12 unexpected players who set the IPL auction on fire
#11 Mujeeb Zadran (IPL 2018 auction)
Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Zadran was the first male to play international cricket who was born in the 21st century. The 16-year-old had played an instrumental role in Afghanistan's maiden U-19 Asia cup victory in 2017, picking up 20 wickets in the tournament including a 5 for 13 which dismantled Pakistan in the final. The mystery spinner had also played a big role in Afghanistan’s thrashing of New Zealand in the 2018 U-19 world cup picking up 4 wickets for 14 runs.
He started with 4 wickets in his debut match for Afghanistan against Ireland.
Zadran's efforts made the perfect build up for him to the auction, where the Kings XI Punjab fetched him for ₹4 crore. At 17 years and 11 days, the leg spinner also went to become the youngest player to play in the IPL.
He had a great debut IPL picking up 14 wickets in 11 matches, at an economy of 6.99.