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IPL auction: Gayle to play for KXIP, Unadkat most expensive Indian player

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MUMBAI: KXIP played its cards perfectly by making a bid of Rs 2 crore at the end of the auction for the distructive Chris Gayle.

Sri Lanka fast bowler Dushmanta Chameera was snapped up by RR for his base price of Rs 50 lakh.

The highlight of the day, however, was Jaydev Unadkat. The seam bowler became the most expensive Indian player after RR bought him for Rs 11.50 crore. Unadkat has over taken Manish Pandey and KL Rahul, who were bought for Rs 11 crore each on Saturday.

Uncapped Indian spinners also got big money when RR bought Gowtham for Rs 6.20 crore. The other big buys on Sunday were Sandeep Sharma, who went to SRH for Rs 3 crore.

Several international players failed to find takers on Sunday. All the unsold players can be brought back in the auction if franchises ask for them. Ben Stokes remained the top buy with RR buying the England all-rounder for Rs 12.50 crore and keeping him in the company of his former Pune teammates Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Tripathi.

Interestingly, CSK's team composition is similar to what it was before the ban. They do, however, still lack the strike bowlers and struggled on Sunday to grab any of the attacking options. R Ashwin moved to Kings XI Punjab in the course of the bidding.

There was some big money for India’s under 19 cricketers as Kamlesh Nagarkoti was bought for Rs 3.20 crore by KKR.

Some of the big international names that went unsold were James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Hashim Amla, Lasith Malinga, Ishant Sharma and Martin Guptill.

MI retains Krunal Pandya for Rs 8.80 cr

The first upcapped batsman in the eighth set was Surya Kumar Yadav with a base price of Rs 30 lakh. MI eventually snapped him up for Rs 3.20 crore.

The highest big for an under 19 cricketer was Rs 3.20 crore, the player being Kamlesh Nagarkoti—his base price was Rs 20 lakh. Krunal Pandya was retained by MI for Rs 8.80 crore using RTM against RCB’s bid. His base price was Rs 40 lakh. Nitish Rana (base price Rs 20 lakh) went for Rs 3.40 crore to KKR. Darcy Short (Rs 20 lakh) went for Rs 4 crore to RR. Jofra Archer (Rs 40 lakh) was snaffled by RR for a not too insignificant Rs 7.20 crore.

Current under 19 cricketer Shubman Ghill (base price Rs 20 lakh) went for Rs 1.80 to KKR. Mayank Agarwal, with a base price of Rs 20 lakh, went to KXIP for Rs 1 crore. Rahul Tripathi with a base price of Rs 20 lakh went for Rs 3.40 crore to RR. Manan Vora (Rs 20 lakh) went to RCB for Rs 1.10 crore.

Indian under 19 captain Prithvi Shaw (Rs 20 lakh) went to DD for Rs 1.20 crore.

RCB retain Yuzvendra Chahal

The seventh set of the IPL auction included the spinners. The first spinner to go under the hammer was Piyush Chawla with a base price of Rs 1 crore and was sold to CSK for Rs 4.20 crore but KKR used RTM against the CSK bid. CSK, however, managed to grab the best deal of the day buy bidding Rs 1 crore for Imran Tahir. Karn Sharma with Rs 2 crore base price sold to CSK for Rs 5 crore. Rashid Khan, Afghanistan leggie with a base price of Rs 2 crore, was sold to KXIP for Rs 9 crore but SRH used their RTM to thwart the bid.

New Zealand’s Ish Sodhi, Australia’s Adam Zampa and West Indian spinner Samuel Badri, all leg spinners, all went unsold.

The most awaited spinner in this set, Yuzvendra Chahal (base price Rs 2 crore) was first bought by DD for Rs 6 crore but RCB used RTM to retain the player. Kuldeep Yadav, the Indian spinner went for Rs 5.80 crore to RCB but KKR used their RTM and retained the player. Amit Mishra was sold to DD for Rs 4 crore.

In the fast bowlers’ set, Mohammed Shami, with a base price of Rs 1 crore, went to SRH for Rs 3 crore but DD used its RTM to grab the player. Kagiso Rabada, the South African tearaway, was retained by DD using RTM against CSK’s bid of Rs 4.20 crore.

Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood go unsold

Set six of the auction started with the bowlers and the first one on the list was Mustafizur Rahman with a base price of Rs 1 crore. He was sold to MI for Rs 2.20 crore. Mitchell Johnson and compatriot Josh Hazlewood with the same base price (Rs 2 crore)failed to evoke any interest from the franchises.

Fellow Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins, however, was sold to MI for Rs 5.40 crore. RCB picked up India fast bowler Umesh Yadav (Rs 1 crore) for Rs 4.20 crore. Ishant Sharma, with a base price of Rs 75 lakh, also went unsold.

