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IPL Auction 2018 Day 1 Highlights: Ben Stokes Ends as Costliest Buy, Goes to Rajasthan Royals for 12.5 Cr

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18:19 (IST)
18:19 (IST)

That's it folks, this concludes the day 1 auction of the Indian Premier League 2018. The second day of the IPL auction will take place tomorrow and it will begin at 9:30 am. See you tomorrow folks. 

18:18 (IST)

SOLD: Ankit Rajpoot is the last man to be sold today and he goes for a whopping sum of Rs 3 Crores to Kings XI Punjab. 

18:08 (IST)

SOLD: Navdeep Saini is bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a handsome sum of 3 Cr. Saini was called up by the Indian team as net bowler in their ongoing series in South Africa and this is how highly he is rated in the set-up.

18:06 (IST)

SOLD: 20-year-old Khaleel Ahmed is the new million dollar baby as he is bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping sum of Rs 3 Crore. He played with Delhi Daredevils last year and they even tried to sign him this time around but failed to match SRH's price.

17:59 (IST)

SOLD: Basil Thampi is sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for 95 Lakh. Aniket Chaudhury goes to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 30 Lakh. Kulwant Khejroliya is also bought by RCB for 85 Lakh.

17:51 (IST)

SOLD: Siddharth Kaul goes to Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping sum of 3.8 Cr.  Kaul was the teammate of Virat Kohli during his time at the Under 19 World Cup. SRH also win the race to sign T Natrajan for Rs 40 Lakh.

17:42 (IST)

UNSOLD: The likes of Ankush Bains, Aditya Tare, Ben McDermott, Nikhil Naik and Jitesh Sharma go unsold in the auction. These players will once again come up in the auction tomorrow if teams want to buy them.

17:38 (IST)

SOLD: Indian uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan leads a huge bidding war between Mumbai and Bangalore and ultimately the defending champions had to pay a whopping sun of 6.2 cr to acquire his services. One of the costliest wicket-keeper is the history of the cash-rich league.

17:30 (IST)

SOLD: Rajasthan Royals are breaking their bank for uncapped talents who are taking the limited overs game by storm. Darcy Short and Jofra Archer have been retained by them for whopping sums of 4 Cr and 7.2 Cr respectively. These young stars will definitely add to their ranks.

17:21 (IST)

SOLD: Kolkata Knight Riders break their bank to sign Nitish Rana, who was the breakout star for Mumbai Indians in the last edition of the league. He goes to KKR for a whopping sum of 3.4 Cr.

17:15 (IST)

SOLD: No surprises here as Krunal Pandya heads to Mumbai Indians after the defending champions used the Right to Match card for him. Krunal was the man of the match in the final of last edition of the Indian Premier League. Krunal has been retained for a huge sum of 8.8 Cr.

17:07 (IST)

SOLD: One of the best prospects to come out of the Indian under-19 set-up, Kamlesh Nagakoti goes to Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping sum of 3.2 Cr. Nagarkoti bowls at the speed of 145 km/hr, as he is showing at the ongoing ICC Under 19 World Cup.

17:00 (IST)

SOLD: After missing out on Deepak Hooda, Delhi went out all guns blazing for Vijay Shankar and they acquire their services for 3.2 Cr. Vijay Shankar played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last edition of the league. Harshal Patel also joins Delhi after they bid 20L for him and RCB opted not to use the RTM card.

16:56 (IST)

SOLD: Delhi Daredevils thought they had won the race for youngster Deepak Hooda for 3.6 Cr. But Sunrisers Hyderabad was having none of it as they played their Right to Match card to get hold of the player. 

16:52 (IST)

SOLD: After an intense bidding between teams like Delhi, Punjab and Hyderabad, Rahul Tewatia heads to the capital city after Ricky Ponting's team won the the bid at a whopping 3 Cr. The young uncapped star must be laughing his way to the bank now.

16:48 (IST)

Rahul Tewatia is the first name to come of the bag and there is an intense bidding going on for the 24-year old. From base price of 10 Lakh, Tewatia's bidding has reached 2.5 crores. All the teams are bidding for him.

16:44 (IST)

Next up are the uncapped all-rounders and many young players are in the reckoning now. Let's see who all will rake in the moolah during this part of the auction.

16:29 (IST)

SOLD: India Under-19 skipper Prithvi Shaw heads to Delhi Daredevils for 1.2 Cr. From working with Rahul Dravid at the Under 19 world up to working with Ricky Ponting at Delhi.. It is a very good deal for the youngster. 

