Andrew Tye cashes in at IPL auction

Ruben Hill
January 29, 2018

Rajasthan retained Steve Smith and then were left with a purse worth Rs 67.5 crore.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes attracted the highest price of $1.96 million in the early sales at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on Saturday, despite uncertainty over his availability. Jaydev Unadkat, who played for Rising Pune Supergiants past year, went to Rajasthan Royals for a whopping Rs 11.5 crore.

The two day auction of the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL) at the ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru was full of surprises.

Seems like Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales, Shaun Marsh and Lendl Simmons weren't able to impress the bidders as they remained unsold whereas the uncapped Karnataka spinner Krishnappa Gowtham was bought by Rajasthan Royals after an intense battle with Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 6.2 crore. Andrew Tye was the next big buy with Rs 7.2 crore by Kings XIPunjab.

Victor of the inaugural season in 2008, Rajasthan Royals have returned to the Indian Premier League fold after a two-year suspension.

Gayle made his IPL debut for Kolkata Knight Riders against Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla in May 2008 in a match that was abandoned without a ball being bowled. After RCB pick Murugan Ashwin for Rs 2.2 Crores.

The base price for Dhawan was Rs 2 crore and was expected to start a bidding war among the teams. Former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson and Ashes star Josh Hazlewood too were ignored by the teams.

None of Royal Challengers Bangalore's strategies seemed to bear fruit for the better part of the first hour but they did bag Washington Sundar for Rs 3.2 crore. Starc fetched Rs 9.4 crore from KKR.

India opener Murali Vijay also benefited on the second day after being ignored on Saturday when he was bought by Chennai Super Kings for $312,000.

Indian veterans Yuvraj Singh, who fetched a record Rs 16 crore deal in the past, and Harbhajan Singh, did not generate a lot of interest from teams this time and went to KXIP and CSK respectively at their Rs 2 crore base price.

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