The VIVO IPL Auction 2018 took place today in Bengaluru as the franchises stocked up on players for the new season. Here is how all the teams look at the end of day 1 of the auction.
The team that is back in the IPL went in for experience over youth, filling their team with many players who were aged thirty or more. They added eight players to the three they’d already retained, but each of them is 30-plus. Ravindra Jadeja (29) from the current squad is the oddity in the side.
But more importantly, CSK opted to put their trust in more allrounders than specialist players. The additions of Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav and Karn Sharma point to that logic. Their biggest buys of the day were Jadhav, who went for 7.8 crores, and Bravo, who came to them via RTM, for 6.4 crores.
Squad so far: MS Dhoni (retained 15 crore), Suresh Raina (retained, 11 c), Ravindra Jadeja (retained 7 c), Faf du Plessis (1.5 c), Harbhajan Singh (2 c), Dwayne Bravo (6.4 c), Shane Watson (4 c), Kedar Jadhav (7.8 c), Ambati Rayudu (2.2 c), Imran Tahir (1 c), Karn Sharma (5 c)
Purse remaining: 17 croresA�RTMs left: 0
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Often accused of being top heavy, RCB looked to have made a concerted effort to beef up their middle-order and lower-order options in order to finally break their trophy duck in the IPL. They had already retained the cream by keeping Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Sarfraz Khan.
They went on to further boost their batting prowess by snapping up Brendon McCullum and Quinton de Kock for relatively low prices of 3.6 crores and 2.8 crores respectively. They also moved smartly to get the services of Chris Woakes (their biggest buy of the day at 7.4 crores), Moeen Ali and Colin de Grandhomme, while the retention of Yuzvendra Chahal for 6 crores will be viewed as a massive move.
Squad so far: Virat Kohli (retained 17 c), AB de Villiers (retained 11 c), Sarfraz Khan (retained 3 c), Brendon McCullum (3.6 c), Chris Woakes (7.4 c), Colin de Grandhomme (2.2 c), Moeen Ali (1.7 c), Quinton de Kock (2.8 c), Umesh Yadav (4.2 c), Yuzvendra Chahal (6 c), Manan Vohra (1.1 c), Kulwant Kejroliya (85 Lakh), Aniket Choudhary (30 Lakh), Navdeep Saini (3 c)
Purse remaining: 15.9 croresA�RTM: 1 (Can be used for any category)
Delhi Daredevils snapped up as many as 12 players, with a good mixture of Indian and foreign recruits. Their biggest deal of the day was for Glenn Maxwell, for whom they shelled out 9 crores, but managed to get the likes of Colin Munro, Jason Roy, Kagiso Rabada, Mohammed Shami and Amit Mishra for a combined 14.6 crore.
The return of Gautam Gambhir, a player with extensive experience and champion pedigree, will be a welcome sight as well. They could still be looking at a top-class allrounder to slot in between the batsman and the bowlers and give the team the balance it needs.
Squad so far: Rishabh Pant (retained 15 crore), Chris Morris (retained 11 c), Shreyas Iyer (retained 7 c), Glenn Maxwell (9 c), Gautam Gambhir (2.8 c), Jason Roy (1.5 c), Colin Munro (1.9 c), Mohammed Shami (3 c), Kagiso Rabada (4.2 c), Amit Mishra (4 c), Prithvi Shaw (1.2), Rahul Tewatia (3 c), Vijay Shankar (3.2 c), Harshal Patel (20 Lakh), Avesh Khan (70 Lakh)
Purse remaining: 12.3 croresA�RTM: 0
Mumbai Indians were uncharecteristically quiet during the auction, but went in big for the players they wanted. They used the RTM options to get back Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard for 8.8 crores and 5.4 crores respectively, while also snapping up Pat Cummins (5.4 crores), Mustafizur Rahman (2.2 crores), Ishan Kishan (6.2 crores) and Suryakumar Yadav (3.2 crores).
They still have a lot of gaps to fill, especially in the batting department, and will hope to get in a good host of players before they run out of options.
Squad so far: Rohit Sharma (retained 15 crore), Hardik Pandya (retained 11 c), Jasprit Bumrah (retained 7 c), Kieron Pollard (5.4 c), Mustafizur Rahman (2.2 c), Pat Cummins (5.4 c), Suryakumar Yadav (3.2 c), Krunal Pandya (8.8 c), Ishan Kishan (6.2 c)
Purse remaining: 15.8 croresA�RTM: 0
KKR’s bidding process was a story of two halves. They went big at the start, pouring out in excess of 9 crores each for Australians Mitchell Starc and Chris Lynn. They continued to splurge when they snapped up Dinesh Karthik (7.4 crore) and Robin Uthappa (6.4 crore). With their core of big players set, KKR set sights on lesser players, and better deals. They got back their spin twins Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav, while adding youngsters Shubman Gill, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Nitish Rana for a combined 8.4 crore.
