The opening day of the Indian Premier League (IPL ) players auction saw big names like Gayle, Amla, Guptill, Faulkner, Root and Bairstow going unsold on the first day of the auction. The Players who were the mainstays or the marquee signings for teams in previous season saw no bidders.
109 players went under the hammer, 78 were sold and 31 remained unsold. 49 Indians. 29 foreigners. Total amount spent: 321.10 crore.
Ben Stokes’ pending court case did little to affect his market value as the Rajasthan Royals paid 12.50 crore for the all-rounder.
Kings XI Punjab offered Rs 9 crore to buy Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan in IPL auction 2018 but Sunrisers Hyderabad used the Right-to-Match card to keep the teenaged sensation.
Amongst the Indians, KL Rahul and Manish Pandey got the highest bids, with the Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively snapping up the pair for Rs 11 cr each.
The squads and how they stack up:
CSK : MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma.
DD : Chris Morris, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammad Shami, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan.
KXIP : Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, KL Rahul, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Singh Rajpoot
KKR : Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Mitchell Starc, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Nitish Rana.
MI : Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Patrick Cummins, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan.
RR : Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, D’Arcy Short, Jofra Archer.
RCB : Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme, Quinton de Kock, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manan Vohra, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini.
SRH : David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddharth Kaul, T. Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Syed Khaleel Ahmed.
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