Making his debut in November 2015 in Ranji Trophy, Mohammed Siraj started playing Twenty20 matches last year at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and today, at the IPL Auction in Bengaluru was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 2.6 crore. He had set his base price at a mere Rs 2 lakh. After the auction, a delighted Siraj stated that it had always been a dream of his to play at the IPL and thanked his performance at the Ranji trophy for the crucial break-through.
This year’s IPL auction saw several exciting deals including that of Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi who put in their kitty a good amount of Rs 4 crore and 30 lakhs respectively. International players, Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills too were sold out for record breaking amounts. Where it was expected out of International players to bag huge deals, the scenario with Indian players, however, was not the same.
Some names which have not been in the news for long made their way to the auctions and stole some great deals. Indian cricketers, Aniket Choudhary, T Natarajan, Eklavya Dwivedi, Mohammad Siraj and Krishnappa Gowtham are few of the low profile young Indian cricketers who bagged much more than their base price and stole the show.
Most team owners were reluctant of spending heavily on players and focused on getting their combination right. Clear preference for Indian players helped the uncapped youngsters to bag good deals while many international stars like Imran Tahir and Ross Taylor went unsold.