Let’s take a look at four small-town cricketers, who became million-dollar babies in IPL
Varun Chakravarthy- Bidar
Before the 2019 auction, not many had much idea about the identity of Varun Chakravarthy. But as many as five teams bid for him and he fetched a whopping INR 8.40 crores (1.18 million USD) from a mere base price of INR 20 lakhs.
In the 2018 edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), the talented leg-break bowler picked up nine wickets in 10 games, representing the Madurai Panthers. But it’s his economy rate of 4.70 that was most impressive. In the IPL, he played for the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), but only for one match versus the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
There, he was taken apart by Sunil Narine after which he got rid of Nitish Rana. He ended with figures of 3-0-35-1. The 28-year-old Chakravarthy hails from Bidar, a hill-top city in the north-eastern part of Karnataka.
Jaydev Unadkat- Porbandar
Jaydev Unadkat picked up 24 wickets in 12 matches in IPL 2017 for the Rising Pune Supergiant, including a hat-trick versus the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). It caught the eyes of the Rajasthan Royals (RR), who shelled out INR 11.50 (1.62 USD) for the left-arm seamer.
After having a miserable season, the Royals released him, but surprisingly picked him up at a price of INR 8.40 crores (1.18 USD). Hence, he became one of the rare cricketers to become a million-dollar baby twice. In 11 games, Unadkat picked 10 wickets, but leaked runs at 10.66.
Krunal Pandya- Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Mumbai Indians’ (MI) decision to shell out INR 2 crore for Krunal Pandya back in 2016 raised a lot of eyebrows. Three years down the line, the southpaw has not only turned into a vital member of his IPL franchise, but has also donned the India colours in 16 T20Is.
In 55 IPL games, Krunal, the elder brother of Hardik, has notched 891 runs at 25.46 to go with 40 wickets at an economy rate of 7.17. The utility Krunal brings in was seen ahead of the 2018 Auction. Mumbai released him and he was listed at a base price of INR 60 lakhs.
Mumbai started the bidding after which the Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) fought hard. SRH also jumped in, but Mumbai used the RTM and got him back for INR 8.80 crore (1.27 USD). Krunal belongs to Ahmedabad, the former capital of Gujarat.
Ravindra Jadeja- Navagam-Khed, Saurashtra
Ravindra Jadeja made his IPL debut for the Royals back in 2008 and tasted quite a bit of success. In 2009, he also made his debut for Team India in the limited-overs formats. In 2012, the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) went berserk to bag his services.
Jadeja went to the MS Dhoni-led team at a bid of approx INR 9.8 crores (2 million USD). The all-rounder was the most expensive player of the auction. CSK hasn’t regretted roping him in one bit and has persisted with him. In 170 IPL matches, Jadeja has 1927 runs and 108 wickets.