IPL Auction 2017: Last year, it was Pawan Negi who became the most expensive Indian player even before he could have made his international debut.
IPL Auction 2017: While Indian and overseas international players are the life of IPL auction, it’s the Indian uncapped players that often emerge as the dark horses. Last year, it was Pawan Negi who became the most expensive Indian player even before he could have made his India debut. He was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs. 8.50 crores which were more than what Sunrisers Hyderabad paid for a proven performer like Yuvraj Singh.
Here are some unknown Indian players who can do a Pawan Negi this year:
1. T Natarajan
The 28-year-old left-arm fast bowler from has made a name for himself in the domestic circuit for his ability to bowl Yorkers at death and picked up 10 wickets in Tamil Nadu Premier League. His base price is just Rs. 10 lakhs and the shortage of quality Indian fast bowlers in the auction can force the owners to place money on him.
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2. Krishnappa Gowtham
Krishnappa Gowtham who batted at number 3 in the recently concluded Zonal T20 league is more than a handy bowler too. The Karnataka-born cricketer has an impressive strike rate of 166.66 in T20 cricket to go with an economy of just 7 with the ball.
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3. Umar Nazir
Another player who can benefit from the absence of quality Indian fast bowlers in the auction. Umar Nazir did a great job in the Zonal T20 league and finished the tournament as the second-highest wicket-taker with 11 scalps to his name.
4. Mohit Ahlawat
Delhi’s 21-year-old wicketkeeper batsman Mohit Ahlawat grabbed some eyeballs when he smashed 300 runs from just 72 balls in a local T20 tournament which is now the highest registered score in T20 cricket at any level.
5. Prithvi Shaw
Mumbai’s 17-year-old opening batsman was the find of the season and scored a century in his debut first-class match itself. In November 2013, he scored 546 in a Harris Shield elite division which was the highest score in any organised form of cricket since 1901.