Lasith Malinga picked up in IPL auction

Lasith Malinga picked up in IPL auction

Javier Howell
December 19, 2018

Every franchise will once again put all their permutations and combinations in play to choose the right squad for one the most exciting and widely followed T20 league across the planet. Ronchi's retirement from the global game mean he will be available for the full duration of the competition, and teams like Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals could spark a huge tussle at the auction table.

Varun Chakravarthy is a 27-year-old Chennai-based architect and uncapped Tamil Nadu cricketer who is drawing attention after Kings XI Punjab purchased him for a whopping Rs. 8.4 crore following a ratcheting bidding war at the IPL 2019 auction on Tuesday.

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Among the players expected to garner a lot of interest was Shimron Hetmyer, who was a bright spot for West Indies on their tour of India earlier this year.

KXIP, who had the maximum money going into the auction, also spent big on England all-rounder Sam Curran, buying him for Rs 7.2 crore, the most for an overseas player on Tuesday. There is no Indian cricketer in this category and Jaydev Unadkat, last season's top Indian grosser (Rs 11.5 crore) leading the Indian pack with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore.

Spinner Axar Patel (Rs five crore), pacer Mohit Sharma (Rs five crore) and Mohammad Shami (Rs 4.8 crore) were the other names to fetch big bids.

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Patel, who made his name at KXIP, was bought by Delhi Capitals after a bidding battle with the Punjab franchise.

His teammate Brathwaite, the star of 2016 World T20, was sold to KKR for Rs five crore after a bidding war between the Dinesh Karthik-led side and Kings XI Punjab.

The all-rounder had entered the auction with a base price of Rs 75.

India legend and three-time IPL victor MS Dhoni will again line up for defending champions Chennai Super Kings, while West Indies' Chris Gayle remains part of the Kings XI squad. Mohit Sharma, a death-overs specialist with his assortment of slower balls, attracted bids from various franchises until he was finally sold to defending champions Chennai Super Kings for INR 5 crore (USD 694,000). Delhi Capitals paid Rs 2 crore and Rs 50 for Rutherford and Keemo Paul while Royals bought Thomas for Rs 1.1 crore.

The highest base price, that a select group of players have listed themselves for, is INR 2 crore. Chris Woakes is the first all-rounder to go under the hammer and he remains unsold. England's Sam Curran went for NZ$1.5m, also to Kings XI Punjab.