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Franchises wary of right squad composition at IPL auction

27 January, 2018, 20:25 | Author: Sylvester Abbott
  • KL Rahul had played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League season 9 and 10

Inform Batsmen Colin Munro sold Rs 1.90 Crores for DD.

The fact that England's players are going to be available for the majority of the competition - which wasn't the case in previous years - should also ensure that the auction gets similarly lively when Buttler's name comes out of the hat.

With ₹2 crore as the highest reserve price, 36 players, including 13 Indians, have opted for the top bracket. All-rounder Chris Lynn was sold for Rs 9.60 crore to the Kolkata Knight Riders. The big market buys, however, began in the third round as they went big on the Indian capped batsmen.

And Sunrisers Hyderabad, who will be led by David Warner, made Manish Pandey and Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan their two most expensive acquisitions.

75 lakh ($161,500): Martin Guptill.

Proceedings will start at 9 a.m. IST (3:30 a.m. GMT) and as many as 198 players could be sold in the course of the auction as all eight franchises look to build a title-winning team and add stars to the players they have already retained.

Stokes reunites with Australia captain Steve Smith, who was also at Pune a year ago. We have somebody like a [Dwayne] Bravo, Faf [du Plessis] and Brendon McCullum [on the radar].

It was a thoroughly disappointing day for perhaps the most successful and destructive T20 batsman - Chris Gayle. "He is an invaluable asset and a prize pick, there is no debate about that", Delhi Daredevils chief executive Hemant Dua told AFP.

Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin went for $1.19 million to Kings XI Punjab. Perhaps to convert that into a bit of a cultural exchange - attested to by quips from IPL governing chairman Rajeev Shukla and Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta during one of the press conferences held on the day - Harbhajan Singh was paid Rs 2 crore to embark on an expedition towards the Indian Ocean, at the end of which hung a bright yellow jersey. Chris Gayle was unsold as no team started the bid.

The opening day of the auction also witnessed some shockers.

England's Ben Stokes sold for nearly £1.4m in the Indian Premier League auction but Test captain Joe Root went unsold in the first round of bidding. Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, both of whom have retained only a single player, will have to build from scratch.

Back in the IPL fold after missing two seasons, Rajasthan Royals played their cards judiciously to ensure they have a team the fans can connect with while they retain their own unique flavour.

"I hate missing games of cricket for England". RCB may use RTM for KL Rahul and Yezuvendra Chahal. The South African is a superb package in T20 cricket - he opens the batting, hits the ball hard, scores all around the ground and is a very fine wicketkeeper. As some of the bigger teams like Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings remained quiet, Kings XI Punjab were out showing interest in nearly all the players who were called out.

Archer has come from nowhere to earn something approaching cult status in this winter's Big Bash and could, like Stokes, become one of the highest priced players at a marathon auction that will see 578 players go under the hammer.

Rajasthan Royals got hold of Stokes for a whopping Rs 12.50 crore to outbid Kolkata Knight Riders, Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab.

KKR have the option of using a "Right to Match" for their talismanic skipper, Gautam Gambhir, and it is entirely possible that the management figured that using a "Right to Match" was the best option for the team to have more flexibility with their budget. Rahul was previously with Rising Pune Supergiant, where his top score was 93.

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