That concludes our live and in-depth coverage of the mega IPL 2018 auctions. Big respite for Chris Gayle as he was picked up by KXIP. Would have been such a pity if an IPL legend like him had to miss out. But there were some massive exclusions in Lasith Malinga, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Hashim Amla and Martin Guptill. Ben Stokes was the costliest player in the auctions for the second year running, while Jayadev Unadkat emerged as the highest paid Indian player in the bidding. KL Rahul and Manish Pandey also drew big bucks, while Ishant Sharma was not bought in the auctions again.
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