Indian Premier League 2018 Player Auction


Earlier, all the franchises had retained some of their players while taking a calculated risk in releasing majority.

Unadkat, the Saurashtra paceman, went to Rajasthan Royals, who on Saturday snapped up Ben Stokes for Rs 12.5 crore, making him the most expensive player at the auction for a second year running.

The Challengers get New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee for his base price of Rs 1 crore.

Rising pace bowler Jaydev Unadkat joined Rajasthan Royals for $1.8 million on Sunday but a long list of foreign stars went unsold in the Indian Premier League auction.

Last week, Mahendra Singh Dhoni said CSK would look to buy Ashwin at the auction but also cautioned, "This is the time where we can't get too emotional about the fact because a lot of other franchises want players who have played for CSK". Punjab has bought KL Rahul in 11 crores so many are saying that Kohli said this in KL Rahul's context. Mujeeb was bought by King XI Punjab for Rs. 4 Crores.

- Four Afghan cricketers created history and made huge strides, this year. Sanju Samson was a surprise topper in the wicketkeepers bracket - and the fourth-most-expensive India player overall behind Rahul, Pandey and Krunal - going to Royals for INR 8 crore (USD 1.25m approx).

Among the wicketkeepers, Dinesh Karthik once again bagged a lucrative '7.4 crore deal with the KKR.

Much to the relief of Chris Gayle fans, the West Indian opener finally found a buyer towards the end of the day when KXIP bought him for his Rs 2 crore base price. KKR will need to find a way to give their three spinners, Kuldeep, Piyush and Narine, enough playing time on the pacy Eden Gardens wicket Royal Challengers Bangalore were a very different unit from their usual flamboyant selves.

Instead veteran West Indies blaster Chris Gayle, otherwise known as World Boss, was purchased by Kings XI Punjab at his third chance for his reserve of $428,000, and Guptill was unsold after he snuck in at the last minute a year ago.

Shivam Mavi sold to KKR for Rs 3 Crores.

There was more joy for Afghanistan's cricketers before Sandeep Lamichhane became the first IPL player from Nepal. Kings XI Punjab bought him with cost of his base price Rs. 20 Lacs.

The experienced Mohammed Nabi rejoined Sunrisers Hyderabad for 1 crore, while the left-arm spinner Zahir Khan Pakteen, also now part of the Afghan U-19 team at the World Cup, was bought by Rajasthan for 60 lakh. Contrary to expectations, Rahane saw tame bidding from two teams - Punjab and Mumbai Indians, before Rajasthan exercised their right to match.

Ben Stokes says he is "buzzing" to join Rajasthan Royals after he was signed for nearly £1.4million at the Indian Premier League auction. On the other hand Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have the lowest amount of money left with the that is INR 9 crores.

The IPL governing council is well aware of the situation and have around two months to go before the tournament starts on April 7.