One season wonders and huge IPL paychecks (3/3)

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Now that we know how big the Indian Premier League is and how Lalit Modi started it all, it’s time to hop a little into the details of massive paychecks that were handed over in IPL. Cricket is a great leveller just like any other sport. One day you are treated like a king, next day you are a nobody rotting on the bench.

Remember Rajasthan Royal’s Kamran Khan with that slingy action who was touted as the next big thing? Did it hit your nostalgic chord? Kamran Khan played in 2009 IPL season. YES, almost a decade back. Time flies, doesn’t it? Kamran’s story is a rags to riches and again back to rags. Spotted by Rajasthan Royals’ team director Darren Berry in a local T20 tournament in Mumbai, Kamran Khan’s story will send shivers down your spine.

This is the final of three articles’ series on the mega success of IPL.

In case you haven’t read the Part I and Part II of this series of articles on the mega success of IPL, please follow the links given below.

Part I – Just how big is the IPL?

Part 2 – The brainchild of Lalit Modi – How he followed Kerry Packer’s footsteps in reinvigorating cricket

Kamran Khan impressed Shane Warne so much so that the captain immediately drafted the teenager into the Royals team in 2010.

The son of a woodcutter from Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Khan played in IPL 2009 and scalped 12 wickets. He never played first class cricket. He used to consistently bowl in the 140s range, however, his bowling action got banned. The left handed pacer went through corrective measures and played a match for Pune Warriors in 2011. That was the end of the road for him. He has been working in his brother’s wheat farms since then. Back to square one. Shows cricket is indeed a great leveller.

Pocket sized dynamo

Rajasthan Royals once boasted a pocket sized dynamo in the form of Swapnil Asnodkar.

Remember Paul Valthaty’s 120* (63) against Chennai Super Kings? He was a revelation of all sorts for Kings XI Punjab in 2013 season. He went onto score 463 runs in the season. Post that, he managed just 30 runs in the next season and failed to live up to the hype.

Players like Manpreet Gony, Swapnil Asnodkar and Saurabh Tiwary went into oblivion after having one good season each in Indian Premier League (IPL).

Who remembers Graeme Smith-Swapnil Asnodkar opening pair for Rajasthan in IPL 2008? Rajasthan Royals once boasted a pocket sized dynamo in the form of Swapnil Asnodkar. A wonderful strokemaker. The Goa batsman scored 311 runs in just 9 matches in IPL 2008. The stage was set for him but he failed to pounce. He accumulated just 112 runs in 11 matches post that.

Huge IPL Paychecks (2008-2019)

Indian Premier League (IPL) has been the most lucrative and most popular outlet for the game of cricket.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) paid $1.5 million to secure MS Dhoni’s services in the inaugural edition of Indian Premier Legaue. 3 years later, Kolkata Knight Riders’ owners shelled out $2.4 million to buy Gautam Gambhir.

‘I have never in my life seen this much money’ said South African all-rounder Chris Morris in 2013 after he got sold to Chennai Super Kings for $625,000. That was 31 times his initial base price.

Did you ever hear about Varun Chakravarthy before the 2018 mini auction when he earned 42 times his base price of INR 20 lac? Unknown cricketers became millionaires overnight.

Indian Premier League (IPL) means serious business. It has always meant serious business. Serious business with serious flow of money. Money has always been the focal part in IPL. Serious money given to players, BCCI, broadcasters and almost everyone working in tandem with this huge brand.

In case you haven’t read the Part I and Part II of this series of articles on the mega success of IPL, please follow the links given below.

Part I – Just how big is the IPL?

Part 2 – The brainchild of Lalit Modi – How he followed Kerry Packer’s footsteps in reinvigorating cricket

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Gourav Pilania

Gourav Pilania is the Head of Content at ProSports11. He is also a guest writer for The Hindu, India Today, Sportskeeda, The Roar, BlastingNews, and SportsCafe. He can be followed on twitter @pilania_gourav. Massive Liverpool FC supporter.

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