The IPL is widely known for its uniqueness to boost the careers of young players, who get an opportunity to play with world-class cricketers and in pressure situations. Every year, several youngsters, who haven't represented their country, register in the IPL Auction and are bought at a whopping rate. This year, too, numerous youngsters were put under the hammer and went for big money. From Krishnappa Gowtham to Chetan Sakariya, here are the top 5 most expensive uncapped players for IPL 2021. Read more – Ashwin breaks into top 5; Pant attains career-best rank
Krishnappa Gowtham (CSK for 9.25 crore)
Nicknamed Bhajji after his idol Harbhajan Singh, Gowtham is an off-spinner who hails from the capital city of Karnataka. He was picked for IPL 2017 by Mumbai Indians for INR 2 crores. Unfortunately, in his maiden IPL season, he didn't get a game and was subsequently released. Following year, he was bought by Rajasthan Royals and he began his IPL journey. Playing as a bowling all-rounder, Gowtham amassed 126 runs, striking at an unbelievable 196.87. His batting prowess earned him a whopping deal of INR 9.25 crore, becoming the most expensive buy among the uncapped Indian players in the IPL. Overall, the 32-year-old has played 62 T20s and picked up 41 wickets.
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Riley Meredith (PBKS for 8 crores)
Known for his sheer pace and a good recent Big Bash League campaign, Meredith was a hot pick in the IPL Auction. The uncapped Australian, who clocked the 150kph barrier many times in the BBL, was picked by Punjab Kings for a staggering INR 8 crore after setting a base price of INR 40 lakh. The tall pacer has been a part of 34 T20 matches and has picked 43 wickets at 23.62.
Shahrukh Khan (PBKS for 5.25 crore)
After a confidence-boosting Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Shahrukh Khan, who was in the news for his batting talent, registered himself in the IPL 2021 Auction. He was soon going to live a fairy tale life as he was picked up for INR 5.25 crore by Punjab Kings. The Tamil Nadu batsman was a key player in their road to Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy title, as he took his team to the semi-final singlehandedly, scoring an unbeaten 40 off just 18 deliveries.
Chetan Sakariya (RR for 1.2 crore)
After a stunning Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Saurashtra's left-arm pacer Chetan Sakariya was bought by Rajasthan Royals for INR 1.2 crore, making him the fourth most expensive buy among uncapped players. He has played 16 T20s and has gabbed 28 wickets at a wonderful average of 15.10 and a cheap economy of just over 7 runs per over.