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IPL Auction 2018: Ben Stokes, KL Rahul and Manish Pandey amongst the top picks

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes

It was an action-packed first day at the IPL Auction 2018. There was plenty of anticipation about who will emerge as the costliest player this time. Just like last year, English all-rounder Ben Stokes has once again proved to be the player sold with the highest bid. Rajasthan Royals has bagged Stokes for a whopping bid of INR 12.5 crores.

As soon as his name was up for the auction, the franchises had a tussle to add him to their camps. Chennai Super Kings, Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders bid for him for a long time but at the end, Rajasthan Royals ran away with the winning bid. Stokes’s performance last year for Rising Pune Supergiant was outstanding and it comes as no surprise that he was the top player this time around.

India’s batsman KL Rahul was the other big gainer as he bagged an amount of INR 11 crores from Kings XI. Manish Pandey also went for the same amount and Sunrisers Hyderabad went all the way to buy him. These 2 were the top picks amongst the Indian players that went under the hammer.

As expected, Australia’s big-hitting batsman Chris Lynn attracted a lot of attention and he was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 9.6 crores. Joining him in the KKR camp will be his countryman Mitchell Starc who also claimed a huge bid of INR 9.4 crores.

Afghanistan’s leg-spinner Rashid Khan was sold to Kings XI for INR 9 crores but Sunrisers opted to use the RTM card for him. Krunal Pandya was also a hot candidate in the auction as he bagged a bid of INR 8.8 crores from Royal Challengers Bangalore but Mumbai Indians did the smart work by using the RTM card.

A big surprise occurred when Chris Gayle did not find any buyers on day 1 but KXIP did manage to get him on day 2 when he was recalled for the auction for the 3rd time. Joe Root and Hashim Amla were amongst the others who went unsold.

On day 2, the franchises looked to plug the gaps in their teams and completed the required number of players. Jaydev Unadkat made the headlines as he was picked up for INR 11.5 crores by Rajasthan Royals. Andrew Tye and Krishnappa Gowtham were the other big gainers on the second day. Sandeep Lamichhane became the first player from Nepal to be picked in the IPL and he will play for DD.

