Ben Stokes remains the hottest property in the Indian Premier League despite all the questions that were raised on his availability. The English all-rounder who had steered Rising Pune Supergiants to the playoffs last year, was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 12.50 crore which makes him the most expensive buy of the first day of auctions. Other big winners include KL Rahul who was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 11 crore and Rashid Khan for Rs 9 crore. Some big names have also been left unsold. The most prominent among them is Chris Gayle, who the RCB decided not to bid for. Lasith Malinga also went unsold while Harbhajan Singh moved to Chennai Super Kings for Rs 2 crore. 2018 will hence be the first year in which Mumbai Indians won’t have the services of either Harbhajan or Malinga. (COMPLETE LIST OF PLAYERS SOLD)
06:10 pm IST: Ankit Singh Rajpoot is bought by KXIP for Rs 3 crore and he is the last players to be sold today! End of the IPL Auction day one in Bangalore. The auction will resume on Sunday at 09:30 am IST.
06:03 pm IST: What a day for Navdeep Saini! He will play for Royal Challengers Bangalore and will get Rs 3 crore. Avesh Khan the new name. RCB have a RTM for him! But Delhi get Avesh Khan for Rs 70 lakh
05:58 pm IST: Khaleed Ahmed goes to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 3 crore. What a great day for the India cricketer who played the last U-19 World Cup!
05:50 pm IST: Basil Thampi will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 95 lakh. Another uncapped player getting big money. Rajneesh Gurbani goes unsold. Rajasthan pacer Aniket Choudhary to RCB for Rs 30 lakh!
05:45 om IST: After a number of unsold players, Kulwant Khejroliya goes to RCB for R 85 lakh. And then SRH buy Siddharth Kaul Rs 3.8 lakh. SRH then by T Natarajan for Rs 40 lakh
05:30 pm IST: Lot of interest in Jharkhand’s Ishan Kishan and several franchises are bidding for him here. A tussle went on between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians and the uncapped wicketkeeper went on to earn a sum way higher than what he earned in the previous edition – Rs 35 lakh. With the bid getting up to Rs 6.2 crore, RCB backed out and the player went to Mumbai for Rs 6.2 crore!
05:20 pm IST: Uncapped West Indies allrounder Jofra Archer is being seen interest from Chennai Superkings and Delhi Daredevils. But DD backed out at Rs 4 crore and the KXIP jumped up into the fray. CSK went into a bidding war with KXIP but backed out at Rs 5 crore. Sunrisers Hyderabad jumped up into the action as soon as CSK backed out, but KXIP backed out at Rs 5.8 crore. Then, Rajasthan Royals. jumps up and then the bidding war continued between RR and SRH. He is finally sold for Rs 7.2 crore to Rajasthan Royals!
05:15 pm IST: Darcy Short is getting interest from multiple franchises including Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings but in the end, he went Rajasthan’s way. He is bought for whopping Rs 4 crore! Shivam Dube goes unsold.
05:08 pm IST: As expected Mumbai have used RTM card for Krunal Pandya and they and they have to pay a sum of Rs Rs 8.8 crore for him. Nitish Rana bags a sum of Rs 3.4 crore and Kolkata Knight Riders get his service. They also get Kamlesh Nagarkoti for Rs 3.2 crore. Harshal Patel goes to Delhi for Rs 20 lakh while Delhi pay Rs 3.2 crore for Vijay Shankar.
04:48 pm IST: Deepak Hooda has a base price of Rs 40 lakh and the bidding starts with RR and KXIP. Delhi jump in as well. Bangalore now. The bid price is Rs 3.6 crore but SRH use RTM to keep him
04:44 pm IST: Franchises are going after Tewatia! Some fierce bidding for him. Delhi and Bangalore engaged in bidding. KIXP have a RTM for him but they do not use it! Rahul Tewatia will play for Delhi Daredevils for Rs 3 crore
04:40 pm IST: Back after the Tea break! The first player for bidding after the break is Rahul Tewatia. He was with KXIP last year and has a base price of Rs 20 lakh
04:21 pm IST: India U19 captain Prithvi Shaw goes to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.20 crore. Mumbai were also trying to get him but backed out after Rs 1.10 crore.
