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Ranking the Top 5 Bargains in IPL Auction History

Antoinette MullerFeatured ColumnistDecember 5, 2013

Ranking the Top 5 Bargains in IPL Auction History

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    Last week, we looked at some of the biggest wastes of money of IPL auctions gone by.

    It's now time to focus on the good stuff, and pick out some of the best and most cunning buys of the tournament.

    The list remains subjective, and with the IPL having gone on since 2008, there are undoubtedly a few bargains we've missed out on.

    Add your thoughts on who missed out in the comments below. 

    All stats taken from the IPL's official website

5. David Miller

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    Player: David Miller

    Auction year: 2013

    Price: $100,000

     

    The Kings XI struck a bargain on a somewhat unknown South African David Miller in 2012.

    He went to them cheaply, and while he played just six games in 2012 and didn't really impress, their bargain buy really paid off in 2013.

    Miller scored 418 runs at an average of 59.71, including a breathtaking, unbeaten 101, which will leave tongues wagging for years to come.

    Miller's motto, given to him by his father according to ESPN Cricinfo's Firdose Moonda, is: "If it's in the V, it's in the tree; if it's in the arc, it's out of the park."

    He's certainly lived up to that motto for Kings XI. 

4. Kevon Cooper

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    Player: Kevon Cooper

    Auction year: 2013

    Price: $50,000

     

    In 2012, the Rajasthan Royals picked up West Indian Kevon Cooper for his base price of just $50,000.

    He played only six games in 2012, picking up 10 wickets, but proved a handy asset in 2013 by collecting 19 wickets in 14 games at an average of 23.63.

    The word bargain is relative when it comes to the Indian Premier League, since it often depends on the reputation of a player, too.

    If somebody known for doing something quite well is picked up for less than $1 million, it still feels like a bargain.

    However, there are rare instances where somebody who is not that well-known gets bought and stands out, even if it takes them a season or two.   

3. Amit Mishra

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    Player: Amit Mishra

    Auction year: 2011

    Price: $300,000

     

    Amit Mishra is at the "high end" of the bargain spectrum. The price for which he was bought in 2011 was quite high, but he has proved to be a handy asset for the Deccan Chargers.

    Since his move to the team, he has offered good returns. In 2011, he picked up 19 wickets at an average of 18.84.

    Although 2012 was a slight struggle for the spinner, with just 13 wickets at an average of 29.00, he bounced back in 2013 and took 21 wickets at an average of 18.76.

    The overall return on investment from Mishra has been good.  

2. Dwayne Bravo

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    Player: Dwayne Bravo

    Auction year: 2011

    Price: $200,000

     

    In 2011, Dwayne Bravo was picked up by the Chennai Super Kings for a very low price.

    Since then, he has become an all-round asset for the men in yellow with 43 wickets in three seasons and over 500 runs.

    He's a handy fielder and an all-round fantastic performer who struts with swagger wherever he goes.   

1. Chris Gayle

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    Player: Chris Gayle

    Auction year: 2011/12

    Price: $560,000  

     

    Chris Gayle signed on with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011 for a rather low sum—in comparison to other players who went for eye-watering numbers, at least.

    Gayle's price tag was partly due to uncertainty surrounding his availability and partly due to, well, who knows.

    Bangalore managed to retain his services in the 2012 season and his price was certainly worth it.

    Not only is he a household name when it comes to pulling crowds, but he has also repaid everyone's faith with his performances on the field.

    In 2012, Gayle scored 733 runs at an average of 61.08, with a top score of an unbeaten 128. He certainly earned his wages. 

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