As we come to the end of the frenetic IPL campaign where the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) reigned supreme, it’s time to take a look at those player who gave their teams the best returns on their capital. The IPL 2018 Auction saw teams empty their wallets on well-established T20 stars. Ben Stokes was handed the mantle of most expensive buy this season purchased for a jaw dropping 12.5 crore by Rajasthan Royals. However, his performances were a pale reflection of his exorbitant price tag. So which players then gave their teams the best returns on their capital? Here’s a look at the top five players who although bought at their base price, put in performances that their much more expensive counterparts would envy. 1) MAYANK MARKANDE: BASE PRICE - Rs 20 LAKH) The young leggie from Punjab, interestingly started off as a medium pacer and only ventured into spin at the behest of his coach who spotted his back of the hand slower ball. Picked up for his base price by the Mumbai Indians, Markande had a dream debut in the IPL, scalping former World Cup winning captain MS Dhoni as well as CSK’s highest run scorer Ambati Rayudu with his disguised ‘wrong uns’. He ended the night with figures of 3/23 and was only getting started with that debut performance. Markande finished the tournament as Mumbai’s third highest wicket taker with 15 wickets from 14 matches and an economy rate of just 8.36, stunning figures for a 20-year old making his first foray in the IPL. LUNGI NGIDI: BASE PRICE - Rs 50 LAKH | After being picked up by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for his base price at the IPL auctions, South African Lungi Ngidi had a much delayed debut since he had to return home due his father’s demise. However, he hit the ground running with a match winning performance against the Delhi Daredevils conceding just seven runs from his first two overs in the Powerplay. His ability to generate swing even on the Indian pitches added some much needed firepower to the CSK bowling attack. The pick of his season was the stunning performance in Pune where he ended with figures of 4/10 the most economical spell of IPL 2018. He ended the tournament with 11 wickets from just 7 games and an economy of 6.00 which is quite remarkable in the T20 format. SHREYAS GOPAL: BASE PRICE - Rs 20 LAKH | The all-rounder from Karnataka first debuted in the IPL way back in 2014 when he was picked up by Mumbai Indians for just 10 lakhs. Following that stint he hasn’t really established himself as a first team regular until he was given the chance by his current Rajasthan Royal’s captain Ajinkya Rahane. Gopal showed up consistently for the Royals, even putting in a match winning performance against Bangalore which resulted in Rajasthan securing a berth in the season’s playoffs. The 24-year old picked up 4/16 in that game scalping the irrepressible AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali and Parthiv Patel in the process. His ability to extract great turn along with multiple variations will have Rajasthan looking forward to a long term future with the exciting prospect. His stats read 11 wickets from 11 games, that’s three more than Rajasthan’s 12.5 crore signing Ben Stokes, as he finished the season as the team’s second highest wicket taker. SANDEEP LAMICHANE: BASE PRICE - Rs 20 LAKH | Making headlines as the first Nepalese cricketer to participate in the IPL when he was picked by Delhi in the 2018 auctions, 17 year old Lamichhane had to wait a long time before making his debut for the struggling Daredevils unit. Delhi didn’t hand the youngster a start until their side had no mathematical possibility of making it to the playoffs. However, Lamichhane impressed on his debut, scalping Parthiv Patel and bowling 10 dot balls ending with figures of 1/25 after his four overs. His biggest performance came against the Mumbai Indians where he accounted for big names such as Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav and Krunal Pandya. Lamichhane finished the season with 5 wickets to his name after just 3 games and Delhi will be keen to hold on to the youngster in the seasons to come. BILLY STANLAKE: BASE PRICE - Rs 50 LAKH | Picked for his lethal bouncers and speeds close to 150 mph, Stanlake surprised everyone by winning a game for Sunrisers with the bat against the Mumbai Indians, hitting a four off the very last ball. Stanlake’s season with Hyderabad was cut short due to a fractured finger which forced him to return to Australia for surgery. However, in his four matches Stanlake troubled batsmen with his searing pace and disconcerting bounce. He picked up five wickets from four games with an economy rate of 8.12 despite taking on the bowling responsibilities in the Powerplay and death overs. His early departure was a big loss to SRH and they will be eagerly following his career with an eye on IPL 2019 where they could either retain or play the ‘Right to Match’ card to hold onto the extremely tall fast bowler.