Monday was an important day for one of the most famous cash rich leagues across the globe, the Indian Premier League. The auctions saw the franchises all set in Bengaluru, eyeing the key players and a reasonable team composition.
England’s limited overs’ skipper Eoin Morgan was the first on the list for the auctions. He has been pocketed by Kings XI Punjab for 2 crores, who needed a skipper after some disappointing performances by David Miller in the previous edition. After much disappointment in the previous season, Pawan Negi went for a crore to Royal Challengers Bangalore. But what is remarkable and has gone just the way the hype was created is the bid for English allrounder Ben Stokes. One of the most important players of this format of the game has now been grabbed by the Rising Pune Supergiants for a whopping 14.5 crores.
English players have been the talk of the day and one more player who went on to steal the limelight was Tymal Mills who was bought for an exaggerated 12 crores by RCB. Gujarat spent a crore and will be delighted to have the English opener Jason Roy who was promising during his sojourn in India this year. The dominance of the English players continued further with Chris Woakes now in the KKR side for 4.5 crores. This can fill the voids of Andre Russell who is serving a ban.
Trent Boult after being released by the Sunrisers Hyderabad has landed in the Kolkata Knight Riders for a decent 5 crores. One of the better outcomes of the auctions was the pick of Kagiso Rabada for 5 crores who will now play for Delhi Daredevils. DD should also be happy with Pat Cummins in their side who can bat down the order to provide some vital contributions.
The only Indian player who might be satisfied with the day’s auction would be Karn Sharma who has been bought for 3.2 crores by Mumbai Indians and was also the most expensive Indian Player for the day. Varun Aaron who has the capabilities of bowling some deadly paced balls has been taken by the Punjab side for 2.8 crores. After the success in the Tamil Nadu Premier League, T Natarajan has been taken in the KXIP side for 3 crores.
The left arm Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson will represent the MI side, being bought for 2 crores. Martin Guptill finally got someone who displayed some interest and is now into the KXIP for half a crore. The world cup winning captain Darren Sammy can be a key player for his six hitting abilities and has been bought by Punjab. It was also a day for the minnows Afghanistan players, Mohammad Nabi and Rashid Khan who have been picked up for 30L and 4crores respectively by SRH.
With Cheteshwar Pujara, Parveez Rasool, Marlon Samuels, and Nick Maddinson going unsold, this auction has shown some mix interest from the buyers. Indian pace bowler Ishant Sharma will be dejected as he goes unsold for the second time.
The positive signs of the day have been for the young Indian players who have been bought for a few million INR but what is more important to see is the number of opportunities they get to showcase the abilities. With some surprising unsold players like Ishant Sharma, RP Singh, Irfan Pathan, and Imran Tahir and some exaggerated deals, the auction day has seen mixed emotions from the buyers. It has been quite a busy day for Richard Madley with his tiny little hammer.