December 19 2018
For the second season in a row, Jaydev Unadkat fetched the maximum price at the IPL auctions. After being signed for Rs 11.5 cores by Rajasthan Royals in January and subsequently being released ahead of this auction, he was snapped up again by the same team for Rs 8.4 crores this time around.
But the biggest surprise of the auction in Jaipur was Tamil Nadu spinner Varun Chakravarthy who sparked a bidding war between 5 teams. Starting with a base price of Rs 20 lakhs, he was eventually snapped up by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 8.4 crores. Another major surprise was 17-year old Prabhsimran Singh who was also signed by KXIP for Rs 4.8 crores. Meanwhile, all-rounder Shivam Dubey joins Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 5 crores.
The costliest foreign player at this year’s auction was England’s Sam Curran who was also signed by Punjab for Rs 7.2 crores. South Africa’s Colin Ingram was snapped up by Delhi Capitals for Rs 6.4 crores.
Among the pacers, Lasith Malinga was signed up by his former team Mumbai Indians for Rs 2 crores. Mohammed Shami moved to Punjab for Rs 4.8 crores while death-over specialist Mohit Sharma was reunited with his former team Chennai Super Kings for Rs 5 crores.
Barinder Sran will team up with Malinga at Mumbai Indians for Rs 3.4 crores while Varun Aaron has been signed by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 2.4 crores. Ishant Sharma was picked up by Delhi Capitals for Rs 1.1 crores.
The Capitals also signed Hanuma Vihari and Axar Patel for Rs 2 crores and Rs 5 crores respectively while Wriddhiman Saha joins Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 1.2 crores.
West Indies‘ Shimron Hetmyer was one of the most wanted players at the auctions. He eventually went to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 4.2 crores. His compatriot and national captain Carlos Brathwaite was signed by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 5 crores. Nicholas Pooran was signed by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 4.2 crores while pacer Oshane Thomas went to Rajasthan Royals for a relatively cheap Rs 1.1 crores.
With English players likely to return to national duty midway through next year’s IPL, there was no interest in the likes of Alex Hales, Chris Woakes, and Chris Jordan. But perhaps since Australian David Warner will not be available for the first three weeks, Jonny Bairstow has been signed up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 2.2 crores.
Among the unsold players at the auction were Brendon McCullum, Yuvraj Singh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hashim Amla, Angelo Mathews, Naman Ojha, Manoj Tiwary, Jason Holder, Morne Morkel, Mushfiqur Rahim, Manan Vohra, Adam Zampa, and Dale Steyn.