IPL Auction 2018: 169 players sold for Rs 431.7 crore in two days
England all rounder Ben Stokes was the overall highest-paid player - he was bought for Rs 12.5 crore by the Steve Smith-led Rajasthan Royals. Hard-hitting batsman Chris Lynn was the highest-paid Australian after he was bought for Rs 9.6 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders.
The much-awaited 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) players’ auction in Bengaluru concluded with Rs 431.7 crore being spent across two days by the eight franchises.
In total, 169 players were sold to the eight franchises, with 17 Australians getting added to the upcoming IPL squad. A total of 360 Indian players, including those who are currently out of the international squad such as Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh were available for the franchises. Apart from the Indian capped players, several foreign players including the likes of Ben Stokes, Colin Munro and Aaron Finch were in the pool. New players who have made name in the domestic tournament, such as Mayank Agarwal, Manan Vohra and Rajneesh Gurbani, were also part of the auction pool.
England all rounder Ben Stokes was the overall highest-paid player - he was bought for Rs 12.5 crore by the Steve Smith-led Rajasthan Royals. Hard-hitting batsman Chris Lynn was the highest-paid Australian after he was bought for Rs 9.6 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders. Kolkata also snapped up Mitchell Starc for Rs 9.4 crore, while Glenn Maxwell was sold to Ricky Ponting's Delhi Daredevils.
Most of the big spending was done before the auction, when several players were retained by their teams, including Smith and his Australian vice-captain David Warner. Surprisingly, Jaydev Unadkat was more expensive than even star New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult, who was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 2.2 crore.
South African pace sensation Lungi Ngidi was bought by CSK at his base price of Rs 50 lakh. Indian left-arm seamer Barinder Sran was sold to Punjab for Rs 2.2 crore. Pacer Mohit Sharma went to Punjab for Rs 2.4 crore as they exercised the Right to Match (RTM) option to take him away from Chennai. Another Indian pacer Sandeep Sharma saw heavy bidding between Kolkata and Punjab before Sunrisers Hyderabad got him for Rs 3 crore. Veteran Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson went to KKR at his base price of Rs 2 crore. New Zealand quick Tim Southee also went at base price with RCB acquiring his services for Rs 1 crore. India wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel went to RCB for Rs 1.7 crore.
Some of the most notable players that went unsold during the two day auction included names like Hashim Amla, Lasith Malinga, Joe Root, Ishant Sharma, Morne Morkel and Dale Steyn.
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