The Indian T20 League runs for a couple only of months, but the franchises work round the calendar. Every team has a scouting network that follows the domestic competitions closely in a bid to unearth hidden talent that no one has heard of.
Hence, every Indian T20 League auction has a common trait – a few players bag mega-money contracts despite having not represented their nation. The recently-concluded Indian T20 League 2022 auction was not an exception either, as many uncapped players sparked bidding wars and made an absolute fortune.
Check out the seven most expensive players of the Indian T20 League 2022 auction:
1. Avesh Khan – Lucknow
Newly-formed franchise Lucknow broke their bank on Avesh Khan, spending 10 crores on the uncapped Indian pacer. However, stats will tell us why this could be a fantastic piece of business from KL Rahul’s team.
Avesh made his Indian T20 League debut with Bangalore in 2017 before moving to Delhi. He made only eight appearances in his first three appearances for the team from the capital, but Rishabh Pant made him his trump card in the 2021 edition. The 25-year-old made 16 appearances last season, in which he picked up 24 wickets at an average of 18.75 and an equally impressive economy rate of 7.37 runs per over.
2. Shahrukh Khan – Punjab
Nothing much has changed for Shahrukh Khan as he went from Punjab to Punjab, except that his salary has taken a significant leap. The all-rounder from Tamil Nadu was bought by Punjab for 5.25 crore in last year’s auction.
He did a fairly decent job, scoring 153 runs at an average of 21.85 and a strike rate of 134.21. The 26-year-old followed it up with scintillating performances in the Syed Mushtaq Ali where he helped his team lift the trophy, and subsequently, raised his stocks ahead of the auction. He was re-signed by Punjab, this time for a deal worth 9 crores per season.
3. Rahul Tewatia – Gujarat
The price of a player in an Indian T20 League is not solely dictated by the ability or the form of the player, but also how he helps in making a team look more balanced. Over the years, franchises have built a knack for spending heavily on left-arm spin all-rounders and the latest to join the list is Rahul Tewatia.
He made his debut in this competition way back in 2014 but made himself a popular figure only in the 2020 season, where he scored 255 runs and picked up 10 wickets. Overall, the 25-year-old from Haryana has scored 521 in 48 matches and has also picked up 32 wickets. He was signed by Gujarat for a deal worth 9 crores as well.
4. Rahul Tripathi – Hyderabad
Tewatia’s namesake, Rahul Tripathi garnered fame in 2017, when he scored 391 reasons for the now-defunct Pune franchise. He was picked up by Kolkata in 2020 and in the last four years, he has been a consistent performer for the two-time champions.
The 30-year-old elegant batter from Maharashtra has scored 1385 runs in his 62 appearances in this competition, maintaining an average of 26.13 and a strike rate of 136.31. Hyderabad roped him for 8.50 crore in this auction.
5. Tim David – Mumbai
Tim David is the only overseas player on this list, and interestingly, he has not played any ODI or Test matches. Born in Singapore, David spent his formative years in Perth before making his T20I debut in 2019.
Courtesy of his fantastic performances for Hobart in the Australian T20 Bash, David was called up by Bangalore for the second half of the last season but he was given only one opportunity, in which he scored one run. Mumbai have shown faith in the 25-year-old by shelling out 8.50 crore.
6. Shivam Mavi – Kolkata
Following a brilliant outing in the 2018 ICC U19 World Cup, Shivam Mavi was bought by Kolkata for 3 crores. He could not justify his price tag in the first few seasons, but the Kolkata management persisted with the youngster.
Their move eventually paid dividends as Mavi picked up 11 wickets in his nine appearances last season. Overall, the 23-year-old from Uttar Pradesh has picked up 25 wickets in 26 matches at an average of 28.60 and an economy rate of 8.29. He was re-signed by Kolkata for a hefty price tag of 7.25 crore.
7. Abhishek Sharma – Hyderabad
After making his Indian T20 League debut in 2018 for Delhi, Abhishek Sharma was traded to Hyderabad in 2019. He has not been particularly outstanding but brings a unique skill-set that Tewatia also offers – left-arm spin bowling with an ability to play the role of a pinch-hitter.
The 21-year-old youngster from Punjab has scored 241 runs in his 22 appearances in this competition at a strike rate of 139.30, while he also has scalped 7 wickets at an average of 25.14. He will don the orange kit again after being bought for 6 crores.
*P.S. All prices are in INR.
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