Chris Lynn sold for massive price at IPL auction

Royals had earlier snapped up England all-rounder Ben Stokes for a jaw-dropping Rs 12.5 crore and the 29-year-old is excited at the prospect of brushing shoulders with the Englishman. Sanju Samson bought by double R's for Rs 8 Crores.

However, his off-spinning counter-part Harbhajan Singh, who has played at Mumbai Indians since the first edition of the tournament, was bought by CSK for his base price of Rs 2 crore.

Kane Williamson was back at Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 3 crore.

Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat became the costliest Indian player in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction 2018 after Rajasthan Royals emptied Rs. 11.50 crore to buy him.

Ranjit Barthakur, the CEO of the franchise, said he had no hesitation in bidding for the player once the European Central Bank had cleared him.

Teams continued with their strategy of going after the Indian players. But, after coming into the auction, they got picked up by Rajasthan Royals and have come ahead so much in their careers.

KL Rahul has continued his rise in the game by bagging the joint-second most expensive contract with Kings XI Punjab, who also signed India spinner Ravi Ashwin. Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders will have a new captain this season.

Having infused a glittering array of star players from India as well as overseas, Mumbai Indians (MI) are ready to defend their Indian Premier League (IPL) title in the 2018 season.

Faf du Plessis was retained by CSK for only Rs 1.6 crore while Rajasthan Royals used RTM to retain Ajinkya Rahane for Rs 4 crore.

Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab were also interested in bagging Unadkat, who had a base price of Rs1.5 crore and they battled to raise the stakes. Delhi Daredevils got Prithvi Shaw cheap at Rs 1.20 cr. But one was not sure why he chose to be so on a day when India needed the players to be positive, confident and exude a can-do spirit. The allrounder had impressed during last season's stint at Kolkata Knight Riders, who secured his services for £500,000, but was phlegmatic about being picked up this time around.

Star Australian trio Mitchell Starc, Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell will earn close to $2 million each in this year's IPL, but Chris Gayle has been snubbed on day one of world sport's most-lucrative auction.

"Gayle unsold does surprise me", admitted Hussain, "he's the best T20 batsmen of all time".

The auction day has arrived and it's time for the fans to be glued to their television sets and watch big money being spent on marquee players.

After a break of 15 minutes, Harbajan Singh was sold to Chennai Super Kings for his base price of Rs 2 crore.

18-year-old bowling sensation Kamlesh Nagarkoti, who is now participating in ongoing ICC Under-19 World Cup, was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 3.2 Crores on the opening day of the player's auction.

  • Joanne Flowers