IPL Auctions 2019: Best purchase by each team
This year’s auction was more strategic than ever before with teams clearly having their own strategy. Franchises needed to select players based on their availability for the next season. This meant that franchises were wiling to pay a lot more for uncapped players. This saw unknown talents like Varun Chakravarthy (8.4 crores) and Shivam Dube (5 crores) receive huge bids.
Franchises made a lot of smart decisions regarding their purchases, but each franchise clearly has one standout player among the list of players purchased. Let’s take a look at the best purchase from each team.
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Shimron Hetmyer
As expected, RCB went all in when purchasing Shimron Hetmyer. They spent 4.2 crores to get the West Indian batsman and were probably willing to spend more. For the past few seasons, RCB didn’t have much depth in their batting especially after AB de Villiers’ wicket.
Shimron Hetmyer can fill that void quite comfortably. He showed what he is capable of during West India’s tour of India where he scored an aggressive century and followed it up with an even more aggressive knock of 94.
Hetmyer’s name will probably be one of the first names to come up when RCB team management are selecting their playing XI. He will have a crucial role to play in the middle order if RCB are to lift the coveted trophy. He could very well bat at number 4 for his team.
Sunrisers Hyderabad - Jonny Bairstow
Jonny Bairstow is just one of three players purchased by Sunrisers Hyderabad this year. Jonny Bairstow has been in good form for England this past year that has seen him earn an IPL contract with Sunrisers Hyderabad.
He will most probably make his debut for SRH in their opening. Bairstow can play the role of an opener in the absence of Shikhar Dhawan or he can play the role of a finisher. Other notable buys for SRH include Martin Guptill, Wriddhiman Saha.