The Indian Premier League 2019 auction brought to the forefront new unsung heroes and paid little heed to the greatness of yesteryears. Some big names failed to find any interest and some “uncapped” talents were subjected to intense bidding.
If Yuvraj Singh’s six sixes in a World T20 Final ten years ago were considered good only for archival value, an uncapped Shivam Dube gets ₹5 crore deal for making headlines with his five sixes in an over on the eve of the IPL 2019 auction. Jaydev Unadkat was still in demand from Rajasthan Royals – the franchisee who had released him at the last year’s of ₹ 11.5 crore made an aggressive bid to get him back for a ₹ 8.4 crore, the joint highest bid for the day.
The other player to get the highest ₹ 8.4 crore deal, Tamil Nadu spinner Varun Chakravarthy was the biggest surprise element of the IPL 2019 Auction. Just like his personal career, his bowling is filled with numerous variations. The 27-year-old had quit wicket keeping and cricket after school to pursue his academics for a degree in architecture. He returns to cricket for surprising the batsmen with bowling variations and cricketing world with an unassuming ₹8.4 crore deal.
Cruel is the corporate world where values are determined by an individual’s instant worth. Yuvraj was subjected to this harsh reality. The highest paid IPL player ever in 2015 for his ₹ 16 crore deal from the Delhi Daredevils, Yuvraj found no bidder when his name was drawn first. In the second round, he finds favour with Mumbai Indians amidst smiles from the table of the KXIP, who had discarded the biggest icon of Punjab cricket after having bought him at the ₹ 2 crore base price last year.
This is how the teams have shaped up for the IPL 2019:
Chennai Super Kings :
Sunrisers Hyerabad :
Royal Challengers Bangalore :
Mumbai Indians :
Kolkata Knight Riders :
Rajasthan Royals :
Delhi Capitals :
Kings XI Punjab :