Stars are born and international careers made at the IPL.
From Manpreet Gony in the inaugural edition to Mayank Markande in the last, little-known players have been able to walk into the Indian team on account of stellar shows at the world’s most glamorous league.
A look at a few debutants who could create ripples at IPL-12.
Shivam Dube: The Mumbai all-rounder, who heaves the bat left-handed and bowls decent pace with his right arm, was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for ₹5 crore. On the previous day, in Mumbai’s Ranji Trophy match against Baroda, the 25-year-old slammed five sixes off successive balls. He sure knows a thing or two about timing.
Varun Chakaravarthy: If you thought Dube had netted quite a sum for an uncapped player, you just need to recall how much Kings XI Punjab spent on the former architect from Chennai — ₹8.4 crore.
The 27-year-old mystery spinner — he has seven variations up his sleeve — made a mark at the TNPL for Madurai Panthers last year. Even his degree in architecture would not have been enough to plan what has happened since.
Prabhsimran Singh: It would be a while before he gets his degree, but the wicketkeeper-opener is already worth ₹4.8 crore, thanks to Kings XI Punjab. Last year he hit 298 off 302 balls in the Punjab under-23 tournament.
The 18-year-old showed he could be as destructive at the senior level, cracking 54 off 20 balls for Punjab against Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament last month.
Anmolpreet Singh: Prabhsimran isn’t the only cricketer from his extended family to get a surprise at the IPL auction. His cousin was picked up by Mumbai Indians for ₹80 lakh.
The 20-year-old from Punjab averages above 50 in both First Class and List-A cricket. He has played only two seasons of Ranji Trophy, but already boasts scores like 267 and 252 not out.
Prayas Ray Burman: The IPL has an ability to create young millionaires. Still, eyebrows were raised when Royal Challengers paid ₹1.5 crore for his services. The boy from Kolkata is just 16, after all.
He doesn’t give that impression though when he bowls his leg-spin. He showed much maturity in taking four for 20 for Bengal against Jammu & Kashmir on his List-A debut last September.
Sandeep Warrier: Nobody raised a paddle when his name was announced at the auction. That was a bit surprising after he swung things Kerala’s way at the Ranji Trophy with 44 wickets.
Just when it seemed the 27-year-old’s remarkable bad luck would continue for another season, two pacers were injured in Kolkata and he was signed by Knight Riders for ₹20 lakh.