BENGALURU: Bengaluru boy K C Cariappa fetched a whopping `2.4 crore from his base price of `10 lakh at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions on Monday. He made history for uncapped player bids. Kolkata Knight Riders bought 21-year-old Cariappa.
Shreyas Iyer of Mumbai was the highest uncapped player as Delhi Daredevils bought him for `2.6 crore.
Cariappa, who was paid just `25,000 as he played in Karnataka Premier League (KPL) for Bijapur Bulls, was a surprise packet at the auctions.
Cariappa has had some useful spells in KPL and is yet to make his first-class debut. He has played for India under-19 as well. He turns out for Social Cricketers in the group II, division I league, and studied in Presidency School at R T Nagar. A leg break and googly bowler and a useful right hand batsman, Cariappa, who is coached by Sudhir Shinde, was delighted. “I was expecting a mere `10 lakh, but I went blank when I was sold for `2.4 crore,” Cariappa, a resident of Bagalugunte, told Express.
Cariappa said that during the KKR camp, coach Wasim Akram watched him bowl. “After the camp, Akram told me to get ready. He said his team had a chance for me in the next IPL season,” he added.
KKR CEO Venky Mysore said, “Some of the top players that we have, including the legendary Jacques Kallis, found Cariappa to be extremely good and we decided to give him a shot... When Sunil Narine was picked by us in 2012, we were asked if it was a gamble. And we were fortunate to have got him. Hope Cariappa does the same.”