PBL 2018: 5 Bargain buys of the season
The third season of the Premier Badminton League is upon us and the auctions have already taken place. Each franchise spent a minimum of Rs. 2.12 crores and bought a team of ten players each with at least three of them being women.
H.S. Prannoy is the highest earner among the list of established players and was bought for a massive Rs. 62 Lakhs by Ahmedabad Smash Masters while Victor Axelsen and Sung Ji-Hyun went for Rs. 50 Lakhs each to the Bengaluru Blasters and Delhi Acers respectively.
Despite all the big money buys, there were some players who went for a considerably lower amount and are looking like unbelievably top-notch buys on paper. Let's take a closer look at them:
#5 Chris Addock
Chris Addock who played for Chennai Smashers in the last edition of the Badminton Premier League was retained by the franchised for Rs. 54 Lakhs for the upcoming season. The defending champions Chennai has always laid more importance on making singles matches their backbone and won the last edition because of big performances in the same.
Addock can play in both men's doubles and mixed doubles and a player of his ability for Rs. 54 Lakhs is an outright bargain on any given day. He will be playing alongside his wife Gabrielle Addock in the mixed doubles matches and they have a good history of winning tournaments like European Badminton Championships, Hong Kong Open, Swiss Open and many other tournaments in the past.
Addock has won the Finnish Open and also managed to win a silver medal thrice at the Bitburger Open.