The Mumbai Indians franchise had a quiet day today, and will probably pick the best players on the second day. These include 361 Indian cricketers and 25 from England.
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There were multiple bids from Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings but Steve Smith, Stokes' captain at the Pune franchise, wanted him desperately and thus his owners respected his wish. Rajasthan and Chennai return to the league after a two-year suspension following a corruption scandal.
Mumbai Indians relatively had a quiet auction, though they managed to use RTM to get back Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya while bagging worldwide bowlers - Pat Cummins and Mustafizur Rahman. Eventually, though, it was Dhawan's old franchise who had the final say. And Manish Pandey's Karnataka and Indian teammate KL Rahul moved from Royal Challengers Bangalore to Kings XI Punjab in the same amount.
More extensive bidding ensued for Kieron Pollard, the West Indies allrounder.
CSK went after Dwayne Bravo and Faf du Plessis, both from CSK. Australian middle-order batsman Chris Lynn stays with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs 9.60 crore. 2 crores was the base price of Yuvraj Singh and he has been sold for his base price to the Kings XI Punjab.
Set six of the auction started with the bowlers and the first one on the list was Mustafizur Rahman with a base price of Rs 1 crore. But on the first day of the 2018 auction, his price surged upward by another 5 crores as a tug of war ensued on the bidding table.
Meanwhile, the player Gautam Gambhir went to Delhi Daredevils team. Gambhir being an regular and consistent opener for India grabbed attraction during the 2011 IPL auction where Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) purchased him for USA $2.4 million. Sunrisers Hyderabad then joined in at Rs 6.2 crore and went on along with RCB before Virat Kohli's team finally won the bid at Rs 8.8 crore.
McCullum was in the first group of batsman on offer, and was sold to Bangalore for 3.6 crore ($770,000), who fought off the Rajasthan Royals and the Delhi Daredevils for his services.
Harbhajan will look to fill in the space left by R Ashwin, who was bought by Kings XI Punjab. 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. His opening partner in Tests, M Vijay, did not get any bid at all. Whereas, Kolkata who ended up last in the 2009 edition jumped to No. 6 position in 2010. "Let's give more time to this young team".
"The biggest excitement is that I am going back to RR, which is where everything for me began a few years back". His base price was Rs 1.5 crore.
2 crore ($429,000): Corey Anderson.