Young Tamil Nadu all-rounder Varun Charavarthy was one of the shock purchases in the auctions of the Indian Premier League this year as he fetched a whopping sum of Rs 8.4 crores from the Kings XI Punjab.
The young uncapped Indian matched the amount for the highest paid player in the competition, equalling Jaydev Unadkat, who returned to his old franchise for the same sum.
Varun was once a professional architect but a change of fortunes saw him be a part of the net sessions of the Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings. Varun said that he got valuable tips from spinners like Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla, which helped him evolve as a bowler.
He ended the 2018 Vijay Hazare Trophy as the second highest wicket-taker with 22 scalps. Varun had the best economy among all bowlers in the Tamil Nadu Premier League last season and has grabbed eyeballs when Kings XI broke the bank to attain his services for the upcoming edition of the IPL.
Like Varun, another uncapped Indian who fetched big money at the auctions this year was Shivam Dubey who was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 5 crores. The left-handed batting all-rounder smashed five sixes in an over recently in a Ranji Trophy match against Baroda which pushed his cause for a buyer in the competition.
The youngster currently is the second-highest run-getter for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy with 489 runs.