Rajasthan Royals sign Stokes, Gayle overlooked in IPL auction

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The Day One of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction saw many dramatic purchases with Ben Stokes being the most expensive player again as well as T20 specialist Chris Gayle being unsold. Boult was the fourth-most expensive buy in the past year auction when Kolkata Knight Riders won the race for him. Rahul was sold to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), while SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) picked up Pandey.

Rahul's batsmanship was secured by the Kings XI Punjab for $2.4 million, while the Sunrisers Hyderabad recruited Pandey for the same figure. He played for Gujarat Lions in the last edition and picked up 11 wickets in 12 matches at an average of 38.54.

England's Ben Stokes sold for nearly £1.4m in the Indian Premier League auction but Test captain Joe Root went unsold in the first round of bidding.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Murugan Ashwin (Rs.2.2 crore), Mandeep Singh (Rs.1.40 crore), Washington Sundar (Rs.3.20 crore), Pawan Negi (Rs.1 crore), Mohammad Siraj (Rs.2.60 crore), Nathan Coulter-Nile (Rs.2.20 crore).

Samson was another surprise with Rajasthan deciding to fork out Rs 8 crore for his services.

Karnataka offspinner K Gowtham set the pace early in the day, going for 31 times his base price to Royals for a shade below a million dollars. "It's a steal, to get Harbhajan for his base price". Indian trio MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravi Jadeja will continue playing for Chennai while Sunil Narine and Andre Russell stay at Kolkata. Also, they got a very attractive chance to showcase their talent and also they get a chance to prove their talent on the big stage and stake a claim for entry into Team India. RCB snapped up South Africa's Quinton de Kock for a relative steal: INR 2.8 crore (USD 437,000 approx).

The expensive shopping spree was not to end there as they got Unadkat after his price skyrocketed to Rs 11.5 crore from a base price of Rs 1.5 crore following a bidding war between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab.

Twice Chris Gayle's name came up at the IPL auction, and twice he failed to get a bid. He was picked up by Mumbai for INR 1.9 crore (USD 296,000 approx). Young Indian wicket-keeper Ishan Kishan was bought by Mumbai for Rs 6.2 crore. About Rs 628-Rs 629 crore were spent in IPL auction.

The big ace in the hole for numerous teams was the Right to Match rule that allowed teams to sit back and allow others to bid before matching the winning bid.

"The auction is not over yet", Thomas said when asked of Gayle. They ended relatively sedately with Indian offie R Ashwin looking as their likely captain.

The other big buy among the 16 marquee players was Glenn Maxwell, who was back in the Delhi Daredevils fold after five years for '9 crore (USD 1.41 million) after intense bidding. Guptill had a relatively low reserve of $160,000 and previous stints with Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians. Nobody expected him to make splash, but he went for a whopping Rs 6.20 crores or something that's 31 times his base price! It retained Kieron Pollard and brought in Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins. Dhawan was sold for Rs5.2 crore.

"It was [Rs 4 crore ceiling]".

Four teams used the right to match (RTM) card to retain players after the winning bid was placed.

Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 3.60 crore.

RCB shell out 1.4 Cr for their batsman. England's Moeen Ali went to RCB for Rs 1.7 crore. He went for Rs 4 crore to Chennai who beat off competition from Rajasthan.

However, there were no takers for big worldwide names such as South Africas Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, Englands Eoin Morgan, New Zealands Corey Anderson and Martin Guptill, and Australian Shaun Marsh. On day one, 78 out of 110 players were bought, with superstars from IPLs past like Lasith Malinga finding no takers. The leg-spin duo of Australian Adam Zampa and Samuel Badree of West Indies also went unsold.

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