Gayle picked at third attempt, Unadkat soars to 11.5 crore

Gayle picked at third attempt, Unadkat soars to 11.5 crore

Some of the proven T20 specialists like Sanju Samson also earned big bucks as Rajasthan Royals bought him back for Rs 8 crore while Robin Uthappa's pyrotechnics earned him a callback from KKR at '6.4 crore.

Meanwhile, Lynn said he didn't want to be "someone like Bernard Tomic" and get too ahead of himself after being snapped up for a staggering $1.86 million at the IPL auction on Saturday. He fetched a mind boggling Rs 11.5 crore from the usually stingy Rajasthan Royals.

Barring CSK, who still have Rs 6.5 crore to work with, all teams have nearly utilised their purse.

Australia pacer Mitchell Starc was bought for Rs 9.4 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) while Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) got lucky getting Ravichandran Ashwin for Rs 7.6 crore. It picked up Indian batsman Karun Nair for Rs5.6 crore, who had a base price of Rs50 lakh.

Delhi Daredevils, owned by GMR, purchased 22 players by Sunday, mostly young uncapped players such as Sandeep Lamichhane, starting with Australian all rounder Glenn Maxwell at Rs9 crore.

After being unsold for the first two rounds, Chris Gayle was finally picked by Kings XI Punjab for his base price of Rs 2 crore. Add Rs 2.8cr that Quinton de Kock got from RCB, Ishan Kishan's Rs 6.20 cr from MI and Wriddhiman Saha's pay of Rs 5cr from Sunrisers Hyderabad and what you get is more than Rs 40 cr spent on keepers.

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The Bengaluru-based franchise chose not to use the "right to match" card on retaining India opener KL Rahul and also failed to sign Manish Pandey, Mayank Agarwal, Stuart Binny and Karun Nair, who were all picked up by other franchises for hefty sums.

India left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat admitted that he "kind of froze for a while" after learning that he had been sold to the Rajasthan Royals for a jaw-dropping figure of INR 11.5 crores at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, which took place in Bangalore over the weekend. Deepak was the top wicket-taker in India's domestic T20 tournament, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, this season with 19 strikes and an economy rate of 5.58 in nine games. Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Krunal Pandya, all were sold after a rigorous round of bidding. "I did not understand what was happening", he told mid-day. "Chennai got the South African captain at a very good price". For Ambani, however, the reasons are more auction-method driven than the quality these three have to offer.

Australian paceman Andrew Tye had a day to remember on Sunday, snaring five wickets against England in the ODI match in Perth, before being bought for $1.4 million in the IPL auction.

After a break of 15 minutes, Harbajan Singh was sold to Chennai Super Kings for his base price of Rs 2 crore.

Pandey was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad while Punjab secured Rahul's services. In a tournament where leg-spinners have always done exceedingly well, Sodhi going unsold is definitely a surprise.

None of the other seven franchises bid, yet all applauded when Preity Zinta, the most visible face of the Kings XI, lifted the paddle to draw tireless auctioneer Richard Madley's attention.

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