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The uncapped Indians that struck big in IPL

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Top uncapped sales of the 2017 IPL Auction (2:39)

Who were the uncapped players who attracted the highest bids in this IPL auction? (2:39)

T Natarajan

The 25-year old left-arm seamer went to Kings XI Punjab for INR 3 crore from INR 10 lakh

Natarajan grabbed eyeballs in the inaugural season of the Tamil Nadu Premier League with his whippy, quick-arm action for Dindigul Dragons. He took 10 wickets in seven matches, including a four-wicket haul, at an average of 19.80 and economy rate of 7.33. His best performance came in a Super Over against Tuti Patriots when he nailed six yorkers back to back. He also has an especially deceptive offcutter. Natarajan also went on to establish himself as one of the key members of the Tamil Nadu team that reached the semi-final of the Ranji Trophy in 2016-17.

Basil Thampi

The 23-year old right-arm seamer went to Gujarat Lions for INR 85 lakh from a base price of INR 10 lakh

A product of the MRF pace foundation, Thampi has a reputation of bowling at 140 kph or more. He claimed eight wickets in five matches for Kerala in the inter-state domestic T20s last month, at economy of 6.22 with best figures of 3 for 19 against Goa. Thampi has been a regular figure in Chennai league cricket having played for Globe Trotters over the last two seasons.

K Gowtham

The 28-year old right-arm offspinner went to Mumbai Indians for INR 2 crore from a base price of INR 10 lakh

Gowtham's ability to bowl slowly and maintain tight lines helped him overcome a three-year break from first-class cricket and thrive in the 2016-17 Ranji Trophy, picking up 27 wickets in eight matches for Karnataka. He had a fruitful Karnataka Premier League as well, taking 11 wickets from eight T20s at an economy rate of 5.58. Gowtham took five wickets in the inter-state T20s earlier this month and also struck a half-century.

"For the first time in my life," Gowtham told ESPNcricinfo, "my mom shook my hands and said congratulations. Usually, she only talks, but today, it was very special. She shook my hands and hugged me, and it felt really nice."

Aniket Choudhary

The 27-year old left-arm seamer went to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 2 crore from a base price of INR 10 lakh

Choudhary recently played his second game for India A - the warm-up tie against the visiting Bangladesh team - and took four wickets, including Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim. He is noted for being able to bring the ball back into the right-hander and to make it bounce more than expected. Choudhary took five wickets in three matches at the inter-state T20s and maintained an economy rate of under six. The next stage of the tournament - the zonals - fetched him six wickets in four matches, although they cost 10 runs an over.

"I don't have any big plans of doing anything with the money," Choudhary said. "I'll spend it in a good way, invest in my fitness. I'll probably hire a good trainer or a good physio."

Mohammed Siraj

The 22-year old right-arm seamer went to Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 2.6 crore from a base price of INR 20 lakh

Siraj was the second-highest wicket-taker - 41 - among fast bowlers in the Ranji Trophy and played an important part in Hyderabad making the Ranji Trophy knockouts for the first time in five seasons. He has a strong action, the bouncer is one of his go-to deliveries and enjoys playing big matches, which is clear from his nine-wicket match haul in a tightly fought Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Mumbai. Siraj made a smooth transition to T20 cricket, snaring nine wickets in the inter-state tournament, with an economy rate of 6.57. He was also selected to the Rest of India squad for the Irani Trophy.