IPL Auction 2018 LIVE Updates

Ahead of the 11th season of the IPL that will run from April 7 to May 27, 578 cricketers will go under the hammer in the two-day player auction in Bengaluru On January 27 and 28th.

How many players are up for sale?
An original pool of 1122 has been trimmed down to 578 cricketers: of these, 360 are Indian - 62 capped and 298 uncapped - and the rest overseas players. The list includes 182 capped, 34 uncapped and two Associates players.
Will they all be purchased?
No. With 18 players retained by the franchises, a maximum of 182 players can be chosen at the auction.

A total of 26 players from England, 58 from Australia, 30 from New Zealand and 57 from South Africa have registered for the auction, taking the tally of overseas players to 282. Afghanistan too will see 13 players in the list while there are 39 from Sri Lanka and an equal number from the West Indies. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have 8 and 7 players hoping to go under the hammer. Again hoping to show his full range of strokes in this edition's IPL will be Glenn Maxwell along with Mitchell Johnson, who bowled Mumbai Indians to their third title last season with his final over heroics.
We will be providing latest updated right here on our blog. So don't go anywhere. Stay tuned.

IPL Auction 2018 LIVE Updates

09:57 (IST)
Money left in the purse of various franchises:

RCB - Rs 49 crore

KKR - Rs 59 crore

CSK - Rs 47 crore

MI - Rs 47 crore

SRH - Rs 67.5 crore

DD - Rs 47 crore

RR - Rs 67.5 crore

KXIP - Rs 67.5 crore

10:00 IST: So the first set of marquee players will go under the hammer. The proceedings will start with Shikhar Dhawan.

10:17 (IST)
The first player to go under the auction is Shikhar Dhawan. KXIP starts with Rs 2 crore. RR into the mix. Tug of war between KXIP and RR. Rs 4 lakh the price now. RTM available for SRH. MI in with Rs 420 lakh. Three-pronged contest. MI backs out at Rs 500 lakh. Dhawan offered to KXIP at Rs 5.20 crore.

SRH takes him by using RTM for Rs 5.2 crore.

The second marquee player under the hammer is Ravichandran Ashwin. Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals are invloved in an intense bidding war for the star Indian spinner. Ashwin's base price was Rs 2 Cr but the price has now gone up over 7 Cr

10:21 (IST)
Rs 7.20 crore now. RR out of the bidding.
Ashwin sold to KXIP for Rs 7.6 crore.

10:25 (IST)
Pollard the next player in for the auction. KXIP into the mix again. MI the contenders. KXIP are really going at it aggressively in the opening stages. Delhi into the fray now at Rs 4.2 crore. Rs 5.4 crore now the bid. KXIP are out.

DD offers Rs 5.4 crore. But MI uses the RTM. MI takes Pollard for Rs 5.4 crore.

10:27 (IST)
Right then. Time for Chris Gayle to go under the hammer. Surprise surprise! No bids.

Gayle UNSOLD for now!

10:28 (IST)
Benjamin Stokes up next VIVO #IPLAuction

10:32 (IST)
Ben Stokes is Sold to Rajasthan Royals for INR 1250 lacs.

10:34 (IST)
Chennai Super Kings use RTM to retain Faf du plessis for 1.60 Crores.

10:35 (IST)
Next Player in the List is Ajinkya Rahane at the base price of 2 Crores.

10:36 (IST)
Ajinkya Rahane goes to Rajasthan Royals via the use of RTM Card for 4 crores.

10:37 (IST)
Next Player is Mitchell Starc.

10:38 (IST)
Intense Bidding going for Mitchell Starc Between KKR & KX1P.

10:38 (IST)
Mitchell Starc is sold to KKR for 9.40 Crores.

What a buy this has been for Kolkata Knight Riders. Mitchell Starc has been one of the best pacers in the world for quite sometime now and it he manages to remain injury-free, he will definitely set the IPL alight.

10:42 (IST)
A break in the auction. After the break, the second set of eight marquee players will go under the hammer.

11:02 (IST)
Shakib al Hasan has been sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for 2 crores.

11:02 (IST)
Glenn Maxwell is up next in the auction.

Intense bidding war going between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab for Glen Maxwell. Maxwell's teammates and the media gave him the nickname "The Big Show" due to his confidence and his tendency to play extravagant shots, especially a wide array and variations of sweep shots. He however prefers the nickname "Maxi".

KXIP have now pulled out now for Maxwell as the price has gone up to Rs 7 Cr. So as it stands, Bangalore, Delhi and Hyderabad are going head to head for the Australian superstar Glenn Maxwell.