04:17 pm IST: Manan Vohra will play for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Kings XI Punjab do not use their RTM and Bangalore get Vohra for Rs 1.10 crore!
04:15 pm IST: Rahul Tripathi is a crorepati! He will play for Rajasthan Royals in the 11th edition of IPL for a price of Rs 3.40 crore. That is a big gain for him.
04:07 pm IST: Mayank Agarwal goes to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 1 crore. Himanshu Rana goes unsold. Rahul Tripathi is the new name up for bidding!
04:05 pm IST Ishan Jaggi goes to KKR for Rs 20 lakh. Ricky Bhui for Rs 20 lakh to Sunrisers Hyderabad. Mayank Agarwal’s name is up for auction now! He is the highest run-scorer in Ranji this season
04:00 pm IST: The expected high gainer Shubman Gill! The India U19 players gets Rs 1.80 crore. He will play for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2018
03:56 pm IST: Uncapped batsmen India is the next pool and Suryakumar Yadav is the first name. Mumbai have bid for him and he is sold to them for Rs 3.20 crore!
03:50 pm IST: Kuldeep Yadav will turn out for the same franchise! Kolkata Knight Riders use their RTM card to match Royal Challengers Bangalore bid of Rs 5.8 crore. But after a long discussion among the owners and coaches, KKR decide to retain him
03:42 pm IST: A small bidding war for Yuzvendra Chahal between Delhi and Kings XI Punjab but he is sold to the former team for Rs 6 crore. But then it is RCB which exercise their RTM to match the bid and retain him
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 27 January 2018
03:38 pm IST: Amit Mishra will play for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018. Delhi get him for Rs 4 crore. He has taken a hat-trick for Delhi. Samuel Badree remains unsold!
One other thing I also always remember on auction night: Twitter is absolutely terrible at translating from Hindi 😂
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) 27 January 2018
03:33 pm IST: Rashid Khan gets Rs 9 crore for IPL XI! Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils were in a bidding war for Rashid and the price when up to Rs 9 crore. His base price was Rs 2 crore. SRH, who had a RTM card, matched the price to retain Rashid Khan and KXIP are stunned!
03:24 pm IST: Karn Sharma is sold to Chennai Super Kings for Rs 5 crore. Two leg-spinners in the team for them. Rashid Khan the Afghanistan sensation is up for auction now!
03:16 pm IST: Chennai Super Kings get Imran Tahir for his base price of Rs 1 crore. But then Ish Sodhi remains unsold. Karn Sharma is now up for bidding and Mumbai open the process at Rs 2 crore.
03:15 pm IST: Piyush Chawla has got franchises interested. Finally, Chennai Super Kings get him for Rs 4.2 crore but Kolkata Knight Riders match the mid with their RTM and retain Chawla!
03:03 pm IST: Mitchell Mclenaghan unsold! But then Kagiso Rabada was retained by Delhi for Rs 4.2 crore. CSK bought him initially but Delhi exercised their RTM. No bidders for Lasith Malinga
03:00 pm IST: A bit unusual tactics from Delhi. They bid for Shami with Hyderabad and then drop out of the process. Hyderabad get Shami for Rs 3 crore but DD use their RTM and retain Shami for 3 crore!
02:55 pm IST: Umesh Yadav was another sought after bowler. But Royal Challengers Bangalore get him for Rs 4.20 crore as Kolkata Knight Riders do not use the right-to-match card!
02:45 pm IST: Pat Cummins is one bowler which franchises wait for! Chennai and Mumbai bidding for him. And Mumbai get Cummins for Rs 5.40 crore. DD do not use RTM to retain him!
02:43 pm IST: UNSOLD! Mitchell Johnson remains unsold in the auctions today! Josh Hazlewood is the new name and he also remains unsold. Pat Cummins now!
