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IPL Auction 2018: Uncapped players steal the show

27 January 2018

Up to 182 cricketers will be auctioned off, with each team allowed a maximum roster of 25 players. Stokes, who has been in the news for wrong reasons after his night brawl incident a few months ago, remains the star attraction.

With each passing auction, teams have become smarter. "Therefore we're investing. There's no change in strategy".

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Kieron Pollard was predictably bought by Mumbai Indians using their Right To Match (RTM) card for Rs 5.40 crore while Sunrisers Hyderabad bought back Shikhar Dhawan for Rs 5.2 crore after heavy bidding from KXIP. "I saw it come through and the price going up and up".

Maxwell cashed in with a $1.75 million bid from the Ricky Ponting-led Delhi Daredevils while BBL star Darcy Short was bought for $775,600 by Rajasthan Royals.

"We've a multi-skilled team". Amit Mishra was sold to DD for Rs 4 crore.

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Brisbane Heat power hitter Chris Lynn earned a rich reward for his Big Bash dominance last summer with the Knight Riders shelling out roughly A$1.9m (N$Z2.1m) to land the burly Queenslander.

The Punjab-born southpaw was the most expensive player of IPL for two consecutive years.

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Whether or not Mumbai Indians would retain Hyderabad skipper Ambati Rayudu is to be seen with great interest on Saturday. Industry watchers say the strategy in all likelihood could be spending 80 per cent of their funds on hand in buying marquee players and making up the rest with uncapped players. "If the Player is selected for the 1st Test Match vs Pakistan commencing on 24th May 2018, he will be required to return to United Kingdom by 12 noon on Thursday, 17th May 2018", the IPL said. "I am really excited to join the KKR family for this season", Starc said in a video message on twitter.

The Black Caps have the No.1 batsman (Colin Munro) and bowler (Ish Sodhi) in the T20 rankings, two more batsmen in the top 11 (Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill) and two more bowlers in the top 13 (Mitchell Santner and Trent Boult).

"There is a saying in English "the early bird catches the worm".

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The Rajasthan Royals' winning bid was $200,000 less than the record price Rising Pune Supergiant paid for him last season. Then, CSK got back Faf du Plessis by matching KXIP's Rs 1.6 crore.

England's all-rounder Ben Stokes has been bagged by Rajasthan Royals for whopping Rs 12.5 crore in the IPL Auction 2018.

New Zealand's Ish Sodhi, Australia's Adam Zampa and West Indian spinner Samuel Badri, all leg spinners, all went unsold. Parthiv Patel, with a base price of Rs 1 crore, went unsold; England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow also went unsold. A list of all these players will be combined and a fresh auction will start for them with their base prices slashed in half this time. It's just our personal experience. Stokes is a high-profile player now in World cricket and has guided England to crucial wins in the global circuit.

In the auction today, an unexpected pick happened and it is Chennai boy Ravichandran Ashwin.

"Mumbai meat market", screamed the worldwide media after the auction for the inaugural IPL. Stephen Fleming, Chennai Super Kings" head coach, explained the rationale behind the move and in other words basically said, "No, it's not really a youngster's game'. Unlike Stokes, and Woakes, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders, Root has never featured in the IPL.

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IPL Auction 2018: Uncapped players steal the show