IPL Auction 2019: Uncapped Shivam Dube and Varun Chakaravarthy bank millions

NEW DELHI: Like in the last auction, India’s medium-pacer Jaydev Unadkat once again laughed his way to the bank on Tuesday when he was bought by Rajasthan Royals (RR) for a whopping Rs 8.4 crore to become the joint-richest among the millionaires of the Indian Premier League (IPL) players’ auction 2019 held in Jaipur. But what made heads roll was when uncapped Indian allrounders Varun Chakaravarthy and Shivam Dube fetched millions.
In the last auction, Unadkat was bought by RR for Rs 11.5 crore; however, the Rajasthan franchise chose to release him only to get him back in their camp again.
From the bag of uncapped players, Tamil Nadu’s Chakaravarthy and Mumbai’s Dube saw their names involved in a bidding war of epic proportions. From their selling price of Rs 20 lakh each, Chakaravarthy banked a whopping Rs 8.4 crore and Dube Rs 5 crore. While Dube will play for the RCB, Chakaravarthy will don KXIP colours in the cash-rich league.
England allrounder Sam Curran and South African batsman Colin Ingram topped the list of foreign players wanted by franchises.
When Curran’s name came up for auction at base price of Rs 2 crore, Delhi Capitals (DC) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) tried to outbid each other, only to be joined late in the game by KXIP, who finally bagged him for Rs 7.2 crore
For Ingram, DC and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) locked horns, but DC managed to bring the South African to their table for Rs 6.4 crore.
Among the other notable players who raked in the big moolah were allrounders Axar Patel, medium-pacer Mohit Sharma and West Indies’ Carlos Brathwaite, who took home Rs 5 crore each.
Brathwaite, who is the skipper of Windies’ T20I team, was bagged by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), after they were locked in a bidding battle with KXIP. The tall West Indian’s base price was Rs 75 lakh.
When Patel came up on the bidding table, KXIP once again showed interest but lost the war to DC, who shelled out Rs 5 crore for the spin-bowling allrounder.
MI and CSK were locked in the battle for Mohit, but the latter was the successful bidder in the end, paying 10 times more from the player’s base price of Rs 50 lakh.
Fast bowler Mohammed Shami’s latest exploits in Australia made him a hot property at the auction as he pocketed Rs. 4.8 crore and will be seen in the KXIP dugout in the IPL. His former India team-mate and fellow pacer Varun Aaron was bought by RR for Rs. 2.4 crore.
Barinder Sran was also among the international bowlers generating interest among franchises. The left-arm pacer was sold to MI for Rs. 3.4 crore. Meanwhile, KKR went after England pacer Lockie Ferguson and managed to clinch the bid at Rs 1.6 crore.
The franchises’ interest in West Indies players also showed up in battle for Nicholas Pooran, who went from his base price of Rs 75 lakh to the selling price of Rs 4.2 crore. He will play for the KXIP in the coming season. West Indies’ Shimron Hetmyer also fetched Rs. 4.2 crore, sold to RCB.
Earlier in the opening round of bidding, Indian batsman Hanuma Vihari became the first player to be sold for Rs. 2 crore to DC. The Delhi outfit started with the opening bid of Rs. 50 lakh and won the battle against RR and MI to buy the batsman.
England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow fetched Rs 2 crore paid by SRH and Australia’s Moises Henriques went to KXIP for Rs 1 crore.
Fast bowlers Lasith Malinga and Ishant Sharma went to MI and DC for Rs 2 crore and Rs 1.1 crore, respectively.
From the auction bag of wicketkeepers, India’s Wriddhiman Saha was bought by SRH for Rs 1.2 crore and South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen went to RCB at his base price of Rs 50 lakh.
Gurkeerat Singh Mann was also bought at his base price of Rs 50 lakh by RCB.
India’s World Cup winner Yuvraj Singh, Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara, England star batsman Alex Hales and Manoj Tiwary were among the notable unsold names.
Devdutt Paddikal (Rs 20 lakh, RCB), Anmolpreet Singh (Rs 50 lakh, MI), Sarfaraz Khan (Rs 25 lakh, KXIP) and
Ankush Bains (Rs 20 lakh, DC) were the others in the list of sold players.
With Rs 36.20 crore, KXIP had maximum money to spend, followed by Delhi Capitals (Rs 25.50 crore), Rajasthan Royals (Rs 20.95 crore), Royal Challengers Bangalore (Rs 18.15 crore), Kolkata Knight Riders (Rs 15.20 crore), Mumbai Indians (Rs 11.15 crore), Sunrisers Hyderabad (Rs 9.70 crore) and Chennai Super Kings (Rs 8.40 crore).