2018 IPL Auction saw some surprise picks while some big names missed the bus. A total of 169 players were auctioned of which 56 were overseas players. Some of the big buys in this season’s IPL were Ben Stokes for INR 12.5 crores, Jaydev Unadkat for 11.5 crores, Manish Pandey and KL Rahul for INR 11 crores. Chris Lynn and Mitchell Starc were purchased by KKR for INR 9.6 and 9.4 crores respectively. Meanwhile, Glenn Maxwell and Rashid Khan were picked by Delhi Daredevils (DD) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for INR 9 crores each. Chris Gayle would have gone unsold hadn’t Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) picked him for his base price during the third round of unsold players.
However, the other big names who went unsold were Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Hashim Amla, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Shaun Marsh, Martin Guptill, Travis Head, Dale Steyn, Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood and likes.
Apart from Rashid Khan and Mohammad Nabi, Afghanistan’s Mujeeb Zadran was sold to KXIP for 4 crores. As Preity Zinta said, “He has been an interesting talent and a bit of a mystery, so we went for him.” Nepal, too, had all the reasons to celebrate as Sandeep Lamichanne was picked by DD for base price 20 lakhs. He will be the first Nepal player to represent an IPL franchise.
Here is what the squads look like after the IPL 2018 auction:
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayadu, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Jagadeesan Narayan, Mitchell Santner, Deepak Chahar, Asif K M, Lungisani Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, Kanish Seth, Murali Vijay, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Singh, Chaitanya Bishnoi
Rajasthan Royals: Steven Smith, Benjamin Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Darcy Short, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, Dushmantha Chameera, Anureet Singh, Aryaman Vikram Birla, Midhun S, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Jatin Saxena, Ankit Sharma, Mahipal Lomror
Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Starc, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Singh Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, Ranganath Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Vijay Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi