India, Nov. 20 -- Cricket is uncertain but its Sensex-IPL's auction bazaar-works in a manner more baffling. Mayank Agarwal, India's latest sensation, is on a ~1 crore contract, which is peanuts. IPL is a test for every cricketer in the true sense and November is that time of the year when players are on the edge. Transfers and release announcements make them behave like students worrying about exams and results.

Their anxiety is understandable because so much depends on these lists, especially for Indian cricketers whose career aim is to secure an IPL contract. For them, India's domestic circuit is mere preparation for the big audition. IPL is what counts, it is the game-changing admit card which opens all doors. Unfortunately, for most pl...