IPL Auction 2019: 5 weirdest bidding wars
#4 – Akshdeep Nath
Akshdeep Nath has been in the talks for quite some time now. The wicketkeeper was the vice-captain of the Indian U19 side that won the World Cup in 2012.
That side can actually be deemed as the unluckiest squad ever in terms of making it big. There are a lot of talented players but most haven't been able to make it count on the big stage with the senior squad. Sandeep Sharma has shone in the IPL – not many youngsters have been consistently able to do that for the franchise.
Akshdeep Nath is no different. He was one of the best players in domestic circuit in the squad but has never gotten a chance in the Indian senior squad. His IPL career has also not been great and he was released by KXIP before the 2019 auctions.
However, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings seem to have a lot of faith in the 25-year-old. The wicketkeeper-batsman was the subject of a bidding war between the two south Indian sides.
Both RCB and CSK were constantly bidding for him before Chennai had to back to back out at 3.4 crores. That was the maximum they could bid and thus, Bangalore snapped him up for 3.6 crores – 18x his base price.