Kings XI Punjab shelled out a whopping 8.4 crore for little known mystery spinner Varun Chakaravarthy after an intense bidding war with Kolkata Knight Riders. The leg spinner has earlier played for Madurai Panthers and Karaikudi Kaalai in the Tamil Nadu Premier League and has played one first-class match for Tamil Nadu.
Left arm paceman Jaydev Unadkat once again had a big pay day at the IPL auction as he too was bought for a 8.4 crore by his former franchise Rajasthan Royals, who had earlier released him. The Royals were locked in an intense battle with Delhi Capitals and later on with Chennai Super Kings.
Uncapped player Shivam Dube attracted a lot of attention as he was picked for a whopping 5 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube had on Monday peeled off five sixes in five balls off left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh on the final day of their Ranji Trophy match against Baroda.
England all-rounder Sam Curran, who was instrumental in leading his team to a Test series victory over India earlier this year, became the costliest foreign player in the auction as he was snapped up for 7.2 crore by Kings XI Punjab.
The IPL auction started with keen interest in West Indian players. The man who hit 4 consecutive sixes to win Windies the 2016 ICC World T20, their current captain, Carlos Brathwaite was bought for 5 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders after intense bidding.
In a major development, Yuvraj Singh went unsold in the opening round of bidding. The 2011 World Cup and 2007 WT20 winner was released by Kings XI Punjab earlier. Yuvraj has drawn a lot of interest from IPL teams in the past but with the southpaw in the twilight of his career, there weren’t too many taking interest in him.
Team India paceman Mohammed Shami, who was released by Delhi earlier, was bought for 4.8 crore by Kings XI Punjab. Medium pacer Mohit Sharma, who had represented India at the 2015 World Cup , was bought for 5 crore by his former franchise Chennai Super Kings.
As expected there was intense battle at the auction for West Indies youngster Shimron Hetmyer and the southpaw was eventually bought for a whopping 4.2 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Hetmyer impressed on the recent tour to India and his ability to strike the ball hard will come in handy for RCB who have been looking for a finisher for a while.
England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad by 2.2 crore. The franchise also bought back Wriddhiman Saha for 1.2 crore.
Left arm spinner Axar Patel was also in for a big pay day as Delhi Capitals bought him for 5 crore. Axar’s former franchise Kings XI Punjab were in the race for a while but eventually bowed out.
Indian middle order batsman Hanuma Vihari became the first player to be sold at this year’s auction with Delhi Capitals buying him for 2 crore. Mumbai Indians were locked in a battle with Delhi for the same player but eventually backed out.