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Delhi stuns with Negi bid, Watson most expensive at IPL 2016 auction

Shane Watson, Yuvraj Singh, Pawan Negi, Yuvraj Singh and Chris Morris were the big gainers as over 350 players in the IPL auction went under the hammer on Saturday. Watson was the biggest earner as he was picked by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 9.5 crore. Negi was the highest-earning Indian, bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 8.5 crore.

IPL 2016 Updated: Feb 06, 2016 22:31 IST
HT Correspondent
From left to right: Shane Watson, Chris Morris and Yuvraj Singh.
From left to right: Shane Watson, Chris Morris and Yuvraj Singh.(Agencies)

Welcome to HT’s coverage of the Indian Premier League auction in Bangalore.

Highlights

Rising Pune Supergiants

PlayerPrice (In Rs)
Kevin Pietersen3.5 crore
Ishant Sharma3.8 crore
Irfan Pathan1 crore
Mitchell Marsh4.8 crore
RP Singh30 lakh
Ankit Sharma10 lakh
Rajat Bhatia60 lakh
Ishwar Pandey20 lakh
Murugan Ashwin4.5 crore
Ankush Bains10 lakh
Peter Handscomb30 lakh
Thisara Perera1 crore
Baba Aparajith10 lakh
Ashok Dinda50 lakh
Scott Boland50 lakh
Adam Zampa30 lakh
Jaskaran Singh10 lakh

The Gujarat Lions

PlayerPrice (In Rs)
Dwayne Smith2.3 crore
Dale Steyn2.3 crore
Dinesh Karthik2.3 crore
Dhawal Kulkarni2 crore
Praveen Kumar3.5 crore
Paras Dogra10 lakh
Ishan Kishan35 lakh
Eklavya Dwivedi1 crore
Pradeep Sangwan20 lakh
Pravin Tambe20 lakh
Sarabjeet Ladda10 lakh
Aaron Finch1 crore
Andrew Tye50 lakh
Shadab Jakati20 lakh

Royal Challengers Bangalore

PlayerPrice (In Rs)
Shane Watson9.5 crore
Stuart Binny2 crore
Travis Head50 lakh
Sachin Baby10 lakh
Iqbal Abdulla10 lakh
Praveen Dubey35 lakh
Akshay Karnewar10 lakh
Kane Richardson2 crore
Samuel Badree50 lakh
Vikas Tokas10 lakh

Sunrisers Hyderabad

PlayerPrice (In Rs)
Ashish Nehra5.5 crore
Yuvraj Singh7 crore
Mustafizur Rahman1.4 crore
Barinder Sran1.2 crore
Abhimanyu Mithun30 lakh
Aditya Tare1.2 crore
Deepak Hooda4.2 crore
Tirumalasetti Suman10 lakh
Ben Cutting50 lakh
Vijay Shankar35 lakh

Delhi Daredevils

PlayerPrice (In Rs)
Sanju Samson4.2 crore
Chris Morris7 crore
Carlos Brathwaite4.2 crore
Karun Nair4 crore
Rishabh Pant1.9 crore
Pawan Negi8.5 crore
Sam Billings30 lakh
Pratyush Singh10 lakh
Joel Paris30 lakh
Pawan Suyal10 lakh
Chama Milind10 lakh

Mumbai Indians

PlayerPrice (In Rs)
Jos Buttler3.8 crore
Tim Southee2.5 crore
Nathu Singh3.2 crore
Jitesh Sharma10 lakh
KP Kamath1.4 crore
Krunal Pandya2 crore
Deepak Punia10 lakh

Kolkata Knight Riders

PlayerPrice (In Rs)
Colin Munro30 lakh
John Hastings1.3 crore
Jaydev Unadkat1.6 crore
Ankit Rajpoot1.5 crore
Jason Holder70 lakh
R Sathish20 lakh
Manan Sharma10 lakh

Kings XI Punjab

PlayerPrice (In Rs)
Mohit Sharma6.5 crore
Kyle Abbott2.1 crore
KC Cariappa80 lakh
Armaan Jaffer10 lakh
Swapnil Singh10 lakh
Farhaan Behardien30 lakh

This time, two new franchises - Rising Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions - have replaced Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals at the bidding. Both franchises have five players each hence the onus will be on them to give shape to their squads as early as possible. The other six teams have already retained at least 13 cricketers so quality Indian players will come at a premium.

READ: New franchises face the heat this IPL auction, Yuvraj in focus

A quick gloss over the basic facts first. All squads can have a minimum of 16 players and a maximum of 27. No franchise can have more than nine foreigners in their squads. The ceiling of expenditure has been fixed at Rs 66 crore. After retention, release of players and trading, the teams left with the biggest purse are Delhi Daredevils (Rs 37.15 crore) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (Rs 30.15 crore). The new teams have Rs 27 crore each after they were allowed to pick five players in the December 15 draft. The two teams looking most settled are Mumbai Indians who have retained 19 players and KKR who have held on to 15.

351 players will be going under the hammer on Saturday. That includes 130 capped players, two players from Associate nations and 219 uncapped players. But if all franchises look to fill their quota only 116 players - including up to 36 overseas players - can be bought at this auction.

Among the top Indian players available are Yuvraj Singh, Ashish Nehra, Ishant Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson and Dinesh Karthik. Perhaps his World T20 selection was the reason veteran Nehra was bumped up to the marquee players’ list on Friday night. Now there are three Indian marquee players --- Yuvraj, Ishant and Nehra, all with a base price of Rs 2 crore.

READ: All about IPL 2016 auction: Players, purse money, price tag

Apart from the three Indians, Kevin Pietersen, Shane Watson, Dale Steyn, Aaron Finch, Martin Guptill and Dwayne Smith are the other marquee players. There are 11 more foreigners within the Rs 1-2 crore bracket so all franchises have plenty of overseas options to pick from.

Among the Indians, Yuvraj is surely going to be a hot pick while Watson, Finch, Guptill, Jos Butler and Usman Khawaja - who had a great Big Bash league - could be among the top foreigners bought at the auction. An interesting aspect could be the bidding on the U-19 players like Rishabh Pant, Mahipal Lomror, Avesh Khan, Ishan Kishan and Mayank Dagar. They have potential no doubt but are the franchises willing to spend huge on them?