A good set of spinners can run through a decent batting line-up. IPL has seen 17 hat-tricks and 11 out of them has been bagged by spinners. Franchisees got their eyes wide open as soon as the set of spinners came in the auction. They were ready to throw everything. Below is the list of spinners and their status in the first round of IPL auction 2018:
Piyush Chawla: Sold to Kolkata Knight Riders in 4.2 crores through RTM
Chennai Super Kings was interested in him and even got the spinner before Kolkata used RTM. Chawla has played 129 IPL matches and dismissed 126 batsmen with his leg-spin. The 29-year-old played first six seasons for Kings XI Punjab and next four for Kolkata Knight Riders. He averages 25.88 with the ball and has bowled with an economy of 7.63.
Imran Tahir: Sold to Chennai Super Kings in 1 crore
The South African leggie averages 21.10 in IPL. He is known for his skills more than his bowling celebration, of course. Tahir was a part of Delhi Daredevils and Rising Pune Supergiants in IPL. His international stats are more attractive. The 38-year-old spinner has picked 55 wickets with an average of 14.81 in T20Is. His experience is a bonus.
Karn Sharma: Sold to Chennai Super Kings in 5 crores
Mumbai Indians had a bidding war with Chennai Super Kings, but eventually, Chennai was successful to get him. Karn has represented Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians in IPL. The 30-year old turned out to be one of the emerging players of India's T20 league. With 49 wickets at an economy of 7.67, Sharma adds strength to the bowling line-up. Not only ball, the spinner has something to offer with the bat too.
Rashid Khan: Sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad in 9 crores by RTM
While Mumbai, Punjab, Rajasthan, Delhi and Bangalore threw everything for Rashid, Hyderabad stepped in and used RTM to get him back. The 19-year-old, in his only IPL season, has played for Sunrisers Hyderabad. The leggie, whose base price was 2 crores has impressed everyone and got recognized worldwide for his brilliant bowling display. Rashid has picked 17 wickets in his 14 IPL matches, with a strike rate of 19.05 and average just over 6.5. The Afghani bowler can be a good asset for the team.
Amit Mishra: Sold to Delhi Daredevils in 4 crores
Mishra, the veteran spinner has played for Delhi Daredevils, Deccan Chargers, and Sunrisers Hyderabad. Amit Mishra is an experienced bowler and has sent 134 batsmen back spinning a web around them in IPL. He has three 4-wicket haul and one 5-wicket haul with his name. If conditions suit him a bit, he can demolish any batting order.
Yuzvendra Chahal: Sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore in 6 crores by RTM
Chahal is the rising star of Indian cricket team. The leggie, who has played for Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore has been in a fine form lately. He has evolved a lot in the recent times. The 27-year-old averaged just 17.78 and had an economy under 8 last year. It is good considering he has struck for his team consistently. Overall, he has picked 70 wickets with a strike rate of 17 in 56 IPL matches.
Kuldeep Yadav: Sold to Kolkata Knight Riders in 5.8 crores by RTM
The unorthodox spinner is easily one of the top limited-overs bowlers in current time. He played a couple of IPL seasons with Kolkata Knight Riders and picked up 18 wickets in 15 games. The Uttar Pradesh cricketer has improved a lot and is a valuable bowler for the team. Recently, in ODIs, he became the third bowler for India to take a hat-trick. The chinaman can pick wickets regularly and that makes him a good buy.
Adam Zampa: UNSOLD
The Australian leg-spinner has played for Rising Pune Supergiant in last 2 seasons. Zampa had troubled the batsman with his leg spin and was accomplished to get 19 wickets with an average of 14.63. In IPL 2016, the 25-year-old had picked 6/19 in a match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. That was the best bowling figures in an innings on the losing side.
Samuel Badree: UNSOLD
Badree has played three IPL seasons; one for Chennai Super Kings and two seasons with Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Caribbean spinner has not shinned in his 12 IPL matches much, but he has done well in T20 Internationals. In 34 matches, Samuel Badree has bagged 45 wickets with an average of 15.75. That says a lot about his value for money.
Ish Sodhi: UNSOLD
Sodhi has not made his IPL debut yet. The spinner has a good T20I record. We have seen him running through Indian batting line in World Cup 2016. He averages only 14.47 to scalp 21 wickets in 12 matches. The kiwi cricketer has a good reputation and can be effective in the Indian conditions.