IPL 2021: Top five costliest youngsters ever in IPL history- Youngsters are considered a team’s future and hence they usually are not among the top earners in the Indian Premier League.
That’s why seasoned campaigners like Chris Morris and Glenn Maxwell are the ones who are picked up for astronomical amounts. But there have been instances when franchises broke banks for youngsters despite their limited experience of international cricket or even domestic cricket.
However, U-19 World Cup performance and domestic performances are considered while picking players from the auction. Afghan all-rounder Rashid Khan became the most expensive youngster in the IPL in 2017 when Sunsrisers Hyderabad paid Rs 4 crore. Apart from him, three Indians and another Afghan cricketer have become the most expensive youngsters of the tournament. InsideSport has listed Top 5 such youngsters who have bagged valuable contracts.
Rashid Khan (19, 9cr): The most expensive youngster in IPL history, 18-year-old Rashid Khan entered the 2017 IPL auction with a reputation of being a wicket-taker. By then, he had already played for Afghanistan national team. For Rs 4 crore, SRH got him for a bargain as a year later, they had to shell out Rs 9 crore to obtain his service and match Kings XI Punjab’s (now Punjab Kings) bid through RTM (right to match) card. Since then, he has been an SRH player and the franchise is unlikely to release him anytime soon considering his all-round abilities.
Ishan Kishan (MI, 2018, 6.2cr): Fresh from the U-19 World Cup in 2016, Ishan Kishan had a great tournament but more importantly, he showed off his captaincy skills, leading India to the final. That prompted now-defunct Gujarat Lions to pay Rs 35 lakh for his service. But in the 2018 IPL auction, his value had multiplied. Mumbai paid Rs 6.2 crore to snap the wicket-keeper batsman from the auction when he was just 19.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman (KXIP, 2018 4cr): Another Afghani on the list, Mujeeb Ur Rahman came into the 2018 auction with a big reputation for being a mystery spinner. Punjab snapped him up for a whopping Rs 4 crore when he was just 17. But he did not live up to his expectation as Punjab offloaded him before the IPL 2021 auction where he was picked up for the base price of Rs 1.5 crore by SRH.
Sanju Samson (RR, 2014, 4cr): The Kerala wicketkeeper-batsman has been a player to watch on his day. Albeit inconsistent, Samson possesses the ability to hammer bowlers at an incomprehensible strike rate. Hence, in 2014, Rajasthan Royals offered him a Rs 4-crore worth contract when he was just 19. Since then, he has been with Royals and has been named the skipper of the team for the IPL 2021.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti (KKR, 2018, 3.2cr): Star of India’s U-19 team, Kamlesh Nagarkoti is considered a future star. Considering that Kolkata Knight Riders did not hesitate to invest in the Rajasthan quick’s future, snapping him from the 2018 auction for Rs 3.2 crore when he was 18. He has since been playing for the Kolkata franchise. But after struggling with injuries, he could only feature in the 2021 IPL and bagged only five wickets in 10 matches.