Ahead of a new season in the Indian Premier League, there were 33 South Africans among a total of 590 players up for sale at the two-day IPL auction, and young Brevis – who has been likened to Proteas legend AB de Villiers – was picked up by Mumbai, who paid 3 Indian crore for the 18-year-old, which is just over R6 million.
Kagiso Rabada is also in for a big payday after he was ‘bought’ for R18.6 million (9.25 Indian crore) by the Punjab Kings at the IPL auction. Rabada has starred for the Delhi Capitals in the past two editions of the IPL, but he was this time snapped up for R18.6 million by the Punjab Kings.
Meanwhile, Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock was bought for R13.5m (6.75 crore) by new franchise the Lucknow Super Giants after previously playing for the Mumbai Indians.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore also picked up Faf du Plessis for R14m (7 crore) as he makes the move from the Chennai Super Kings.
Proteas fast bowler Anrich Nortje was the lone South African retained for this year’s IPL and he remains with the Delhi Capitals.
David Miller (base price 1 crore) went unsold.
SOUTH AFRICANS IN IPL AUCTION:
Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, David Miller, Imran Tahir, Dewald Brevis, Aiden Markram, Marco Jansen, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Dwaine Pretorius, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, Rilee Rossouw, Marchant de Lange, Zubayr Hamza, Ryan Rickelton, Wayne Parnell, Daryn Dupavillon, Donavon Ferreira, Gerald Coetzee, Nandre Burger, Sisanda Magala, Andile Phehlukwayo, Migael Pretorius, Corbin Bosch, Ottneil Baartman, Khwezi Gumede, Duan Jansen, Beyers Swanepoel, Johan van Dyk.