IPL 2019 Auction: 8 teams spend Rs 106.80 crore on 60 players

He had been bought for Rs 11.5 crore by RR earlier this year.

The auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League witnessed massive bidding wars as all the eight franchises were not afraid of shelling out money to buy their targetted players.

Yuvraj fans must have also heaved a sigh of relief when the 37-year-old was bought by Mumbai Indians for his base price of Rs 1 crore after going unsold initially. The auction witnessed a bidding war between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad for the T20 specialist. Indian Premier League 2019 will see new auctioneer Hugh Edmeades in place of Richard Madley as the list is out with a total pool of 346 cricketers set to undergo the hammer.

Besides the capped Indians, the West Indians too were in demand with Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite and Nicholas Pooran bagging hefty deals in the first round of bidding.

Another episode that caught a lot of eyeballs is Varun Chakravarthy's signing of INR 8.4 crore making him the joint-most expensive player in the 2019 IPL Auction so far.

Carlos Brathwaite will resume his Eden Gardens love affair, going to Kolkata Knight Riders as they beat out Kings XI, the franchise with the biggest purse at this auction, to buy him for INR 5 crores (approx Dollars 694,000).

Another discarded India pacer Mohit Sharma went for Rs 5 crore to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) while current pace spearheads Mohammed Shami's services were purchased for Rs 4.80 crore by Kings XI Punjab.

Sam Curran, the 20-year old England allrounder who was Man of the Series in the Tests against India earlier this year, emerged as the costliest of the overseas players.

Patel, who made his name at KXIP, was bought by Delhi Capitals after a bidding battle with the Punjab franchise. "I swear I was expecting only to be taken at the base price", Varun said, post the auction.

Shami, who turned up for Delhi last season, was sold to KXIP while Mohit went back to Chennai Super Kings after a stint with KXIP.

India legend and three-time IPL victor MS Dhoni will again line up for defending champions Chennai Super Kings, while West Indies' Chris Gayle remains part of the Kings XI squad. Tamil Nadu's Varun Chakravarthy Vinod went from a base price of Rs 20 lakh to a whopping Rs 8.4 crore, snapped up by Kings XI Punjab in the auction in Jaipur on Tuesday. Delhi Capitals paid Rs 2 crore and Rs 50 for Rutherford and Keemo Paul while Royals bought Thomas for Rs 1.1 crore.

The high-profile unsold players were Cheteshwar Pujara, Brendon McCullum, Shaun Marsh, Chris Woakes and Dale Steyn.