Records continue to tumble at the IPL 2021 Auction with Karnataka’s spin-bowling all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham becoming the most expensive buy as far as uncapped Indian players are concerned.
Gowtham, who was released by Punjab Kings ahead of the IPL 2021 Auction, had set a base price of Rs 20 Lakh for himself, but the all-rounder insinuated a furious bidding war among Kolkata Knight Riders, SunRisers Hyderabad, and Chennai Super Kings at the auction table.
Initially, it was Kolkata Knight Riders and SunRisers Hyderabad, who got involved in a bidding war for Krishnappa Gowtham, taking his prize from Rs 20 Lakh to a whopping Rs 7.25 Crore.
KKR eventually made way for Chennai Super Kings in the bidding war, who eventually claimed the all-rounder’s services for a staggering amount of Rs 9.25 Crores.
As a result, Krishnappa Gowtham has broken Krunal Pandya’s record of being the most expensive uncapped Indian player bought on the auction table. Krunal Pandya was bought for Rs 8.80 Crore in the 2018 auction by the Mumbai Indians.
Speaking of Krishnappa Gowtham’s IPL numbers, the all-rounder has played in 24 games, in which he has managed 13 wickets at an average of 43.23 and 186 runs with the bat at an average of 14.31 and a strike-rate of 169.09.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
LION ALERT! 🦁
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) February 18, 2021
K Gowtham's 9.75 crore is the highest EVER bid for an UNCAPPED player in #IPLAuction
Previous most being 8.80 crores for Krunal Pandya in IPL 2018.
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) February 18, 2021
Gowtham played 2 matches for Punjab in 2020 and has been around for a while. Great guy so really happy for him, but fate is a funny old thing.
— Joy Bhattacharjya (@joybhattacharj) February 18, 2021
K Gowtham is the most expensive uncapped player ever. CSK picks him. Goes for 9.25cr #IPLAuction2021
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) February 18, 2021
Krishnappa Gowtham for 9.25cr. Hopefully CSK will play him after spending that. #IPLAuction2021
— Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) February 18, 2021
— RK (@RK_sports) February 18, 2021
Whoa gowtham hitting jackpot
— Starlord (@Star3600) February 18, 2021
CSK expectedly going for K Gowtham. An offie who can hit big before Jadeja
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) February 18, 2021
Krishappa Gowtham becomes the most expensive uncapped player in IPL history.
— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) February 18, 2021
— Tridib Baparnash ॐ (@TridibIANS) February 18, 2021
Gowtham to CSK. 9.25 crores is too much, but he is their kind of a player.
— Venkata Krishna B (@venkatatweets) February 18, 2021
K Gowtham sold for 9.25 cr for CSK should be trolled more than Maxwell for RCB .
— Sai (@akakrcb6) February 18, 2021
K Gowtham is the highest uncapped player in IPL history – CSK has got two all-rounder who can bowl off spin.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 18, 2021
Krishnappa Gowtham in 2019 & 2020 IPL season
Took Just 2 wickets from 9 Innings.
And combinedly scored 60(46) with bat
SOLD to CSK for 9.25 Cr 🥺😱
— Merin Kumar ™ (@merin_kumar) February 18, 2021
He is gowtham not Pollard 😭😭
— Arya (@kingkohli__fan) February 18, 2021
9.25 cr Gowtham 👀
— Shrutika Gaekwad (@Shrutika_45_) February 18, 2021
What the heck😳😳??
Krishnappa Goutham was sold for more than 9 Cr🤦♂️..
And Smith, Malan were sold for lowest😮
— .MB™ (@vamshi__ssmb) February 18, 2021
Krishnappa Goutham at the age of 30,with all his domestic experience…
It took one #IPL match to relive his dream of playing team India someday…
— Jameshubert (@ImJames_) April 22, 2018