02:42 pm IST: Mustafizur Rahman will play for Mumbai Indians in IPL XI after they buy him for Rs 1.20 crore. SRH do not use their RTM to retain him
02:34 pm IST: Sam Billings goes unsold. Not the best of days for England players. Jos Buttler is the new name for auction! Mumbai and Rajasthan once again in a battle. But Buttler goes to Rajasthan for Rs 4.4 crore
02:33 pm IST: Ambati Rayudu has got the teams interested. His base price was Rs 50 lakh but the price is up to Rs 2.2 crore and he is sold to Chennai Super Kings for IPL XI!
02:28 pm IST: Sanju Samson is back to Rajasthan Royals! He has been bought for Rs 8 crore. DD decide not to use RTM. Samson was the highlight of RR’s campaign in 2014
02:24 pm IST: Sanju Samson is up for bidding. He has a base price of Rs 1 crore and is valued at Rs 4.2 crore by Delhi who have a RTM to retain him. Rajasthan and Mumbai once again going all out for another wicketkeeper
02:22 pm IST: Robin Uthappa sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs 6.4 crore but KKR exercise their RTM to retain him. He will be playing for the same franchise in IPL XI
02:15 pm IST: Naman Ojha remains unsold today. Robin Uthappa is the new man up for bidding. Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals bidding for him. His base price is Rs 2 crore but it is up to Rs 5 crore now
02:13 pm IST: Dinesh Karthik’s bid has gone up to Rs 7.4 crore. Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders in a battle for him. KKR buy Dinesh Karthik for Rs 7.4 crore
02:08 pm IST: Jonny Bairstow goes unsold! Dinesh Karthik is the new name in auction and he has base price of Rs 2 crore. Kolkata bid for him at Rs 3.8 crore. Mumbai involved in a battle with them. The bid is up at Rs 4.8 crore.
02:07 pm IST: KXIP do not use RTM and Wriddhiman Saha will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 5 crore. Big buy for Hyderabad. A wicketkeeper in the line-up!
02:01 pm IST: Quinton de Kock has a base price of Rs 2 crore. Royal Challengers Bangalore open the bid with base price. Mumbai Indians join the bid. De Kock sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 2.80 crore. DD do not use RTM
02:00 pm IST: We are back with the new set of players and wicketkeepers are the names which will go up for bidding. Parthiv Patel is the first name. He is currently in South Africa playing the third Test for India. He remains unsold
Thanks for all your kind messages! So excited to join @lionsdenkxip!!
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) 27 January 2018
01:20 pm IST: After the first session, it looks like SRH have had a couple of steals. Indian veteran players haven’t been sold for a big amount the youngster like Manish Pandey and KL Rahul have been on fire. This is a real eye opener!
01:00 pm IST: Moeen Ali is sold to Rs 1.70 crore to Royal Challengers Bangalore. That is the end of the pool and the teams break for Lunch. We have one hour of break. Some great bidding buy the teams but KL Rahul and Manish Pandey the costliest Indians at Rs 11 crore
Thank you to the @lionsdenkxip for the last 4 years! The opportunities you provided for me have helped mould me in to the player and person I am today. I’m extremely excited to be able to return to the place where I started my IPL career! Cant wait @DelhiDaredevils! #IPL2018
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) 27 January 2018
12:53 pm IST: Stoinis can use the long handle to a great effect and the teams are interested in him! Royal Challengers Bangalore buy him for Rs 6.20 crore but Kings XI Punjab use their RTM to retain him!
12:50 pm IST: Stuart Binny has a base price of Rs 50 lakh and that is the same amount which Rajasthan Royals will pay him in IPL XI. He is bought at the base price. Marcus Stoinis is the next name!
12:48 pm IST: Colin Munro will play for Delhi Daredevils! He is bought by Delhi for a price of Rs 1.9 crore. Munro already has a century for New Zealand in T20Is this year.
12:45 pm IST: Yusuf Pathan will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 1.9 crore. KKR decide not to use their Right-to-Match card. That is a steal for Hyderabad.
