The Indian Premier League player auction is a parallel cricketing universe with a distinct dynamic. But some players found no takers like Lasith Malinga found no one while Chris Gayle, perhaps the most explosive player in the history of T20, was rejected twice before he got third-time lucky when Kings XI Punjab snapped him at the base price of Rs 2 crore.
It was no surprise when Englishman Benjamin Stokes despite the legal issues trailing him back home following an assault incident got the highest bid at Rs 12.5 crore from Rajasthan Royals.
As Jaydev Unadkat became the most expensive Indian player at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction when he was bought by Rajasthan Royals in Bengaluru on Sunday.
The former IPL champions bought the pacer for Rs 11.5 crore after beating keen interest from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Manish Pandey and KL Rahul were the most expensive Indians on the opening day of the auction on Saturday as they were sold for identical Rs 11 crore.
Pandey was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad while Punjab secured Rahul’s services. New Zealand star fast bowler Trent Boult, who was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 2.2 crore.
The Royals made another expensive deal on Sunday when they acquired the services of off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham for Rs 6.20 crore.
Australian pacer Andrew Tye was another hot property. The 31-year-old was at the centre of some heated bidding between Punjab and Chennai.
Starting at a base price of Rs 1 crore, Tye saw his value shoot up rapidly before Punjab clinched the deal at Rs 7.2 crore.
Fellow Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile was taken by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for Rs 2.2 crore after a short tussle with Punjab.
Indian left-arm seamer Barinder Sran was sold to Punjab for Rs 2.2 crore. India discard pacer Mohit Sharma went to Punjab for Rs 2.4 crore as they exercised the Right to Match (RTM) option to take him away from Chennai.
Another Indian pacer Sandeep Sharma saw heavy bidding between Kolkata and Punjab before Sunrisers Hyderabad got him for Rs 3 crore.