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IPL Auction 2018: Expensive Buys Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat Mark Rajasthan's Return

IPL Auction 2018: Expensive Buys Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat Mark Rajasthan's Return

The Indian Premier League mega auction for the season 2018 is on at Bengalure and it will be fascinating to see how each of the teams finally shape up. We here at Cricketnext will tell you what is happening with your favourite teams as the franchise owners slug it out with big bucks in their pocket to get the best team combination.

The Indian Premier League mega auction for the season 2018 is on at Bengaluru and it will be fascinating to see how each of the teams finally shape up. We here at Cricketnext will tell you what is happening with your favourite teams as the franchise owners slug it out with big bucks in their pocket to get the best team combination. Here is what one-time champions Rajasthan Royals are up to

DAY 1

After an intense bidding war between Kolkata Night Riders, Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils for Ben Stokes, it is Rajasthan Royal who bought Ben Stokes for a whopping Rs 12.5 crore

Kings XI Punjab thought they had bought star Indian player Ajinkya Rahane after they won the bidding with Rajasthan Royals. However, Rajasthan then used the RTM card to retain Rahane for Rs 4 Crore and the opener will once again don the blue of Rajasthan.

India all-rounder Stuart Binny also finds a team for himself as he is bought by Rajasthan for Rs 50 Lakh. RCB had the option to retain him but they chose not to.

Jos Buttler, who is one of the most explosive wicket-keeper batsman in the world right now and Rajasthan didn't wait that long to acquire the services of the star Englishman for 4.4 Cr. Royals had already bought Samson so they really didn't need another wicket-keeper but they may have picked Buttler for his attacking batting.

Uncapped batsman Rahul Tripathi was bought for a whopping amount of 3.4 crore by the Rajasthan Royals. Tripathi 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.

Royals have also invested heavily in the uncapped foreign players with Darcy Short (4 crore) and Jofra Archer (7.2 crore).

Rajasthan Royals: Retained Players - Steve Smith

DAY 2

Royals bid and get wicketkeeper Prashant Chopra for Rs 20 Lakh.

Left arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat has been performing really well in the shortest format of the game recently and he was rewarded for it with an India call-up. Unadkat was named the man of the series against Sri Lanka recently and therefore he has become the second most expensive buy of this year's auction. Rajasthan Royals pip Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings to his signature at RS 11.5 cr.

Gowtham Krishnappa will be laughing his way to the bank as he is sold to Rajathan Royals for an eye-watering sum of 6.2 Cr. The 29-year old played for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League in the past and now till turn up in the blues of Rajasthan. The spinner scored his maiden first-class century, batting for Karnataka against Assam in the 2017–18 Ranji Trophy. In 2016–17 Ranji season, Gowtham picked up two consecutive five-wicket hauls, against Delhi and Assam, helping his team win both the games. In the latter game, he returned his career-best figures of 7/108.

Royal Challengers Bangalore thought they got their hands on Dhawal Kulkarni when they won the race for his signature for Rs 75 Lakh. However, Rajasthan Royals were having none of it as they played the RTM card for him.

Ankit Sharma, a all-rounder, had a base price of Rs 20 Lakh, and was sold on the same price to Rajasthan Royals.

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