IPL Auctions: Stokes, Starc get huge bids, Gayle goes unsold

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After some intense bidding war, Ashwin was sold to the Kings XI Punjab at 7.6 crores.

Stokes, who was named the most valuable player a year ago following a £1.7m contract with Rising Pune Supergiant, has joined Rajasthan Royals.

K.L. Rahul and Manish Pandey earned ₹11 crore each, while the Australian trio of Chris Lynn, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell all attracted bids of at least ₹9 crore.

Preity, however, wasn't very disappointed as she managed to get some of the best Indian cricketers in Yuvraj Singh (2 crore INR) and KL Rahul (11 crore INR). For the rest, they had the option to use the RTM cards for a maximum of 3 players based on the retention - and it was something which surely bemused Kings XI Punjab owner Preity Zinta for a while.

Sunrisers Hyderabad had to use its Right To Match (RTM) card in retaining Shikhar Dhawan for almost $312,500 after Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians and Rajashtan Royals also showed interest in the hard-hitting India opener. Previous year with Kings XI Punjab, he was purchased for Rs 5 crore by 2016 IPL champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, who had let go of Naman Ojha.

Sanju Samson was bought for Rajasthan Royals for a whopping Rs 8 crore. He had represented Sunrisers Hyderabad last season, scoring 252 runs from 12 league matches.

Elsewhere, all-rounder Chris Woakes (£821,500) and Moeen Ali (£188,700) were obtained by Royal Challengers Bangalore while white-ball opener Jason Roy was obtained by Delhi Daredevils for £166,500.

England opener Jason Roy joined the Delhi Daredevils for his £166,630 base price, while Moeen Ali will join Woakes in Bangalore after selling for nearly £190,000.

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Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan started at a base price of Rs 1 crore and went for double that amount to Hyderabad after a short tussle with Rajasthan and Kolkata.

While KKR made a decision to let go Gautam Gambhir at Rs 2.80 crore (USD 440,000) to Delhi Daredevils, they used their RTM to buy back Chris Lynn for Rs 9.60 crore (USD 1.51 million). Interestingly, Chris Gayle remained unsold at the auction. Veteran spinner of Mumbai Indian Harbhajan Singh sold to Chennai Super King.

Dinesh Karthik also got a good price. West Indies heavyweight Christopher Gayle surprisingly went without a bid in the first round of the auction.

None of the eight players CSK bought on the day were below 30 years old.

The first round of the auction featured marquee players from India and overseas.

The first player to be auctioned was Shikhar Dhawan at a base price of Rs 2 crore. They were keen to get Ashwin in the auctions but this comes as a surprise.

There were multiple bids from Kings XI Punjab, Chennai Super Kings but Steve Smith, Stokes' captain at the Pune franchise, wanted him desperately and thus his owners respected his wish. Kings XI Punjab took some risky bets.

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