IPL quick fix: Pace bowlers the flavour at Indian Premier League auction
IPL auction has seen franchises chase fast bowlers with England’s Tymal Mills and South Africa’s Kagiso Rabada getting excellent deals. Ishant Sharma one prominent name who went unsold in the first round of bidding but unsung Indians got excellent deals.cricket Updated: Feb 21, 2017 07:37 IST
Fast bowlers were clearly in huge demand at the IPL player auction ahead of the 10th edition of the world’s premier T20 tournament. As soon as the set of pacers were ready to be auctioned on Monday, the franchises were braced to begin a fierce bidding battle.
The jackpot was hit by English pace bowler Tymal Mills, who was bought for Rs 12 crore — 22 times his base price of Rs 50 lakh. It came as no surprise that Royal Challengers Bangalore went all out for Mills, a clear replacement option after Australia spearhead Mitchell Starc parted ways with RCB on the eve of the auction to manage his workload.
New Zealand pacer Trent Boult and SA pace sensation, Kagiso Rabada, were both snapped up for Rs 5 crore, by Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils respectively.
Delhi Daredevils loaded themselves with another pacer — Australia’s Patrick Cummins, for Rs 4.5 crore.
Rajasthan left-arm seamer Aniket Choudhary, who took four wickets for India A against Bangladesh and was called up by India to prepare for Mitchell Starc, was bought for Rs 2 crore --- base price Rs. 10 lakh --- by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Tamil Nadu left-arm pacer T Natarajan, who impressed in the run-up to the Ranji Trophy, was snapped up by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 3 crore. Basil Thampi, Kerala pacer with a base price Rs 10 lakh, was bought by Gujarat Lions for Rs 85 lakh.
There was some interest for former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson too as Mumbai Indians were the only bidders to buy him at his base price of Rs 2 crore. This will be his second stint with the two-time IPL champions.
For many, Ishant Sharma not being able to attract any bids may come as a surprise, but the Indian pacer was not a regular for Rising Pune Supergiants in the last IPL and even struggled in the matches he featured in. The last T20 International he played was in 2013. By keeping his base price at Rs 2 crore, the odds were stacked against the tall pacer, though he has looked in good rhythm in Tests. He should count himself lucky if he gets picked in the second round of bidding.
The likes of Australia’s Nathan Coultre-Nile and South Africa’s Kyle Abbott too remained unsold in the first round of auction.