The IPL auctions in Kolkata was as expected a glitzy and glamorous affair. 338 players went under the hammer with 73 slots up for grabs. As expected, the likes of Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell fetched a big sum as the franchises went all out to attain their services. Cummins ended up being the most expensive buy at the auction, with KKR buying him for a princely sum of 15.50 crores. His fellow Australian Maxwell also fetched a big sum at 10.75 crores. Chris Morris rounds-up the top-three most expensive buys, going to RCB for 10 crores.
There were also some surprising omissions as the likes of Colin Munro, Colin de Grandhomme and Evin Lewis could not find any buyers. With the auctions now done and dusted, we now have an idea of how the franchises stack up and what their playing philosophy will be for the upcoming season. In the end, 62 players were sold including 29 overseas players. The total amount spent by the 8 franchises amounted to 140.3 crores.
Here we list down how all the 8 teams stack up after the conclusion of the auction:
Players retained: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Kieran Pollard, Quinton de Kock, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmoolpreet Singh, Trent Boult (trade), Rahul Chahar, Ishan Kishan, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni (trade), Aditya Tare, Sherfane Rutherford (trade), Jayant Yadav.
Players bought: Chris Lynn (2 crores), Nathan Coulter-Nile (8 crores), Saurabh Tiwary (50 lakhs), Mohsin Khan (20 lakhs), Digvijay Deshmukh (20 lakhs), Prince Balwant Rai Singh (20 lakhs)
Chennai Super Kings
Players retained: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, M Vijay, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Kedar Jadhav, Lungi Ngidi, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Monu Kumar, N Jagadeesan, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif.
Players bought: Sam Curran (5.50 crores), Piyush Chawla (6.75 crores), Josh Hazlewood (2 crores), R Sai Kishore (20 lakhs)
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Players retained: Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Mann, Devdutt Padikkal, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini
Players bought: Aaron Finch (4.40 crores), Chris Morris (10 crores), Joshua Phillippe (20 lakhs), Kane Richardson (4 crores), Pavan Deshpande (20 lakhs), Dale Steyn (2 crores), Shahbaz Ahamad (20 lakhs), Isuru Udana (50 lakhs)
Players retained: Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, R Ashwin (trade), Ajinkya Rahane (trade)
Players bought: Jason Roy (1.5 crores), Chris Woakes (1.5 crores), Alex Carey (2.40 crores), Shimron Hetmyer (7.75 crores), Mohit Sharma (50 lakhs), Tushar Deshpande (20 lakhs), Marcus Stoinis (4.80 crores), Lalit Yadav (20 lakhs)
Kings XI Punjab
Players retained: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, K Gowtham (trade), Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, M Ashwin, J Suchith (trade), Harpreet Brar, Darshan Nalkande
Players bought: Glenn Maxwell (10.75 crores), Sheldon Cottrell (8.50 crores), Deepak Hooda (50 lakhs), Ishan Porel (20 lakhs), Ravi Bishnoi (2 crores), James Neesham (50 lakhs), Chris Jordan (3 crores), Tajinder Dhillon (20 lakhs), Prabhsimran Singh (55 lakhs)
Kolkata Knight Riders
Players retained: Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Siddhesh Lad (trade), Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh
Players bought: Eoin Morgan (5.25 crores), Pat Cummins (15.50 crores), Rahul Tripathi (60 lakhs), Varun Chakravarthy (4 crores), M Siddharth (20 lakhs), Chris Green (20 lakhs), Tom Banton (1 crore), Pravin Tambe (20 lakhs), Nikhil Naik (20 lakhs)
Players retained: Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Mahipal Lomror, Varun Aaron, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande (trade), Rahul Tewatia (trade), Ankit Rajpoot (trade)
Players bought: Robin Uthappa (3 crores), Jaydev Unadkat (3 crores), Yashasvi Jaiswal (2.40 crores), Anuj Rawat (80 lakhs), Akash Singh (20 lakhs), Kartik Tyagi (1.30 crores), David Miller (75 lakhs), Oshane Thomas (50 lakhs), Anirudha Joshi (20 lakhs), Andrew Tye (1 crore), Tom Curran (1 crore)
Players retained: Kane Williamson, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shahbaz Nadeem, Billy Stanlake, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan.
Players bought: Virat Singh (1.9 crores), Priyam Garg (1.9 crores), Mitchell Marsh (2 crores), Sandeep Bavanaka (20 lakhs), Fabian Allen (50 lakhs), Abdul Samad (20 lakhs), Sanjay Yadav (20 lakhs)