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IPL auction 2018: Manish Pandey and KL Rahul headline manic splurging

28 January 2018, 01:52 | Rufus Hill

Rahul Tripathi

Rahul Tripathi

While the big names including Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma have been retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians respectively during the January 4th retention auction, the fates of other players will also be sealed today.

Stokes, who was named the most valuable player past year following a £1.7m contract with Rising Pune Supergiant, has joined Rajasthan Royals.

More extensive bidding ensued for Kieron Pollard, the West Indies allrounder.

Kolkata Knight Riders, who had Andre Russell and Sunil Narine retained, also brought back Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa and Kuldeep Yadav while adding Mitchell Starc to their bowling ranks. That left SRH to seal the deal at 11 crore - from a base price of 1 crore - and when Kolkata Knight Riders did not use an RTM card, the 28-year-old was theirs. Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and KKR, both champion teams, as usual, went after strategic picks. Sunrisers roped in Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan for the same amount.

Sunrisers Hyderabad got the services of Shikhar Dhawan for around Rs 5 crores.

Jason Roy of England leaves the field. The two faced off before Daredevils picked him up for INR 2.8 crore (USD 437,000 approx).

CSK won the bid for Ambati Rayudu with Rs 2.20 crore. Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians and RR fought for the player, who was sold to Kings XI Punjab with highest bid of Rs 5.2 crore. He was equally proficient in his first season of the IPL wherein he played 14 matches and scalped 17 wickets at an economy rate of 6.63. His opening partner in Tests, M Vijay, did not get any bid at all.

Manish Pandey and KL Rahul were the others to breach the Rs 10 crore-mark. Kamlesh Nagarkoti, the Rajasthan fast bowler who is making a splash at the U-19 World Cup clocking over 140kph, was sold for R3.2 crore to KKR, captain Prithvi Shaw for R1.2 crore (Delhi Daredevils) and batsman Shubman Gill for R1.8 cr (KKR). Sunrisers Hyderabad went after a combination of all-rounders and batsmen.

While KKR made a decision to let go Gautam Gambhir at Rs 2.80 crore (USD 440,000) to Delhi Daredevils, they used their RTM to buy back Chris Lynn for Rs 9.60 crore (USD 1.47 million). Parthiv Patel, with a base price of Rs 1 crore, went unsold; England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow also went unsold.

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