Five Most Shocking Bids In Indian T20 League History

 Five Most Shocking Bids In Indian T20 League History

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The Indian T20 League brought in a completely new method for the valuation of players. In the very first season of the Indian T20 League, the players were put on auction. The eight participating teams went through the routine of a rigorous bidding war to fill their squads with their desired players. This has since been the norm of the Indian T20 League where the players are put under the hammer each year and the teams bid for their desired cricketers. 

The latest of the auctions was a mega auction for the 15th edition of the Indian T20 League, where 590 players were put to auction. The 10 teams of the league spent an amount of about INR 552 Cr to buy 204 players for their team.

In the history of the Indian T20 League, there have been some surprising bids by teams that shocked the fans and critics of the game alike. Here is a look at the top 5 of such bids.

1. Chris Gayle: Chris Gayle is arguably the best T20 batsman, as far as the short history of the newest format of the game is concerned. Chris Gayle has been an integral part of the Indian T20 League, where his career began for the Kolkata franchise.

After his stint with Kolkata, Gayle’s services were secured by the Bangalore franchise. During his stay at Bangalore, Gayle played some destructive knocks, of which a record-breaking 175 was also a part. But as his form started to decline, Bangalore released the explosive West Indian batsman. In the next auction, his form was considered by the teams and none of the team’s bid for him and Gayle went unsold, twice. In the end, at the request of Punjab franchise, he was put to auction a third time where he was bought by the Punjab team for 2Cr INR. The surprising turn of events involving Gayle and Punjab shocked everyone.


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