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UP players make it big in IPL auction

Good performance in domestic cricket has raised the brand value of Uttar Pradesh cricketers at the auction of the Indian Premier League-18 at Bengaluru.

lucknow Updated: Jan 29, 2018 12:18 IST
Sharad Deep

Good performance in domestic cricket has raised the brand value of Uttar Pradesh cricketers at the auction of the Indian Premier League-18 at Bengaluru on Sunday.

Young Shivam Mavi, an ace all-rounder from Meerut who has been serving Team India at the ongoing ICC Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand, was picked by the former champions Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 3 crore, whereas Lucknow boy Akshdeep Nath was picked up by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 1 crore. Last season, Akshdeep was paid just Rs 10 lakh by the Gujarat Lions. The side also picked up lanky seamer from UP, Ankit Rajpoot for Rs 3 crore.

A seasoned campaigner, Akshdeep scored 249 runs with 80 being his best with an average of 49.80 at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Trophy this season.

A right-arm bowler Shivam has so far taken eight wickets and has become a key player of the side in New Zealand.

Besides Shivam, Kolkata Knight Riders bought a good bunch of cricketers from Uttar Pradesh. They include Team India Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav (Rs 5.80 crore), former leggie Piyush Chawla (Rs 4.20 crore) and batsman Rinku Singh (Rs 80 lakh).

Former Mumbai batsman Sarfaraz Khan, who now plays for his native state Uttar Pradesh, has been retained by the Rajasthan Royal at Rs 3 crore. The former ICC Youth World Cup player Sarfaraz had a poor show with the willow at recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Twenty20 Trophy as he could score just 70 in nine matches with 20 being his best at an average of 17.50.

Sunrisers Hyderabad had Team India seamer Bhuvaneshwar Kumar of UP for Rs 8.5 crore this season but it didn’t consider keeper-batsman Eklavya Dwivedi (base price Rs 40 lakh) for the new season. Dwivedi, who remained unsold this season, was paid Rs 75 lakh by the Sunrisers Hyderabad last year.

Other than Sarfaraz, Team India’s Twenty20 specialist Suresh Raina (Rs 11 crore) was retained by his old franchise Chennai Super Kings.

However, Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians didn’t pick any body from UP this season.

Other players from UP who went unsold among the list of 578 cricketers included leggie Zeeshan Ansari, Praveen Kumar, Kartik Tyagi, Sudeep Tyagi, Saurabh Kumar and Imtiayaz Ahmed. Saurabh (Rs 10 lakh) was part of the Rising Pune Supergiant squad last season.