IPL auction: R Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes among marquee players
The Indian Premier League organisers announced 16 marquee players for the 2018 Player Auction to be held in Bangalore on January 27 and 28.cricket Updated: Jan 20, 2018 20:48 IST
India stars R Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan were named among 16 marquee players in the list released on Saturday for the much-anticipated Indian Premier League 2018 Player Auction.
The marquee players, from India and overseas, including England captain Joe Root and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, headline the 578 players who will go under the hammer in Bengaluru on January 27-28.
With 18 players retained, 182 slots are up for grabs.
IPL veterans, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh are included in the top 16, with all three opting for the highest base price of Rs 2 crore.
Prithvi Shah, the young Mumbai batsman and India U-19 World Cup skipper, is also in the fray. He has a base price of Rs 20 lakh.
A total of 62 capped Indians and 298 uncapped Indians will vie for the available slots with 182 capped overseas cricketers, 34 uncapped overseas players and two cricketers from the Associate Nations.
With Rs 2 crore as the highest reserve price, 36 players, including 13 Indians, have opted for the top bracket.
Some of the other marquee players are Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Shakib Al Hasan – each priced at Rs. 2 crore.
M Vijay, KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Yuzvendra Chahal and Karn Sharma have also set their base price at Rs.2 crore and will hope to attract high bids as the eight franchises look to build their teams for the upcoming seasons.
South Africa’s new pace sensation Lungi Ngudi is also in the fray, at a base price of Rs.50 lakh. Test cricket’s top-ranked bowler Kagiso Rabada has kept his base price at Rs. 1.5 crore.
IPL chairman Rajiv Shukla said in the statement: “A lot of strategising and number-crunching is involved before a cricketer is picked at the auction. The dynamic nature of the auction makes it unpredictable and exciting. The eight franchises have given us an indication of what their core would be with their player retentions and the auction will be an important step towards the creation of a successful team. The marquee list is full of star players, but I am also looking forward to the uncapped Indian players, who have proved their mettle in the earlier editions of IPL and are sure to attract high bids.”
Below is a list containing the breakdown of capped players as per their base price.