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‘Death overs’ yorker specialist Basil Thampi lone cricketer from Kerala sold at IPL auction

Tuesday, Feb 21, 2017,11:50 IST By joji A A A

Bengaluru | Strike medium pace bowler Basil Thampi emerged as the lone cricket player from Kerala to be sold in the first round of IPL auction here Monday.

Basil Thampi was auctioned by Gujarat Lions for Rs. 85 lakhs, a far higher amount than the basic rate of Rs. 10 lakhs, in which there were no bidders for senior Indian pacers such as Ishanth Sharma and Irfan Pathan.

Debut in the glamorous premier league could be his stepping stone to the national blue jersey.

A native of Iringol near Perumbavoor, Basil Thampi is a member of Kerala Ranji team, one-day team and T-20 team.

Basil displayed his outstanding talent to control runs in the slog overs in recent Mushtaq Ali Trophy matches in Mumbai for South Zone. He impressed with a haul of 1 wicket conceding 28 runs in 4 overs in the last match against East Zone. He was able to deliver yorkers during death overs regularly. He can get hit but will only get better with time.

Making his debut in 2014 playing for Kerala under 19 team, he made his presence in the state team in all formats of the competition within two years.

Basil Thampi is currently working for MRF in Chennai.

Describing him as a hard working player, Kerala Cricket Association Secretary Jayesh George said Basil’s entry into IPL is well-deserving.

Following is the list of players who were sold in the first round of IPL auction.

Players sold in first round: Eoin Morgan Kings XI Punjab Rs 2 crores; Pawan Negi Royal Challengers Bangalore Rs 1 crore; Angelo Mathews Delhi Daredevils Rs 2 crores; Ben Stokes Rising Pune Supergiants Rs 14.5 crores; Corey Anderson Delhi Daredevils Rs 1 crore; Nicholas Pooran Mumbai Indians Rs 30 lakhs; Kagiso Rabada Delhi Daredevils Rs 5 crores; Trent Boult Kolkata Knight Riders Rs 5 crores; Tymal Mills Royal Challengers Bangalore Rs 12 crores; Pat Cummins Delhi Daredevils Rs 4.5 crores; Mitchell Johnson Mumbai Indians Rs 2 crores; Ankit Bawne Delhi Daredevils Rs 10 lakhs; Tanmay Agarwal Sunrisers Hyderabad Rs 10 lakhs; Mohammad Nabi Sunrisers Hyderabad Rs 30 lakhs; K Gowtham Mumbai Indians Rs 2 crores; Rahul Tewatia Kings XI Punjab Rs 25 lakhs; Aditya Tare Delhi Daredevils Rs 25 lakhs; Eklavya Dwivedi Sunrisers Hyderabad Rs 75 lakhs; Aniket Choudhary Royal Challengers Bangalore Rs 2 crores; T Natarajan Kings XI Punjab Rs 3 crores; Nathu Singh Gujarat Lions Rs 50 lakhs; Basil Thampi Gujarat Lions Rs 85 lakhs; M Ashwin Delhi Daredevils Rs 1 crore; Tejas Baroka Gujarat Lions Rs 10 lakhs; Rashid Khan Sunrisers Hyderabad Rs 4 crores; Pravin Tambe Sunrisers Hyderabad Rs 10 lakhs; Chris Woakes Kolkata Knight Riders Rs 4.2 crores; Karn Sharma Mumbai Indians Rs 3.2 crores; Rishi Dhawan Kolkata Knight Riders Rs 55 lakhs; Matt Henry Kings XI Punjab Rs 50 lakhs; Jaydev Unadkat Rising Pune Supergiants Rs 30 lakhs; Varun Aaron Kings XI Punjab Rs 2.8 crores; Manpreet Gony Gujarat Lions Rs 60 lakhs;

Irfan may feel hard done by but a drop in pace, not being the biggest of hitters didn’t help his cause either even though there were a couple of good performances in the Mushtaq Ali T20 that became a talking point in social media.

If perception works negatively for Pujara, it worked positively for Rajasthan’s left-arm pacer Aniket Chaudhary, who got a Rs 2 crore deal from Royal Challengers.

Aniket has been regular at Indian Test team nets and skipper Virat Kohli has regularly faced him. Kohli has an idea of what Aniket can bring to the table and no wonder RCB went whole hog for him at the auction.

Mohammed Siraj, who landed a Rs 2.6 crore deal from Sunrisers Hyderabad, has picked 40 plus wickets in the Ranji Trophy, has been on national selector’s fringe radar playing in Irani Trophy as well as warm-up game against Australia A.

VVS Laxman has some idea about Hyderabadi talent and hence was picked. Pawan Negi and Karn Sharma not even close to selection in Indian team got the deals purely being specialists in the shortest format. Negi being a left-arm spinner can be used a restrictive option and Karn with his googly as an attacking option. That both can use long handle was an added benefit.

For Priyank Panchal his 1400 plus runs in Ranji Trophy clubbed him as a red ball cricket expert and hence no deals.

Prithvi Shaw is a wonderful talent but at 17 years, there is no harm in throwing him at the deep end of the IPL pool as he is someone to watch out for.