IPL auction 2018: As expected, Ben Stokes turned out to be the star performer of the IPL auction 2018. The England all-rounder was purchased by the Rajasthan Royals for a whopping Rs 12.5 crore where he will reunite with his Rising Pune Supergiants teammates Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane.
IPL auction 2018: As expected, Ben Stokes turned out to be the star performer of the IPL auction 2018. The England all-rounder was purchased by the Rajasthan Royals for a whopping Rs 12.5 crore where he will reunite with his Rising Pune Supergiants teammates Steve Smith and Ajinkya Rahane. However, the Royals broke the bank once again on day 2 to get hold of another RPS player Jaydev Unadkat, for a surprising Rs 11.5 crore, making him the second most expensive player of IPL auction 2018. This came as a huge surprise as some of the other experienced fast bowlers like Dale Steyn and Ishant Sharma went unsold at IPL auction 2018.
The Royals, known for their wise spending, splurged some more to also clinch Karnataka off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham for Rs 6.2 crore. Bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar was sold to RCB for Rs 3.2 crore, Punjab pacer Sandeep Sharma went to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 3 crore, Kings XI Punjab used Right to Match to retain Mohit Sharma for Rs 2.4 crore, Jharkhand spinner Shahbaz Nadeem was bought back by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 3.2 crore and Mohammad Siraj was picked up by RCB for Rs 2.6 crore.
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Here is IPL auction 2018 sold players team wise:
1) Rajasthan Royals: Steven Smith (retained), Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Jos Butler, Rahul Tripathi, Jofra Archer, Darcy Shorts, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ankit Sharma, Zahir Khan Pakteen.
2) Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell (retained), Mitchell Starc, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi.
3) Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan (retained), Brendon Mccullum, Chris Vokes, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Quinton De Kock, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohammed Siraj
4) Delhi Daredevils: Rishabh Pant, Chris Morris, Shreyas Iyer (retained), Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Gurkeerat Mann, Jayant Yadav, Daniel Christian, Trent Boult, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma
5) Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah (retained), Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Pat Cummins, Surya Kumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Evin Lewis
6) Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (retained), Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al-Hasan, Kane Williamson, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Deepak Hooda, Siddharth Kaul, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Syed Khaleed Ahmed, Sachin Baby, Sandeep Sharma
7) Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel (retained), R Ashwin, Karun Nair, KL Rahul, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Rana, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mujeeb Zadran, Yuvraj Singh
8) Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina (retained), Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayadu, Imran Tahir, Shardul Thakur, Jagadeesan Narayan
Krunal Pandya was also one of the big gainers of IPL auction 2018. The Baroda all-rounder was bought by the Mumbai Indians with their RTM while KL Rahul and Manish Pandey became the most expensive Indian batsman at Rs 11 crore each. Jofra Archer of West Indies came as a surprise package and was bought for Rs 7.4 crore by the Rajasthan Royals.
(The list is being updated as and when the players are sold)