IPL 2019 Player Auction: The Indian Premier again showed why it is the biggest league in the world when uncapped Indians became first-time crorepati’s. Surely, no other league changes fortunes like this league. Hanuma Vihari, Shivam Dubey and Varun Chakravarthy became first-time crorepatis. Some were unknown quantities, but it seemed like the franchises had done their homework on them and were more than happy to shell the mollah for them.Also Read - Sanjay Manjrekar Makes Big Comment on Ajinkya Rahane's Poor Form, Wants Hanuma Vihari or Suryakumar Yadav in
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Hanuma Vihari: At a base price of Rs 50 lakhs, Vihari fetched a whopping Rs 2 Cr as Mumbai Indians roped him in. Vihari is the captain of Andhra Pradesh and has been performing consistently well and hence he has got this opportunity. Vihari is recently a part of the Indian cricket team and is a solid batsman, which may have gone in his favour. Mumbai Indians were looking for solidity in the middle order and Hanuma will surely provide them with that. Also Read - Hanuma Vihari May Replace Injured Shubman Gill in Indian Team as Opener, KL Rahul to Play in Middle-Order: Report
Shivam Dubey: The 25-year-old batsman smashed five sixes in over just 24 hours ahead of the auctions and surely he could not have timed it better. The Mumbai-born southpaw was at a base price of Rs 20 Cr and was taken by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 5 Cr. He can also bowl which is an add-on.
Varun Chakaravarthy: He is a mystery spinner and that is what has caught the eye of the franchises who were not holding back when it came to shelling the moolah for the Tamil Nadu-born spinner. “I don’t know, I just built up so much pressure inside me and it blasted… I just quit. I walked in and right away said I want to stop working and I came back,” he narrates his journey to Cricketnext. “I told my parents that my mind was not there, I just wasn’t able to do it. They understood and supported me, although I didn’t know what I was going to do next. I dusted off my old kit bag which I hadn’t used for six years. I didn’t know anything else. I had to take up cricket again.” Varun was at a base price of Rs 20 lakhs and was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 8.4 Cr, he is one of biggest gainers of the auctions so far.