IPL franchises spend Rs. 431.70 crore on 169 players; Stokes, Unadakat attract top bids

MUMBAI: At the two-day player auction Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises spend Rs. 431.70 crore on 169 players. 113 Indians and 56 players from abroad were bought. nine RTM cards were used.

KKR spent the most money (Rs 80 crore) to buy the least number of players at 19 while CSK spent the least (Rs 73.5 crore) to buy the joint most 25 players.

As with every IPL auction, some splurging happened on players who franchises believe can play a key role in taking them to the trophy. England all-rounder Ben Stokes despite an on-going police case was the most expensive buy with Rajasthan Royals spending Rs 12.5 crore.

The most expensive Indian buy was Jaydev Unadkat at 11.5 crores and Rajasthan Royals shelled out the money for someone who is seen as an impact player and did well in India’s T20 International series win against Sri Lanka last year.

Manish Pandey and KL Rahul were the most expensive Indian batsmen at Rs 11 crores each and were bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab respectively. Chris Lynn went for Rs. 9.6 crores to Kolkata Knight Riders who also shelled out big money for Mitchell Starc – Rs 9.4 crore. Dashing Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell and Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan each went for Rs. 9 crores to Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Krunal Pandya was the most expensive uncapped Indian player at Rs 8.8 crores. He was bought by Mumbai Indians through RTM. Wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 8 crores. Besides Pandya other uncapped players who hit pay dirt included Ishan Kishan who went for Rs 6.2 crore to the Mumbai Indians and Krishnappa Gowtham who went for Rs 6.2 crore to Rajasthan Royals.

Mitchell McClenaghan who did well for Mumbai Indians in the past and opted not to have a central contract with New Zealand Cricket went unsold. Ishant Sharma also wasn’t picked along with the likes of Joe Root, Lasith Malinga, Shaun Marsh, Martin Guptill, Corey Anderson, Varun Aaron, Hashim Amla and Dale Steyn.

Chris Gayle, who was in danger of joining the list of unsold players, was eventually bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs. 2 crores after Royal Challengers Bangalore showed zero interest.

There also wasn’t much enthusiasm for Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh who have gone back to the first franchises that they played for – Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab respectively at a price much lower than what they had played for in previous editions. Harbhajan Singh who didn’t evince any interest from the Mumbai Indians went to Chennai SuperKings who lose the services of R. Ashwin.

Due to scheduling and availability issues, only eight England players (+ Jofra Archer) were selected.

Mumbai Indians owner Akash Ambani speaking to Star Sports said, “It was very important to get Krunal and Pollard with RTM. We knew Evin could be a world beater – he is already a world beater – in the IPL. We still have a strong core and picked a lot of boys from the Bombay line. I am looking forward to that combination. Evin is in for his debut IPL – he has the X-factor. We’re really really excited for. The tense moment was for Krunal and Pollard. The whole auction room was thrilled at Unadkat’s auction. He’s a young left-arm seamer, and this will do wonders for his career. We got 90 percent of the squad we wanted. Think we just missed out on an experienced legspinner.”

KKR coach Jacques Kallis said, “When it first started, it was seen as a bit of fun but has certainly changed from that. A lot of the top cricketers were given a break in T20 cricket, but now it’s serious business with all the money involved. You’ve got to be dynamic and be able to think on your feet. Can’t stick to the textbook. The middle overs are quite tough, and even up front sometimes. It’s not easy to walk in and spank a spinner. Spin bowlers have played a major role in the game. You need some senior players to guide the side.

“You need strategy and gameplans. It’s by no means a young man’s game, but there’s a whole bunch of new guys coming in and playing the game in an altogether different fashion. The bowlers got to be one step ahead of the batsmen. But the bowlers sometimes overcomplicate. The good old yorker has never stopped working. The captain does have an impact from a tactical point of view, but given the short time span, the bowlers need to come up with the right plans and execute them. Some of the shots that are being played are incredible and the bowlers are constantly evolving as well.”

Diageo India CMO/ Chairman of Royal Challengers Bangalore Amrit Thomas said, “We wanted a team that will embody a fearless and ‘never say die’ attitude that RCB has always lived and played by and I am very happy that we have assembled that team. We are glad to have some of the strongest T20 players and with the guidance of Daniel Vettori and RCB’s coaching team, our bold champions will stand up to the challenge for this seasons’ trophy.”

RCB head coach Daniel Vettori said, “Our plan going into the auction was to look at players that will help us to form a balanced squad and give us a strong advantage on the field. The RTM pick for Pawan Negi and Yuzvendra Chahal was a thoughtful approach, they have been phenomenal performers in the past seasons and are an integral part of the team. We are very happy with the players and as a team, we will ensure that we all come together including our fans, to celebrate the spirit of cricket by playing bold.”

The eight IPL teams are as follows:


MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo. Karn Sharma, Shane Watson, Shardul Thakur, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Faf Du Plessis, Mark Wood, Sam Billings, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Mitchell Santner, Lungisani Ngidi, Asif K M, N Jagadeesan, Kanishk Seth, Monu Singh, Dhruv Shorey, Kshitiz Sharma, Chaitanya Bishnoi


Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Rahul Tewatia, Mohammad Shami, Gautam Gambhir, Trent Boult, Colin Munro, Daniel Christian, Jason Roy, Naman Ojha, Prithvi Shaw, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Avesh Khan, Abhishek Sharma, Jayant Yadav, Harshal Patel, Manjot Kalra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Sayan Ghosh

KINGS XI PUNJAB [21 players]

Axar Patel, KL Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Karun Nair, Mujeeb Zadran, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, David Miller, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Singh Sran, Yuvraj Singh, Christopher Gayle, Ben Dwarshuis, Akshdeep Nath, Manoj Tiwary, Mayank Agarwal, Manzoor Dar, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar


Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Starc, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Singh Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Vijay Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi

MUMBAI INDIANS [25 players]

Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Pat Cummins, Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Ben Cutting, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Chahar, Pradeep Sangwan, Jason Behrendorff, Jean-Paul Duminy, Saurabh Tiwary, Tajinder Dhillon, Akila Dhananjaya, Nidheesh M D Dinesan, Aditya Tare, Siddhesh Dinesh Lad, Mayank Markande, Sharad Lumba, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan


Steve Smith, Benjamin Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Darcy Short, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Midhun S, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Jatin Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Mahipal Lomror


Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Brendon McCullum, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Quinton De Kock, Mohammed Siraj, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin De Grandhomme, M. Ashwin, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Pavan Deshpande, Anirudha Ashok Joshi


David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Manish Pandey, Rashid Khan Arman, Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Syed Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Kane Williamson, Carlos Brathwaite, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Shreevats Goswami, Mohammad Nabi, Chris Jordan, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan, Sachin Baby, Bipul Sharma, Syed Mehdi Hasan, Ricky Bhui, Tanmay Agarwal

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