5 lesser-known players who stole the headlines in the IPL 2024

By Akanksha - January 7, 2024 - Last updated on Jan 07, 2024 12:31 AM
5 lesser-known players who stole the headlines in the IPL 2024

At the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai: > IPL 2024 Auction Highlights, Clubs bid astronomically high prices for several well-known players at the Indian Premier League (IPL) Player Auction. However, a few less well-known figures also made news.

5 Lesser-Known Players Who Stole the Headlines in the IPL 2024

This is a list of some of the best uncapped Indian players that teams have placed bids on.

5. Ramandeep Singh - Kolkata Knight Riders

Ramandeep Singh

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He is a capable fast bowler and an explosive lower-order batter. After playing for the Mumbai Indians, the 26-year-old hitter from Punjab has recently signed a Rs. 20 lakh contract to play for Kolkata Knight Riders. Ramandeep hit 418 runs with a strike rate of 172.73 in 11 innings at this year's Sher-E-Punjab T20 event, reaching the boundary per 4.8 balls. After that, he scored 127 runs in seven innings at 222.80 in the SMAT 2023. Every three balls, he struck a boundary while batting as a finisher.

4. Swastik Chhikara - Delhi Capitals

Swastik Chhikara

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Delhi Capitals got this 18-year-old for his base price of Rs 20 lakh. The opening batter hogged the limelight in the UP T20 league, where he was the second-highest scorer with 494 runs, including three centuries in 10 innings at a strike rate of 173.33. On his Vijay Hazare Trophy debut for Uttar Pradesh in November, Swastik smashed a 101-ball 117.

3. Shubham Dubey- Rajasthan Royals

Shubham Dubey

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Known for his batting pyrotechnics in the middle order, the Vidarbha batter was valued at Rs 5.8 crore by Rajasthan Royals. Dubey was the highest run scorer for Vidarbha in the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, scoring at a strike rate of 187.18 in seven innings and hitting 28 boundaries, including 18 sixes. The 29-year-old has a strong base and is known for his big hits against fast bowlers. Using him in the backend of the innings against pace could prove to be a game-changer.

2. Kumar Kushagra - Delhi Capitals

Kumar Kushagra

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The 19-year-old Jharkhandi wicketkeeper-batter was signed by the Delhi Capitals for a fee of Rs 7.2 crore. As the youngest hitter to score 250 or more in a first-class innings, Kushagra made history at the age of 17. He loves to stride out early in his innings to overpower the bowlers and bats with an aggressive approach. He amassed 227 runs with a strike rate of 109.13 in five innings during the Deodhar Trophy 2023. He may serve as Delhi's middle-order pillar for many years to come.

1. Sameer Rizvi - Chennai Super Kings

Sameer Rizvi

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The 20-year-old, who was signed by Chennai Super Kings for Rs 8.4 crore, became the most expensive uncapped Indian player of this year's auction. The Uttar Pradesh batsman gained notoriety for his recent heroics in the UP T20 competition, when he amassed 455 runs with a strike rate of 188.80 in nine innings. Rizvi averaged 69.25 and struck at 139.89 to score 277 runs in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2023. His power hitting against spinners is widely known, and he typically bats in the middle order.

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