The day 1 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction 2018 was dominated by Indian players, with KL Rahul (Kings XI Punjab) and Manish Pandey (Sunrisers Hyderabad) bagging multi-million dollar deals. Sanju Samson, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa and Karun Nair also fetched huge amounts. England all-rounder Ben Stokes once again emerged the costliest buy, with Rajasthan Royals picking him for Rs 12.5 crore. Surprisingly, veterans Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga went unsold. Will they find bidders today? Get live updates of Indian Premier League auction 2018, Bengaluru, here. (IPL 2018 AUCTION – LIVE STREAMING INFO )
09:42 hrs IST : Shahbaz Nadeem’s bid has gone past Rs 3 crore.
He is going for big bucks.
09:38 hrs IST: Rahul Chahar sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs 1.9 crore. KC Cariappa is next and he goes unsold. What a fall. From Rs 4.2 crore to now unsold, that is the cycle of life.
09:35 hrs IST: Chahar’s bid has gone past 1 crore. He had played for Rising Pune Supergiant in the previous IPL and he could go across the expressway to Mumbai.
09:33 hrs IST: Chahar is approaching a crore. Still, the bid is with Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals.
09:32 hrs IST: Rahul Chahar is the first player in this auction set. Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians jump into the fray.
09:30 hrs IST: We are all set to start day 2. Over 400 players will go today. There will be an accelerated auction process after the lunch break.
09:26 hrs IST: Only five minutes remain for the auction to begin. What will be the strategy of the teams today? Will Chennai Super Kings continue their conservative approach? Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils teams and Jacques Kallis, Nita Ambani all check in
09:20 hrs IST: Akash Ambani leads the Mumbai Indians team into the hall, the Rajasthan Royals follow close behind. Today, over 300 players could be bid.
09:18 hrs IST: Sanjjeev Samyal, our eyes in the auction, has this fresh update on day 2. “The CSK team checks in, all sporting yellow jackets led by Stephen Fleming. Ashish Nehra and Daniel Vettori of RCB, along with their team , make their way to the hall, no dress code for them, all casuals. Preity Zinta and Virender Sehwag look all excited, they are sure happy with how the first day has gone for them.” Yes, Zinta’s million expressions was the show stopper in the auction yesterday.
09:14 hrs IST: However, on day 1, showed the world his T20 prowess as he was purchased by Sunrisers Hyderabad using the RTM for a whopping Rs 9 crore, even more than Ravichandran Ashwin, who went for Rs 7.6 crore to Kings XI Punjab.
09:11 hrs IST: Speaking about Gautam Gambhir, he is again a Dilliwala. After leading Kolkata Knight Riders for seven seasons, he is now back in the Delhi Daredevils camp and he could become the potential captain. However, Twitter had a field day with people trolling the for the way they let go off Gambhir.
09:09 hrs IST: There was a windfall buy for many uncapped players. However, that also resulted in some diminished returns for the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh. Some other experienced players like Murali Vijay and Ishant Sharma went unsold. Here is how the law of diminishing returns caught up with .
09:07 hrs IST: A warm welcome to day 2 of the IPL mega auction. Yesterday, there were some big buys from Rajasthan Royals as well as some smart buying from the likes of Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils. The likes of Manish Pandey and KL Rahul entered the illustrious 10 crore club. However, stalwarts like Lasith Malinga and Chris Gayle went unsold.
Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan’s reputation as one of the most sought after bowlers in the shortest format was once again affirmed as Sunrisers Hyderabad used their Right To Match (RTM) card to buy him back for Rs 9 crore.
Kedar Jadhav, one of MS Dhoni’s ‘Go to Man’ during his last stint as Indian cricket team captain, also fetched a healthy price of Rs 7.80 crore from Chennai Super Kings for his all-round ability. However, CSK didn’t bid vigorously for R Ashwin, who will now ply his trade for Kings XI Punjab at a salary of Rs 7.60 crore.
On the other hand, veterans Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan had a diminished return. Murali Vijay, Parthiv Patel, Ishant Sharma and young pace sensation Rajneesh Gurbani, who took a hat-trick in the Ranji Trophy final for Vidarbha, surprisingly went unsold.