IPL auction 2018: It was a two-day marathon at the ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru where eight teams locked horns against each other to grab the best players in the IPL auction 2018. The air within the room was full of tension as the auctioneer- Richard Madley introduced players. In the span of two-days, 169 players were sold out of the 578 cricketers who had registered themselves for the event. As expected England all-rounder Ben Stokes became the most expensive player for the second year in a row with Rajasthan Royals buying him for Rs 12.5 crore. Also, Jaydev Unadkat became the most expensive Indian buy of the season with RR buying the young bowler for a whopping Rs 11.5 crore. This year the auction was all about spending more on young legs rather than big names as the contract will stand for next three years. In the process, some of the IPL legends which include Lasith Malinga, Hashim Amla and Shaun Marsh amongst others went unsold. However, the bidding saw some of the U19 players switch from ‘lakhpati’ to ‘crorepati’.
Here are the top 5 Under 19 players who became crorepatis:
1- Mujeeb Zadran:
The 16-year-old Afghanistan player is a versatile spinner who bowls the off break and also the leg break and googly. Zadran’s this quality kept Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils interested who were involved in an intense bidding war. From his base price of Rs 50 lakh, the bidding saw Zadran’s worth rise to Rs 2 crore and beyond. When Kings XI raised it to Rs 3.60 crores, the Delhi contingent went into a huddle. They raised the bid to Rs 3.80 crores and Kings XI responded by scaling it up to Rs 4 crores. Delhi was not ready to go any further so that’s where it stood. The hammer came down on and the 16-year-old was bought by Kings XI Punjab at IPL auction 2018 for a whopping Rs 4 crore.
2- Kamalesh Nagarkoti:
Nagarkoti had a base price of Rs 20 lakh and the talent to bowl consistently at the speed of 145 kmph. He surely wasn’t a name to be missed by the franchises. His growing reputation invited a fierce bidding war that was in the end won by Kolkata Knight Riders, who spent Rs 3.2 crore to get the pacer in their camp.
3- Shivam Mavi:
Indian Under-19 pacer Shivam Mavi was always going to be one to look out for in the IPL 2018 Auctions along with his longtime roommate and fellow pacer Kamlesh Nagarkoti, following their heroics at the ongoing ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. The pace with which the duo have been bowling has certainly generated a lot of headlines but even more impressive is the control and accuracy with which they have troubled the opposition batsman. Mavi is an all-rounder who bowls medium fast and is a handy batsman. He was bought by KKR for Rs 3 crore.
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4- Shubhman Gill:
A right-hand top-order batsman from Punjab, Shubman Gill is known for his penchant for big runs and was hence was drafted into India Under-19 side as the vice-captain for the 2018 World Cup. He has been bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 1.8 crore.
5- Prithvi Shaw:
The captain of current India U19 squad, Prithvi Shaw is dubbed as the successor of Sachin Tendulkar. And why not? The young batsman has been in the news for over a year now with his performance in the domestic circuit. Shaw was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.2 crore.