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That’s the end of it. The goldrush for Unadkat was a sight to behold and he easily walks away as one of the best stories to have come out of the auctions. Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan’s stature continues to grow. Another heart-warming story that emerged today was the 17-year-old leg-spinner from Nepal, Sandeep Lamichhane.
In case you were wondering who he is, we have a guide. A few years ago, he even trained at the Michael Clarke academy in New South Wales. He is also the first Nepali to get an IPL contract. Elsewhere, Pakistan have topped the T20 rankings with a win over New Zealand.
That’s it, folks West Indies pacer Javon Searless is the last bid of the IPL auction 2018. He goes to KKR for Rs 30 lakh and they are all smiles as we come to an end of the longest auction of the last decade. KXIP and Mumbai Indians are all smiles as they walk away from the room. Who do you think look the strongest? Do send in your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KXIP make another signing: Yet again, a welcome addition to the squad and it is Kashmir’s Manzoor Dar for Rs 20 lakh.
Royals mean business They add another pacer to their ranks after snapping up Sri Lankan pacer Dushmanta Chameera for Rs 50 lakh. This move could also turn out to be a budget buy that could turn out to be a hit. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians have signed Nidheesh MD Dinesan for Rs 20 lakh
Gayle goes to KXIP! Finally, the legendary Jamaican gets a team and it’s KXIP who land him. They were the only bidders for him as well and his signing his met with a thunderous response in the room. This will only be his third IPL team. Wonder how RCB fans feel about this?
The bidding process will be up and running once again...
Chennai go on rampage! Are they desperate to bring the average age of the team down? It certainly looks that way from the looks of it as they say vanakkam to Monu Singh, Chaitanya Bishnoi and Kshitiz Sharma – each of them cost Rs 20 lakh. RCB bagged Pavan Deshpande for the same amount.
There are string of low-budget signings across the hall: Aryaman Vikram Birla is sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 30 lakh. Jatin Saxena is also bought by the inaugural champions, this time for Rs 20 lakh. Former U-19 star Mahipal Lomror will get to represent his home state, also going for Rs 20 lakh.
CSK sign England’s Mark Wood As they make their way back in the IPL setup, the former champions get the pacer for Rs 1.5 crore. Elsewhere, Andrew Tye has picked up five wickets on the day he went to Punjab for a steep amount.
Cheap buys U-19 star Anukul Roy is sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs 20 lakh. Mayank Dagar and Pradeep Sahu go to KXIP for the same amount. Dale Steyn doesn’t find a bid – let that sink in. To be fair, the pace ace is still recovering from injury.
Royals sign Laughlin, Mumbai get Dhananjaya The Australian has been on the fringes for a long time and a good Big Bash showing meant that he gets a team, which is Rajasthan Royals. The fee is Rs 50 lakh. Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dhananjaya also gets a team. It is in the form of Mumbai Indians, and yet again, it is for Rs 50 lakh.
Wonder what the Afghans can do? Here is Mujeeb Zadran and co showing off their incredible natural talent..
Mumbai strike ‘home’ The three-time winners have snapped up experienced home boys Siddhesh Lad and Aditya Tare for Rs 20 lakh each. They will add squad depth to the already power-packed team. Daredevils also respond with a cheap buy, bringing in Sayan Ghosh for Rs 20 lakh.
Parthiv Patel goes to RCB The Gujarat veteran finds a team and it was only after Mumbai Indians entered the race initially. It was for Rs 1.70 crore. Mitchell Johnson will join Starc in the Kolkata camp, he goes for a price of Rs 2 crore.
Murali Vijay is back with CSK Yet another capture for Chennai and they are reunited with the man who played a key role in them winning titles in 2010 and 2011. He cost Rs 2 crore. CSK make further strides and they have signed on England’s Sam Billings for a crore. What a start!
No bids for Gayle, Guptill: Are we going to have an IPL season with Chris Gayle? Well, it certainly looks that way and he goes unsold again. Are you as shocked as I am?
Kerala’s MS Midhun goes to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 20 lakh: Another economical buy by the inaugural champions, who have switched from Real Madrid to Arsenal mode in the matter of an hour. That is lunch on day two.
CSK then land a double blow, landing young Indian players Dhruv Shorey, Kanish Seth for Rs 20 lakh. Finally, the two-time champions are up and running. After five minutes of players going unsold by the dozen, Anirudha Joshi is sold to RCB for Rs 20 lakh.
Lungi Ngidi earns his first IPL deal! You can’t possibly be writing this joke, if there is one. Please refrain from the most obvious ones, featuring an attire. Welcome, Ngidi. The deal was for Rs 50 lakh and CSK were the only suitors here.
Meanwhile, Ben Dwarshuis was sold to KXIP for Rs 1.40 lakh. Ms Zinta’s signing spree continues and they have another Australian in the bag.
Nepal’s Sandeep Lamichhane earns a contract There goes the first Nepalese to earn an IPL contract and it is for his base price of Rs 20 lakh. Delhi Daredevils are the victors and they are all smiles.
