The 2018 IPL auction is a life changing moment for many a cricketer as IPL franchises end up paying millions to secure both international and domestic cricketers for their teams. The 2018 IPL auction took place on Jan 27th and 28th and there were quite a number of surprises in store for both the players and the fans.
Lasith Malinga And Shaun Marsh Shunned
Chris Gayle – the Universe Boss did not get picked up until the second day when Kings XI Punjab put in a late big. Lasith Malinga and Shaun Marsh also did not receive any bids on even though they have played a major role in the IPL over the years. Malinga once considered the best death bowler in the world but has witnessed a huge form slump and has been dropped from the Sri Lankan national team.
Marsh has been in great form during Australia’s domestic season but the IPL franchises showed no interest. Gayle had a high base price and it appears at first that none of the franchises were willing to take a chance on the Universe Boss whose form has run hot and cold in recent times. Kings XI Punjab put in a late bid to keep the Universe Boss’s IPL hopes alive.
Some of the other international players who went unsold include Joe Root, Thisara Perera, Luke Ronchi, Dale Steyn, J Hazelwood and Martin Guptill.
Indian Fringe Players Become Millionaires
The top T20 international players were in high demand and a number of them ended up being bought for millions. Ben Stokes once again had a box office day ($1.95M) along with the likes of Chris Lynn ($1.8M), M Starc ($1.8M), A Finch ($1.2M) Rashid Khan ($1.4M) and Andrew Tye ($1M).
India’s top players also had big pay days as the likes of R Ashwin ($1.18M), KL Rahul ($1.7M) and M Pandey ($1.7M) all went for over a million. IPL franchises were also willing to pay huge sums of money for domestic players who are expected to be game changers in the 2018 IPL edition.
K Pandya, the brother of Hardik Pandya was retained by the Mumbai Indians for ($1.3M), K Gowtham who bowls off-spin for Karnataka was bought for just under a million by Royal Challengers Bangalore and J Unadkat who has played a few matches for India went for ($1.8M) to the Rajasthan Royals.