After a jam-packed day of IPL action, all the franchises will now take a deep breath and plan for the second day tomorrow.
The 2018 IPL auction lived up to it’s hype, as the all eight franchises battled in the auction room to settle on their squad for the upcoming seasons.
Shikhar Dhawan was the first name that came out of the bag, as the India opener was eventually bought by KXIP, before the Sunrisers Hyderabad exercised their RTM card for the left hander.
The opening rounds of the auction was bought by Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab. The Royals had a terrific start to the IPL as they brought in Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane and Joss Butler in addition to their captain Steve Smith.
KXIP also had a great auction, as they brought in Yuvraj Singh, Ravi Ashwin, Aaron Finch and David Miller to their side.
RCB and KKR started sluggishly, as two of the most popular IPL franchises did not spend much money for the players.
RCB splashed out the cash for Brendon McCullum and Quinton de Kock while KKR spent heavily on Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik.
CSK bought many spinners, most notably Imran Tahir for his base price of Rs 1 crore.
Here we look at the winners and losers from today’s IPL auction!
After years of under performing in the IPL, Delhi Daredevils have put together a wonderful squad that could certainly challenge for the title this time around.
Their biggest buy was of Glenn Maxwell for Rs 9 crores as Delhi spent big on the Aussie all-rounder. Their most important buy though was that of Gautam Gambhir, as Delhi got themselves one of the best captains in IPL history.
With Roy, Iyer, Pant and Shaw in the side, Delhi are assembling a side for both the present and the future. The likes of Rabada and Shami will take care of the pace bowling department, as Delhi have already formed a good side.
Rishabh Pant (retained 15 crore), Chris Morris (retained 11 c), Shreyas Iyer (retained 7 c), Glenn Maxwell (9 c), Gautam Gambhir (2.8 c), Jason Roy (1.5 c), Colin Munro (1.9 c), Mohammed Shami (3 c), Kagiso Rabada (4.2 c), Amit Mishra (4 c), Prithvi Shaw (1.2), Rahul Tewatia (3 c), Vijay Shankar (3.2 c), Harshal Patel (20 Lakh), Avesh Khan (70 Lakh)
The SRH franchise has always been astute in the IPL auctions, as they usually get great deals for under the radar players.
They spent heavily on Pandey and got Dhawan and Shakib for cheap deals. Saha was also a good buy at Rs 5 crores, as was Deepak Hooda and Yusuf Pathan.
The spinning sensation Rashid Khan also came for just Rs 9 crores, as they managed to retain his services.
David Warner (retained 12.5 c), Bhuvneshwar Kumar (retained 8.5 c), Shikhar Dhawan (5.2 c), Shakib Al Hasan (2 c), Kane Williamson (3 c), Manish Pandey (11 c), Carlos Brathwaite (2 c), Yusuf Pathan (1.9 c), Wriddhiman Saha (5 c), Rashid Khan (9 c), Ricky Bhui (20 Lakh), Deepak Hooda (3.6 c), Siddarth Kaul (3.8 c), T Natarajan (40 Lakh), Basil Thampi (95 Lakh), Khaleel Ahmed (3 c)
Chennai Super Kings
The returning Super Kings have infuriated their fans, as CSK bought quite a few players over the age of 30.
They added eight players, in addition to the three that they retained, with all them over 30, with Ravindra Jadeja being one of the youngest at 29 years of age.
They packed their side with all-rounders in Bravo, Watson and Jadhav. Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir are also good buys in addition to the previously retained Jadeja.
CSK will need to work hard tomorrow, as they need to get some young legs into their squad before the IPL season.
MS Dhoni (retained 15 crore), Suresh Raina (retained, 11 c), Ravindra Jadeja (retained 7 c), Faf du Plessis (1.5 c), Harbhajan Singh (2 c), Dwayne Bravo (6.4 c), Shane Watson (4 c), Kedar Jadhav (7.8 c), Ambati Rayudu (2.2 c), Imran Tahir (1 c), Karn Sharma (5 c)
The reigning champions came away a little disappointed from today’s auction, as they spent quite heavily on a few players.
They invested well in their bowlers, with Mustafizur Rahman and Pat Cummins coming in to support the previously retained Jasprit Bumrah.
MI spent Rs 8.8 crores on Krunal Pandya, as they reunited the Pandya brothers at Mumbai. But their batting looks a little weak, with only Rohit Sharma being someone with pedigree in their side for now.
Rohit Sharma (retained 15 crore), Hardik Pandya (retained 11 c), Jasprit Bumrah (retained 7 c), Kieron Pollard (5.4 c), Mustafizur Rahman (2.2 c), Pat Cummins (5.4 c), Suryakumar Yadav (3.2 c), Krunal Pandya (8.8 c), Ishan Kishan (6.2 c)