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Sunrisers Hyderabad keeps spinner Rashid Khan for Rs. 9 crores

28 January 2018

Gautam Gambhir will play for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2018. CSK however managed to pick up Imran Tahir at base price.

With the opening of Day 2, Jaydev Unadkat joined the league of most expensive players as Rajasthan Royals claimed his loyalty with Rs 11.5 crore.

Afghanistan's premier spinner Rashid Khan was expected to draw tremendous interest and quite a few teams went all guns blazing to rope in the 19-year-old sensation. They brimmed their squad with 25 members but were still left with Rs 6.5 crore at the end of the auctions. They even used their "Right to Match" card to acquire Pawan Negi for Rs 1 crore.

Saha was sold to Rs 50 million to Sunrisers Hyderabad. It retained Kieron Pollard and brought in Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins.

In his IPL debut, Tye took a hat-trick, a five-wicket haul and the $2.8 million wicket of Ben Stokes.

Starc and Lynn. Image Getty
Starc and Lynn. Image Getty

Among the wicketkeepers, Dinesh Karthik once again bagged a lucrative Rs 7.4 crore (USD 1.16 million) deal with the KKR.

Steal of the day: Kiwi opener Colin Munro was absorbed for only 1.9cr from a base price of 50L by the Delhi Daredevils.

CSK won the bid for Ambati Rayudu with Rs 2.20 crore. Sam Billings (base price Rs 1 crore) and Naman Ojha (Rs 75 lakh) failed to get picked up by any of the franchises. Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler were absolute steals at 4 and 4.4 crores respectively. Whereas the player Kedar Jadhav who played for RCB last season was acquired by CSK for Rs 7.80 crores this year.

Colin Munro was bought for 1.9 crore rupees (NZ$406,000) at the annual auction on Saturday, and that may be a bargain for Delhi, given the form he has shown this summer.

Both players were sold at an identical price of Rs 1.9 crore. But perhaps, their biggest buy for the day was Chris Lynn (9.6cr). Amla wasn't bought despite making two hundreds in the last season of the IPL. However, nobody would've expected him to go for over 10 crores.

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Stokes , who has been in the news for wrong reasons after his night brawl incident a few months ago, remains the star attraction. The Rajasthan Royals' winning bid was $200,000 less than the record price Rising Pune Supergiant paid for him last season.

Veteran Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga also went unsold but the franchises have the option of getting them back on the auction table Sunday. However, KXIP were very happy to rope Ashwin in their squad.

Mumbai Indians picked up some strong players too.

The Queensland born-and-bred batsman was the highest bid Australian in the auction, with $60,000 more than pace bowler speedster Mitchell Starc.

The afternoon session began with a big surprise, with India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel going unsold.

"Obviously I was a bit apprehensive out there but to get through that was the first step of hopefully a good stint on the field". Their other significant punt was on the explosive Indian batsman, Ishan Kishan, who went for a staggering Rs 6.2 crore.

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India opener Shikhar Dhawan was the first player bought at the auction, by Sunrisers, his old franchise using a RTM to snap him up after extensive bidding. "It feels great (landing a deal) but more than that, I'm glad the teams have watched me closely and followed my performances throughout the season", Gowtham told Sportstar minutes after the hammer went down at the ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru.

Watch every game of the 2018 Indian Premier League live on Sky Sports Cricket. They were aggressive on buying Ashwin and looked to get him at all cost.

The team that looked to break the bank early, however, were Kings XI Punjab, who started the day in the style of their mentor, Virender Sehwag, throwing their bats for nearly all the marquee players.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad keeps spinner Rashid Khan for Rs. 9 crores