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IPL Auction 2018: Ben Stokes Becomes the Costliest Player Again, Rajasthan Royals Teammate Jaydev Unadkat Comes Close Second

After Rajasthan Royals broke the bank to sign Ben Stokes on the first day of the auction, the first ever champions once again set the cash registers ringing on the second day as they bought India's left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat for a whopping sum of Rs 11.5 crores, on Sunday.

Cricketnext Staff |January 28, 2018, 8:39 PM IST
IPL Auction 2018: Ben Stokes Becomes the Costliest Player Again, Rajasthan Royals Teammate Jaydev Unadkat Comes Close Second

New Delhi: After Rajasthan Royals broke the bank to sign Ben Stokes on the first day of the auction, the first ever champions once again set the cash registers ringing on the second day as they bought India's left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat for a whopping sum of Rs 11.5 crores, on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Australian pacer and hat-trick hero of IPL 10 — Andrew Tye fetched a Rs 7.2 crore deal from Kings XI Punjab on day two of the auction. After being ignored by the teams twice during the auction, hot-shot opener Chris Gayle was finally bought by KXIP for his base price of Rs 2 Cr while Murali Vijay was also picked by CSK for Rs 2 Cr after being ignore initially.

While Unadkat and Tye enjoyed big pay day, 17-year-old Sandeep Lamichhane made history by becoming the first cricketer from Nepal to be bought in the auction with Delhi Daredevils picking him up for Rs 20 lakh.

After leggie Rashid Khan took home Rs nine crore on the opening day, another Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Zadran, all of 16 years, was richer by Rs four crore when KXIP made the winning bid for the teen sensation.

Zadran has already played for Afghanistan at the highest level and is currently part of the U-19 World Cup squad in New Zealand. His teammate in New Zealand, Zahir Khan, went to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 60 lakh.

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KXIP and RR went into the auction with the biggest purse having retained only one player. RR continued spending big on day two and KXIP too was not far behind. The Royals, known for their wise spending, splurged some more to also clinch Karnataka off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham for Rs 6.2 crore.

Unadkat became the costliest Indian buy at the auction with his price skyrocketing to Rs 11.5 crore from a base price of Rs 1.5 crore after a bidding war between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab. Rajasthan Royals, however, had the last laugh.

Unadkat was sought after because of his specialist T20 skills and the fact that he took 24 wickets at 13.41 for Rising Pune Supergiant last season. Royals had also made the auction's most expensive buy on Saturday, picking up England all-rounder Ben Stokes for Rs 12.5 crore.

Their another costly purchase was offie Gowtham, who was sold for 31 times his base price of Rs 20 lakh. Teams continued with their strategy of going after the Indian players.

Bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar was sold to RCB for Rs 3.2 crore, Punjab pacer Sandeep Sharma went to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 3 crore, Kings XI Punjab used Right to Match to retain Mohit Sharma for Rs 2.4 crore, Jharkhand spinner Shahbaz Nadeem was bought back by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 3.2 crore and Mohammad Siraj was picked up by RCB for Rs 2.6 crore.

KKR targetted the budding talent, picking up another India U-19 performer Shivam Mavi for Rs 3 crore after buying Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shubman Gill on day one. At a base of price of Rs 50 lakh, CSK got a bargain in South African pacer Lungi Ngidi.

However, there were no takers for big international names such as Dale Steyn, England's Eoin Morgan and New Zealand's Corey Anderson.

Earlier, on the first day of the auction, apart from Stokes, who was bought for Rs 12.5 Cr, other players who got high prices were India's KL Rahul and Manish Pandey, who went for 11 Cr each to KXIP and SRH, respectively. Ravichandran Ashwin was sold to KXIP for 7.6 Cr.

Injury-prone Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc bagged a staggering 9.4 Cr by KKR. Interestingly, he did not feature in the previous edition of the IPL owing to an injury.

The other big buy among the 16 marquee players was Glenn Maxwell, who was back in the Delhi Daredevils fold after five years for Rs 9 crore after intense bidding. While KKR decided to let go Gautam Gambhir at Rs 2.80 crore to Delhi Daredevils, they used their RTM to buy back Chris Lynn for Rs 9.60 crore.

