The top five most cost-effective acquisitions at the TATA IPL Auction 2023 have all been sold, including players like Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Cameron Green, and Nicholas Pooran who have generated significant revenue in this year’s sales.
While the high-profile players have garnered a lot of attention, teams have also made some smart moves that have gone under the radar, who will be equally as effective as the bigger names.
Here, we take a look at three of those players who have been bargain buys at the auction.
Adil Rashid – Rs. 2 crores (SRH)
Sunrisers Hyderabad entered the auction with the most money to spend and were searching for both an experienced spinner and a power hitter. They managed to find a middle-order batsman in Harry Brook.
One of the best deals of the auction was the signing of Rashid for the base price of two crores. Rashid is currently regarded as one of the best leg-spinners in international cricket, making him a valuable wicket-taker for the Sunrisers, who had a difficult time winning games last season.
Phil Salt – Rs. 2 crores (DC)
Phil Salt is a talented top-order batsman who can also serve as a wicketkeeper. He was acquired by the Delhi Capitals at his base price of two crores.
The Capitals were searching for a middle-order batsman at the auction and have found one in Phil Salt, who is an excellent value at two crores due to his ability to bat at number three or four as well.
In 13 T20 internationals, Salt has scored 245 runs at a strike rate of 161.2, and in 30 games in the Big Bash League for the Adelaide Strikers, he has registered 671 runs at a strike rate of 146.51.
Samarth Vyas – Rs. 20 lakhs (SRH)
At the auction, Sunrisers Hyderabad also sought to acquire a domestic middle-order batter. They were able to sign Saurashtra’s Samarth Vyas for twenty lakh rupees.
Vyas put up some strong performances in domestic cricket this year and is known for his quick running between the wickets. At twenty lakh rupees, Vyas represents great value and adds depth to Hyderabad’s batting lineup.