Here is the list of players sold in the IPL Auction 2018

PlayerCountrySold forBought by
Shikhar DhawanIndiaINR 5.2 croresSRH
Ravichandran AshwinIndiaINR 7.6 croresKXIP
Kieron PollardWindiesINR 5.4 croresMI
Chris GayleWindiesINR 2 croresKXIP
Ben StokesEnglandINR 12.5 croresRR
Faf du PlessisSouth AfricaINR 1.6 croresCSK
Ajinkya RahaneIndiaINR 4 croresRR
Mitchell StarcAustraliaINR 9.4 croresKKR
Harbhajan SinghIndiaINR 2 croresCSK
Shakib Al HasanBangladeshINR 2 croresSRH
Glenn MaxwellAustraliaINR 9 croresDD
Gautam GambhirIndiaINR 2.8 croresDD
Dwayne BravoIndiaINR 6.4 croresCSK
Kane WilliamsonNew ZealandINR 3 croresSRH
Yuvraj SinghIndiaINR 2 croresKXIP
Karun NairIndiaINR 5.6 croresKXIP
KL RahulIndiaINR 11 croresKXIP
Murali VijayIndiaINR 2 croresCSK
David MillerSouth AfricaINR 3 croresKXIP
Aaron FinchAustraliaINR 6.2 croresKXIP
Brendon McCullumNew ZealandINR 3.6 croresRCB
Jason RoyEnglandINR 1.5 croresDD
Chris LynnAustraliaINR 9.6 croresKKR
Manish PandeyIndiaINR 11 croresSRH
Chris WoakesEnglandINR 7.4 croresRCB
Carlos BrathwaiteWindiesINR 2 croresSRH
Shane WatsonAustraliaINR 4 croresCSK
Kedar JadhavIndiaINR 7.8 croresCSK
Colin de GrandhommeNew ZealandINR 2.2 croresRCB
Yusuf PathanIndiaINR 1.9 croresSRH
Colin MunroNew ZealandINR 1.9 croresDD
Stuart BinnyIndiaINR 50 LakhsRR
Marcus StoinisAustraliaINR 6.2 croresKXIP
Moeen AliEnglandINR 1.7 croresRCB
Parthiv PatelIndiaINR 1.7 croresRCB
Quinton de KockSouth AfricaINR 2.8 croresRCB
Wriddhiman SahaIndiaINR 5 croresSRH
Dinesh KarthikIndiaINR 7.4 croresKKR
Naman OjhaIndiaINR 1.4 croresDD
Robin UthappaIndiaINR 6.4 croresKKR
Sanju SamsonIndiaINR 8 croresRR
Ambati RayuduIndiaINR 2.2 croresCSK
Sam BillingsEnglandINR 1 croreCSK
Jos ButtlerEnglandINR 4.4 croresRR
Mustafizur RahmanBangladeshINR 2.2 croresMI
Mitchell JohnsonAustraliaINR 2 croresKKR
Pat CumminsAustraliaINR 5.4 croresMI
Umesh YadavIndiaINR 4.2 croresRCB
Tim SoutheeNew ZealandRCB
Mohammed ShamiIndiaINR 3 croresDD
Kagiso RabadaSouth AfricaINR 4.2 croresDD
Piyush ChawlaIndiaINR 4.2 croresKKR
Imran TahirSouth AfricaINR 1 croreCSK
Karn SharmaIndiaINR 5 croresCSK
Rashid KhanAfghanistanINR 9 croresSRH
Amit MishraIndiaINR 4 croresDD
Yuzvendra ChahalIndiaINR 6 croresRCB
Kuldeep YadavIndiaINR 5.8 croresKKR
Surya Kumar YadavIndiaINR 3.2 croresMI
Shubman GillIndiaINR 1.8 croresKKR
Ishank JaggiIndiaINR 20 LakhsKKR
Ricky BhuiIndiaINR 20 LakhsSRH
Mayank AgarwalIndiaINR 1 croreKXIP
Rahul TripathiIndiaINR 3.4 croresRR
Manan VohraIndiaINR 1.1 croresRCB
Siddhesh LadIndiaINR 20 LakhsMI
Prithvi ShawIndiaINR 1.2 croresDD
Rahul TewatiaIndiaINR 3 croresDD
Deepak HoodaIndiaINR 3.6 croresSRH
Vijay ShankarIndiaINR 3.2 croresDD
Harshal PatelIndiaINR 20 LakhsDD
Kamlesh NagarkotiIndiaINR 3.2 croresKKR
Krunal PandyaIndiaINR 8.8 croresMI
Nitish RanaIndiaINR 3.4 croresKKR
Darcy ShortAustraliaINR 4 croresRR
Jofra ArcherWindiesINR 7.2 croresRR
Ishan KishanIndiaINR 6.2 croresMI
Aditya TareIndiaINR 20 LakhsMI
Prashant ChopraIndiaINR 20 LakhsRR
Kulwant KhejroliyaIndiaINR 85 LakhsRCB
Siddharth KaulIndiaINR 3.8 croresSRH
T NatarajanIndiaINR 40 LakhsSRH
Basil ThampiIndiaINR 95 LakhsSRH