16:17 (IST)

SOLD: Uncapped batsman Rahul Tripathi will be laughing his way to the bank now as he sold for a whopping amount of 3.4 crore to Rajasthan Royals. Thipathi had an excellent season last year with Rising Pune Supergiant, where his top score was 93 as well. Royals have got a good talent in their team now. Meanwhile, Manan Vohra heads to Royal Challengers Bangalore for 1.1 Cr

16:08 (IST)

SOLD: Another uncapped batsman Shubhman Gill rakes in the moolah at the auction. Gill has been in glorious form in the ongoing ICC Under 19 World Cup and he has been rewarded for it with a contract of 1.8 Cr to KKR. While Ishank Jaggi goes also goes to KKR for 20 lakh. Meanwhile, Ricky Bhui goes to Sunrisers Hyderabad for 20 lakh. Mayank Agarwal goes to Kings XI Punjab for 1 Cr.

16:02 (IST)

SOLD: Former Kolkata Knight Riders vice captain Surya Kumar Yadav started a very heated bidding battle teams like Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. Ultimately Mumbai won the race for his signature at 3.2 Cr after every other team pulled out. Yadav's base price was 30Lakh only!

15:57 (IST)

SOLD: Royal Challengers Bangalore won the race to sign Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav for Rs 5.80 Crore. However, Kolkata Knight Riders were having none of it as they used their Right to Match again and retained his services. Kolkata have retained the core of their squad and this is another successful addition. 

15:50 (IST)

SOLD: Delhi Daredevils may have thought they got their second spinner in Yuzvendra Chahal, who was the leading wicket-taker in the shortest format of the game in 2017. But RCB chose to use the RTM card and Chahal is back with them for Rs 6 Crore. Yuzvendra Chahal is also the first legspinner to pick up a fifer as well as 6 wicket haul in a T20I and has the record for the best bowling as a legspinner in T20I history (6/25). 

15:42 (IST)

SOLD: Amit Mishra has been one of the most consistent performers for the Delhi Daredevils over the years and therefore, Ricky Ponting's team have gone again for the leggie and acquired his services for Rs 4 Crore. The attacking right-arm leg-break bowler has played 75 matches and taken 78 wickets at an economy of 7.49. On 17 April 2013 in season 6 of Indian Premier League (IPL 2013) he took a hat-trick playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Pune Warriors India and with this hat-trick, he became the first player in IPL history to take three hat-tricks. He has previously taken hat-trick in IPL 2008 playing for Delhi Daredevils against Deccan Chargers and then again in IPL 2011 playing for Deccan Chargers against Kings XI Punjab.

15:40 (IST)

SOLD: No surprises there as Rashid Khan has been retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Kings XI Punjab had beaten the likes of Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils to win the race for his signature. However, SRH used the right to match card to retain the player. 

15:33 (IST)

The battle is heating up for Afghanistan star Rashid Khan as his price has already over 6 Cr. In June 2017, Rashid took his second ODI five-wicket haul, finishing with figures of 7 wickets for 18 runs against the West Indies at Gros Islet. It was the fourth best ODI bowling figures and first by an associate nation cricketer to take 7 wickets. He was named the ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year in January 2018. For the 14 matches that he played for SRH, Rashid has taken 17 wickets at an economy of 6.62. 

15:27 (IST)

SOLD: Mumbai Indians tried their hard to bring back Karn Sharma who had a base price of Rs 2 Cr. But Chennai Super Kings out big them and landed the star spinner for Rs 5 Crore. Finally, coach Stephen Fleming gets something to smile about.

15:24 (IST)

SOLD: Chennai Super Kings may have got the bargain of the auction as they landed Imran Tahir for just Rs 1 Cr. Tahir last played for Delhi Daredevils in the league and was one of their most top performing players in the league last year.

15:21 (IST)

SOLD: Up now are the spinners and currently, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are fighting it out to acquire the services of Piyush Chawla. CSK finally trump other to buy Chawla for 4.2 cr. But at the last minute, KKR come forward to retain the player and Chawla will once again play for Kolkata.