KKR will be pleased that they have managed to build a core with a host of great players, they will just need to find the right support cast.A�However, a major problem for them will be their purse remaining. They only have a little more than 7 crores left, and need to fill in at least six players to meet the minimum requirement.
Squad so far: Sunil Narine (retained 12.5 crore), Andre Russell (retained 8.5), Mitchell Starc (9.4 c), Chris Lynn (9.6 c), Dinesh Karthik (7.4 c), Robin Uthappa (6.4 c), Piyush Chawala (4.2 c), Kuldeep Yadav (5.8 c), Shubman Gill (1.8 c), Ishank Jaggi (20 Lakh), Kamlesh Nagarkotti (3.2 c), Nitish Rana (3.4 c)
Purse remaining: 7.6 croresA�RTM: 0
Rajasthan Royals started off with a bang. The acquisition of Ben Stokes for 12.5 crore (the highest so far in the auction) signalled their intentions early, and they furthered that by snapping up former player Ajinkya Rahane for 4 crore. Following that however, RR hit a lull, failing to get hold of any big names despite consistently bidding for them. They did, however, beat off the competition to get wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson for a whopping 8 crore and Jos Buttler for 4.4 crores. They made a strong statement end by purchasing two of the sought-after names in D’Arcy Short for 4 crores and pace sensation Jofra Archer for 7.2 crores.
Despite the array of impressive names on the team list, Rajasthan Royals managed to buy only eight players on the day. With 23.5 crore still in the bank, they will hope to make it up tomorrow. They are yet to sign a spinner for the side, and will want to get their hands on a quality option on day 2.
Squad so far: Steve Smith (retained 12.5 crore), Ben Stokes (12.5 c), Ajinkya Rahane (4 c), Stuart Binny (50 Lakh), Sanju Samson (8 c), Jos Buttler (4.4 c), Rahul Tripathi (3.4 c), D’Arcy Short (4 c), Jofra Archer (7.2 c)
Purse remaining: 23.5 croresA�RTM: 2 (Can be used for any caetgory)
Kings XI endured a mixed day at the auction. They picked up nine players on day 1, but the number could have been much more and the list more impressive. They lost as many as five players – Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Rashid Khan, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis – to other teams (via RTMs) despite making successful bids.
Despite that, they managed to bag some of the big names in Indian cricket, with R Ashwin (7.6 crore), Yuvraj Singh (2 crore), Karun Nair (5.6 crore) and KL Rahul (11 crore) moving to KXIP. They also used their RTM option to get back Marcus Stoinis and David Miller to add steel and experience to their middle order. The acquisition of Aaron Finch for 6.2 crore will also give them a experience and explosiveness at the top.
Squad so far: Axar Patel (retained 12.5 crore), R Ashwin (7.6 c), Yuvraj Singh (2 c), Karun Nair (5.6 c), KL Rahul (11 c), David Miller (3 c), Aaron Finch (6.2 c), Marcus Stoinis (6.2 c), Mayank Agarwal (1 c), Ankit Rajpoot (3 c)
Purse remaining: 21.9 crore sRTMs: 1 left (can be only capped Indian and uncapped players)
Just as it was previously, Sunrisers Hyderbad packed their team with fast bowlers, with the team boasting of as many as six pacers in the side already. Despite those many additions, it was the inclusion of the spinners that looked more impressive. They shelled out 9 crore to bring back the highly impressive Rashid Khan, while Shakib Al Hasan at just 2 crore was a massive bargain.
They broke the bank to get Manish Pandey, spending 11 crore for the middle-order batsman, while Saha cost them five crore. It looks almost as if SRH have a team to form already, with only a slight weak point visible in the lower middle order. A quality consistent allrounder could end up making the SRH team complete much before anyone else had the chance to fill their quota.
Squad so far: David Warner (retained 12.5 c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (retained 8.5 c), Shikhar Dhawan (5.2 c), Shakib Al Hasan (2 c), Kane Williamson (3 c), Manish Pandey (11 c), Carlos Brathwaite (2 c), Yusuf Pathan (1.9 c), Wriddhiman Saha (5 c), Rashid Khan (9 c), Ricky Bhui (20 Lakh), Deepak Hooda (3.6 c), Siddarth Kaul (3.8 c), T Natarajan (40 Lakh), Basil Thampi (95 Lakh), Khaleel Ahmed (3 c)
Purse remaining: 8 croresA�RTM: 0
Day 2 of the VIVO IPL Auction 2018 takes place tomorrow as more players go under the hammer and the franchises get their teams in order.