All of the cricket fraternity will come to a standstill when some of the world cricket’s biggest names go under the hammer during the two-day IPL auction today with the likes of Ben Stokes and R Ashwin expected to be among the most sought after. This year’s IPL Auction will feature 580 players in all with 361 of them being Indians. There are 16 top players awarded marquee status and a base price of Rs 2 crore with notable among them being Stokes, Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Mitchell Starc, Chris Gayle, and Dwayne Bravo to name a few. There hasn’t been an IPL auction of this magnitude since its inception in 2008.
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10:41 IST: Australian pacer Mitchell Starc sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 9.40 crore
10:36 IST: Ajinkya Rahane will play for Rajasthan Royals, who use their RTM card to buy him for Rs 4.00 crore
10:32 IST: Chennai Super Kings use the Right to Match card to pick up Faf du Plessis for Rs 1.60 crore.
10:30 IST: England all-rounder Ben Stokes sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 12.50 crore.
10:26 IST: Surprise! Surprise! Chris Gayle goes unsold.
10:20 IST: Mumbai Indians use the RTM to retain Kieron Pollard for Rs 5.40 crore.
10:15 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin goes for Rs 7.60 crore to Kings XI Punjab.
Glenn Maxewel goes for Rs 9.00 crore to delhi dardevels
Gautam Gambhir goes for 2.80 crore to delhi dardevels.
Dayne Bravo goes for Rs 6.40 crore to Chennai Super Kings.
KaneWilliamsons goes for Rs 3.00 crore to SunRises Hayedrabad.
Joe Rott Unsold.
Yuvraj Singh goes for Rs 2.0 crore to Kings XI Punjab.
Karun Nair goes for Rs 5.60Crore to Kings XI Punjab.
Kl Rahul goes for Rs 11.00 Crore To Kings XI Punjab.
Murali Viday Is Unsold
10:10 IST: The first player in today’s auction, Shikhar Dhawan goes to Kings XI Punjab Rs 5.20 crore. Oh no. There is drama here. Sunrisers Hyderabad uses the RTM to retain Dhawan. So Dhawan stays with Hyderabad.
Here is a quick look at the purse before the IPL Player auction begins.
Chennai Super Kings: Rs 47,00,00,000
Delhi Daredevils: Rs 47,00,00,000
Kings XI Punjab: Rs 67,50,00,000
Kolkata Knight Riders: Rs 59,00,00,000
Mumbai Indians: Rs 47,00,00,000
Rajasthan Royals: Rs 67,50,00,000
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Rs 49,00,00,000
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Rs 59,00,00,000
9:48 IST: All in readiness for the IPL auction 2018 to get underway. This is the biggest event of the year.
List of top retained players: Virat Kohli (RCB) – Rs 17 crore, AB de Villiers (RCB) – Rs 11 crore, MS Dhoni (CSK) – Rs 15 crore, Suresh Raina (CSK) – Rs 11 crore, Ravindra Jadeja (CSK) – Rs 7 crore, David Warner (SRH) – Rs 12 crore, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH) – Rs 8.5 crore, Steve Smith (RR) – Rs 12 crore, Rohit Sharma (MI) – Rs 15 crore, Hardik Pandya (MI) – Rs 11 crore, Jasprit Bumrah (MI) – Rs 7 crore, Sunil Narine (KKR) – Rs 8.5 crore.
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