Akshdeep and Sreevats go for Rs 1 crore: Nath will stay at KXIP while Goswami will move to the Sunrisers, who add yet another economical buy to their list. Will this be a new lease of life for Goswami?
Chahar and Gopal secure moves CSK were determined to get their hands on Deepak Chahar, who signs on for Rs 80 lakh. South Africa’s Cameron Delport will move to KKR for a modest Rs 30 lakh while Rajasthan’s Tajinder Dhillon went for Rs 55 lakh to Mumbai Indians, who made a quick move for the all-rounder. Shreyas Gopal went have
Andrew Tye is a KXIP player There was a bidding war between Punjab and CSK. After much consultation, Stephen Fleming and co show the white flag. Surprisingly, nobody was willing to compete with Punjab. The knuckle-ball specialist was sold for Rs 7.20 crore.
Brainder Sran sold to KXIP for 2.20 crore CSK were also interested in the left-armer but it is KXIP who close down the deal and they have yet another one in the bag...hang on, a bidding war is underway.
Australia quick Jason Behrendorff also goes to Mumbai Indians Well, well...this could turn out to be quite a signing. The left-armer was a revelation at Guwahati against India last year in a Twenty20 match and can generate genuine pace. He was sold for Rs 1.50 crore. Not too dissimilar to most of of their deals, MI are happy
JP Duminy returns to Mumbai Indians The South African returns to where it started for him in the IPL and no more captaincy duties for him as he enters a star-studded dugout. The deal was for Rs 1 crore. CSK also make forward strides, getting Mitchell Santner for Rs 50 lakh. England pacer Chris Jordan will continue his stint with SRH with Tom Moody and team successfully submitting a bid of Rs 1 crore.
Pradeep Sanghwan moves to Mumbai Indians Delhi Daredevils expressed early interest in their former player. That was before Mumbai Indians entered the fray and walked away with the left-armer, for a bid of Rs 1.50 crore. The last player to be sold before a 15-minute recess is Anureet Singh, who goes for a modest price of Rs 30 lakh to Rajasthan Royals, who also signed Ankit Sharma for his base price of Rs 20 lakh.
Uncapped fast bowlers set coming up...
U-19 stars in demand Manjot Kalra is yet another addition to the next-gen talent possessed by Delhi. He went for his base price of Rs 20 lakh. All-rounder Shivam Mavi, then, sparked off a bidding war between Mumbai and KKR. It is the Knight Riders who get him, costing them Rs 3 crore.
Meanwhile, Ishwar Pandey, Swapnil Singh, Bipul Sharma went unsold.
Double strike for KKR! Uttar Pradesh batsman Rinku Singh has been signed on Rs 80 lakh. Mumbai Indians also expressed interest in the player but pulled out. Apoorv Wankhede was signed on for Rs 20 lakh.
Unsold spree! Australian spin duo of Fawad Ahmed and Nathan Lyon go unsold. South African Tabraiz Shamsi also doesn’t find any suitors. India’s former Test specialist Pragyan Ojha also goes unsold, which came as a slight surprise.
CSK land Shardul Thakur, Boult sold to Daredevils Chennai Super Kings open their account for the evening by snapping up Mumbai pacer Shardul Thakur for Rs 2.60 crore. New Zealand Trent Boult becomes one of the few foreign players today to get a team at Rs 2.20 crore...hang on, one of the greatest ever pacers, Dale Steyn goes unsold and there is a mini-break.
Jaydev Unadkat goes to RR for 11.50 after bidding war After a long wait, an intense bidding rally takes place. CSK and KXIP are involved in a heated tussle. After the bid touches Rs 11 crore, the two-time champions back out. Out of nowhere, RR enter the fray and is met with huge cheers. Certainly, that was a bolt from the blue. KXIP back out and RR get their man!
Double strike with pacers for RCB Md. Siraj is sold for Rs 2.60 crore, Australian Nathan Coulter Nile for Rs 2.20 crore. The three-time finalists are certainly on a mission to plug holes in their bowling attack this season.
SRH snap up Sandeep Sharma, Vinay Kumar moves to KKR The Sunrisers may have pulled off another shrewd move at Rs 3 crore. Well, they are in business and despite being slightly erratic, the medium pacer can be quite a handful when it’s his day. Vinay Kumar, meanwhile, moves to the Knight Riders for Rs 1 crore.
Mohit Sharma retained by KXIP KKR and CSK finally wake up from their slumber and bid for the medium pacer but their efforts are futile as KXIP owner Preity Zinta gleefully shows her RTM card. The bid was for Rs 2.40 crore.
Afghanistan’s Mohammad Nabi will continue to play for SRH The 2016 champions continue to be masters of playing the bidding process and have many economical buys in their side already. Nabi also goes in the list. Their money is on the ball.
Ben Cutting is a Mumbai Indians player The Australian goes for Rs 2.20 crore, and it was only after SRH backed out in the final hour that the three-time champions secured their latest signing. Corey Anderson, a one-time owner of the fastest international ODI hundred, and Moises Henriques go unsold.
Triple strike from Delhi – in come Dan Christian and Jayant Yadav and Gurkeerat Singh. The Australian cost them Rs 1.75 crore while Jayant Yadav, who had a fine home Test series last year, came at a price of a modest Rs 50 lakh. KXIP opt against using their RTM option for Gurkeerat, who is sold for Rs 75 lakh.
Gowtham created ripples, moving for 31 times his base price...
Pawan Negi remains at RCB Mumbai submit a bid of Rs 1 crore but Daniel Vettori’s camp is ready to match it, and proudly flaunt their Right To Match card. The all-rounder remains in the Garden City.
Washington Sundar sold to RCB It was a game of chess by the franchises. RCB, KXIP and slowly, Mumbai Indians enter the race for the 18-year-old. Would you believe it? He was sold for Rs 3.20 crore, much below what some experts had predicted before the auctions.
Manoj Tiwary is now a KXIP player For all the expensive buys the Punjab made today, they might have a good value-for-money buy in the Bengal captain. He played for RPS last season and Preity Zinta’s camp is delighted with their latest capture.
Mandeep Singh sold to RCB Delhi and KXIP start the race and RCB join the party slightly late but keep pace with the bids. Punjab, for once, back out and Mandeep will now play for the RCB for a deal worth Rs 1.4 crore.
Not a good start for the foreign contingent today as Travis Head and Colin Ingram don’t attract any bids.
Saurabh Tiwary is back in the Mumbai Indians dugout. The stylish Jharkhand batsman cost the three-time champion Rs 80 lakh Alex Hales has a reputation as one of the best big-hitters in the world. Strangely, noone is interested in him. Eoin Morgan, Shaun Marsh and Lendl Simmons also don’t fetch any bids. The last two players have had excellent IPL career,in case you were wondering.
Evin Lewis sold to Mumbai Indians If it pays off, it could turn out to be quite a steal. The big-hitting West Indian had a couple of suitors but it is the defending champions who come out trumps and boy, aren’t they thrilled! The deal was for Rs 3.80 crore.
Murugan Ashwin (remember two Ashwins bowling in tandem at RPS?) goes to RCB for Rs 2.20 crore. Meanwhile, Iqbal Abdullah and left-arm unorthodox Shivil Kaushik also go unsold.
K Gowtham snapped up by RR for Rs 6.20 crore Gowtham has been around for a long time in the Ranji circuit and has impressive first-class stats to his name and it came as no surprise that teams expressed interest in the player. However, there was little hope of a bidding slugfest as Mumbai, Rajasthan and RCB enter. Rajasthan, out of nowhere, get their noses in front....and they land him.
Franchises remain unmoved as a slew of players go unsold. This list includes, Sai Kishore Ravi Srinivaasan, Tejas Baroka and J Suchith. Hang on, Gowtham Krishnappa, though, is attracting a few interesting bids.
Shahbaz Nadeem sold to Delhi Daredevils KC Cariappa went unsold but RCB and Delhi express early interest in the left-arm spinner and bids are thrown back and forth by the two aforementioned franchises. Delhi seem to have the upper hand in the bidding process....and they get him. Nadeem will resume life in Delhi. He went for a steep Rs 3.20 crore.
Mumbai Indians get Rahul Chahar 1.90 crore Chahar gets proceedings underway and Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals were involved in quite a heated bidding tussle for the 18-year-old. Mumbai walk away with the him. Will he get game-time?
....and here’s what the squads look like after day 1
In case you are wondering where things stand at the end of day one, here is a handy guide, compiled by Jaideep Vaidya.
Hello and welcome to the live updates on day two of the IPL auction. Reputation counts for little when they go under Richard Madley’s hammer and it was evident on with heavyweights such as Chris Gayle, England Test captain Joe Root, and Sri Lanka veteran Lasith Malinga going unsold. Even India stalwarts Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh were bought only at their base price.
Gayle, who formed one of the most dangerous opening pairings in the IPL alongside Virat Kohli, found no takers even at his base price of Rs 2 crore. The West Indian is certain to be one of the prominent names today. Gayle has the fastest T20 century to his name, which came off 30 balls for RCB versus Pune Warriors in 2013. However, he has been battling erratic form lately.
All franchises note: He is far from finished, going by his incredible 146 that he smashed in Bangladesh Premier League last month. Another IPL regular who went unsold Malinga, who has been facing fitness issues for a long time.
Malinga spearheaded the Mumbai Indians attack for many seasons and is the tournament’s all-time leading wicket-taker. Root went into his first ever IPL auction with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore but did not attract a bid alongside fellow Englishmen Jonny Bairstow and Sam Billings.
Former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson and Ashes star Josh Hazlewood, too, were ignored. They both went into the auction with a Rs 2 crore base price. South Africa batsman Hashim Amla was another big international name to go unsold.
The other names to miss out on the opening day were India’s Ishant Sharma, Parthiv Patel and Murali Vijay. Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa, New Zealand trio Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan and Martin Guptill going unsold was came as quite a surprise. It was also the case with West Indian spin ace Samuel Badree, who is an asset in this format.
(With inputs from PTI)