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IPL auction: Joe Root goes unsold in his first season

27 January, 2018, 20:26 | Author: John Swanson

With Ben Stokes going to Rajasthan Royals for a whopping amount of Rs 12.5 crore, Manish Pandey was also another highlight, going to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 11 crores.

Ben Stokes past year made history as the most expensive overseas player in the competition's history when he signed a £1.7million deal with Rising Pune Supergiant, with Tymal Mills not far behind at £1.4m and Chris Woakes earning a cool £500,000.

Having retained three capped India players each, Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, for instance, can not use the RTM to reacquire Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh respectively.

Kolkata turned to two Australians to bolster their squad - destructive batsman Chris Lynn and left-arm fast bowler Mitchell Starc join Jacques Kallis' side in West Bengal.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore, who bought 11 players, pushed themselves only for England all-rounder Chris Woakes, engaging in a tussle with the returning Chennai Super Kings before buying him at 7.4 crore. This includes marquee players like R Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Christopher Gayle, Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Root. England Test captain Joe Root also went unsold.

As many as 21 players have ended up being unsold, including the likes of Murali Vijay, James Faulkner, Chris Gayle among others.

Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 3.60 crore. As part of the nomination process, each player must elect a base price, which is effectively a minimum starting bid.

Ishan Kishan - Ishan is bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 6.2 crore.

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Yusuf Pathan was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 1.9 crore after Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) decided not to use their Right to Match card to retain the batsman. Up to Rs 4.35 billion could be spent on player acquisition this year in an auction which has over 1000 players from 13 cricketing nations go under the hammer.

Stokes, who was on the marquee list, had a base price of Rs 2 crore. Jason Roy was sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.5 crore. The spinner goes to Kings XI Punjab and the Chennai Super Kings couldn't bring him back to their dug out.

A staggering 578 cricketers will be up for auction from an original pool of 1122 players. He was the second-most expensive buy. Indian batsman Karun Nair, who had a base price of Rs 50 lakh, fetched a bid of Rs 5.60 crore from Kings XI Punjab, reaffirming the franchises' interest in Indian players.

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He played the last season with the Rising Pune Supergiant and has been the top-priced overseas player in the competition's history. A total of Rs 321.10 crore was spent with Sunrisers Hyderabad making the most number of buys - 14.



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