IPL is clearly the at the centerstage of global cricket. Apart from massive amounts of money being poured on cricketers, the tournament has become a launch-pad for budding cricketers and also, a primary stage for experienced ones to show up their forms. With several such facts backing up the tournament, IPL auctions turned out as the major smoking event in cricket.
Held at Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Mumbai, the event highlighted the best priced players gathered around the franchisee heads of IPL teams. The auction was held for two days starting from January 27, followed until the next on January 28. BCCI came up with a couple of changes like Right-to-Match in the auction this time, while several teams were seen holding on to their top players using the same.
In first day of the auction, 78 players were auctioned of which 49 were Indians and 29 were from overseas. A total of 109 cricketers were under bidding, of which, many remained without a team. Apart from other big buys in Day 1, Rajasthan Royals tied up with Ben with a Bang. The team got Ben Stokes, the England all-rounder, bidding with a whopping price of INR 12.50 Crore. It was biggest overseas buy, while Lokesh Rahul and Manish Pandey emerged as the highest priced Indian players in the first day auction. Kings XI Punjab bought Rahul for INR 11 Cr., while Sunrisers Hyderabad roped in Manish Pandey for INR 11 Cr.
Sunrisers Hyderabad claimed Rashid Khan using Right-to-Match option awarding INR 9 Cr. as the bidding price. While, Shikhar Dhawan was retained with INR 5.2 Cr. Kane Williamson was also in the team for INR 3 Cr. Kolkata Knight Riders went to make Chris Lynn the second most expensive international player at a price of INR 9.6 Cr. Also, Mitchell Starc was brought at INR 9.4 Cr. as the third costliest cricketer of the tournament. Delhi Daredevils bid Glenn Maxwell for INR 9 Cr. retaining the player. Meanwhile, Keiron Pollard was brought back to Mumbai Indians for INR 5.4 Cr.
In the second day, 169 players were auctioned. The day witnessed several new players in the podium fetching high bidding prices. Jaydev Unadkat emerged as the most expensive Indian player in the tournament as Rising Pune Supergiant did not hesitate to bid him at INR 11.50 Cr. IPL auction had a good new for Nepal as the team’s leg-break bowler Sandeep Lamichhane had his maiden earning of INR 20 Lakhs from Delhi Daredevils.
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