IPL auction: Jaydev Unadkat most expensive Indian player

IPL auction: Jaydev Unadkat most expensive Indian player

England's star allrounder Ben Stokes topped the Indian Premier League auction on Saturday selling for $1.96 million despite a looming court case for assault.

After breath-taking bidding for Indian players on Day 1 of the IPL Auction 2018, the action began on the second day with two Indians being sold for a joint sum of nearly 6 crores in just the first ten minutes.

Explosive West Indies batsman Chris Gayle was another to go unsold on Saturday.

Veteran South Africa star Hashim Amla, the England duo of Joe Root and Johhny Bairstow, the Kiwi trio of Martin Guptill, Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenagan, Australian all-rounder James Faulkner and his compatriot, fast bowler Josh Hazlewood were the biggest names to remain unsold.

Starting at a base price of Rs 1.5 crore, the Saurashtra man was initially courted by Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab, who were both desperately looking for an Indian spearhead, outbid one another to the Rs 11-crore mark.

Time for bowlers to come under the hammer and the first bowler to be sold is Mustafizur Rahman, who is bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 2.2 Cr.

This 29-year-old spinner is a first class player from Karnataka and was in the Mumbai Indians squad in 2017 and didn't play a single game so he's yet to make his IPL debut.

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Right-arm off-spinner Washington Sundar was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for Rs. 3.20 crore.

That way Chris Gayle (KXIP), Yuvraj Singh (KXIP) and Murali Vijay (CSK) could be called relatively lucky. They spent Rs 65.85 crore to buy 22 players. Pardeep Sahu who plays for Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League. A short while later, they also bought the most expensive Indian player this year so far in Jaydev Unadkat for Rs 11.5 crores.

Chennai, however, didn't bid vigorously for Ravichandran Ashwin, who will now ply his trade for Kings XI Punjab at a salary of '7.60 crore.

England's Ben Stokes was the biggest victor on Saturday when he was bought for $2.4 million by the Rajasthan Royals. He was sold for INR 5.2 crore (USD 812,500 approx) after Kings XI Punjab offered the first bid of the morning with INR 2 crore.

The Brisbane Heat star picked up a $1.86m bid from the Kolkata Knight Riders.

The other big buy among the 16 marquee players was Glenn Maxwell, who was back in the Delhi Daredevils fold after five years for '9 crore (USD 1.41 million) after intense bidding. And at the auctions, they managed to rope in some quality players.

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