Morris breaks IPL records, Shakib back in KKR
Chris Morris has become the most expensive ($2.2 million) player in an IPL auction. Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan returns to KKR.
Mushfiqur Rahim, Xavier Bartlett, Saurabh Kumar, Ashok Menaria, D Rohit, KK Jiyas and Mayank Dagar are the seven new names who have been added on the auction list. English fast bowler Mark Wood pulled out of the auction earlier.
Set 1 (batsmen):
The first player to go under the hammer, Karun Nair (base price 50 lakh INR) has gone unsold. Englishmen Alex Hales and Jason Roy also went unsold alongside Evin Lewis, Aaron Finch and Hanuma Vihari.
Aussie batsman Steve Smith was the first player to be sold, at 2.20 crore INR to Delhi Capitals.
Set 2 (all-rounders):
Glenn Maxwell goes to Royal Challengers Bangalore at whopping 14.25 crore INR after a long bidding war. Shakib Al Hasan returns to his old home team Kolkata Knight Riders at 3.2 crore. Chennai Super Kings roped in Moeen Ali at 7 crore. Shivam Dube was sold at 4.4 crore to Rajasthan Royals. Kedar Jadhav went unsold.
Royals, RCB, Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings made desperate bids for South African all-rounder Chris Morris, who eventually went to Royals at record 16.25 crore which is the highest for any player in an IPL auction. World No.1 T20I batsman Dawid Malan finds home in Punjab at base price 1.5 crore.
Set 3 (wicket-keepers):
New Zealand’s fastest T20I centurion Glenn Phillips went unsold. The same fate for Alex Carey, Sam Billings and Kusal Perera.
Set 4 (fast bowlers):
Kiwi pacer Adam Milne was sold at 3.2 crore to defending champions Mumbai. Bangladesh’s Mustafizur Rahman got his third IPL team – Rajasthan Royals – at base price 1 crore. Jhye Richardson sparked another bidding war. He was sold at 14 crore to Punjab Kings. Another Aussie, Nathan Coulter-Nile went to Mumbai at 5 crore.
Sheldon Cottrell remained unsold while India’s Umesh Yadav went to Delhi Capitals at 1 crore.
Set 5 (spinners):
Adil Rashid, Rahul Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Harbhajan Singh, Ish Sodhi and Qais Ahmad went unsold. Mumbai bought Piyush Chawla at 2.4 crore.