IPL (Indian Premier League), one of the biggest events of the cricketing world is notorious for its unexpected astonishment when it comes to auction. If some lesser-known face become millionaire overnight, the all-time favourites find it tough to sell themselves to any franchise. Even IPL 2018 which was already in news due to its varied new rules on retention and RTM (Right to Match) witnessed some startling happenings on the Day 1 of the auction.
Let’s have a look at the big shots first:-
Ben Stokes (₹12.5 Crores)
The magical all-rounder even though missed the Ashes due to his legalities but it didn’t lessen his charm. Stokes was the costliest player on the first day of auction. Rajasthan Royals purchased him without a hinge of doubt in their mind as they paid more than six times of his base price of ₹2.0 Crores.
Lokesh Rahul (₹11 Crores)
Even though the credible opener is struggling hard on South African soils he didn’t have to struggle hard in the auction as Kings XI Punjab bought him for a whooping amount inspite of his base price of ₹2.0 Crores.
Manish Pandey (₹11 Crores)
Even though the charismatic player has wasted a lot of opportunities in the Indian team but Sunrisers Hyderabad has shown faith in Pandey and has earned him paying a fortune against his base price of ₹1.0 Crore.
Chris Lynn (₹9.6 Crores)
The smashing batsman Lynn even though having just an experience of a handful of IPL matches, he grasped the attention of the franchise. Kolkata Knight Riders emptied its purse heavily on him even though he had just a base price of ₹2.0 Crores.
Mitchell Starc (₹9.4 Crores)
The captivating left-handed speedster was the hot pick of the franchise when it came to equip their pace arsenal. Kolkata Knight Riders won the bid as they dared to spend a whooping amount against his base price of ₹2.0 Crores.
Let’s also have a look at the big flops of the opening day:
Hailed popularly as the “T-20 King” remained unsold on the first day which was quite surprising after the mind-blowing performance of Gayle in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
It was more than a jaw-dropping surprise when the currently No. 1 T-20 bowler went unsold in the gala event of T-20s.
The curly-haired Malinga wouldn’t have expected to be unsold but it was the opening day of auction which was going to be full of surprises.
The current top-10 batsman of T-20 format also found himself in the labyrinth of surprises as Root went unsold on the opening day.
The splendid all-rounder has also to bite the lips of embarrassment as Faulkner also went unsold on the opening day.