Karnataka team bowling all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham became the most expensive uncapped player in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Chennai Super Kings bought his services for a whopping amount of INR 9.25 crore in the IPL 2021 auction on Thursday. The Indian off-spinner will sport the jersey of the Yellow Army in this year’s IPL.
Gowtham had a base price set at INR 20 lakh. His first bidders were Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad, but then Chennai Super Kings made a surprise entry and roped in the player for INR 9.25 crores.
“It was nerve-wracking, I was very anxious, watching on TV,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Gowtham as saying.
“We’d just landed in Ahmedabad and I’d just switched on the TV and my name came up. Emotions were changing every minute. Then, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya knocked on my door and gave me a big hug and they asked for a big treat. It was a very happy moment, we were all smiles, it was like having my family with me at that very moment. They were all so happy for me.”
Gowtham had a rough IPL season last year. He was bought by the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2018 auction for INR 6.2 crores but traded to Punjab Kings (formerly Kings XI Punjab) in 2019. In the 2018 season, he played fifteen games, scoring 126 runs and picking up 11 wickets. And in 2019, he played only seven games dismissing a single wicket while scoring 18 runs. In the last season, he featured in only two games and registered 42 runs, taking one wicket.
“My parents had tears, happy tears. It’s hard to describe that feeling. It’s all just sinking in. Obviously, this isn’t the first time I’ve been part of the auction but every time your name comes up, the kind of butterflies in your tummy is unimaginable. So they were equally eager and anxious to see me. But I think towards the end, they were also very happy. I could see that,” he added.
Krishnappa Gowtham hasn’t received a call-up in the national side yet, but the player regularly features in List A games. He has received a call up as a reserve bowler for the Indian team for their ongoing series against England.