The biggest story of the IPL auction, which took place in Bengaluru on Monday, February 20, was that star Indian bowler Ishant Sharma remained unsold. Having a base price of Rs 2 crore, it was initially thought that the lanky bowler, who got married last year, would be the reason for a bidding war among the IPL franchisees.
It turned a shocker, however. The 28-year-old's name was put forward twice by IPL auctioneer Richard Madley, but both times, he was turned off by the franchisees.
Nevertheless, the IPL auction did turn out a major place to shine for some lesser-known Indian cricketers, who went away at some really unpredictable prices....and we were left scratching our heads!
Here are the Indian players who entered the Rs 1 crore club in the IPL 2017 auction:
|Name||Age||Base Price||Bought for||Bought by||Player details||India team caps (T20Is)|
|Karn Sharma||29||30 lakh INR||3.2 crore INR||Mumbai Indians||All-rounder||1|
|T Natarajan||25||10 lakh INR||3 crore INR||Kings XI Punjab||Bowler||None|
|Mohammed Siraj||22||20 lakh INR||2.6 crore INR||Sunrisers Hyderabad||Bowler||None|
|Krishnappa Gowtham||28||10 lakh INR||2 crore INR||Mumbai Indians||Bowler||None|
|Aniket Choudhary||27||10 lakh INR||2 crore INR||Royal Challengers Bangalore||Bowler||None|
|Pawan Negi||24||30 lakh INR||1 crore INR||Royal Challengers Bangalore||All-rounder||1|
|M Ashwin||26||10 lakh INR||1 crore INR||Delhi Daredevils||Bowler||None|