Gayle third time lucky, Unadkat and Tye become IPL millionaires

by Abel Hampton January 29, 2018, 0:21
Gayle third time lucky, Unadkat and Tye become IPL millionaires

Other high-profile players who benefited from a second chance were India opener M Vijay (INR 2 crore to Chennai Super Kings), wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel (INR 1.7 crore or Dollars 265,000 approx to Royal Challengers Bangalore), and Australia quick Mitchell Johnson (INR 2 crore to Kolkata Knight Riders), all of whom were bought when they were recalled on the second afternoon after going unsold the first time around.

Delhi Daredevils acquired spinner Shahbaz Nadeem for Rs 3.2 crore.

However, Gayle was brought back into the auction one last time, and Kings XIPunjab (KXIP), co-owned by actor Preity Zinta and mentored by Virender Sehwag, got him for his base price of Rs 2 crore.

Rajasthan bought all-rounder Ben Stokes for $1.97 million on Saturday, while also adding his England team-mate and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler to their squad. We are like a start-up company. Kolkata Knight Riders watches under-19 very closely, they have invested on youngsters Shiva Mavi, K Nagarkoti, and Nitish Rana, they go with the current form of these players. However, their bids were surpassed by other franchises who used Right to Match (RTM) cards.

On Sunday, the trend continued with the franchise choosing not to bid for Karnataka Ranji captain R Vinay Kumar, who was picked up for his base price of Rs 1 crore by the Kolkata Knight Riders.

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

Kieron Pollard was bought by Mumbai Indians, who used their Right To Match (RTM) card for Rs 5.40 crore (USD 850,000), while Sunrisers Hyderabad bought back Shikhar Dhawan for Rs 5.2 crore (USD 817,000) after heavy bidding from KXIP. The 22-year-old all-rounder has had a decent stint for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash and plays first-class cricket for Sussex in England.

Teams came up with clear strategies as to which player they wanted and were smart with their bidding.

Even uncapped Rahul Tewatia was picked up for Rs 3 crore by Delhi Daredevils. However, he struggled to get going in the recently-concluded limited-over series against New Zealand.

It was a breakthrough 2017 season for the left arm pacer. Manish Pandey bought to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 11 Crores.

Australian bowler AJ Tye, who took a five-wicket haul in Sunday's fifth one-day global against England, earned a million dollar contract as Kings XI Punjab picked him up. Similarly, another veteran Yuvraj Singh got an opening bid from Kings XI Punjab for Rs 2 crore.

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