With IPL welcoming the return of two teams after suspension, the auction ahead of IPL 2018 is set to be bigger than ever. While the focus will largely be on getting the best and brightest talent from across the globe, there are some rough diamonds that can shine brightly if the IPL scouts know where to look.
Following the success of the inaugural edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League, T Natarajan was snapped up by the Kings XI Punjab. While he was no bargain, with the emphasis on stars, they might some steals available for the IPL sides if they take a closer look at the performances in the second edition of the TNPL that was won by Chepauk Super Gillies.
Here are the 5 best IPL prospects from the TNPL:
5. T Natarajan
With player retention likely to be restricted to just a few players, it is highly unlikely that Kings XI will choose to have T Natarajan in that list. That's primarily down to the fact that they can get him at the auction. After an impressive outing in the inaugural edition of the TNPL, the left-arm pacer had a stellar season for Tamil Nadu across all formats and was picked up by Kings XI for INR 3 crore.
Much like last year, when he impressed with his incredible control and ability to execute yorkers at will, he continued to be a threat in TNPL 2017. While he finished with nine wickets from six matches, it is his economy rate of 5.39 really stands out. For sides that are looking for a death bowler, the 26-year-old would be the ideal option and with the emphasis on stars, he might even be available for a bargain.