IPL Auction 2018 Day 1 Highlights: Ben Stokes Ends as Costliest Buy, Goes to Rajasthan Royals for 12.5 Cr

PREVIEW: Hope and despair will walk hand in hand when some of the world cricket’s biggest names go under the hammer during the two-day IPL players’ auctions starting on Saturday with the likes of Ben Stokes and R Ashwin expected to be among the most sought after.
This year’s auction will feature 578 players in all with 361 of them being Indians. There are 16 top players awarded marquee status and a base price of Rs 2 crore with notable among them being Stokes, Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Mitchell Starc, Chris Gayle, and Dwayne Bravo to name a few.
After his record breaking Rs 14.5 crore bid during the last edition, world’s premier all-rounder Ben Stokes is once again likely to force the franchises into loosening their purse strings. There hasn’t been an IPL auction of this magnitude since the inception year of 2008 where so many premier Indian stars were up for grabs.
Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane may have fallen out of favour in the national team as far as the shortest format is concerned but as current India players, the franchises are expected to show a lot of interest in them. Someone like Kedar Jadhav, who can bat, bowl off-spin and keep wickets, is likely to be retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Wrist spinners like Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal will be high in demand. Ditto for players like KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, and Dinesh Karthik, who have had success in this format. Since quality wrist spinners are the need of the hour in T20, Afghan sensation Rashid Khan Arman is again likely to laugh his way to the bank.
While Mahendra Singh Dhoni recently said that Chennai Super Kings will bid for their local man but with no Right To Match (RTM) available for Ashwin, it will be interesting to note how far the two-time champions go for the burly offie. But a cursory glance at CSK’s buying pattern will indicate that left-arm paceman Starc may be on their wishlist as Dhoni has always had a Doug Bollinger or Ashish Nehra in earlier years.
If RCB uses RTM for Starc then Jaydev Unadkat, after a great IPL last year, could be an option for the ‘Canary Yellow’ army. The CSK will go all out while using RTM for West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, easily one of Dhoni’s trusted lieutenants during his best years.
However, perennial underachievers, Delhi Daredevils have no such compulsions as they may go the whole hog for Ashwin along with Gautam Gambhir, who looks a serious candidate to lead the capital franchise. DD have been known to make some outrageous decisions over the years which have completely backfired.
It won’t be surprising that their desperation to get a leader and match-winner would prompt them to go the distance. For KKR, retaining Gambhir is an option but then they wouldn’t have released him for the auction in the first place. The Shah Rukh Khan co-owned franchise is more likely to use its RTM for the prolific T20 dasher Chris Lynn, who has had some success with them.
Rajasthan Royals, who had only retained Steve Smith, have the highest purse left and may go the distance for someone like West Indian swashbuckler Evin Lewis, who has smashed two T20 international hundreds against India.
Similarly, Colin Munro will be in demand for his recent exploits in T20 cricket. Kieron Pollard, who recently played the 400th T20 match of his career, is expected to be back at the Mumbai Indians, who are all but certain to use their RTM.
Kings XI Punjab may get Harbhajan Singh in their ranks as he is still a force to reckon with in this format. He is an economical bowler and a handy lower-order batsman. More importantly, he is captaincy material having led Mumbai Indians to Champions League T20 triumph. With each team needing at least a minimum of 10 Indian players,the likes of Krunal Pandya, Basil Thampi, Avesh Khan, Deepak Hooda are expected to get good deals.
There is also a fair bit of excitement about some of the India U-19 players — especially Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who has been regularly clocking mid 140 clicks during the ongoing colts World Cup. His pace bowling partner Shivam Mavi and the team’s skipper Prithvi Shaw are expected to get deals.
The Punjab duo of Shubhman Gill and Abhishek Sharma are also on the radar of the franchises. Among the uncapped foreign players, West Indies born pacer Jofra Archer, who has been a find of this edition of Big Bash League (BBL).

IPL auction can be followed live on the Star Sports network and live streaming will be available on hotstar.com. For the

Player List

Rs 2 crore: R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, M Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Karn Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Robin Uthappa, Rashid Khan, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Cameron White, Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Corey Anderson, Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock, Colin Ingram, Angelo Mathews, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard.

Rs 1.5 crore: Aaron Finch, Amit Mishra, David Miller, Evin Lewis, Faf du Plessis, Harry Gurney, Hashim Amla, Jason Holder, Jason Roy, Jaydev Unadkat, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Kagiso Rabada, Kane Williamson, Kuldeep Yadav, Kyle Abbott, Lendl Simmons, Mark Wood, Michael Klinger, Moeen Ali, Mohit Sharma, Moises Henriques, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon, Peter Handscomb, Ravi Bopara, Shaun Marsh, Steven Finn, Travis Head, Trent Boult, Washington Sundar.

Rs 1 crore: Adam Zampa, Alex Hales, Andrew Tye, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Jordan, Dale Steyn, Daniel Christian, Dwayne Smith, Jason Behrendorff, JP Duminy, Lasith Malinga, Manish Pandey, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Imran Tahir, Mustafizur Rahman, Parthiv Patel, Piyush Chawla, Sam Billings, Samuel Badree, Sanju Samson, Shakib Al Hasan, Shane Watson, Tim Southee, Tom Curran, Tymal Mills, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha.