Stokes, Rahul, Pandey break 10 Crore barrier; Starc, Lynn fetch 9-plus

Kings XI Punjab
KXIP regularly bid for top players but lost as many as five players to RTM – Dwayne Bravo (6.4 Crore to CSK), Faf du Plessis (1.6 Crore to CSK), Ajinkya Rahane (4 Crore to RR), Dhawan (5.2 Crore to SRH) and Rashid Khan (9 Crore to SRH). They, however, used the RTM option themselves to get back David Miller for 3 Crore and Marcus Stoinis for 6.2 Crore.
The Priety Zinta-owned franchise also beefed up their Indian contigent with some star players for big bucks. R Ashwin set the tone early by going for 7.6 Crore, while KL Rahul bagged a massive 11 Crore deal. They also got his Karnataka teammate Karun Nair for 5.6 Crore.
KXIP also bid aggressively for Mitchell Starc, who went to KKR for 9.4 Crore, for Ben Stokes, who ended up in RR for 12.5 Crore – the highest bid so far, and Manish Pandey. They added another international star in their ranks by getting Aaron Finch for 6.2 Crore.
In the uncapped category, they spent 1 Crore to get another Karnataka player in Mayank Agarwal.

Squad so far: Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, KL Rahul, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal

Chennai Super Kings
Apart from KXIP, CSK too made early moves into the auction by getting back du Plessis and Bravo and thereby exhausting their RTMs. They added seasoned offspinner Harbhajan Singh for his base price of 2 Crore to their list.
When the allrounders list propped up, CSK became a lot more active. They added Australian allrounder Shane Watson for 4 Crore, while also getting Kedar Jadhav for 7.8 Crore. Another 30-plus player was snapped up in the form of Ambati Rayudu for 2.2 Crore.
CSK were quite keen on adding a few wrist spin options in the team despite already getting Harbhajan and Jadeja. They brought in South African leg spinner Imran Tahir and Karn Sharma for 1 Crore and 5 Crore respectively.

Squad so far: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan Singh, Dwayne Bravo, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma

Delhi Daredevils
Delhi Daredevils were the other big movers in the auction, getting back Gautam Gambhir for 2.8 Crore, and breaking their bank for Australian big hitter Glenn Maxwell for 9 Crore. They also added Jason Roy and Colin Munro throwaway prices of 1.5 and 1.9 Crore respectively. DD kicked off their fast bowling acquisitions by using the RTM to get back both Mohammed Shami and Kagiso Rabada for 3 Crore and 4.2 Crore respectively. Amit Mishra was another ex-player back in the side, with DD spending 4 crore on the legspinner. They added the highly promising Indian opener Prithvi Shaw for 1.2 Crore.

Squad so far: Chris Morris, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir, JAson Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Kagiso Rabada, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw

Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR, meanwhile, went big to get two star Australians in their ranks by buying Starc and Lynn. They now have four big foreigners in Starc, Lynn, Narine and Russell in their ranks. Their first Indian acquisition came in the form of a ‘keeper, with Dinesh Karthik joining them for 7.4 Crore. They also used the RTM option to get back another ‘keeper in Robin Uthappa for 6.4 Crore. Their second and third RTM options were used in bringing back Piyush Chawla for 4.2 Crore, and Kuldeep Yadav for 5.8 Crore. Shubman Gill, India U19’s star, also landed in KKR for 1.8 Crore.

Squad so far: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Mitchell Starc, Chris Lynn, Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawala, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi

Sunrisers Hyderabad
Apart from buying Pandey for 11 Crore, they used RTM to get back Dhawan for 5.2 Crore, while also getting Shakib al Hasan (2 Crore) and Kane Williamson (3 Crore) to add steel to the middle order. Wriddhiman Saha also was drafted into the side, with a 5 Crore bid. They also added West Indies allrounder Carlos Brathwaite for 2 Crore. They used the RTM option to bring in Afghanistan spin sensation Rashid Khan for 9 Crore.

Squad so far: David Warner, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shakib Al Hasan, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Having got Brendon McCullum for 3.6 Crore, they went in for two more capped allrounders. They spent 7.4 Crore to get England’s Chris Woakes, and 75 Lakh for Colin de Grandhomme. Already with a batting line-up that’ll make bowlers tremble, RCB added South Africa’s Quinton de Kock to their squad for 2.8 Crore. In the bowlers department, Umesh Yadav was RCB’s first buy, going for 4.2 Crore. Later on, RCB retained their most successful bowler, Yuzvendra Chahal, via RTM for 6 Crore, and then got uncapped top-order batsman Manan Vohra for 1.1 Crore.

Squad so far: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfraz Khan, Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Quinton de Kock, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Manan Vohra

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai opted to retain Kieron Pollard for 5.4 Crore. Pollard joins former teammates, Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, who were all retained, in the defending champions’ line-up. They added two more pacers to the team, with the acquisitions of Mustafizur Rahman (2.2 Crore) and Pat Cummins (5.4 Crore). Just before the break, MI got in local boy Suryakumar Yadav for 3.2 Crore.

Squad so far: Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Pat Cummins, Suryakumar Yadav

Rajasthan Royals
RR, apart from getting Stokes, added Ajinkya Rahane via RTM for 4 Crore. They spent big in getting a quality wicketkeeper, with Sanju Samson getting a 8 Crore bid and added another ‘keeper in Jos Buttler for 4.4 Crore. They also brought back allrounder Stuart Binny for his base price of 50 Lakh. They, however, spent 3.4 Crore to get uncapped Rahul Tripathi into their squad.

Squad so far: Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi

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