Published: Mon, January 29, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Maxwell, Starc, Ashwin attract big prices at IPL auction

Maxwell, Starc, Ashwin attract big prices at IPL auction

Unadkat, who had been picked up by Rising Pune Supergiant ahead of 2017 auction for a base price of INR 30 Lakh, was their best bowler with 24 wickets, piquing interests amongst the owners this time around. A consistent performer for Karnataka but who warmed the benches for Mumbai Indians after being bought for Rs 2 crore past year, Gowtham saw Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders pursue him before the former pulled out at 45 lakhs. But a bitter tussle between Punjab and Hyderabad greatly inflated his price before the former took him for a whopping Rs 11 crore.

Mujeeb only started playing the sport a few years ago but is already being tipped to become the next big cricket star out of Afghanistan. It retained Kieron Pollard and brought in Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins. Contrary to expectations, Rahane saw tame bidding from two teams - Punjab and Mumbai Indians, before Rajasthan exercised their right to match.

Samson was another surprise with Rajasthan deciding to fork out Rs 8 crore for his services.

Jadhav got the fourth highest price among the Indians. Chennai, who have otherwise leaned heavily on experienced hands, spent a mere $78,000 to sign him up. However, he did not get to play as the team captured their third IPL crown.

"About Rs 12 crore were saved by the franchises".

Mohit Burman, the Kings XI co-owner, explained why the franchise belatedly bid for Gayle.

In the much-awaited Indian Premier League auction held over the weekend, Royal Challengers Bangalore steered clear of Karnataka players, choosing to pick foreign names instead. India wicketkeeper and batsman Dinesh Karthik went to KKR for Rs 7.40 crore.

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CSK head coach Stephen Fleming (second from left) arrives to take part in the IPL Player Auction at Bangalore yesterday. The spinner was sold for Rs 7.

Punjab beat off bidding from Chennai and Rajasthan before sealing the deal.

While Unadkat set a base price of INR 1.5 crores for himself, he didn't have a specific amount he wanted to sell for.

CSK won the bid for Ambati Rayudu with Rs 2.20 crore.

Akash Ambani, owner of Mumbai Indians, said, "If you look at the quality of uncapped players to capped players, they are very similar". Delhi had bought Sanju for Rs 4.2 crore in the 2016 auction.

The commander in chief of skipper Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill is bought by KKR for Rs 1.80 crore.

Australia's Glenn Maxwell got sold to Delhi Daredevils for $1.41m while Kolkata went for India's Under-19 star Shubman Gill for $283,140.

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Trent Boult 2.2 crore ($470,000) to Delhi Daredevils. But the Kolkata based franchise did not use the RTM option, letting the left-hander return to his hometown. England's Moeen Ali went to RCB for Rs 1.7 crore.

Preity had shot to the limelight on Day 1 bidding for nearly everything and ready to pay any price and Virender Sehwag had Tweeted then...

KXIP and RR went into the auction with the biggest purse having retained only one player.

Other big-name players who went unsold this year included Lasith Malinga, Shaun Marsh, Lendl Simmons, Dale Steyn and Martin Guptill.

Two mystery spinners in Adam Zampa of South Africa and also West Indies Samuel Badree failed to attract any buyers.

"It is unique in the fact that the base prices are revealed that does not happen in any other auctions". Wicket-keeper Naman Ojha was also unsold.

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