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IPL 2018 players auction Day 1: Uncapped players shine as bidders tussle

Rahul Tripathi, Surya Kumar Yadav fetch Rs 34 mn and Rs 32 mn as winning bids; Mumbai Indians snatch Krunal Pandya from RCB

Urvi Malvania  |  Mumbai 

Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey

Uncapped players found themselves in demand during the 2018 player auction. A lot of the younger players who are yet to don the Team India uniform were sold for much higher than their seniors. was the pick of the uncapped players as Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Sunrisers Hyderabad putting in bids. In the end, it was RCB that managed to out in the winning bid at Rs 88 million. However, no sooner did auctioneer Richard Madley ask approach them, the raised the Right To Match card, retaining the second Pandya brother in the process.

Marquee buys Benjamin Stokes team: England Buyer: Rajasthan Royals Price: Rs 125 mn Manish Pandey team: India Buyer: Sunrisers Hyderabad Price : Rs 110 mn K L Rahul team:India Buyer: Kings XI Punjab Price: Rs 110 mn Chris Lynn team: Australia Buyer: Kolkata Knight Riders Price : Rs 96 mn Mitchell Starc team: Australia Buyer: Kolkata Knight Riders Price: Rs 94mn Source:
Other uncapped players to attract bids include Jofra Archer who was acquired by for Rs 72 million and Ishan Kishan who was picked up by the for Rs 62 million. Interestingly, teams seemed to put more might and money behind acquiring younger players, capped or uncapped. This means established players with a history of attracting the bigger bids like Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, and went for less than the top uncapped players even as players like Ishant Sharma, Mitchell Johnson, and found no takers at all. Spinners find favour The franchises in the player auction this year seemed to favour spinners as the category saw some heated action, especially when it came to Afghan youth The 19-year-old found takers in Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan Royals, and RCB did prevail in the end, only to lose the player when Sunrisers Hyderabad exercised the right to match card and retaining him. Others who caught the fancy of the teams include (retained by RCB using the right to match card against Delhi’s bid of Rs 60 million) and Karn Sharma (picked up by the Chennai Super Kings for Rs 50 million). Indian spinner was sought after by both CSK, Rajasthan, and RCB in a heated bidding process, but was finally retained by by using the right to match card against CSK’s winning bid of Rs 42 million. CSK however managed to pick up at base price. Despite keen interest in the category, some players did go unsold. These include Ish Sodhi, Adam Zampa and Samuel Badree. No takers for Ishant Sharma, Lasith Malinga Fast bowlers did not seem to be on the must have list of the teams in the 2018 player auction. Of the 11 fast bowlers up for grabs in the sixth round of the auction, only five found buyers. Players like Ishant Sharma, Tim Southee, and remained unsold. IPL 2018 players auction Day 1: Uncapped players shine as bidders tussle Of the five players who did find teams bidding for them, Pat Cummins was the most popular, fetching Rs 54 million as the winning bid by Kagiso Rabada was fought over by Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, but finally was retained by the for Rs 42 million. Umesh Yadav found interest from Kings XI Punjab, and Rajasthan Royals, but finally was bought by for Rs 42 million. Mohammed Shami was also retained using the right to match card by Delhi after the Sunrisers Hyderabad placed a winning bid at Rs 30 million. RR picks up keeper Sanju Samson In a category that saw four players go unsold, Indian wicketkeepers Sanju Samson, Dinesh Karthik, and Wriddhiman Saha had the teams in a bidding war. While and were engaged in an interesting duel for Sanju Samson, the former prevailed and picked him up for Rs 80 million. Dinesh Karthik found suitors in Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, and but finally went to the Kinght Riders for Rs 74 million.

Saha was sold to Rs 50 million to Sunrisers Hyderabad. Robin Uthappa was retained by the Knight Riders for Rs 64 million after they used the right to match card against Rajasthan’s winning bid. Ambati Rayadu went to the Chennai Super Kings for Rs 22 million. Parthiv Patel, Jonny Barstow and Sam Billings remained unsold. Earlier the first round of the auction featured marquee players from India and overseas. While Indian players like Ajinkya Rahane and R Ashwin were sought after, it was Englishman and Australian who really got the franchises shelling out the big bucks. Stokes went to for Rs 125 million, Rs 20 million short of last year’s record bid of Rs 145 million, while Starc will now don the purple and gold of the Kolkata Knight Riders, who placed the winning bid of Rs 94 million. IPL 2018 players auction Day 1: Uncapped players shine as bidders tussle Stokes attracts fierce bidding second year in a row. Four teams vied for the player, starting with CSK and KXIP. The Chennai team, however, bowed out at Rs 66 million at chick point KKR entered the bidding war and battled it out till the bid amount reached Rs 120 million. At this point, RR joined in and finally walked away with last year’s most expensive player for Rs 125 million. Starc saw a fierce war between two teams – Kings XI Punjab, with co-owner Preity Zinta at the table, and KKR. However, the team from Punjab bowed out at Rs 94 million. Four teams used the right to match (RTM) card to retain players after the winning bid was placed. These include Sunrisers Hyderabad to retain Shikhar Dhawan, to retain Keiron Pollard, to retain Ajinkya Rahane and Chennai Super Kings to retain Faf du Plessis (see chart). Both Ashwin and Dhawan saw some heavy bidding, the former going for Rs 76 million while Dhawan fetched Rs 52 million. Contrary to expectations, Rahane saw tame bidding from two teams – Punjab and Mumbai Indians, before Rajasthan exercised their right to match. West Indies heavyweight Christopher Gayle surprisingly went without a bid in the first round of the auction. Players not sold in the first go may be recalled by the teams at the end of the auction when they will be re-presented for bidding. Of the total 1,000 plus players who signed up for the auction, a shortlisted 578 will be available for auction over the next two days.

First Published: Sun, January 28 2018. 08:06 IST