighted five young talents, lesser known, but with relevant and adequate exposure. These players were bought with high price caps projecting them among the big names of the tournament.
Kings XI Punjab roped in Mujeeb Zadran for a whopping amount of USD 625,000 or close to INR 4 Cr. Zadran is the spin bowler from Afghanistan specialized in several variations. The spin all-rounder is 16 years old with expressive enterprise in U19 format. His off-spins, leg-spins, off-break, leg-break, carrom ball and googly and perhaps rare combinations of more than one variations puts any batsmen at an eerie. Among his accolades is the award of Player of the Match in his debut International match against Ireland. In the currently on-going U19 World Cup, his match winning performance was crucial to pull Afghanistan to the semifinals of the tournament.
Equaling Zadran, D’Arcy Short was hired by Rajasthan Royals for the same amount of INR 4 Cr. He was also a star player in the recent BBL in Australia, scoring as the highest run getter of the season. A batsman capable of hitting the ball of any variation, his striking prowess in well known in the shortest format. His stance as a fielder as well as a bowler puts him at a strong position in the team with several added advantages. The player is now aligned with the likes of Steven Smith, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes in the team.
Image Text 2: D’Arcy Short, the BBL master, now stands with Steven Smith and Ben Stokes in Rajasthan Royals.
K Gowtham bagged USD 968,000 equaling to about INR 6.2 Cr. in the auction. The 29 years old bowler from Karnataka is bought by Rajasthan Royals with almost a six-fold increase to his last year’s price by Mumbai Indians. Gowtham, in fact, is an all-rounder, with capabilities to bat anywhere in the batting line-up. In the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy he achieved an economy of 6.5 or less. Also, his strike rate in the shortest format is 159.79.
Image Text 3: Karnataka all-rounder K Gowtham had a six-fold increase in his price compared to last season.
Ishan Kishan’s batting in the recent Ranji season made him one of the star players of IPL with a whopping amount of INR 6.2 Cr. In domestic circuit, his stance as a top striker became the center of attraction. With the price tag, Kishan is now the second most expensive player of Mumbai Indians. He maintained a strike rate of 145.98 in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Image Text 4: Ishan Kishan’s stance in Ranji tournament and the following Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy were the prime highlights for his selection.
Among all, Jofra Archer emerged as the biggest name. Rajasthan Royals brought the player for USD 1.125 million or INR 7.2 Cr. His form in the latest BBL season came out as the boon for this selection. He debuted for Hobart Hurricanes finishing as one of the prominent match winners. The fast bowler also plays as an imperative fielder. His economy in BBL was 6.92, along with several other actions such as that stunning catch to remove Ben Cutting.
Image Text 5: Jofra Acher is the biggest buy of the season among new-comers. His form in BBL emerged as the major earning factor.
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