MUMBAI: From the unheralded 16-year-old making 700 grand to the one-Test wonder with a two-million-dollar deal, the weekend’s Indian Premier League auction threw up plenty of surprises.
We take a look at some of the more shocking deals made over the weekend.
MUJEEB ZADRAN – $A776,000 – Kings XI Punjab
How much were you making as a teenager? Sixteen-year-old Mujeeb Zadran will pick up a cool $776,000 playing for Kings XI Punjab in this year’s Indian Premier League, having found himself in the middle of a bidding war on Sunday.
Mujeeb only started playing the sport a few years ago but is already being tipped to become the next big cricket star out of Afghanistan.
The off-spinner – though it’s tough to pigeonhole someone who can bowl off-breaks, leggies, carrom balls and googlies – was a key part of Afghanistan’s march to the Under 19 Asia Cup last year. He topped the wicket-taking charts (12 at 5.41) in that tournament and it was there that he was first spotted by IPL scouts.
Last week he took 4-14 against New Zealand to win Afghanistan a spot in the U19 World Cup semi-finals.
JAYDEV UNADKAT – $A2.23m – Rajasthan Royals
Jaydev Unadkat has only played one Test for India and a handful of limited-overs internationals but he will be the highest paid bowler in the entirety of the IPL.
Paying over $2m a season for someone as low profile as Unadkat may seem overs but the left-armer is an IPL gun. Last season he finished with the second most wickets for the tournament (24 at 13.41, econ. 7.02) and was a huge part of why Rising Pune Supergiant made it all the way to the final.
He was paid roughly $58,000 for that season, so he’s been given an astronomic pay rise. He’ll be one of three $2m men at Rajasthan, alongside captain Steve Smith ($2.4m) and Ben Stokes ($2.4m).
ANDREW TYE – $1.40m – Kings XI Punjab
Tye collected a tidy $97,000 for his work in the IPL last season. This year he’ll make 14 times that with Kings XI Punjab. The quick’s name went under the hammer shortly after he took his maiden ODI five-for – talk about a dream Sunday.
Tye’s huge payday comes off the back of three hat-tricks in 2017, – one in the IPL and two in the Big Bash League – 16 wickets at 12.00 in this summer’s BBL, and a strong outing in last year’s IPL (12 wickets at 11.75, econ. 6.71).
SANDEEP LAMICHHANE – $38,800 – Delhi Daredevils
Lamichhane’s name may ring a bell to Australian fans. Last summer Michael Clarke flew him down to play grade cricket and train at his cricket academy.
On Sunday, the 17-year-old legspinner made history by becoming the first Nepalese player to ever pick up an IPL contract. Lamichhane was bought by Ricky Ponting’s Delhi Daredevils after impressing the organisation’s scouts and will be playing alongside the likes of Glenn Maxwell and Kagiso Rabada.
Once upon a time, Shaun Marsh was among the IPL’s finest imports but this year he failed to attract a single bid. But he’s far from alone, with Hashim Amla, who was the sixth highest run-scorer in last year’s IPL (420 at 60.00, SR 145.88), also going unsold.
Both men are now 34 years old so their age may have counted against them, with franchises looking to build a strong roster for the next few years rather than simply chasing short-term glory.
Travis Head and Joe Root also went unsold despite their big reputations in white ball cricket. Root can consider himself particularly unlucky, having shown that his game is tailor-made for T20 cricket in India during the 2016 World Twenty20 (249 runs at 49.80, SR 146.47).
While both Tye and Unadkat were handed bumper pay rises for their efforts in the last IPL, Tymal Mills’ pocket has taken a hit. The England quick was paid $2.33m by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2017 but went unsold over the weekend.