12:42 pm IST: UNSOLD! All-rounder James Faulkner goes unsold at the first day of the auction. Now Yusuf Pathan is up for bidding. Hyderabad is the opener bidder for Yusuf. KKR do have a RTM to use
12:41 pm IST: Colin de Grandhomme goes to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 2.20 crore, up from base price of Rs 75 lakh. SRH were also interested in the player then opted out.
1239 pm IST: Kedar Jadhav will play for Chennai Super Kings for Rs 7.80 crore. Royal Challengers Bangalore had a RTM but they decide not to use. A bit costly for CSK but they are happy to have Jadhav
12:33 pm IST: Shane Watson up for auction. Chennai are bidding for him. Bangalore have a RTM for him. CSK buy Watson for Rs 4 crore and RCB have decided not to use their RTM. Watson will play for CSK!
12:25 pm IST: Carlos Brathwaite is the new name in the list. His base price is Rs 1 crore and Delhi has an RTM option. He will be retained for Rs 4.5 crore. Sunrisers Hyderabad buy Brathwaite for Rs 2 crore and Delhi decide not to use RTM
12:20 pm IST: Now the set of all-rounders and the first player in the list is Chris Woakes! He has a base price of Rs 2 crore. Bangalore open the bidding for Woakes. Chennai Super Kings are the other team bidding for him. The fight has made his price go up to Rs 6 crore. Chris Woakes will play for Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 7.4 crore!
12:03 pm IST: Manish Pandey is going for a big price! Most franchises are interested in him. The base price of Rs 1 crore has risen to Rs 8 crore with RCB having the bid. KXIP then jump in to increase it. RCB out. Now Hyderabad are in the bid. It has reached Rs 10 crore. The bid is up with Rs 11 crore and it is with Hyderabad. KXIP stop the bid and Manish Pandey is sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 11 crore. KKR decide not to use RTM
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 27 January 2018
11:58 am IST: Chris Lynn, the big name, is up for bidding. Kolkata and Delhi bidding for them. The base price of Rs 2 crore have risen to Rs 7.20 crore. Both teams going all out for him. But KKR buy Chris Lynn for Rs 9.6 crore.
11:54 am IST: Jason Roy sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.5 crore. That is a steal for Delhi. Jason Roy and Gambhir to open? Or will it be Pant and Gambhir?
11:51 am IST: Brendon McCullum, with a base price of Rs 2 crore, is up for auction. Royal Challengers Bangalore open the bidding for him. Delhi Daredevils take the price to Rs 3.4 crore. RCB back with Rs 3.6 crore and McCullum is sold to RCB for that price!
11:45 am IST: Aaron Finch is up for bidding now. Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab open the battle for him. His base price is Rs 1.5 crore. KXIP looking eager to take him. KXIP get Aaron Finch for Rs 6.20 crore for IPL XI
11:43 am IST: Mumbai Indians bought David Miller for Rs 3 crore but Kings XI Punjab use RTM to retain him. So David Miller will player for Kings XI Punjab for Rs 3 crore. Earlier, Murali Vijay went unsold in this auction!
11:39 am IST: KL Rahul to play for Kings XI Punjab after he is bought by them for Rs 11 crore. He is the costliest Indian so far in the auction. Bangalore chose not to use the RTM card for him!
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 27, 2018
11:32 am IST: KARUN NAIR TO TURN UP FOR KXIP! Delhi Daredevils decide not to use RTM and KXIP have Nair at Rs 5.6 crore. Rajasthan were also going for him before deciding to back off
11:20 am IST: Capped batsmen is the next pool and the first name is Karun Nair. His base price is Rs 50 lakh. Kings XI and Rajasthan Royals in battle for him now. The price has shot up to Rs 3 crore. Either team not backing off
11:18 am IST: Yuvraj Singh will play for Kings XI Punjab with SRH not using their RTM. Only Rs 2 crore for him. But he is back at his home! Yuvraj was with SRH in the previous IPL.
