Uncapped Indian cricketers
(From Left) Shivam Dubey, Atit Sheth, Karn Veer Kaushal, Rohit Rayudu and Varun Chakravarthy

The venue for IPL 2019 is yet to be confirmed leaving the eight franchises a lot to ponder over whom to punt on as they aim to build a squad that will hopefully help them to the glory no matter where the tournament is hosted.

The teams have a limited purse at their disposal and few slots to fill and thus auction doesn’t have the grand look of its predecessor. Nevertheless, the bidding war always makes for an entertaining spectacle, especially for the unheralded players who have over the years have hit the paydirt defying all expectations.

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Here we look at the five uncapped Indian players who could make a splash at the auction on Tuesday.

Varun Chakravarthy (Base price: INR 20 lakh)

It could turn out to be the story of the year should Tamil Nadu’s Varun Chakravarthy draw big bucks at the auction. And the chances are bright considering the season he has had so far. His comeback to cricket is an interesting story on its own. After giving up professional cricket for a career in architecture, Varun couldn’t stay away for long from his first love despite enduring “several failures” in his own words. He was a fast bowler, lied that he could keep wickets and eventually made name as a mystery spinner. After sessions with IPL giants of the likes of Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians, he was the talk of the town during the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). He impressed with his ability to plug the flow of runs, delivering 125 dot balls (he bowled 40 overs). Then in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, he finished with 22 wickets from nine matches the second-highest of the one-day tournament after Shahbaz Nadeem. Don’t be surprised if he triggers a bidding war.

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Shivam Dubey (Base price: INR 20 lakh)

A talented but unfit cricketer. That was how Mumbai allrounder Shivam Dubey was referred as a kid. But when that became a hindrance as he aimed to carve a career as a professional cricketer, he worked hard, became fitter and ensured to not do his reputation of a big-hitting left-hander any harm. At the Mumbai T20 League, he skyrocketed into contention when he belted five sixes in an over of Pravin Tambe. At the ongoing Ranji Trophy, he struck 114 off 139 against Railways. He’s a pace bowling allrounder that makes him a valuable commodity, especially in Indian cricketing circle. His T20 strike-rate is 147.65 and has picked up 10 wickets in 13 matches.

Karn Veer Kaushal (Base price: INR 20 lakh)

Karn Veer Kaushal walked into bulldozed his way into collective consciousness when he became Vijay Hazare Trophy’s first ever double-centurion in October this year. It was his maiden appearance in the tournament and representing Uttarakhand, he reached the magical figure while consuming just 132 deliveries. In eight List A matches, he has scored 489 runs at 69.85 and a strike-rate of 124.11 with three centuries to go by. He admires MS Dhoni and harbours hopes of emulating his role as a world-class finisher. Need we say more?

Atit Sheth (Base price: INR 20 lakh)

A right-arm pacer, Atit Sheth was the fourth highest wicket-taker of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He took 15 wickets in eight matches for Baroda at an average of 15. He came to prominence when he knocked out Mumbai’s top-order in the domestic giants historic 500th Ranji match, finishing with a five-wicket haul on the opening day. With the IPL set to be held overseas this time around and in all likeliness South Africa being the preferred venue, his ability to move the ball both ways could make him a valuable prospect in the pace-friendly conditions. Although he bats lower down the order, the 22-year-old is no mug with the bat either having scored a century and three fifties in his first-class career so far. His T20 strike-rate is 134.28 and has 17 wickets from 13 matches.

Rohit Rayudu (Base price: INR 20 lakh)

Rohit Rayudu struck a century and three fifties during the Vijay Hazare Trophy. With 398 runs at 66.63, he finished as Hyderabad’s top-scorer of the one-day tourney. He boasts a List A average of 54.00 but a below 100 strike-rate could be a dampener. However, he’s fast building a reputation of a dependable batsman and that could work in the favour of the 24-year-old. He’s yet to play T20 but considering his base price, won’t be a bad player to punt on.