Some of the Indian talents whose names were unknown, suddenly became the headlines after the IPL 2024 auction. These rising talents were ranked as the most expensive uncapped players in IPL 2024.
The 17th edition of the IPL (Indian Premier League) auction, at Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, experienced the costliest bidding ever in the grand event. Also, some of the uncapped Indian cricketers became the headlines, as the franchises were keen to secure their services at the most expensive price.
Ultimately, Mitchell Starc was the most expensive player in the IPL 2024 auction as well as in IPL history, grabbing a package of INR 24.75 crores. It was estimated that Starc would easily earn more than a crore per IPL match in 2024.
Similarly, Sameer Rizvi became the most expensive uncapped player in the IPL 2024 auction. Also, he holds the record of the 7th costliest uncapped player in IPL history.
A riveting event filled with an intense bidding war shined a spotlight on the young uncapped talented players, who have commanded a huge money with their promising skills.
Factually, IPL has proven to be one such platform for uncapped players to exhibit their abilities and rise to celebrity status.
For instance, Hardik Pandya in 2015 made his first stint with Mumbai Indians (MI) after being acquired for INR 10 lakhs. Later, he made his international debut in 2016 and rose to prominence. Interestingly, the same franchise ahead of the IPL 2024 auction, gained his services for INR 15 crores, after his trade from Gujarat Titans.
Another example of an uncapped player includes Avesh Khan. In 2022, Lucknow Super Giants(LSG) grabbed the fast bowler for INR 10 crore. The Indian pacer with his impressive performance in that IPL season sealed a grand debut in his international cricket career during the same year.
Here are the young cricketers who ranked in the first 5 positions in the list of most expensive uncapped players in IPL 2024.
Surprisingly, franchises were ready to invest a huge budget in these uncapped cricket players. Especially, these fresh talents were competing along with several international cricketers during the IPL auction in 2024:
Being a 20-year-old batsman from Uttar Pradesh, Sameer Rizvi tops the list of the most expensive uncapped players in IPL 2024.
Sameer’s recent performance of 455 runs in 9 innings with a strike rate of 188.50, sealed a spot in MS Dhoni’s Yellow Army squad.
Moreover, he scored 277 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2023. Many cricket fans popularly tagged him as “ Right-handed Suresh Raina”, possessing the resemblance of playing straight drives.
Also, he can target spin bowlers to execute his special power-hitting shots.
As a middle-order batsman, his ability to power his team’s score in any IPL match makes him a perfect choice for Chennai Super Kings.
Overall, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had one of its most memorable auctions in IPL ever by targeting the best players.
Gujarat Titans (GT) bagged Shahrukh Khan, The Tamil-Nadu all-rounder after witnessing an intense bidding war against Punjab Kings in the IPL 2024 auction.
The 28-year-old cricketer made his IPL debut against Rajasthan Royals in 2021. He scored 426 runs in 31 IPL innings for Punjab Kings (PBKS). Mainly, his weakness in targeting against wrist-spinners hasn’t aided him in making a huge individual score.
Despite his power-hitting abilities, he struggled to maintain consistency. Moreover, the all-rounder’s ability to hit against pace bowlers, makes him a premium finisher and holds the 2nd position among the expensive uncapped players in IPL 2024.
Delhi Capitals (DC) roped Kumar Kushagra for INR 7.2 crores based on his aggressive batting style.
In a first-class innings, Kushagra became the youngest player to score more than 250 runs. He was able to achieve the remarkable feat at the age of 17 years.
His ability to target bowlers at an early stage of his innings can enhance his team’s total. He scored 227 runs in 5 innings at a strike rate of 109.20 in Deodhar Trophy 2023.
The assertive batting technique can alter the dimension of the middle order batting unit in Delhi Capitals.
As a result, the 19-year-old wicketkeeper cum batsman ranks 3rd position in the list of highest expensive uncapped players in IPL 2024.
Known for his blasting performance in the middle order, Rajasthan Royals (RR) grabbed Shubham Dubey for his power-hitting shots against pace bowling.
The 29-year-old cricketer from Vidarbha (Maharashtra), scored 221 runs in 7 innings with a strike rate of 187.29, in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2023. It includes 28 fours and 18 sixes as well.
Shubham could prove to be a game-changer either as a middle-order or lower-order batsman. His flexibility to bat according to the game’s situation can enhance the pace of the innings and his team’s total.
Consequently, Shubham’s power-hitting abilities reserve his 4th spot in the top list of expensive players in IPL 2024.
Shockingly, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) grabbed Yash Dayal for INR 5 crores. The 26-year-old pacer was targetted by Rinku Singh in an IPL 2023 match. KKR’s best-finishing batsman smashed 5 consecutive sixes of Yash’s single over to chase the target in an extremely impossible situation.
Yash previously represented Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022 and 2023. Initially, he was offered INR 3.2 crores. With 13 wickets in 14 IPL innings, Yash wasn’t able to make a notable performance. The offer granted by RCB ranks Yash in the 5th position among the expensive uncapped players in IPL 2024