IPL Auction 2019 – The Goods, The Duds and The Surprises
IPL auction for the 2019 season was held on 18th December 2018 at Jaipur to bid for a rejig in the eight teams. A total of INR 106.80 crores was spent in total to buy the 60 players’ services from the pool of 351 players. With the ICC Cricket World Cup being planned soon after the IPL 2019, the franchises focused on the Indian uncapped players apart from few players who are likely to be available for the whole tournament. The reason can be that most players may not be available due to the World Cup preparations.
The highlight of the auction was the sale of Jaydev Unadkat and Varun Chakravarthy for a whopping 8.4 crores each for Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab respectively.
Let’s take a look at the review of the auctions:
Lasith Malinga (MI – 2 crores)
MI released Lasith Malinga last year but now have got their favourite bowler back for the base price of 2 crores. It is quite a steal given the impact Malinga has on the scorecard when playing for MI. He has till date taken 154 wickets for MI at an average of 6.86.
Carlos Brathwaite (KKR – 5 crores)
The captain of the West Indies T20 team is an all-rounder with superb bowling and aggressive batting. He was a part of the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the previous edition. The fans remember him for the finals of the ICC World Twenty20 2016 where he hit four sixes off the first four balls from Ben Stokes in the last over to enable WI to win their second World Twenty20 title.
Yuvraj Singh (MI – 1 crore)
Any price tag that Yuvi gets is going to be worth it. The Indian allrounder played for the Kings XI Punjab team in the last season but did not play enough matches. Yuvi was ‘The Man of The Series’ for both the World Cups India won. He will be an incredible addition to the MI lineup.
Shimron Hetmyer (RCB – 4.2 crores)
The 2019 IPL edition will be Hetmyer’s IPL debut. Hetmyer got famous on account of his hard-hitting against India in the ODIs in early 2018. He will be a powerful force besides AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli.
Wriddhiman Saha (SRH – 1.2 crores)
Wriddhiman Saha has been in the right touch in the domestic circuit this season. Even though he hasn’t been selected to play in the blue jersey, his performance in the Ranji Trophy has had selectors watching him closely.
Jaydev Unadkat (RR – 8.4 crores)
Rajasthan Royals bought Jaydev Unadkat for an enormous 11.5 crores, making him the most expensive player in the 2018 IPL edition. However, due to his average performance in the 2018 season, he was released by Rajasthan Royals. However, they repurchased him for another eye-catching price of 8.4 crores, which can be quite expensive considering his recent performances.
Mohit Sharma (CSK – 5 crores)
Mohit Sharma was part of the CSK team before their two-year ban and was part of the Kings XI Punjab dugout then. However, his current performance is questionable and so is the price tag he received.
Axar Patel (DC – 5 crores)
They later released the only player to be retained by Kings XI Punjab in the last auction on account of a poor show by the all-rounder. However, DC having bought him for a whopping 5 crores is questionable.
Varun Chakravarty (KXIP – 8.4 crores)
The 27-year old off-spinner from Tamil Nadu is known for bowling seven different variations. He was also the standout player in the Tamil Nadu Premier League and was the most economical bowler in the league. He also impressed the selectors with his performance in his debut season of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018 taking 22 wickets with an economy of 4.23. He became the joint most expensive player at the auction.
Shivam Dube (RCB – 5 crores)
The left-hand batsman and the right-arm bowler had everyone’s eyes on him. His performance in the Ranji Trophy for Mumbai against Baroda brought him in the spotlight where he hit five sixes off five balls. He had done this before, against Pravin Tambe, the experienced leggie. He will be a crucial addition to RCB.
Prabh Simran Singh (KXIP – 4.2 crores)
Simran Singh is an aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman from Patiala, Punjab and idolises Virender Sehwag for his batting style. He scored 298 in 301 balls against Amritsar in the Under-23 Inter-District Cricket Tournament. While playing for Punjab, he scored 547 runs in the Cooch Behar Trophy in the season 2017-18, hitting three centuries.
So that’s the summary of the auctions, and now we are looking forward to a cracking competition which is just a few months away.