Four uncapped players from the state Ranji Trophy squad have been handed their Rajasthan Royals stripes - Deepak Chahar, Ashok Maneria, Aakash Chopra and Dishant Yagnik. The quartet will join the likes of Ross Taylor, Paul Collingwood and Johan Botha for the fourth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
Royals, during the two-day auction over the weekend, also bought Rajasthan's pace spearhead Pankaj Singh, the highest wicket taker in the ongoing Ranji season.
Pace sensation Chahar, 18, took eight wickets in his first-class debut and was the chief wreaker in bowling out Hyderabad for the lowest ever Ranji total of 21.
Left-handed batsman Maneria was the captain of the U-19 team that toured Australia in 2009 and for the U-19 World Cup in New Zealand.
Chopra, a former India Test opener and Delhi skipper moved to Rajasthan this season and has been instrumental in the team's superb performance that took them to the final.
Chopra has played for India but according to IPL rules if a player has not played for India in the last five years, he will come under the uncapped category.
Former India player Hrishikesh Kanitkar, who is Rajasthan's captain, has been approached by the Kochi team.
"We are delighted to announce the signings of the Rajasthan players. It underlines our commitment to cricket in the state of Rajasthan and we will continue to work closely with the local Cricket Associations who have done such a fine job of developing these players," said Sean Morris, CEO, Rajasthan Royals.
But compared to the pay-checks of Ross Taylor, who was bought for $1 million, Botha who was purchased for $950,000 and Collingwood who became part of the team for $500,000, the salaries of the uncapped players will be minuscule - noth more than $ 66,666. Well, at least the pride of playing for your state is something money can't measure.