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IPL 2018 Auction: Jaydev Unadkat costliest Indian cricketer buy at Rs 11.5 crore

12:35 AM May 30, 2019 | Free Press Journal Correspondant

Bengaluru: Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat is the costliest Indian buy in IPL. He fetched a mind boggling Rs 11.5 crore from the usually stingy Rajasthan Royals. Unadkat’s price skyrocketed from a base price of Rs 1.5 crore following frantic bidding between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab. Rajasthan Royals, however, had the last laugh — they made a quiet entry towards the end to win the bid.

Unadkat was sought after because of his specialist T20 skills and the fact that he took 24 wickets at 13.41 for Rising Pune Supergiant last season. He was also the man of the series in India’s previous T20 series against Sri Lanka. Royals had also notched the auction’s most expensive buy on Saturday, picking up England all-rounder Ben Stokes for Rs 12.5 crore.

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Much to the relief of Chris Gayle fans, the West Indian opener finally found a buyer towards the end of the day when KXIP bought him for Rs 2 crore base price. Gayle was brought into the auction pool for the third time after going unsold twice. Kings XI Punjab also pocketed Australia pacer Andrew Tye for Rs 7.2 crore on the final day of the IPL auction here.

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While Unadkat and Tye were counting the moolah, 17-year-old Sandeep Lamichhane made history by becoming the first cricketer from Nepal to be bought in the auction with Delhi Daredevils picking him up for his base price of Rs 20 lakh.

Lamichanne had first hogged the limelight by becoming the second-highest wicket-taker during the 2016 U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh with 14 scalps in six innings at an average of 17 and his effort included a hat-trick. Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Zadran, barely 16 years, was richer by Rs 4 crore when KXIP made the winning bid for the teen sensation.

That led to former Australia captain Michael Clarke inviting the leg-spinner to play for his team Western Suburbs in the NSW Premier Cricket season in Australia. His teammate in New Zealand, Zahir Khan, went to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 60 lakh.

KXIP and RR went into the auction with the biggest purse having retained only one player. RR continued spending big on day two and KXIP too was not far behind. However, by the end of the day, KKR left both of them behind by using their entire purse of Rs 80 crore despite buying the fewest players, 19.

Barring CSK, who still have Rs 6.5 crore to work with, all teams have almost utilised their purse. The Royals, known for their wise spending, began day two with a bang splurging some more to snatch Karnataka off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham for Rs 6.2 crore. Their other costly purchase was offie Gowtham, who was sold for 31 times his base price of Rs 20 lakh.

Teams continued with their strategy of going after the Indian players. Former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson was brought back into the pool for the second time and was picked up by KKR for Rs 2 crore. However, there were no takers for big international names such as South Africa’s Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, England’s Eoin Morgan, New Zealand’s Corey Anderson and Martin Guptill, and Australian Shaun Marsh.

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