The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction conducted on Monday saw 66 players being auctioned off for the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League, which will run from April 5 to May 21.
In this year’s auction, 8 of the top 10 highest priced players were fast bowlers, giving a clear indication that franchises were looking to boost their pace bowling arsenal.
One of the biggest highlights of the IPL auction was the purchase of Afghanistan players, with leg-spinner Rashid Khan and all-rounder Mohammad Nabi both going to Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Also, like previous editions, franchises did not mind splurging on uncapped Indian players, with the biggest uncapped purchase being T Natarajan, a left-arm fast bowler, going to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 3 crore (he had the base price of Rs 10 lakh).
Here are some of the highlights from the event:
Ben Stokes (Rising Pune Supergiants, Rs 14.50 crore)
The England all-rounder was certainly one of the players to watch out for. The 25-year-old does have average stats in T20, with a bowling average of 36.40 and economy of 8.60, but do not let that deceive you.
His recent rise in form with both bat and ball has now made him the backbone of England cricket team in all formats of the game.
RSP certainly didn’t mind giving him the tag of highest paid IPL player ever.
Tymal Mills (Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rs 12 crore)
Such a huge amount for England’s fast bowler Tymal Mills was a bit surprising given the fact that his performance in the recently conducted India-England T20 series was not something out of the ordinary.
In the three matches he played, he had the bowling average of 31.33, with the economy of 7.83.
Although the 24-year-old left arm fast bowler has the bowling average of 22.12 in the 55 Twenty20 matches that he has played, taking 63 wickets and economy of 7.47. Furthermore, he can bowl in the speeds o=in excess of 150 kmph, which could come in handy for Royal Challengers Bangalore to fill in the spot for Mitchell Starc.
Asela Gunaratne (Mumbai Indians, Rs 30 lakh)
The hero of the ongoing Australia-Sri Lanka T20 series in Australia, Asela Gunaratne of SL has won Man of the Match award in the first two matches. On Sunday, he played one of the finest innings in T20 Internationals, hitting 84 of 46 balls. He moreover helped Sri Lanka achieve the target of 174 by scoring the required 36 runs in the last overs of the match.
Mumbai Indians surely did not mind him getting him for a lowly 30 lakhs after his stellar innings.
Martin Guptill (Kings XI Punjab, Rs 50 lakh)
One of the underrated One Day format batsmen of this era, Martin Guptill went to for the base price of 50 lakhs. Having a batting average of 34.21 in 170 Twenty20 matches, Kings XI Punjab now have a good backup to Shaun Marsh (or maybe replace him in the opening slot?)
Matt Henry (Kings XI Punjab, Rs 50 lakh)
Matt Henry could be considered a bargain buy by Kings XI Punjab given the fact that he is their only genuine fast bowler from overseas. A New Zealand team regular, Henry is a reliable all-rounder, having batting strike-rate of 166.44 in Twenty20s and bowling average of 29.25.
Rashid Khan (Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rs 4 Crore)
The right arm wrist spinner from Afghanistan has outstanding stats to showcase. 47 wickets in 30 Twenty20 matches at an economy of 6.03 is certainly eye-catching. But given the fact that he went for Rs 4 crores comes quite as a shock given the fact that he hasn’t bowled much to world class players.
Aditya Tare (Delhi Daredevils, Rs 25 Lakh)
There is no doubt that Aditya Tare is a very handy batsman. He is currently the captain of the Mumbai Ranji team and has previously been a key member of the Mumbai Indians. But the surprising thing is that Delhi Daredevils has bought him, and they already have four wicketkeepers in the squad, which include Sam Billings, Quinton de Kock, Sanju Samson and Rishabh Pant.
Imran Tahir (South Africa, Leg-Spin Bowler)
ICC Rank 1 bowler of ODI and T20I goes unsold. Should we say anything more? Maybe his base price was too high?
Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma and RP Singh (All India, Fast Bowlers)
The trio, who had been released by Rising Pune Supergiants from the team in December, remain unsold. It can be considered that these three players are not in the form of their life, but their experience could have come in handy for teams such as Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have a shortage of Indian pace bowlers in their squad.
Parveez Rasool (India, Off Spin Allrounder)
Given the fact that Rasool was selected for the Indian team in the recent Ind-Eng T20I series, franchises not picking him up certainly raised a few eyebrows.
You can check the complete list of sold and unsold players here.
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