The 2 day mega event has finally come to an end. And life has taken a complete turnaround for some of the lucky, as well as the unlucky ones. This year’s IPL Auction brought some serious strategies of the franchisees onto the auction table. The think tank of all the teams did a pretty decent job in building the best possible permutations and combinations. And thus, now, all the teams are set and raring to go. And for all the loyal fans out there, a majority of your favourite players would be seen in different colours this time around, owing to some bold moves and rejections by the team owners. The auction process was a pretty fluctuating one; dealing in 20 lakhs one moment and suddenly bidding Crores for the next player. The Marquee set of players had a pretty good outing. And a handful of the uncapped and U-19 stars too bagged handsome amounts. A lot of the new players have come into the fray too. However, the highest amount was attracted by Ben Stokes. The Englishman was bought by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping 12.5 Cr. Jaydev Unadkat was the most expensive Indian Player bought for 11.5 Cr. by the same franchisee. KL Rahul and Manish Pandey too were scalped for 11 Cr. each by KXIP and SRH respectively. One of the biggest bargains were players like Faf Du Plessis (CSK), Colin Munro (DD) etc who were bought under 2 Cr. The fact that these 2 batsmen are one of the most dangerous players in the International Circuit adds immensely to their value. BBL sensations D’Arcy Short and Jofra Archer found themselves lucky to be picked up by Rajasthan Royals. These two players have been in the limelight and have been instrumental in taking Hobart Hurricanes to the finals of BBL. MI star Krunal Pandya became the costliest ever uncapped Indian Player in IPL history by surpassing Pawan Negi. The young guns like Prithvi Shaw, Shubham Gill and Kamlesh Nagarkoti got a much needed boost and were rewarded for their splendid performances in the ongoing U-19 World Cup. Chris Gayle got third time lucky as he was finally bought by KXIP for his base price after being unsold for the first two times. Now, finally, all the teams have all their bases covered and seem pretty balanced on paper. The wait for this edition of IPL intensifies as it would be filled with a mix of emotions and passion for all the die hard IPL fans out there. 2018 promises to be a real treat for IPL lovers
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