The ongoing auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) has set the stage on fire. A number of eminent names have already gone under the hammer.
The previous editions of the auction took place in Bangalore and Mumbai respectively. However this year the venue has shifted to Jaipur.
Many known players have gone for big money, while many unknown players have also bagged huge prices.
On the other hand many massive names like Jonny Bairstow, Adam Zampa, Chris Woakes, and Martin Guptill went unsold so far. Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who had a fantastic career so far, also remained unsold.
Here we look at some of the hottest picks of the auction so far:
Shimron Hetmyer- 4.2 crores- RCB
The Windies batsman was listed at a base price of INR 50 lakhs, and was expected to go big. He was eventually purchased by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for INR 4.20 crore. The Guyana batsman has been in incredible form in all the formats of the cricket.
Varun Chakravarthy- 8.4 crores- KXIP
The mystery spinner from Tamil Nadu grabbed lot of attention in recent times. He had an impressive Tamil Nadu Premier League and performed well in Vijay Hazare Trophy as well. He was purchased by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) for INR 8.4 crores against his base price of INR 20 lakhs. Varun is currently the joint highest buy.
Shivam Dube- 5 crores- RCB
The all-rounder from Mumbai had an incredible domestic season so far. He is known as a big-hitter and can also be handy with the ball. Shivam had a base price of INR 20 lakhs. He was eventually purchased by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for INR 5 crores.
Jaydev Unadkat- 8.4 crores- RR
The speedster from Porbandar was last year’s most expensive Indian. However he couldn’t perform well. Nevertheless he set his base price to INR 1.50 crore. However things went in his favor and Rajasthan Royals (RR) purchased him for INR 8.4 crores. Besides Varun, the left-arm speedster is so far the highest buy.
Axar Patel– 5 crores- DC
The spin-bowling all-rounder has performed decently in IPL so far. Along with his spin bowling, he can also be handy with the bat down the order. He was released by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and set his base price at INR 1 crore. Delhi Capitals (DC) went five times of that price and bagged him for INR 5 crores.
Carlos Brathwaite- 5 crores- KKR
The all-rounder was released by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) as he didn’t get many chance with them. He was listed with a base price of INR 75 lakhs. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) picked the Windies T20 captain for a substantial price of INR 5 crores.
Colin Ingram- 6.40 crores- DC
The left-handed batsman from South Africa is a veteran of T20 cricket. He was one of the marquee players of the auction and was listed at INR 2 crores. All the teams went for him. But it was Delhi Capitals (DC) who bagged him for INR 6.40 crores.
Sam Curran- 7.20 crores- KXIP
The young all-rounder from England had an incredible year so far. He was listed at base price of INR 2 crores and was indeed a hottest picks of the auctions. Delhi Capitals (DC) started the bidding. After an intense bidding war, it was Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) who bagged him for INR 7.20 crores.