Indians Taste Big Money In 2019 IPL Auction

By Dhanu Delphi on December 20, 2019

IPL auction aside, India’s top players make crores of rupees each year as they are well-paid by the BCCI. They also make a lot of money through sponsorships and endorsements. However, the same cannot be said for most of the domestic players whose payouts pale in comparison.

A lot of these players look forward to the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction. History has shown that IPL franchises are willing to pay huge amounts to secure services of fringe players and youngsters. Hundreds of Indian cricketers had their fingers crossed as they waited to see what bid franchises would put in during the 2019 IPL auction which took place on December 19 in Kolkata.

IPL Auction 2019: Home Is Where Talent Is

Some of the Indian players who had a big payday at the IPL were those who listed low base prices. But they saw their value skyrocket as franchises bid against each other to secure their services.

Robin Uthappa is definitely coming to the end of his cricketing career. But that did not stop IPL franchises from going after the hard-hitting opening batsman. Rajasthan Royals (RR) offered to his double his base price and shelled out 3 crores to sign him. RR did the same thing with Jaydev Unadkat, paying 3 crores when his base price was 1 crore.

Piyush Chawla enjoyed the biggest payday among Indians in the IPL auction. Chennai Super Kings (CSK), who are very selective, went after the leggie and paid 6.75 crores to secure his services.

Youngsters Make Merry

Priyam Garg and Virat Singh are two players representing the U-19 squad and they both had a base price of 20 lakhs. Their value skyrocketed as more than one franchise showed interest. In the end, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) ended up paying 1.9 crores for each and signed them both.

Kartik Tyagi, who had a base price of 20 lakhs, went to RR for 1.3 crores. Varun Chakravarthy (base price 30 lakhs), for 4 crores to KKR. Yashasvi Jaiswal, who had a base price of 20 lakhs, ended up receiving 2.4 crores to go to RR. And Ravi Bishnoi (base price 20 lakhs) went Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) way for 2 crores.

Not Everyone Struck Gold

There were quite a few players sold at their base price or just a little bit more. Clearly, franchises knew who to splurge on. Deepak Hooda had a base price of 40 lakhs but went for 50 lakhs to KXIP. Saurabh Tiwary went to Mumbai Indians (MI) for 50 lakhs, his base price. Bavanaka Sandeep had a base price of 20 lakhs and was sold for the same to SRH, leggie Pravin Tambe was sold for his base price of 20 lakhs to MI.

IPL Auction 2019: The Unlucky Ones

Some of the Indian players weren’t lucky as they went unsold at the IPL auction. They include Yusuf Pathan, Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Stuart Binny, Naman Ojha, Shahrukh Khan, Manoj Tiwari, Rishi Dhawan and Vinay Kumar.