11:16 am IST: Joe Root goes unsold! Everyone moves on to Yuvraj Singh. KXIP open the bidding for him. SRH have a RTM to keep him. Will he be retained or will he get a new franchise?
11:14 am IST: Sunriseres Hyderabad manage to keep Kane Williamson. He will turn out for the same franchise for a price of Rs 3 crore. RCB were in the bidding process but decided to leave it in the middle
11:12 am IST: Chennai Super Kings retain Dwayne Bravo for a price of Rs 6.4 crore! He was bought by Kings XI Punjab but CSK were ready to RTM. That is a good buy from CSK.
11:09 hrs IST: Gautam Gambhir to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 2.80 crore! No use of Right-to-Match from Kolkata Knight Riders. Gambhir will be back at him hometown. He began the IPL with Delhi!
11:06 am IST: Glenn Maxwell to play for Delhi Daredevils for a price of Rs 9 crore. Kings XI Punjab do not use their RTM to retain him. Delhi are happy with that buy!
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) 27 January 2018
11:03 am IST: Maxwell has been a hot property at auctions and once again teams are after him. His price up to Rs 8.20 crore with Delhi. The bid continues. Maxwell’s price up to Rs 9 crore
11:00 am IST: Glenn Maxwell is the next name. SRH and RCB in a battle for him. This is the first bid from RCB. Delhi Daredevils in the bid now. His price is already up from Rs 2 crore to Rs 7 crore.
10:58 am IST: Shakib Al Hasan is the next player in the auction list. SRH and RR in a battle for the Bangladesh all-rounder. He is sold to Sunrisers for Rs 2 crore! He was with KKR before
10:57 am IST: Harbhajan Singh to play for Chennai Super Kings! He is sold to CSK for base price of Rs 2 crore. MS Dhoni and Harbhajan Singh unite. That is a some combination!
10:55 am IST: Second set of marquee players to begin now! The first name in the pool is Harbhajan Singh. He has a base price of Rs 2 crore. CSK open the bid for Harbhajan Singh
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) 27 January 2018
10:40 am IST: That concludes the first part of the IPL Auction. RCB have been mute spectators thus far. SRH have been shy to get their cheque book out too but have used RTM for Dhawan. KXIP the most active so far.
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) January 27, 2018
10:33 am IST: Mitchell Starc is the player next. Enters the auction with a base price of Rs 2 crore. KXIP and KKR embroiled in a bidding war for the left-handed seamer. KKR have taken the war to Rs 9.40 crore before Preity Zinta pulls out. MITCHELL STARC GOES TO KKR FOR Rs 9.40 CRORE!
10:32 am IST: Ajinkya Rahane to KXIP for Rs 4 crore before RR come in with RTM. So, India’s top order batsman Ajinkya Rahane to RR for Rs 4 crore by using the RTM.
10:30 am IST: Faf du Plessis sold to Kings XI Punjab for 1.60 crore after a base price of Rs 1.50 crore. CSK swoop in with their RTM. CSK use RTM on Faf du Plessis for Rs 1.60 crore.
10:22 am IST: Ben Stokes is the next player to enter the auction. Base price of Rs 2 crore as is the case for marquee players. CSK and KXIP in the bidding war. KXIP make it Rs 6.60 crore before Fleming says ‘no’. KKR enter the fray with Rs 6.80 crore. KXIP still in it. And in the middle of it all, champagne cork pop goes off! Laughter fills the room. KKR out of the bidding fight. The amount has reached Rs 12 crore. RR enter the bidding process with 50 lakhs more. Rs 12.50 crore. KXIP are out. STOKES SOLD TO RAJASTHAN ROYALS FOR Rs 12.50 CRORE!
10:21 am IST: Another West Indian up for grabs now. Chris Gayle at a base price of Rs 2 crore. Wasn’t retained by the RCB. Surprisingly no takers for the explosive West Indies opener. No bid. CHRIS GAYLE GOES UNSOLD!
10:17 am IST: Kieron Pollard is the third player in the auction. His starting bid is of Rs 2 crore. MI and KXIP in the bidding war for the West Indian. Pollard goes to MI for Rs 5.40 crore. And MI use the RTM for Pollard for Rs 5.40 crore.
