Best XI of players from IPL auctions ever who were bought at a relatively lesser price

Best XI of players from IPL auctions ever who were bought at a relatively lesser price

The below-mentioned players went on to weave magic after not bagging overly massive deals.

Andre Russell, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL, IPL 2019
Andre Russell. (Photo: Kuntal Chakrabarty/IANS)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) has become the second biggest event in the format after the T20 World Cup. From around the world, the players look to establish themselves through performances in this league. This makes the tournament a huge spectacle.

An interesting part of this league is that it is not only about the sport and the skills that the players have. The price tag also comes into play during the auctions. Some players are over-priced, and some are undervalued.

Establishing the right strategy is important for every franchise when they go into the auctions. If they fail to create a strong team, there is an enormous loss for the owners. Adding on, they have to bear the embarrassment during the league stage as well. But, in a few cases, a few lesser-priced players went on to play useful roles.

Let’s have a look at the best XI of the players who were bought at a relatively lower price, but became match winners in the IPL:

1. Brendon McCullum: INR 3.25 crores, 2014, captain and wicket-keeper

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Credit for the rise of New Zealand cricket over the past few years should be given to Brendon McCullum. Since he was drafted into the national squad during the early 2000s, he had a fearless attitude in him. This made him a destructive batsman in every format.

During the first match of the IPL, he smashed 158 runs against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. This set the stage for the league to become one of the most prominent sporting leagues around the world. However, the Kolkata Knight Riders sold him to the Kochi Tuskers.

After Kochi Tuskers were debarred from the IPL, he was bought by the Chennai Super Kings during the 2014 auction. For INR 3.25 crores, Brendon was a bit underpaid. This is mainly because he was at his peak during that stage. In the very next year, he guided the Kiwi side to their first-ever ICC World Cup final.