A total of 154 players sold, including 50 overseas players, as the two-day IPL auction ended in Bangalore on Thursday, with Yuvraj Singh ending up as the top-earner, bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping Rs. 14 crore.
After a spending spree on the first day, the franchises were more frugal in their purchase on the concluding day, with only 84 being sold out of total players going under the hammer.
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Karan Sharma and Rishi Dhawan hit the jackpot on the second and of the auction as they were bought for a mammoth Rs 3.75 crore and Rs 3 crore by Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab respectively.
uvraj was bagged for the most by RCB, while domestic stars Karan Sharma, Rishi Dhawan and Kedar Jadhav pocketed crores among the 74 uncapped players sold.
Sharma played a key role in Hyderabad’s campaign last season of the IPL as the franchise managed to reach the last four of the competition.
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Rishi, Ranji Trophy’s top wicket-taker this season, was signed by Kings XI Punjab using their ‘Right to Match’ after the bowler was bought by the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Also, Kedar Jadhav, Ranji Trophy’s top-scorer this season, went to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 2 crore after intense bidding. Delhi also used their ‘Right to Match’ after he was initially taken by Hyderabad.
Rishi is primarily a fast-bowling allrounder who bats in the middle-order. The 23-year-old has played for Kings XI Punjab in the 2008 IPL and was signed by the Mumbai Indians last season.
The 26-year-old Jadhav has had a splendid domestic season and has also shown glimpses of his talent in the IPL. He was with the Royal Challengers Bangalore development squad to start with before being signed by Delhi Daredevils in 2010.
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Former New Zealand captain Ross Taylor, who had surprisingly gone unsold on the opening day, finally found a buyer as Delhi snapped him for his base price of Rs. 2 crore.
However, stalwarts like former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene, West Indian allrounder Marlon Samuels, Australian allrounders Cameron White and David Hussey and New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill were once again snubbed by the franchises despite being requested back into the auction pool after being unsold on Wednesday.
The other big winners were Rajat Bhatia (Rs 1.70 crore, Rajasthan Royals), Manish Pandey (Rs 1.70 crore Kolkata Knight Riders), Aditya Tare (Rs 1.60 crore, Mumbai Indians), K L Rahul (Rs 1 crore, Sunrisers Hyderabad), Ishwar Pandey (Rs 1.50 crore, Chennai Super Kings), Gurkeerat Singh (Rs 1.30 crore, Kings XI Punjab), Dhawal Kulkarni (Rs 1.10 crore, Rajasthan Royals and Parveez Rasool (Rs 95 lakh, Sunrisers Hyderabad).
Also getting decent deals were allrounders Jalaj Saxena (90 lakh, Mumbai Indians) and Akshar Patel (Rs 70 lakh, Punjab), left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem (Rs 85 lakh, Hyderabad) and batsman Karun Nair (Rs 75 lakh, Rajasthan Royals).
Allrounder Rasool, meanwhile, scored 594 runs from seven matches at an average of 54 including two centuries in the last Ranji season. He also took 33 wickets at an average of 18 with three five-wicket hauls. The 25-year-old had become the first cricketer from Jammu and Kashmir to be a part of the IPL when he bagged a contract with the now-discarded Pune Warriors last season.
Promising pacer Jasprit Bumrah was bought by his previous team Mumbai for Rs 1.20 crore. The 20-year-old has played 11 Twenty20 matches, taking 13 wickets.
Allrounder Mandeep Singh, former vice-captain of the Indian Under-19 team, was grabbed for Rs 80 lakh by Punjab through the ‘Right to Match’ provision. The 22-year-old had been a part of the franchise earlier as well.
Among the foreigners, most of whom went unsold, it was South African pacer Beuran Hendricks, who triggered a bidding competition among the franchises. In the pool at a base price of Rs 30 lakh, Hendricks was bought for Rs 1.80 crore by Punjab. The 23-year-old was the fifth-highest wicket-taker in the South African first-class cricket last season when he grabbed 35 scalps for Cape Cobras at a brilliant average of 17.74.
After the uncapped players, the ones who were unsold on Wednesday got another chance at finding a buyer when the franchises gave their preferred names to be called back into the auction pool.
In the first round of re-bidding, 41 batsmen, 37 bowlers and 24 allrounders went under the hammer. But surprisingly, very few of them found any takers.
One such lucky player was promising Australian batsman Chris Lynn, who came in with a base price of Rs 50 lakh. He was snared by Kolkata Knight Riders for a rather handsome purse of Rs 1.30 crore.
Another Australian to find a good deal was pacer Patrick Cummins (base price Rs 1 crore). Cummins was bought by KKR for the base price in the final round of re-bidding.
Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha, who had also gone unsold yesterday, was more lucky today with Hyderabad buying him at his base price of Rs 50 lakh.
Some of the other Indian uncapped players such as Apoorv Vijay Wankhede (Rs 10 lakh, Mumbai Indians), Ricky Bhui (Rs 10 lakh, SRH), Tanmay Mishra (Rs 10 lakh, RCB), and Milind Kumar (Rs 10 lakh, DD) found buyers in the second round.