Many promising young cricketers in India, as well as some seasoned veterans of domestic cricket, sign lucrative contracts each year to play in the IPL. Many of these players have risen from modest beginnings and their stories of perseverance on the road to the IPL are truly remarkable.
The name of Indian pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah sticks out if one looks back at the T20 league’s history. The Mumbai Indians (MI) recognized his potential, and the bowler made his IPL 2013 debut that year thanks to him. What happened after that is ancient history. Hardik Pandya, an all-rounder, also made it to the national team after showing promise in the IPL.
T Natarajan, a left-arm pacer from Tamil Nadu, made his India debut in 2020-21 during the team’s tour of Australia. He was 29 at the time. Having performed admirably for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the IPL, he was handed this chance.
Teams in the IPL 2023 auction once again took up a number of Indian players who have never played for their country.
We analyze the sales of three uncapped Indian cricket players who each started at a base price of 20 lacks but sold for more than 1 crore.
1. Mukesh Kumar
Pacer Mukesh Kumar of Bengal, who is the son of a cab driver, was auctioned off to Delhi Capitals (DC) for 5.5 crores at the IPL 2023. After relocating from Bihar to Kolkata, his father struggled to make ends meet. However, the pacer’s consistent effort at the domestic level appears to be paying dividends.
Kumar is a somewhat seasoned competitor, having debuted in his home country in 2015. The 29-year-old has taken 123 wickets at a 21.49 average in 33 first-class matches.
He has a remarkable economy rate of 7.20 runs per over and has taken 25 wickets in 23 T20 games. In Sylhet, during the second unofficial Test between India A and Bangladesh A, Kumar took six wickets.
2. Vivrant Sharma
Vivrant Sharma, a left-handed batter from Jammu and Kashmir who is currently 23 years old, was purchased by Sunrisers Hyderabad for 2.6 crores at the IPL 2023 auction. After scoring 128 runs in four innings at a strike rate of 145.45, Vivrant sharma became a talking point at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy Twenty20 tournament.
The batter in the Vijay Hazare Trophy game hit.564 with a strike rate of.947 over eight innings, scoring 395 runs. His leg spin bowling was also effective, as he took five wickets.
Sharma’s story, like Kumar’s, has an unexpected emotional turn. His older sibling Vikrant had similar aspirations to play cricket professionally. However, once his father passed away in 2020, he had to abandon his plans to take over the family’s chemical business.
3. Mayank Dagar
As an all-rounder from Himachal Pradesh, Mayank Dagar was auctioned off to SRH for 1.8 crores in IPL 2023. Dagar, who bats right-handed and bowls left-arm spin, has had remarkable statistics in Indian domestic cricket. In 29 first-class matches, he has 87 wickets and 732 runs, including three half-centuries.
The 26-year-old has taken 44 wickets in as many Twenty20 games, with an impressive average of 21.70 and an economy rate of 6.17. So far in the format, he hasn’t been given many opportunities to use the bat.
Dagar competed for the Himachal Pradesh side that won the runner-up spot in the 2022-23 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Through seven games, he took 12 wickets at an economy rate of 5.22. Dagar, batting at No. 7, hit a remarkable 92 runs in the match for the Vijay Hazare Trophy against Gujarat.
This all-rounder is a relative of Virender Sehwag, and he was previously purchased by the Punjab Kings during the 2018 IPL auction. In the same year, he made headlines for his Yo-Yo fitness test performance, which surpassed that of Virat Kohli.