IPL 2019 Auction: 8 teams spend Rs 106.80 crore on 60 players

Yuvraj Singh had played for Kings XI Punjab previous year but he was released after scoring only 65 runs from eight matches.

Yuvraj fans must have also heaved a sigh of relief when the 37-year-old was bought by Mumbai Indians for his base price of Rs 1 crore after going unsold initially. The eight teams are - Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Mumbai Indians (MI), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Delhi Capitals (DC was earlier Delhi Daredevils), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

KXIP is yet to savour success in the history of the IPL and would like to go all the way in the forthcoming edition.

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.

Carlos Brathwaite will resume his Eden Gardens love affair, going to Kolkata Knight Riders as they beat out Kings XI, the franchise with the biggest purse at this auction, to buy him for INR 5 crores (approx United States dollars 694,000). Shami, who is the now the leading Indian wicket-taker in Tests with 44 wickets under his belt from 11 matches, was bought for whopping Rs 4.80 crore by 2014 runners-up Kings XI Punjab. In the bid for wicketkeepers, Heinrich Klaasen was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for his base price of Rs 50 lakh.

The bid amount being 42 times his base price sent the viewers into disbelief, but a bidding war wasn't unexpected for his services. The other big buy of the first couple of hours of the auction was uncapped Tamil Nadu mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy (27), who sparked a bidding war between five franchises.

But the West Indian Hetmeyer will be the cynosure and like all franchises, KXIP will also go all-guns-blazing to get the wily U-19 WC victor from 2014.

Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab who had the maximum purse limit went for a lot of players. 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).

Mumbai Indians bought back Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga for Rs 2 crore while veteran Ishant Sharma was bought for Rs 1.10 crore by Delhi Capitals. Tamil Nadu's Varun Chakravarthy Vinod went from a base price of Rs 20 lakh to a whopping Rs 8.4 crore, snapped up by Kings XI Punjab in the auction in Jaipur on Tuesday.

The high-profile unsold players were Cheteshwar Pujara, Brendon McCullum and Chris Woakes.

  • Angelo Rivera