AUCTION LIVE BLOG
The Punjab franchise shelled out Rs 8.25 crore for the left-handed Dhawan. Royal Challengers Bangalore showed interest in the batsman initially, bidding alongside Delhi Capitals. But Punjab eventually clinched the bid. Dhawan’s base price was Rs 2 crore.
But in the fierce bidding war for Shreyas, it was KKR who got him for Rs 12.25 crore. He could go on to lead the side, as KKR are looking for a captain as well. Shreyas led Delhi Capitals and could be KKR’s best bet as skipper.
Also in the bracket of Rs 2 crore base price was veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who was bought for Rs 5 crore by Rajasthan Royals.
Pat Cummins, considered one of the hottest foreign picks, fetched Rs 7.25 crore, which is almost a 50% pay cut from the last auction. He, though, will continue to play for the Kolkata franchise, who had decided not to retain him ahead of the auction.
Punjab added another player from among the marquee players in the form of South African pacer Kagiso Rabada.
The Punjab franchise, who entered the auction with the fattest purse, shelled out Rs 9.25 crore for Rabada.
Among the other big Indian marquee players in the opening round, Mohammed Shami became Gujarat Titans’ first fast bowler. He fetched a final bidding price of Rs 6.25 crore.
Shami was one of the most successful and consistent bowlers for Punjab Kings during his stint with the franchise.
Among the hot-favourite foreigners, New Zealand pacer Trent Boult was sold for Rs 8 crore to Rajasthan Royals, veteran South African batsman Faf du Plessis for Rs 7 crore to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), and Proteas opener Quinton de Kock for Rs 6.75 crore to new-entrants Lucknow Super Giants.
De Kock became the first IPL buy for Lukcnow, while Du Plessis in RCB camp could mean he may go on to lead the side, after Virat Kohli stepped aside at the end of the last season.
Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj had been retained by RCB ahead of the auction.
David Warner’s controversial end to his stint with Sunrisers Hyderabad last season meant he was not retained and came into the marquee pool. His stupendous show at the T20 World Cup meant he remained a hot property.
The Australian opener eventually fetched Rs. 6.25 crore and will now be seen in the Delhi colours.