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NEW DELHI: England allrounder Ben Stokes was the biggest purchase on day one of the 2018 IPL auction in Bengaluru, finding his second Indian franchise in Rajasthan Royals who forked out Rs 12.5 crore for his services. The next most valued players on Saturday were the Indian pair of KL Rahul and Manish Pandey, fetching whopping price tags of Rs 11 crore each to find new franchises in Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.
2018 IPL Auction, Day 1:
As it happened
Coming in at third place on a day of heavy spending was Chris Lynn, the big-hitting but injury-prone Australian batsman, who went back to two-time IPL winners Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 9.60 crore from a base price of 2 crore. Joining him at KKR was Australian left-arm quick Mitchell Starc, who from a base price of Rs 2 crore fetched a hefty tag of 9.40 crore.
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Locked at Rs 9 crore each were Glenn Maxwell, Delhi Daredevils’ costliest buy so far, and Afghanistan legspinner Rashid Khan who won a bumper paycheque of Rs 9 crore from Sunrisers Hyderabad. Headlining the uncapped batch of players was Krunal Pandya, who was re-purchased by defending champions Mumbai Indians for Rs 8.8 crore.
Current T20 sensations from the Big Bash League, D’Arcy Short and Jofra Archer, expectedly attracted potential buyers and settled at Rajasthan Royals who forked out a combined Rs 11.2 crore to get the two Hobart Hurricanes team-mates. Short, the leading run-getter of the ongoing Big Bash League and who has broken into Australia’s T20I squad, went for 20 times his base price with Royals spending Rs 4 crore for him. Archer, fifth on the BBL bowling table with 15 wickets to go with some electrifying fielding displays, earned a whopping 7.2 crore from a base price of 40 lakhs.
Arguably the steal deal of the day came in the form of New Zealand allrounder Colin Munro, the No 1 batsman in T20Is, going to Daredevils for Rs 1.9 crore from a base price of 50 lakh. Joining Munro and Maxwell at Daredevils was Gautam Gambhir, who led KKR to two IPL titles. Daredevils took a moment to survey the field for Gambhir, and then outmatched KXIP to secure his services for Rs 2.80 crore, a steal deal given the batsman’s base price was 2 crore. CSK, who had retained MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja, used their two Right-to-Match (RTM) cards to regain Dwayne Bravo for 6.40 crore and Faf du Plessis for a very affordable Rs 1.60 crore, just 10 lakh more than his base price. Harbhajan Singh, who was not retained by Mumbai, was another purchase, going to his second IPL franchise for base price of 2 crore.
Daredevils continued their trend of investing in young uncapped Indian talent by spending on the skills of Haryana’s Rahul Tewatia (3 crore) and Tamil Nadu’s Vijay Shankar (3.2 crore). Daredevils also bid Rs 3.6 crore for Baroda’s Deepak Hooda, but lost him to SRH who had no hesitation in using one of their RTM cards to get him back. Kolkata Knight Riders added to their impressive roster by acquiring the promising Rajasthan fast bowler Kamlesh Nagarkoti for Rs 3.2 crore from his base price of Rs 20 lakh and Delhi’s Nitish Rana for Rs 3.4 crore.
Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals entered the auction with the biggest purse of Rs 67.5 crore each, and KXIP spent 45.6 of that on acquiring nine players: Rahul (11 crore), R Ashwin (7.6 crore), Aaron Finch and Marcus Stoinis (6.2 crore each), Karun Nair (5.6 crore), Ankit Rajpoot and David Miller (3 crore each), Yuvraj Singh (2 crore) and Mayank Agarwal (1 crore).
Royals bolstered their squad by purchasing eight players for Rs 44 crore: Stokes, Sanju Samson, Archer, Jos Buttler (4.4 crore), Ajinkya Rahane and Short (4 crore each), Rahul Tewatia (3.4 crore) and Stuart Binny (50 lakh).
Sunrisers Hyderabad bought the most players (14) while spending the most (51.05 crore): they added Pandey, Rashid, Shikhar Dhawan (5.2 crore), Wriddhiman Saha (5 crore), Siddarth Kaul (3.8 crore), Deepak Hooda (3.6 crore), Kane Williamson and Khaleel Ahmed (3 crore), Carlos Brathwaite and Shakib Al Hasan (2 crore), Yusuf Pathan (1.9 crore), Basil Thampi (95 lakh), T Natarajan (40 lakh) and Ricky Bhui (20 lakh).
Daredevils spent 34.7 crore on 12 players: Maxwell, Kagiso Rabada (4.2 crore), Amit Mishra (4 crore), Vijay Shankar (3.2 crore), Mohammed Shami and Rahul Tewatia (3 crore), Gambhir (2.8 crore), Munro (1.9 crore), Jason Roy (1.5 crore), Prithvi Shaw (1.2 crore), Avesh Khan (70 lakh) and Harshal Patel (20 lakh).
Other noticeable purchases were Sanju Samson for Rs 8 crore to Rajasthan Royals; R Ashwin to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 7.6 crore; Dinesh Karthik for Rs 7.4 crore to Kolkata Knight Riders; Yuzvendra Chahal, bought back by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 6 crore; and uncapped Jharkhand batsman Ishan Kishan to Mumbai for Rs 6.2 crore.
CSK have spent 30 crore of their 47 crore purse, KKR 51.40 from 59 crore, Mumbai 31.20 of 47 crore and RCB 33.15 of 49 crore.
Among those who found no takers were Twenty20 cricket’s leading run-getter Chris Gayle, England captain Joe Root, Ishant Sharma, Mitchell Johnson, Josh Hazlewood, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, Martin Guptill and Hashim Amla.