Indian players dominated the bidding wars as KL Rahul and Manish Pandey laughed their way to the bank with multi-million dollar deals but England all- rounder Ben Stokes once again emerged the costliest buy in the IPL auctions, in Bengaluru on Saturday.
Despite all the off-field controversies, Stokes was snapped up for a whopping Rs 12.5 crore (USD 1.96 million) by Rajasthan Royals after Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings also engaged in a fierce bidding war for him.
The franchises were smart in their choices with most of the current India players attracting significant interest. Stylish opener Rahul and middle-order batsman Pandey bagged deals worth Rs 11 crore (USD 1.73 million) from Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.
With their prices sky-rocketing, the two players' original franchises RCB and KKR didn't use their Right To Match (RTM) cards.
There were plenty of batsmen that drew the attention on Day 1 of the IPL Auctions and here is the complete list of batsmen that were auctioned in Bengaluru
Gautam Gambhir is sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 2.8 Cr
Kane Williamson is sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 3 Cr
Joe Root goes UNSOLD
Yuvraj Singh is sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 2 Cr
Shikhar Dhawan is sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad (RTM) for Rs 5.2 Cr
Faf du Plessis is sold to Chennai Super Kings for Rs 1.6 Cr
Ajinkya Rahane is sold to Rajasthan Royals (RTM) at Rs 4 Cr
Chris Gayle goes UNSOLD
Karun Nair is sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 5.6 Cr
KL Rahul is sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 11 Cr
Murali Vijay goes UNSOLD
David Miller is sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 3 Cr
Aaron Finch is sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 6.2 Cr
Brendon McCullum is sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 3.6 Cr
Jason Roy is sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.5 Cr
Chris Lynn is sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 9.6 Cr
Hashim Amla goes UNSOLD
Manish Pandey is sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 11 Cr
Martin Guptill goes UNSOLD
Evin Lewis – Sold to Mumbai Indians at Rs 3.8 Cr
Saurabh Tiwary – Sold to Mumbai Indians at Rs 80 lakh
Ales Hales goes UNSOLD
Eoin Morgan goes UNSOLD
Shaun Marsh goes UNSOLD
Lendl Simmons goes UNSOLD
Mandeep Singh sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 1.4 Cr
Travis Head goes UNSOLD
Colin Ingram goes UNSOLD
Manoj Tiwary sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 1 Cr
Uncapped Batsman Set 1:
Surya Kumar Yadav is sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs 3.2 Cr
Shubman Gill is sold to KKR for Rs 1.8 Cr
Ishan Jaggi is sold to KKR for Rs 20 L
Ricky Bhui is sold to SRH for Rs 20 L
Mayank Agarwal is sold to KXIP for Rs 1 Cr
Himanshu Rana is UNSOLD
Rahul Tripathi is sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 3.4 Cr
Manan Vohra is sold to KXIP for Rs 1.1 Cr
Siddhesh Lad goes UNSOLD
Prithvi Shaw is sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.2 Cr.
Anmolpreet Singh goes UNSOLD
Apoorv Wankhade sold to Kolkata Knight Riders at Rs 20 lakh
Rinku Singh sold to Kolkata Knight Riders at Rs 80 lakh
Sachin Baby sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad at Rs 20 lakh
Manjot Kalra sold to Delhi Daredevils at Rs 20 lakh
With inputs from PTI
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