In the Mega Auction of IPL 2022, there were more than a dozen such players, who were showered with money and they were bought for an amount of 10 crores or more. At the same time, there were some players who were bought for the base price, but when it came to performance, they gave top class performance and emerged as match winners for the team. Here you will know about five such players, who were bought at the base price, but their performance was strong.
It is also not that all the players included in this list were not good, but the fact was that in the last few seasons, the reputation of these players was not that good in T20 cricket. In such a situation, the player who was picked up by that franchise, then no one bid further. The names of players like Sri Lankan batsman Bhanuka Rajapakse, Mukesh Chaudhary, Mohsin Khan, Umesh Yadav and Tim Southee are included in this list.
Sri Lankan batsman Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who shined his batting in the T20 World Cup 2021, had a base price of Rs 50 lakh. It was believed that many teams could wage a bidding war for this left-handed top order batsman, but only Punjab Kings bid on him and no other team showed interest in him. In such a situation, he was sold at the base price and has now scored 201 runs in 7 innings for Punjab at a strike rate of more than 165.
Chennai Super Kings bought this player for a base price of just Rs 20 lakh. He could not find any buyer other than him. Even he was on the bench in the opening matches of IPL 2022, but as soon as he got a chance, he started showing his jugglers and now in the absence of Deepak Chahar, he has become the leading pacer of CSK. He has taken 13 wickets in 10 matches. He has bowled most of the bowling in the powerplays.
Lucknow Super Giants is one of the strong teams in IPL 2022. The team is on the verge of reaching the playoffs. LSG, under the mentorship of Gautam Gambhir, had bought many uncapped talented players in the auction. One of them was Mohsin Khan, who was bought by the team for a base price of Rs 20 lakh. Mohsin has got to play only five matches, but he has managed to take 9 wickets so far. Their economy rate is less than 6.
Umesh Yadav, a right-arm pacer and Test specialist, was not one of the most popular players to appear in the IPL mega auction. Even his base price was Rs 2 crore. In such a situation, when KKR bought him for the base price, the fans raised questions that the franchise has spent money on him unnecessarily. However, he surprised everyone with the performance. He has taken 15 wickets in 10 matches. He is taking wickets with the new ball.
Kolkata made a good deal by buying Tim Southee. Even in the first few matches, he got his chance and he looked fine, but the return of Pat Cummins had to sit him out. Sold for a base price of Rs 1.5 crore, the player has proved that he can still bowl well in T20 cricket by taking 12 wickets in seven matches. Southee is known for bowling in the powerplay.