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Player Auction is an integral part of the Indian Premier League as it offers the franchises a chance to revamp their squads and become a better version of themselves. T20 stars from around the world are competing in the big event and teams are leaving no stone unturned in signing them.
In general, you’ve seen franchises eager to pick the quality international players in the IPL auction and it was the big names that rake in the big bucks at the event. However, there have been instances where franchises have broken their bank for unlimited players and these young talents have become millionaires overnight.
Here are five times when unlimited players caught the eye in the IPL auction: 5. Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube took the 2018-19 Ranji Trophy by storm with his all-around performance. He brought bowling strikes to the cleaners and choked batters with his average pace.
When Mumbai locked horns with Baroda in the Elite Group A match, left-handed Baroda’s spinner Swapnil Singh hit five consecutive sixes on the final day of the match (the eve of the IPL 2019 auction, by the way). He ended up hitting 76 runs in 60 balls in that innings.
A power hitter who can bowl at a medium pace was a rare breed in Indian cricket circles. So when Dube went under the hammer at auction, Royal Challengers Bangalore went all guns to acquire his services and spent INR 5 crore to add him to their arsenal. However, the ace all-rounder couldn’t justify its price tag and had a miserable showing in the 2019 season as he could only score 40 points with a 121.21 strike rate.