The first day of the IPL auction saw some major heartbreak and, surprisingly, an overtly defensive approach from the Chennai Super Kings franchise. However, some franchises managed to steal some biggest names with surprisingly lesser amounts and they are featuring on this list.
When KKR didn’t retain their all-time leading run-getter and the man who helped them win the championship two times, it was expected that Gautam Gambhir will go for a big money at the auction and a perennially muddled GMR-owned franchise was almost sure to go for him. But never in their wildest dreams, would they expected to get their former skipper back at a minuscule price of 2.8 crores. With a base price of 2 crores, it seemed no one was interested at first, but Rajasthan Royals tried bidding for him before being outwitted by the Delhi Daredevils. A franchise that packs a lot of promise, comprising some of the country's finest young batting talents and a
Considering Eden Gardens has been a far cry from their spin-friendly bowling track days, the Calcutta-based franchise made a conscious decision of stacking their team with some world-class pacers over the years and this year, after retaining the only
Harbhajan Singh is so Mumbai Indians that he would never associate him with any other franchise, but as truth stands, he is going south this time. CSK may have let go of Ravichandran Ashwin, but Harbhajan turned out to be an absolute steal with the base price. While it is understandable that the
It was coming. The Indian opener has made a great opening pair with David Warner and the Sunrisers were almost sure to snap him in the auction. But who would have imagined that he would be purchased by 5.2
Quinton de Kock
This has to be RCB’s steal of the day. De Kock is not just a brilliant batsman but has also been one of the finest wicket-keepers around of late. Kock will also give a boost to the RCB batting line-up as an opener and that will allow Virat Kohli to bat at his usual No.3 position. And realising that DD decided to let de Kock go due to the presence of Rishabh Pant to keep wickets, RCB jumped into the bidding at his base price of two crores. Although Mumbai decided to shoot in, they pulled out immediately and RCB wouldn’t mind it.