10:12 am IST: R Ashwin is the next player under the bidding process. Rs 2 crore the base price. RR up the bid to Rs 4.80 crore. KXIP make it Rs 5.20 crore. RR and KXIP up the ante. KXIP make it Rs 6 crore. Make that Rs 6.40 crore. RR the other team in the fray. KXIP bag Ashwin for Rs 7.60 crore.
10:07 am IST: Vivo executive head out first to help in the bidding process alongside. Shikhar Dhawan is the first player to enter the bidding process. His base price is of Rs 2 crore. Teams involved in bidding war, RR, KXIP. Kings XI have taken the lead in the war by bidding Rs 4 crore. SRH with a RTM on Dhawan. MI enter the fray with Rs 4.20 crore. And they’ve taken it up to Rs 5 crore. KXIP make it Rs 5.20 crore. MI are out. SOLD! Dhawan has been sold to KXIP for Rs 5.20 crore. But SRH retain Dhawan for Rs 5.20 crore.
10:05 am IST: The familiar face of Richard Madley to conduct the auction once again.
10:02 am IST: IPL chief Rajiv Shukla takes the stage next. Almost 290 players to go under the hammer today, he informs. Next up is a word from the RCA on their termination by the BCCI and status of Rajasthan Royals by extension. All hunky, dory and we’re set to begin!
10:00 am IST: Rahul Johri, BCCI CEO first up. Thanking various officials for being here in the morning – the sponsors, the stakeholders and BCCI CoA team.
10:00 am IST: Viru being Viru!
09:40 am IST: Team by team breakdown of their purse and RTMs remaining:
CSK – Rs 47 crore remaining – 2 (cannot use on capped Indian players)
MI – Rs 47 crore remaining – 2 (cannot use on capped Indian players)
DD – Rs 47 crore remaining – 2
SRH – Rs 59 crore remaining – 3
RCB – Rs 49 crore remaining – 2
RR – Rs 67.5 crore remaining – 3
KXIP – Rs 67.5 crore remaining – 3
KKR – Rs 59 crore remaining – (cannot be used on capped foreign players)
0930 hrs IST: Recap of the players who were retained:
MI – Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah
DD – Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Shreyas Iyer
RR – Steve Smith
KXIP – Axar Patel
KKR – Sunil Narine, Andre Russell
0920 hrs IST: For the first time, RTM will be employed by the franchises in the IPL Auction. How does the RTM work: Using the RTM card, a franchise can retain a player who played for them in the past by choosing to match the highest bid for the player. For the two returning teams, CSK and RR, they can retain players who were part of their 2015 squads and subsequently part of the temporary teams in either Gujarat Lions or Rising Pune Supergiant.
However, there are some limitations to the RTM. A team could exercise a combination of player retentions and RTM – a maximum of 5 in total – so if a team retained 3 players, they can opt for two RTM options only in the auction. Out of the five, there can only be – a) 3 Indian capped players, b) 2 Capped foreign players or c) 2 Uncapped players. For example, CSK and MI have retained three capped Indian players and now they can’t use the RTM in that category. On the other side of the fence, KKR have retained two capped overseas players so they can use their RTM’s in the other two categories.
0913 hrs IST: Here’s the lowdown: Almost 580 players to be auctioned in Bengaluru. 361 of them will be Indians. Franchise size to vary from a minimum of 18 to a maximum of 25. Minimum squad spend is of Rs 60 crores and maximum number of overseas players allowed is 8.
0907 hrs IST: Here’s everything you need to know about the IPL Auction and each IPL Auction has seen a rags to riches story or an unknown player becoming an overnight sensation. Who will it be this time? We present the contenders.
0900 hrs IST: Hello and Good morning for our live coverage and updates from the first day of the IPL Auction. So here it begins, ten seasons and decade of success, is all in the past and on the horizon. Players that made the teams what they are, for the most part, are back in the auction.