IPL: Ben Stokes Bought By Rajasthan Royals; Joe Root Unsold
- Author: Leroy Wright Jan 29, 2018,
Jan 29, 2018, 22:01
From an unforgettable Proteas Test debut on his home ground the one week - where he picked up six second-innings wickets to earn the Man-of-the-Match award - Ngidi scored a lucrative Indian Premier League contract the next.
The left-armer's base price was set at one crore rupees, but a bidding war between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils escalated the price, with the former roping him in.
Gayle was brought into the auction pool for the third time after going unsold twice. Overall, Navdeep is an exciting bowler and great on his work.
Stokes and Unadkat will join Australian captain Steve Smith, who will lead the Royals. This year, when the players will go under the hammer on 27 and 28 January in Bengaluru, few young cricketers will look to rake in big money. RR continued spending big on day two and KXIP too was not far behind.
Trent Boult 2.2 crore ($470,000) to Delhi Daredevils.
The Royals, known for their wise spending, splurged some more to also clinch Karnataka off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham for Rs 6.2 crore. The others who got sold for base price include India's off spinner Harbhajan Singh to Chennai Super Kings for $314,600 and Yuvraj Singh to Punjab, also for $314,600.
What do you have to say on the team Rajasthan Royals have built? Representing Rising Pune Supergiant, the 26-year-old had claimed 24 wickets in 12 games at a strike rate of 11.4.
While Krunal Pandya and Jofra Archer (base price Rs 40 lakh), got sold for Rs 8.8 crore and Rs 7.2 crore respectively to Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals.
A single bid, Rs 11.5 crore, was enough to take Unadkat to another level. Read Also IPL 2018: Chennai Super Kings complete squad Indian uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan is a new recruit to the side. Yadav's base price was 30Lakh only.
Many big players like Hashim Amla, Lasith Malinga, Martin Guptill, Joe Root, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Eoin Morgan, Corey Anderson and Shaun Marsh did not find any takers. After a middling season in 2015, Sunrisers Hyderabad bought him for less than half that price ($1.04 million) in 2016, and decided not to retain him ahead of this year's auction.
"It was a joint effort of the coaching and scouting staff". It's a complicated bidding process, it's not as simple as 'this lad is brilliant, we'll have him'.
The eight Indian Premier League franchises have signed a total of 78 players after the first round of bidding - but hundreds of stars are still waiting to discover whether they will feature in the 11th edition of the IPL.
While both Tye and Unadkat were handed bumper pay rises for their efforts in the last IPL, Tymal Mills' pocket has taken a hit.