The two-day VIVO IPL 2018 Player Auction ended in Bengaluru with 169 players filling up the 182 available slots. Right from its start, the league has been a destination where talent meets opportunity and it was once again evident as out of 113 Indian cricketers that were bought, 71 are uncapped, and will get a chance to unleash their potential in the upcoming edition.
Last season, Afghanistan players made their debut and this time, the VIVO IPL has a new addition with Sandeep Lamichhane becoming the first cricketer from Nepal to join the World’s best T20 league.
With 56 overseas players, the 11th season will see representations from nine different countries.
While England all-rounder Ben Stokes set the tone for the auction with a massive winning bid of ₹12.5 crore on Day 1, Mujeeb Zadran, the 16-year-old Afghan boy attracted attention on Day 2 as not only did he become the youngest-ever cricketer to enter IPL Auction, but fetched a massive bid of ₹4 crore.
The India U19 cricketers who took part in the ICC World Cup in New Zealand were hot picks as franchises invested in the youth. Fast bowlers Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi were lapped up by KKR and both received bids in excess of ₹3 crore.
Openers Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill were picked by Delhi Daredevils and duo fetched in excess of ₹1 crore.
Key figures from the VIVO IPL 2018 Auction
· Total players sold – 169
· Total Indian players – 113
· Total overseas players 56
· Top overseas buy – Benjamin Stokes(England) goes to(Rajasthan Royals) – ₹12.5 cr
· Top Indian buy – Jaydev Unadkat goes to (Rajasthan Royals) – ₹11.5 cr
· Top uncapped Indian buy – Krunal Pandya – ₹8.80 cr
·RTM cards used – 19
The country-wise breakup of players to take part in the upcoming season is as below
The Team-wise payers picked, and purse spent is as shown below:
|Teams||Players||Purse spent (₹)|
|Chennai Super Kings||25||73.5 cr|
|Delhi Daredevils||25||78.4 cr|
|Kings XI Punjab||21||79.90 cr|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||19||80 cr|
|Mumbai Indians||25||79.35 cr|
|Rajasthan Royals||23||78.35 cr|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||24||79.85 cr|
|Sunrisers Hyderabad||25||79.35 cr|