Indian Premier League (IPL) has always thrown an opportunity for fresh talent and underrated stars in tandem. Sometimes, the distinct franchises have had missed the trick by going in for big names, who have had not delivered the punch.
But it is no secret that there are few buys, who play a massive role despite their small price tags, in the lucrative short-paced tournament.
One of the most notable buys in the history of the IPL was when Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bought Chris Gayle in the fourth season.
However, the Windies southpaw went unsold in the auction but was eventually called in as a replacement and the rest is history.
Here we look at the five best buys in IPL 2018:
#5. Mandeep Singh
The Punjabi batsman Mandeep Singh has been one of the contenders of the season. He was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a mere INR 1.4 crore using the Right to Match (RTM) card.
Mandeep scored an impressive 139 runs in the five innings coming lower down the order and is making some quick runs as well striking at an impressive strike rate of 163.52. He is scoring at an average of 46.33.
#4. Rahul Tewatia
Coming from a decent domestic season, Rahul Tewatia is one of the few players who lived up to the price tag in Delhi Daredevils dug out. Bought for a decent INR three crore, Tewatia claimed six wickets in his five games for the team.
However, the other big players with potential need to bring out their A game in the coming games. The Daredevils team is currently lying bottom of the table with just one win in five games.
#3. Mujeeb Rahman
The 17-year old Afghanistan wrist spinner is creating ripples in the league this year (2018). Kings XI Punjab had managed to ward off stiff competition to land him for a massive INR four crore deal.
The youngster is keeping runs in check and helping his team win crucial games.
On the other hand, he has various weapons and the batsmen are yet to pick his odd deliveries.
#2. Chris Gayle
The “Universe Boss” is back in the league in some style. After going unsold for two times in the auction, Kings XI Punjab managed to land him for his base price of INR two crore.
He was absent for the first two games of IPL but he did announce his arrival in style against Chennai Super Kings.
The 38-year-old backed it up with an unbeaten century against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and another fifty against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
#1. Mayank Markande
The young Punjabi bowler has been completely an unknown commodity to the cricketing world before the kick off of ongoing IPL season. But Markande has set a massive example in the tournament so far by creating problems for the batters.
He picked an impressive eight wickets in his first four matches for Mumbai Indians and was acquired for just INR 20 lakh.