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HindustanTimes Sat,23 Aug 2014
The trend so far: Small guns but mighty fire
Firoz Mirza , Hindustan Times
Ahmedabad, May 07, 2014
First Published: 00:31 IST(7/5/2014)
Last Updated: 00:33 IST(7/5/2014)

While some of the big buys have failed to fire in this edition of the IPL so far, bargain buys, like Rajasthan Royals leggie Pravin Tambe, have exceeded expectation, justifying team decision to invest in them.

The 42-year-old Mumbai bowler, bought at a base price of Rs. 10 lakh, seems to have paid back for the faith reposed in him by his franchise with a match-winning hat-trick against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday. His ‘Man-of-the-Match’ effort also placed him atop the leading wicket-takers’ list.

Topping the list
While Tambe tops the list of bargain buys, there are other domestic cricketers as well who have emerged as game changers for their respective teams.

With the seventh edition reaching the halfway mark, these players are now an integral part of the teams’ strategies. They might not pocket huge sums like their compatriots but have certainly given back their teams more than what was expected of them.

Akshar Patel and Sandeep Sharma are vital cogs in Kings XI Punjab’s bowling attack; Royals’ Karun Nair has provided solidity to them at the top. Yuzvendra Chahal has become Virat Kohli’s go-to man when Royal Challengers Bangalore are struggling to stem the flow of runs. The leggie has given important breakthroughs with an economy rate of less than six-run per over, which is impressive.

Unlike these lesser-known players, the franchises had to dig deep into their pockets to hire the services of marquee players, but unfortunately, the gamble hasn’t worked as yet. But it will be premature to write them off just yet. The league hasn’t yet reached the business end.


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