Varun initially gave up on a career in cricket when he was in class XII and then did a five-year architecture course, and worked in the field for close to two years - during which he played regularly with the tennis ball over the weekend - before deciding to leave that job and rekindle his passion for cricket as a 25-year-old.
Curran has joined Kings XI Punjab, who also have Windies star Chris Gayle on their books, for around £788,000 after the franchise saw off competition from Royal Challengers Bangalore. But putting the setback behind him, the left arm paceman has listed himself with a base price of INR 1.5 crore, which is the highest for an Indian player.
Malinga made a decision to come back into the auction pool and put himself in the 20 million Indian Rupees price bracket for the upcoming IPL 2019.
Royal Challengers Bangalore paid Rs 4.2 crore for Hetmyer. Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals, and Kolkata Knight Riders were involved in the bidding war to acquire the bowler.
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Besides the capped Indians, the West Indians too were in demand with Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite and Nicholas Pooran bagging hefty deals in the first round of bidding. In the bid for wicketkeepers, Heinrich Klaasen was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for his base price of Rs 50 lakh.
The all-rounder had entered the auction with a base price of Rs 75.
Another discarded India pacer Mohit Sharma went for Rs 5 crore to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) while current pace spearheads Mohammed Shami's services were purchased for Rs 4.80 crore by Kings XI Punjab.
Hard-hitting wicketkeeper batsman Nicholas Pooran will join Kings XI's squad, for INR 4.2 crores (approx United States dollars 583,000). The other big buy of the first couple of hours of the auction was uncapped Tamil Nadu mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy (27), who sparked a bidding war between five franchises. They are Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Lasith Malinga, Shaun Marsh, Colin Ingram, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews, and D'Arcy Short.