Indian Premier League 2017 February 20, 2017

The uncapped Indians that struck it big in IPL

Deivarayan Muthu and Akshay Gopalakrishnan
The strengths and recent form of five domestic players who went for several times their base price in the 2017 auction
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Top Indian uncapped sales of the auction

T Natarajan

The 25-year old left-arm seamer went to Kings XI Punjab for INR 3 crore from INR 10 lakh

Natarajan grabbed eyeballs in the inaugural season of the Tamil Nadu Premier League with his whippy, quick-arm action for Dindigul Dragons. He took 10 wickets in seven matches, including a four-wicket haul, at an average of 19.80 and economy rate of 7.33. His best performance came in a Super Over against Tuti Patriots when he nailed six yorkers back to back. He also has an especially deceptive offcutter. Natarajan also went on to establish himself as one of the key members of the Tamil Nadu team that reached the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy in 2016-17.

Basil Thampi

The 23-year old right-arm seamer went to Gujarat Lions for INR 85 lakh from a base price of INR 10 lakh

Basil Thampi's pace has impressed the important people © BCCI

A product of the MRF pace foundation, Thampi has a reputation of bowling at 140 kph or more. He claimed eight wickets in five matches for Kerala in the inter-state domestic T20s last month, at economy of 6.22 with best figures of 3 for 19 against Goa. Thampi has been a regular figure in Chennai league cricket having played for Globe Trotters over the last two seasons.

K Gowtham

The 28-year old right-arm offspinner went to Mumbai Indians for INR 2 crore from a base price of INR 10 lakh

K Gowtham enjoyed a good first-class season with Karnataka in 2016-17 © PTI

Gowtham's ability to bowl slowly and maintain tight lines helped him overcome a three-year break from first-class cricket and thrive in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy, picking up 27 wickets in eight matches for Karnataka. He had a fruitful Karnataka Premier League as well, taking 11 wickets from eight T20s at an economy rate of 5.58. Gowtham took five wickets in the inter-state T20s earlier this month and also struck a half-century.

"For the first time in my life," Gowtham told ESPNcricinfo, "my mom shook my hands and said congratulations. Usually, she only talks, but today, it was very special. She shook my hands and hugged me, and it felt really nice."

Aniket Choudhary

The 27-year old left-arm seamer went to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 2 crore from a base price of INR 10 lakh

Aniket Choudhary's burly build helps him generate extra bounce © AFP

Choudhary recently played his second game for India A - the warm-up tie against the visiting Bangladesh team - and took four wickets, including Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim. He is noted for being able to bring the ball back into the right-hander and to make it bounce more than expected. Choudhary took five wickets in three matches at the inter-state T20s and maintained an economy rate of under six. The next stage of the tournament - the zonals - fetched him six wickets in four matches, although they cost 10 runs an over.

"I don't have any big plans of doing anything with the money," Choudhary said. "I'll spend it in a good way, invest in my fitness. I'll probably hire a good trainer or a good physio."

Mohammed Siraj

The 22-year old right-arm seamer went to Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 2.6 crore from a base price of INR 20 lakh

Siraj was the second-highest wicket-taker - 41 - among fast bowlers in the Ranji Trophy and played an important part in Hyderabad making the Ranji Trophy knockouts for the first time in five seasons. He has a strong action, the bouncer is one of his go-to deliveries and enjoys playing big matches, which is clear from his nine-wicket match haul in a tightly fought Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Mumbai. Siraj made a smooth transition to T20 cricket, snaring nine wickets in the inter-state tournament, with an economy rate of 6.57. He was also selected to the Rest of India squad for the Irani Trophy.

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo. Akshay Gopalakrishnan is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • bhanu67325088 on February 21, 2017, 9:20 GMT

    The best thing about IPL is it transforms lives overnight. Countless domestic players have been benefited by the franchisee's largesse and the auction has inspired many to do well in the domestic to get a decent bidding in the IPL auction.The rags to riches stories of the likes of Tamilnadu's Natarajan has been the trendsetter for many youngsters to do well in the domestic circuit.