RR pick up Sanju Samson for Rs 8 cr

Set five of the IPL auction started with the wicketkeepers to be auctioned. A total of 11 wicketkeepers were on the list. Parthiv Patel, with a base price of Rs 1 crore, went unsold; England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow also went unsold. South African keeper Quinton de Kock went to RCB for Rs 2.80 crore (base price Rs 2 crore).

Wriddhiman Saha, with a base price of Rs 1 crore, went to SRH for Rs 5 crore. India wicketkeeper and batsman Dinesh Karthik went to KKR for Rs 7.40 crore. Robin Uthappa with a base price of Rs 2 crore went to MI for Rs 6.40 crore but KKR used their RTM and snatched him from MI.

Sanju Samson with a base price of Rs 1 crore went to RR for Rs 8 crore.

CSK won the bid for Ambati Rayudu with Rs 2.20 crore. His base price was 50 lakh. Sam Billings (base price Rs 1 crore) and Naman Ojha (Rs 75 lakh) failed to get picked up by any of the franchises.

Jos Buttler (base price Rs 1.50 crore) was sold to RR for Rs 4.40 crore. 

IPL auction: RCB splurge Rs 7.4 cr on Chris Woakes

RCB spent a whopping Rs 7.4 crore to acquire England fast bowler Chris Woakes. His base price was Rs 1.5 crore. Meanwhile, Yusuf Pathan was sold to SRH (base price Rs 75 lakh) and Collin Munro (Rs 50 lakh) went to Delhi Daredevils. 

Both players were sold at an identical price of Rs 1.9 crore. Kedar Jadhav was bought for Rs 7.80 crore (Rs 2 crore) and former Australia all-rounder Shane Watson for Rs 4 crore (Rs 1.5 crore) by CSK.

IPL auction: Manish Pandey sold to SRH for Rs 11 cr

Manish Pandey, who has been in and out of the India set up, has been picked by SRH for Rs 11 crore, the same amount as KL Rahul. Meanwhile, Chris Lynn was sold to KKR for Rs 9.60 crore.

The last cricketer of the set, Martin Guptill, went unsold.

Indian cricketer S Badrinath said, “Joe Roots is not IPL material but Chris Gayle and Hashim Amla not being unsold was a big surprise.” Amla wasn’t bought despite making two hundreds in the last season of the IPL.

Brendon Mccullum went to RCB for Rs 3.60 crore. He will fill the slot of Chris Gayle as the opener in the side. Jason Roy was sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.5 crore.

IPL auction: Joe Root goes unsold in his first season

Joe Root, the English captain went unsold in his inaugural season. The last marquee player of the first set was Yuvraj Singh, who was bought by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at a base price of Rs 2 crore. KXIP officials were happy with the deal.

Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan was sold to SRH for Rs 2 crore. Glenn Maxwell, the distructive Australian batsmen, was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 9 crore.

Ex KKR captain Gautam Gambhir was sold for Rs 4.8 crore to Delhi Daredevils while New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was sold to SRH for Rs 3 crore.

IPL auctions: Ben Stokes sold to RR for Rs 12.50 cr

Mumbai Indians used the RTM for Kieron Pollard after Delhi Daredevils bought him for Rs 5.40 crore. Chris Gayle was unsold as no team started the bid. He can be presented again for the auction at the day’s end.

Ben Stokes, the costliest player sold last year for 14.2 crore, is also the costliest player till now with Rs 12.50 crore to Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Chennai Super Kings used RTM for Faf Du Plesis against Kings XI Punjab's 1.60 crore bid.

Ajinkya Rahane was retained by RR by using RTM against Kings XI Punjab’s Rs 4 crore bid.

Mitchell Starc was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 9.40 crore; he was previously with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Former Indian cricketer Krishnamachari Shrikant told Indiantelevision.com, “I’m not surprised seeing Chris Gayle not being sold. RCB may use RTM for KL Rahul and Yezuvendra Chahal. Chennai got the South African captain at a very good price.” at Star Sports Studio in Lower Parel Mumbai. 

Star Sports has made a whole floor for the live studio feed for diiferent languages. Total of 12 studios that includes five major studios, five micro studios a fan box set-up and a cafe set-up.

After a break of 15 minutes, Harbajan Singh was sold to Chennai Super Kings for his base price of Rs 2 crore.

R Ashwin sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 7.60 crore

The auction day has arrived and it’s time for the fans to be glued to their television sets and watch big money being spent on marquee players.

The first player to be auctioned was Shikhar Dhawan at a base price of Rs 2 crore. Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians and RR fought for the player, who was sold to Kings XI Punjab with highest bid of Rs 5.2 crore. Sunrisers Hyderabad, however, used Right to Match (RTM) and grabbed the opportunity at the same price.

R Ashwin was the second player to be auctioned at the same base price of 2 crore. The spinner was sold for Rs 7. 6 crore to Kings XI Punjab.

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