Aniket ChoudharyIndiaINR 30 LakhsRCB
Syed Khaleel AhmedIndiaINR 3 croresSRH
Navdeep SainiIndiaINR 3 croresRCB
Avesh KhanIndiaINR 70 LakhsDD
Ankit Singh RajpootIndiaINR 3 croresKXIP
Rahul ChaharIndiaINR 1.9 croresMI
Shahbaz NadeemIndiaINR 3.2 croresDD
Krishappa GowthamIndiaINR 6.2 croresRR
Murugan AshwinIndiaINR 2.2 croresRCB
Evin LewisWindiesINR 3.8 croresMI
Saurabh TiwaryIndiaINR 80 LakhsMI
Mandeep SinghIndiaINR 1.4 croresRCB
Manoj TiwaryIndiaINR 1 croreKXIP
Washington SundarIndiaINR 3.2 croresRCB
Pawan NegiIndiaINR 1 croreRCB
Daniel ChristianAustraliaINR 1.5 croresDD
Jayant YadavIndiaINR 50 LakhsDD
Gurkeerat SinghIndiaINR 75 LakhsDD
Ben CuttingAustraliaINR 2.2 croresMI
Mohammad NabiAfghanistanINR 1 croreSRH
Dhawal KulkarniIndiaINR 75 LakhsRR
Mohit SharmaIndiaINR 2.4 croresKXIP
Sandeep SharmaIndiaINR 3 croresSRH
Vinay KumarIndiaINR 1 croreKKR
Mohammed SirajIndiaINR 2.6 croresRCB
Nathan Coulter-NileAustraliaINR 2.2 croresRCB
Jaydev UnadkatIndiaINR 11.5 croresRR
Trent BoultNew ZealandINR 2.2 croresDD
Shardul ThakurIndiaINR 2.6 croresCSK
Mujeeb ZadranAfghanistanINR 4 croresKXIP
Apoorv WankhedeIndiaINR 20 LakhsKKR
Rinku SinghIndiaINR 80 LakhsKKR
Sachin BabyIndiaINR 20 LakhsSRH
Manjot KalraIndiaINR 20 LakhsDD
Ankit SharmaIndiaINR 20 LakhsRR
Shivam MaviIndiaINR 3 croresKKR
Abhishek SharmaIndiaINR 55 LakhsDD
Bipul SharmaIndiaINR 20 LakhsSRH
Sayan GhoshIndiaINR 20 LakhsDD
Pradeep SangwanIndiaINR 1.5 croresMI
Anureet SinghIndiaINR 30 LakhsRR
Jagadeesan NarayanIndiaINR 20 LakhsCSK
Mayank MarkandeIndiaINR 20 LakhsMI
Zahir Khan PakteenAfghanistanINR 60 LakhsRR
JP DuminySouth AfricaINR 1 croreMI
Chris JordanEnglandINR 1 croreSRH
Mitchell SantnerNew ZealandINR 50 LakhsCSK
Jason BehrendorffAustraliaINR 1.5 croresMI
Ben LaughlinAustraliaINR 50 LakhsRR
Barinder SranIndiaINR 2.2 croresKXIP
Billy StanlakeAustraliaINR 50 LakhsSRH
Andrew TyeAustraliaINR 7.2 croreKXIP
Tanmay AgarwalIndiaINR 20 LakhsSRH
Deepak ChaharIndiaINR 80 LakhsCSK
Cameron DelportSouth AfricaINR 30 LakhsKKR
Tajinder DhillonIndiaINR 55 LakhsMI
Shreyas GopalIndiaINR 20 LakhsRR
Akshdeep NathIndiaINR 1 croreKXIP
Shreevats GoswamiIndiaINR 1 croreSRH
Ben DwarshuisAustraliaINR 1.4 croresKXIP
Asif KIndiaINR 40 LakhsCSK
Sandeep LamichhaneNepalINR 20 LakhsDD
Lungisani NgidiSouth AfricaINR 50 LakhsCSK
Sharad LumbaIndiaINR 20 LakhsMI
Mayank DagarIndiaINR 20 LakhsKXIP
Anukul RoyIndiaINR 20 LakhsMI
Kanishk SethIndiaINR 20 LakhsCSK
Dhruv ShoreyIndiaINR 20 LakhsCSK
Mark WoodEnglandINR 1.5 croresCSK
Dushmanta ChameeraSri LankaINR 50 LakhsRR
Mehdi HasanBangladeshINR 20 LakhsSRH
Kshitiz SharmaIndiaINR 20 LakhsCSK
Monu SinghIndiaINR 20 LakhsCSK
Anirudha JoshiIndiaINR 20 LakhsRCB
Midhun SIndiaINR 20 LakhsRR
Aryaman Vikam BirlaIndiaINR 30 LakhsRR
Akila DananjayaSri LankaINR 50 LakhsMI
Pardeep SahuIndiaINR 20 LakhsKXIP
Mahipal LomrorIndiaINR 20 LakhsRR
Mohsin KhanIndiaINR 20 LakhsMI
Nidheesh MIndiaINR 20 LakhsMI
Chaitanya BishnoiIndiaINR 20 LakhsCSK
Jatin SaxenaIndiaINR 20 LakhsRR
Pavan DeshpandeIndiaINR 20 LakhsRCB
Manzoor DarIndiaINR 20 LakhsKXIP
Javon SearlessWindiesINR 30 LakhsKKR