England Test captain Joe Root went unsold but his teammate, all-rounder Chris Woakes, was picked by RCB for Rs 7.40 crore. Daredevils, however, got their probable captain in Gautam Gambhir at a dirt cheap rate. Similarly, another veteran Yuvraj Singh got an opening bid from Kings XI Punjab for Rs 2 crore.

Dwayne Bravo was taken for Rs 6.40 crore by CSK using the RTM card. Kieron Pollard was bought by Mumbai Indians, who used their Right To Match (RTM) card for Rs 5.40 crore, while Sunrisers Hyderabad bought back Shikhar Dhawan for Rs 5.2 crore after heavy bidding from KXIP.

Faf du Plessis was retained by CSK for only Rs 1.60 crore while Rajasthan Royals used RTM to retain Ajinkya Rahane for Rs 4 crore. Kane Williamson was back at Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 3 crore.

Krunal Pandya became the costliest uncapped buy in IPL history, going for a whopping Rs 8.8 crore to Mumbai Indians as rookie players, both Indian and overseas, turned overnight millionaires in the auction here. From India's U-19 World Cup stars to domestic and foreign recruits, uncapped players were the sought after lot for the eight teams.

Little-known Jofra Archer from the West Indies attracted a Rs 7.2 crore winning bid from Rajasthan Royals. The 22-year-old all-rounder has had a decent stint for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash and plays first-class cricket for Sussex in England.

Krunal going to Mumbai Indians was expected but not the astronomical figure he went for, surpassing Pawan Negi who was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 8.5 crore in the 2016 auction. Krunal's base price was Rs 40 lakh. Mumbai Indians exercised the Right to Match for Krunal after a bidding war broke out between Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Krunal remaining at Mumbai Indians also means that he and his brother Hardik Pandya will turn out for the same IPL team again. The third-highest bid was for Jharkhand wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan, who was sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs 6.2 crore, more than 15 times his base price of Rs 40 lakh.

Australian left-hand batsman D'Arcy Short was rewarded for his batting exploits in the Big Bash with a Rs 4.4 crore pay packet from Rajasthan Royals. He is also quite useful as a chinaman.

The other uncapped Indian players who secured hefty deals were Punjab pacer Siddarth Kaul (Rs 3.8 crore to SRH), Delhi pacer Navdeep Saini (Rs 3 crore to RCB), Delhi batsman Nitish Rana (Rs 3.4 crore to KKR), Baroda all-rounder Deepak Hooda (Rs 3.6 crore to SRH via RTM).

Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar (Rs 3.2 crore to DD), Maharashtra batsman Rahul Tripathi (Rs 3.4 crore to RR), Mumbai batsman Surya Kumar Yadav (Rs 3.2 crore to MI), Haryana leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia (Rs 3 crore to DD), Uttar Pradesh pacer Ankit Rajpoot (Rs 3 crore to KXIP) and Rajasthan left-

arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed (Rs 3 crore to SRH) were the other rookie Indians to get good deals in the IPL.

The U-19 players who are currently playing the World Cup in New Zealand too were rewarded for their recent performances.

India U-19 captain Prithvi Shaw, who has made hundreds for Mumbai in Ranji Trophy, went to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.2 crore while opener Shubman Gill, who has played first-class cricket for Punjab, was lapped up by KKR for Rs 1.8 crore.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who has impressed many with his express left-arm pace in New Zealand, too went to KKR for Rs 3.2 crore from a base price of Rs 20 lakh.

There were few others whose life is set to change. Delhi left-arm pacer Kulwant Khejroliya, who was a waiter in Goa not long ago, was picked up by RCB for Rs 85 lakh.

Kerala fast bowler Basil Thampi was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 95 lakh. Karnataka batsman Mayank Agarwal was richer by Rs 1 crore after winning the bid from Kings XI Punjab. Punjab opener Manan Vohra, who was in sublime touch in the recently concluded domestic T20 event, got a Rs 1.1 crore deal from Royal Challengers Bangalore.

((With PTI Inputs))

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