  • Cricinfouser on February 21, 2017, 1:32 GMT

    all the very best to natrajan, looking forward to his match winning performance.

  • desilv8838765 on February 21, 2017, 1:05 GMT

    Indians are trying to keep money flowing out of the country to the minimum .Thats is the only explanation for these unusual high value for Indian players

  • paalum6199136 on February 20, 2017, 23:01 GMT

    T.Natarajan will sure do justice to the price attracted. Having seen him bowling yorkers at will, in TNPL, it looks, Kings XI Punjab will use him as a death bowler. But surprised to see B. Indrajit was not picked by any teams as he is a class act and can score consistantly. Hope he gets a bid!

  • jayaesh on February 20, 2017, 19:14 GMT

    I fully agree with @ANSHU.S that forget about Indian uncapped batsmen getting a raw deal infact they haven't gotten any deal !!! there were many franchises where a Vishnu Vinod or Harpreet Singh were needed , it is not about being idealistic or romanticizing youth but for the simple fact that some of these uncapped players are lot better than some of the regulars thus bringing more value to there teams and IPL as a whole. I was shocked to hear Gautam Gambhir in one of the interviews to the IPL broadcaster say that he does not not want any Indian batsman on the bench because they will threaten the places of existing Indian batters in the team !!! that is just being selfish and insecure . Another thing i noticed is that some teams are overstocked with spinners (RCB,MI) , couple of teams have too many pacers(RCB,SRH,GL), some of them have too many big name overseas players, how will they fit 4 of them in the XI.

  •   Murali Krishna on February 20, 2017, 18:56 GMT

    my RCB 11 1. Gayle 2. kohli 3. ABD 4. KL Rahul 5. Watson 6. K.jadhav 7. Negi 8. Binny 9. T.mills 10. Aravind/A. choudhary 11. chahal

  • Sreeram on February 20, 2017, 17:35 GMT

    From IpL perspective, top batting order of most teams are already solid. They mostly expect their foreign players and Indian internationals to play most of the 20 overs. Domestic indian batsman are just cover given Incase the international batsman fail. So they want cheep picks for domestic batsman. So top order uncapped indian batsman like virat Singh and Panchal are excluded as they do not want to waste the 20 overs on uncapped players. It is a bad trend.this discourages domestic batsman big time. They know it is very difficult to make impact in IPL. Domestic bowlers with variations in bowling speed and tricks are the need for the hour.

  • Sreeram on February 20, 2017, 16:37 GMT

    Leaving out first Singh is a big mistake. He is explosive left hand opener. How can any team not need an your opener that too lefty with shotmaking ability? He performed superbly in zonal t20 tournament scoring back to back fifties. He sure will get into Indian team.

  • Sid on February 20, 2017, 16:05 GMT

    I have heard about Mohmd Sriraj and Basil Thampi as two new young prospects. I know Thampi bowls close to 140 kph or consistently hits 140+ mark. Is Sriraj equally fast? If yes, and if we can groom these two guys, we might be very strong on pace dept and can finally get rid of guys like Ishant for good. With Shami, Bhuvi and (maybe) Umesh, if we add these two, it seems like a good pace attack

  • Jayaesh on February 20, 2017, 16:00 GMT

    From the uncapped Indian players point of view and this article it was clear that bowlers especially pacers were in demand while the uncapped Indian batsman were for some strange reasons not much particularly openers therefore no bids for Vishnu Vinod,Virat Singh,Prithvi Shaw,Himanshu Rana and few others but omission of middle order batter like Harpreet Singh who is good on both frontfoot and backfoot was a surprise . Everyone in India talks about lack of seam bowling allrounders so again bit surprising that the likes of Shivam Dubey,Shubham Ranjane,Kanishk Seth,Atit Seth,Puneet Datey didn't attract bids. There were interestingly cricketers who are not currently part of any states team like Milind Tandon,Pratham Singh,Kulwant Khejroliya,Shelly Shaurya who attracted bids.

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