The biggest pay day in Cricket Calendar the IPL auction saw a similar type of players hit the jackpot. The big winner of the day was Tamil Nadu’s mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy bagging INR 8.4 crores from Kings XI Punjab. Jaydev Unadkat, was also one of the big signings, going for INR 8.4 by Rajasthan Royals. Among the overseas players, West Indian reigned with 6 out of 20 overseas player coming from the Islands.
Indian seamers had a field day. Ishant Sharma was bought by Delhi Capitals for INR 1.1, Dhoni’s trusted Lieutenant Mohit Sharma went to Chennai Super Kings for INR 5 crore, Mohammed Shami bagged INR 4.8 crore to Kings XI, Barinder Sran was signed by Mumbai Indians for INR 3.4 crore to Mumbai Indians and Varun Aaron was sold at INR 2.4 crore to Royals.
Overseas pacers were also favored as Lockie Ferguson (KKR), Oshane Thomas (Royals), Hardus Viljoen (Kings XI), Anrich Nortje (KKR), Harry Gurney (Kings XI), Lasith Malinga (Mumbai) hit gold. England’s baby faced all-rounder Sam Curran was the highest paid overseas player going to Kings XI Punjab for INR 7.2 crore.
Among the young stars, Seventeen-year old Prabhsimran Singh was picked up by Kings IX for INR 4.8, while 16 year old leg spinner Prayas Ray Barman was napped up for 1.5 crore by RCB. They also signed batting all-rounder Shivam Dube for INR 5 crore. Both come with big reputation. Another one big reputation signed by RCB was Shimron Hetmyer for INR 4.2 crore. Carlos Brathwaite was signed by the KRR for 5 crore, while Nicholas Pooran will join Kings XI.
Big names that missed out included Brendon McCullum, Hashim Amla, Morne Morkel and Cheteshwar Pujara.