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IPL 2017: From T Natarajan to Aniket Choudhary, 5 uncapped Indian players to watch out for

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Aniket Choudhary, T Natarajan, Eklavya Dwivedi, Mohammad Siraj and Krishnappa Gowtham are few of the low profile young Indian cricketers who bagged much more than their base price and stole the show. Here is a little something about these players who could be seen shining on the fields in an effort to claim victory for their respective teams: 

Aniket Choudhary:


Aniket Choudhary entered the elite club of ‘crorepatis’ this IPL season. The 27-year-old had set his base price at Rs10 lakh but a massive bidding war got his price up to Rs 2 crore and the domestic player who plays for Rajasthan was finally sold to Royal Challenger’s Banglore.

T Natarajan:

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T Natarajan, 25 whose life struggle has left people speechless is yet another player who joined the crorepati club in this IPL Auction. Natarajan belongs to a small village of Chinnappampatti and had much responsibility on him while he was still growing up but none of it let the young player lose his passion for cricket. The house of talent was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 3 crores.

Eklavya Dwivedi:

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Eklavya Dwivedi played his first ever match in 2008 in Vijay Hazare Trophy for Uttar Pradesh. A middle order batsman, he gradually became the team’s first choice wicketkeeper. With 258 runs in nine matches at a batting average of 51.60, Dwivedi became the highest scorer of Uttar Pradesh in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2016. He was sold for Rs 1 crore to Gujarat Lions last year and was sold for Rs 75 lacs to Sunrisers Hyderabad this year.

Mohammed Siraj:

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Mohammed Siraj made his debut in November 2015 in Ranji Trophy. It was only last year with Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy that he started playing Twenty 20 and today, at the IPL Auction in Bengaluru was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 2.6 crore. He had set his base price at a mere Rs 2 lakh.

Krishnappa Gowtham:

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Krishnappa Gowtham had set his base price at 10 lakhs and he too landed in the crorepati club along with Siraj, Natarajan and Choudhary with Mumbai Indians buying him for Rs 2 crores. Gowtham started his cricketing career with under-15 zonal tournament in Bengaluru where he showcased his bowling attack and became the second highest wicket taker.It was in the 2016-2017 Ranji Trophy season that he came under the spotlight by picking up five wicket hauls against Delhi and Assam.

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