IPL: Ben Stokes Bought By Rajasthan Royals; Joe Root Unsold

Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting

CSK won the bid for Ambati Rayudu with Rs 2.20 crore.

But Perth Scorchers star Johnson had no luck, with no IPL team willing to bid on his $387,800 reserve price. His global future may be under a cloud, because of an upcoming trial for affray, but that did not stop Rajasthan splashing out $1,953,000 for his services.

Preity had shot to the limelight on Day 1 bidding for nearly everything and ready to pay any price and Virender Sehwag had Tweeted then...

The world's top-ranked T20 batsman, Colin Munro topped the $400,000 mark at the auction, to Delhi Daredevils.

Both players were sold at an identical price of Rs 1.9 crore.

It is clear that RR is looking for the unknown "X" factor this time in IPL and it remains to be seen whether that will succeed under the tried and tested captain Steve Smith.

Unadkat ended up being the second-most expensive player in the 2018 IPL auction, behind England all-rounder Ben Stokes, who was also bought by the Royals for an eye-popping INR 12.5 crores. Meanwhile, Chris Lynn was sold to KKR for Rs 9.60 crore.

He is nearly two years retired from the global game, but Brendon McCullum topped the bidding for New Zealand players at the Indian Premier League cricket auction last night in Bengaluru. Amla wasn't bought despite making two hundreds in the last season of the IPL. RCB snapped up South Africa's Quinton de Kock for a relative steal: INR 2.8 crore (USD 437,000 approx). "Chris Gayle", had been Madley's opening words.

Joe Root, the English captain went unsold in his inaugural season.

Bangladesh's premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan also attracted considerable interest. There were some speculations that were confirmed, such as Gautam Gambhir's move to Delhi Daredevils and they were coupled with a few unexpected twists. But I'm even happier to be a part of Mumbai Indians again. "The kind of form that I was in, I knew that teams would bid for me".

Aussies endured a mixed evening at the auctions. After Stephen Fleming felt he could stretch his budget no more, Preity Zinta-led KXIP looked odds-on to win the contest, only for Rajasthan Royals to swoop in with an Rs 11.5 crore bid in the eleventh hour.

The Bengaluru-based franchise chose not to use the "right to match" card on retaining India opener KL Rahul and also failed to sign Manish Pandey, Mayank Agarwal, Stuart Binny and Karun Nair, who were all picked up by other franchises for hefty sums. Jaidev Unadkat, a left-arm pace bowler like Zaheer, was just 19 and had hardly played first-class cricket.Thrown in at the deep end at Supersport Park in Centurion, he sank beneath the weight of expectation, taking 0 for 101 as India lost by an innings.

Surprisingly, Unadkat was more expensive than even star New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult, who was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 2.2 crore.

"There is an auction every year, but not every year will they have an opportunity to play for India in possibly a World Cup semifinal". They have already retained Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah before the auction.

Indian fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat was picked for Rs 11.5 crore, becoming the costliest Indian player at the IPL auction 2018.

Wriddhiman Saha went to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 5 crore but Parthiv Patel went unsold.

Mumbai Indians relatively had a quiet auction, though they managed to use RTM to get back Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya while bagging worldwide bowlers - Pat Cummins and Mustafizur Rahman.

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