IPL Auction 2019: KXIP shell 8.4 crore for uncapped Varun Chakaravarthy, Royals buy Unadkat for 8.4 cr
IPL Auction 2019: Uncapped mystery spinner Varun Chakaravarthy was bought for a whopping 8.4 crore by Kings XI Punjab. Rajasthan Royals shelled out the same amount for Jaydev Unadkat while Yuvraj Singh went unsold.cricket Updated: Dec 18, 2018 21:26 IST
Little known mystery spinner Varun Chakaravarthy and left arm paceman Jaydev Unadkat were the joint costliest players at the IPL auction as both the players were bought for 8.4 crore. Kings XI Punjab picked up Chakaravarthy after an intense bidding war with Kolkata Knight Riders, while Rajasthan Royals bought back Unadkat after releasing him earlier this year.
Chakaravarthy has played for Madurai Panthers and Karaikudi Kaalai in the Tamil Nadu Premier League and has played one first-class match for Tamil Nadu.
Unadkat, who was the costliest Indian in the last IPL auction as well, had a below par season with the Royals in 2018 and has subsequently lost his place in India’s T20 line-up as well. The Royals were locked in an intense battle with Delhi Capitals and later on with Chennai Super Kings to bring back the pacer.
Uncapped player Shivam Dube attracted a lot of attention as he was picked for a whopping 5 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube had on Monday peeled off five sixes in five balls off left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh on the final day of their Ranji Trophy match against Baroda.
Another youngster who caught everyone’s eye was 17-year old Prabhsimran Singh, who was bought by Kings XI Punjab for 4.8 crore in the accelerated round of the auction.
England all-rounder Sam Curran, who was instrumental in leading his team to a Test series victory over India earlier this year, became the costliest foreign player in the auction as he was snapped up for 7.2 crore by Kings XI Punjab.
The auction started with keen interest in West Indian players. The man who hit 4 consecutive sixes to win Windies the 2016 ICC World T20, their current captain, Carlos Brathwaite was bought for 5 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders after intense bidding.
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2011 World Cup and 2007 WT20 winner Yuvraj Singh went unsold in the opening round of the auction. He was finally picked for 1 crore by Mumbai Indians in the accelerated auction towards the fag end of the event.
Team India paceman Mohammed Shami, who was released by Delhi earlier, was bought for 4.8 crore by Kings XI Punjab. Medium pacer Mohit Sharma, who had represented India at the 2015 World Cup , was bought for 5 crore by his former franchise Chennai Super Kings.
As expected there was intense battle at the auction for West Indies youngster Shimron Hetmyer and the southpaw was eventually bought for a whopping 4.2 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Hetmyer impressed on the recent tour to India and his ability to strike the ball hard will come in handy for RCB who have been looking for a finisher for a while.
Another West Indian player was in the limelight in the accelerated session of the auction later in the day. Sherfane Rutherford, a 20-year old hard-hitting batsman from Guyana, was bought for 2 crore by Delhi Capitals.
England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad by 2.2 crore. The franchise also bought back Wriddhiman Saha for 1.2 crore.
Left arm spinner Axar Patel was also in for a big pay day as Delhi Capitals bought him for 5 crore. Axar’s former franchise Kings XI Punjab were in the race for a while but eventually bowed out.
Indian middle order batsman Hanuma Vihari became the first player to be sold at this year’s auction with Delhi Capitals buying him for 2 crore. Mumbai Indians were locked in a battle with Delhi for the same player but eventually backed out.
First Published: Dec 18, 2018 16:02 IST