Here is the list of players unsold in the IPL Auction 2018

PlayerCountryBase Price
Joe RootEnglandINR 1.5 crores
Hashim AmlaSouth AfricaINR 1.5 crores
Martin GuptillNew ZealandINR 75 Lakhs
James FaulknerAustraliaINR 2 crores
Jonny BairstowEnglandINR 1.5 crores
Josh HazlewoodAustraliaINR 2 crores
Ishant SharmaIndiaINR 75 Lakhs
Mitchell McClenaghanNew ZealandINR 1 crore
Lasith MalingaSri LankaINR 1 crore
Ish SodhiNew ZealandINR 50 Lakhs
Samuel BadreeWindiesINR 1 crore
Adam ZampaAustraliaINR 1 crore
Himanshu RanaIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Shivam SubeIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Jitesh SharmaIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Nikhil NaikIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Ben McDermottAustraliaINR 30 Lakhs
Ankush BainsIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Vishnu VinodIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Sheldon JacksonIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Abhishek SharmaIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Rajneesh GurbaniIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
KC CariappaIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Sai KishoreIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Tejas BarokaIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Jagadeesha SuchithIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Iqbal AbdullahIndiaINR 30 Lakhs
Shivil KaushikIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Alex HalesEnglandINR 1 crore
Eoin MorganEnglandINR 2 crores
Shaun MarshAustraliaINR 1.5 crores
Lendl SimmonsWindiesINR 1.5 crores
Travis HeadAustraliaINR 1.5 crores
Colin IngramSouth AfricaINR 2 crores
Corey AndersonNew ZealandINR 2 crores
Moises HenriquesAustraliaINR 1.5 crores
Rishi DhawanIndiaINR 50 Lakhs
Dale SteynSouth AfricaINR 1 crore
Nathan LyonAustraliaINR 1.5 crores
Fawad AhmedAustraliaINR 50 Lakhs
Pragyan OjhaIndiaINR 50 Lakhs
Tabraiz ShamsiSouth AfricaINR 50 Lakhs
Anmolpreet SinghIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Pravin DubeyIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Swapnil SinghIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Ishwar PandeyIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Nathu SinghIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Johnson CharlesWindiesINR 75 Lakhs
Niroshan DickwellaSri LankaINR 50 Lakhs
Nicholas PooranWindiesINR 50 Lakhs
Kedar DevdharIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
CM GautamIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Mihir HirwaniIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Aiden MarkramSouth AfricaINR 50 Lakhs
Ashton AgarAustraliaINR 50 Lakhs
Hilton CartwrightAustraliaINR 50 Lakhs
John HastingsAustraliaINR 50 Lakhs
Rovman PowellWindiesINR 50 Lakhs
David WilleyEnglandINR 2 crores
Tom LathamNew ZealandINR 50 Lakhs
Kusal PereraSri LankaINR 50 Lakhs
Luke RonchiNew ZealandINR 75 Lakhs
Varun AaronIndiaINR 50 Lakhs
Sreenath ArvindIndiaINR 50 Lakhs
Lockie FergusonNew ZealandINR 75 Lakhs
Tymal MillsEnglandINR 1 crore
Adam MilneNew ZealandINR 75 Lakhs
Harpreet BhatiaIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Unmukt ChandIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Amandeep KhareIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Virat SinghIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Baba AparajithIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Atit ShethIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Shashank SinghIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Smit PatelIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Mahesh RawatIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Ishan PorelIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Vikas TokasIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Abhishek SakujaIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Andre FletcherWindiesINR 50 Lakhs
Jason HolderWindiesINR 1.5 crores
Thisara PereraSri LankaINR 50 Lakhs
JJ SmutsSouth AfricaINR 50 Lakhs
Sheldon CotrellWindiesINR 50 Lakhs
Marchant De LangeSouth AfricaINR 75 Lakhs
Matt HenryNew ZealandINR 50 Lakhs
Abhimanyu MithunIndiaINR 50 Lakhs
Morne MorkelSouth AfricaINR 75 Lakhs
Joel ParisAustraliaINR 50 Lakhs
Jhye RichardsonAustraliaINR 50 Lakhs
Vivek SinghIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Lalit YadavIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Amit MishraIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Athisayaraj VIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Andile PhehlukwayoSouth AfricaINR 50 Lakhs
Dane PatersonSouth AfricaINR 50 Lakhs
Kesrick WillaimsWindiesINR 50 Lakhs
Chirag GandhiIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Riyan ParagIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Himmat SinghIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
David WieseSouth AfricaINR 50 Lakhs
Kyle AbbottSouth AfricaINR 1.5 crores
Pratyush SinghIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Thomas HelmEnglandINR 40 Lakhs
Aaron SummersAustraliaINR 20 Lakhs
Ben WheelerNew ZealandINR 50 Lakhs
Rajat BhatiaIndiaINR 40 Lakhs
Michael NeserAustraliaINR 40 Lakhs
Jack WildermuthAustraliaINR 20 Lakhs
Fabid AhmedIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Akhil HerwadkarIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Salman NizarIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Sagar TrivediIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Antony DhasIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Shubham RanjaneIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Utkarsh SinghIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Yuvraj ChudasamaIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
R SamarthIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Eklavya DwivediIndiaINR 40 Lakhs
Harvik DesaiIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Sadiq KirmaiIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Akash BhandariIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Gulbadin NaibAfghanistanINR 50 Lakhs
Najibullah ZadranAfghanistanINR 20 Lakhs
Ashoke DindaIndiaINR 50 Lakhs
Umar Nazir MirIndiaINR 20 Lakhs
Indrajith BabaIndiaINR 20 Lakhs


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