The IPL auction that took place in Jaipur on December 18 featured fewer players, but the hype around it remained the same.


As usual, the IPL Auction sprang a few surprises with Brendon McCullum and Dale Steyn going unsold, while players like Shivam Dube and Varun Chakrabarthy fetched a large sum. Here are the 4 bargain buys of this season. 

Also Read: IPL Auction 2019- The Business Of Selling Dreams

 

Moises Henriques, Kings XI Punjab

Bought for INR 1 crore, the Australian all-rounder will surely be a great asset to his team. Henriques has played 11 One Day Internationals, 11 T20s, and 4 Test matches for his country so far.

IPL Track Record: He has played 57 games in the IPL so far, and has managed to conjure up almost 1000 runs, with an average of 28.50. Moreover, he has snatched up 38 wickets in these games, with an economy rate of 8.38. For his skills, he seems a bargain buy.

 

Wriddhiman Saha, Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad had Saha in the 2018 season of the tournament. They released him before the auctions, and then bought him back for 1.2 crores, making it one of the smartest buys in this auction.

IPL Track Record: The best wicket keeper of India, the Bengali has played 115 games in the tournament, with 1679 runs, and a run rate of 130. The combination of Saha and David Warner, who will be back from a ban, will surely spell doom for other franchises this year.

 

Hardus Viljoen, Kings XI Punjab

Signed on for a cool 75 lakhs, the South African sure knows his way around both the new ball and the old, bowling well in both powerplay and death overs.

IPL Track Record: Tough he has not played for the IPL, Viljoen took the world of T10 cricket by storm after having emerged as the highest wicket-taker. He averaged 7.7 with the ball, with an unbelievable economy rate of 6.

 

Oshane Thomas, Rajasthan Royals

Bought for 1.1 crores, Thomas has made his mark in West Indian cricket and is looking to make his splash in International cricket. The IPL will be a great stepping stone for him. He impressed with his pace bowling to Dhawan in the series against India this year and he would be hopeful of making a splash.

IPL Track Record: He is still a newbie in cricket, with 2019 being his first edition of the IPL. However, his economy rate of under 7 in both 4 ODIs and T20 matches, have already made him a talking point, and all eyes will surely be on him.

 

Joe Denly, Kolkata Knight Riders

The English cricketer has been bought by the Knight Riders for INR 1 crore, and it is not hard to understand why. Making his comeback after a long time, Denly had impressed by picking 4 wickets against Sri Lanka.

IPL Track Record: Another newbie, Denly will be surely looking to create an impression this year, and remind audiences once again about his skills. He is also a valuable batsman, with 4 T20 tons and can be the X-factor.

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