SOLD: The prodigal son returns to Delhi as Glenn Maxwell has been bought by Delhi Daredevils for a whopping amount of Rs 9 Crores. Coach Ricky Ponting went all out for his compatriot and got his man for a big amount. KXIP chose not to use the Right to Match card.

SOLD: Another player heads back to Delhi and it is none other than Gautam Gambhir. After helping KKR win two titles, he was let go by the franchise (during IPL retention) and they even chose not use the right to match card for him. Delhi acquire the servives of Gambhir for Rs 2.8 crore.

SOLD: DJ Bravo will once again play for Chennai Super Kings after they used the Right to Match card for him. Kings XI Punjab had thought they had acquired te services of one of the best all-rounder in the game for 6.4 Cr, but CSK got him back.

SOLD: Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson heads back to Sunrisers Hyderabad has there were no other takers for him. Williamson heads back to SRH for Rs 3 Crore. Good buy for the one time champions.

SOLD: After much deliberation, Kings XI Punjab bid for Yuvraj Singh and he is sold for his base price of Rs 2 Crore. SRH were given the chance to use the RTM card for him but they chose not to use it. Yuvraj heads back to KXIP, where it all started for him in IPL.

UNSOLD: This will definitely sting the England skipper Joe Root as there were no takers for one of the best batsmen in the world in this cash rich league. Root went unsold but the franchise will get a chance to bid for him again later in the auction.

11:32 (IST)
RCB hasn't picked up a single player. Even their bidding is very low key. Looks like they have set their sights on certain players and are saving the money chest for them. Would be interesting to see who they'd be. In the past RCB's bowling let them down. May be  they are waiting for the bowlers lot to come under the hammer.

The third round of the auction is underway now and it starts with an intense bidding war between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royal for India's second 300-man Karun Nair. Nair made his Test cricket debut in 2016 against England. He became the third player in international cricket to convert his maiden century into a triple century, by scoring an unbeaten 303 against England in his third Test.

SOLD: Karun Nair's base price was Rs 50 lakh and he is sold to KXIP for Rs 5.6 Crore. The one 300 man goes to the team whose director is the first 300 man for India - Virender Sehwag. After a heated bidding war between KXIP and RR, he goes to Preity Zinta's team.

Mumbai Indians, Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Banglaore seems to have gone all out for star India opener KL Rahul. Rahul's price has already crossed 10 crores. KL Rahul set the record for the fastest batsman to have scored centuries in all three formats in just 20 innings surpassing the record of Ahmed Shehzad who took 76 innings. He is the first player in T20I history to score a century when batting at number 4 position or lower (110*).

SOLD: Kings XI Punjab once again break their bank and this time they aquire the services of KL Rahul for a whopping amount of 11 crores. Punjab seems to be going for Indian players only at the moment as they have now got - Axar (retained), Aswhin, Yuvraj, Karun and now Rahul.

Unsold: Murali Vijay has gone unsold as there were no takers for him time after plying his trade for KXIP in the last edition of the league. Vijay is predominantly seen as an excellent Test batsman and that may have gone against him. (something which happened with Pujara last time around)

SOLD: Kings XI Punjab get their hands on their first overseas players as they use the Right to Match card for South African star David Miller. Mumbai Indians had won the race for Miller but KXIP trumped them by using their RTM card.

What a buy this is for KXIP as Rahul is one of the most explosive cricketer in the modern day game. They have build a good core team with just Indian players.

SOLD: Kings XI Punjab are killing it in the auction as they buy their second foreigner in Aaron Finch. The Australian big hitter goes to KXIP for 6.2 crore. Finch last played for Gujarat Lions in the cash-rich league. Having been around the block, Finch was first drafted into the Rajasthan Royals squad in 2010 and was in 2011, picked up by the Delhi Daredevils. He continued with them for two seasons and was later picked up by Pune Warriors India in 2013 and was with Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2014. Finch has been bought by the Mumbai Indians in 2015 season, but he couldn't play for the team due to injury.

SOLD: Royal Challengers Banglaore finally open their account in the auction as they acquire the services of Kiwi legend and one of the most destructive batsman in the world - Brendon McCullum. The right-hander last played for Gujarat Lions in the league and he is now sold for Rs 3.6 Cr.

SOLD: English batting superstar Jason Roy heads to Delhi Daredevils for 1.5 Cr. Recently, against Australia, Roy struck a record-breaking 180 as England chased down more than 300. It was only a surprise that there were no more takers for him in the auction. Economical buy for Delhi who could be the X-factor for Ponting's side.

Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils are involved in a heavy bidding war for Chris Lynn. Lynn is an explosive batsman who is known for his big hitting and explosive power. He is able to consistently hit sixes over 90 metres. During a game in the Big Bash League, playing for the Brisbane Heat, he hit a ball from Dan Christian onto the roof of The Gabba.

SOLD: Kolkata Knight Riders get back their star player Chris Lynn as they saw off the challenge from Delhi Daredevils and also Royal Challengers Bangalore. KKR buy Lynn for 9.6 crore. For those who there thinking why they didn't use RTM on him is because KKR had already exhausted their foreigner quota in retention.

UNSOLD: Meanwhile, South African legend Hashim Amla goes unsold in the league despite showing his credentials by slamming a ton in the last edition of the IPL. Like Pujara and Vijay, Amla is also caught in that mindset and fails to get a buyer.

SOLD: Manish Pandey will be laughing his way to the bank now as he has been bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whooping sum of Rs 11 Crores. Pandey last played for KKR in the league and they even had the option of retaining him but they chose not to.

The third phase of the auction is set to get under way and it will start with all-rounders and the first name to be picked is Chris Woakes. CSK and RCB are fighting it out to buy the services of one of the top all-rounder in the game presently.

SOLD: One of the best all-rounders in the game — Chris Woakes heads to Royal Challengers Bangalore for 7.4 Cr. Woakes' base price was two and he has been sold for much more than that. RCB was dead set on winning his signature and they beat the challenge of CSK very comfortably.

SOLD:  West Indian star Carlos Brathwaite is sold for his base price of Rs 2 Crore to Sunrisers Hyderabad. There were not many takers for him in the auction and therefore it was very easy for SRH to acquire his services. Brathwaite last played for Delhi in the IPL.

SOLD: After an intense battle between DD, CSK and RCB, all-rounder Shane Watson finally joins the ranks of Chennai Super Kings for Rs 4 Cr. Watson will definitely strengthen the middle order of Dhoni's team with his experience of more than 100 matches in the league. Watson has been voted the man of the tournament in the IPL a record two times, and, according to Forbes, he was the highest-paid non-Indian cricketer in the world for five consecutive years, 2011 to 2015.

SOLD: Indian players continue to rake in the moolah at the auction as he is sold to CSK for a whopping amount of 7.8 Cr. Kedar last played for RCB in the league and they even had the option to retain him but they chose not to.

SOLD: Kiwi all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme also finds a buyer for him in this edition of the auction. Royal Challengers Bangalore buy him for 2.2 Cr. de Grandhomme was part of Kolkata Knight Riders in the last edition of the league.

UNSOLD: James Faulker fails to find a team for himself in this edition of the league as he remains unsold.

SOLD: All-rounder Yusuf Pathan finally finds a team for himself as he is sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for 1.9 Cr. He played for Kolkata Knight Riders last time around but they didn't use the RTM card for him. Yusuf for 1.9 Cr is a good solid buy for SRH.

SOLD: Arguably the best buy for Delhi in the auction as they acquire the services of Kiwi all-rounder Colin Munro for just 1.9 Cr. The only batsmen to score three T20 international hundreds, the Kiwi has been in amazing form recently scoring at an average of above 40 with a strike rate of over 150.

SOLD: India all-rounder Stuart Binny also finds a team for himself as he is bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 50 Lakh. RCB had the option to retain him but they chose not to.

SOLD: Kings XI Punjab use the Right to Match card for Marcus Stoinis after Royal Challengers Bangalore had won the race for his signature for Rs 6.2 Cr.  KXIP is building a solid team here and have been the most active franchise in the auction.

SOLD: Royal Challengers Bangalore get their hands on another star all-rounder as they acquire the services Moeen Ali. The star English all-rounder is a maverick cricketer and he will do well under the leadership of Virat Kohli.

Surprising strategy from Chennai Super Kings as they have opted for rather 'old' players in the auction so far. CSK retained Dhoni, Raina and Jadeja and now they have bought Harbhajan and Watson, while they opted to use the RTM card for Du Plessis. Lets see how they will go about things in the latter stages of the auction.

The fourth phase of the auction is all set to get underway and we will probably have bowlers in this round. Lets see who all players will move where and there are still many players up for grabs for the franchisees to act upon.

UNSOLD: There are no takers for Parthiv Patel today atleast as he goes unsold in the auction. The teams will get a chance to bit for him again later on in the auction but at this moment, Parthiv is team-less in the IPL.

SOLD: The first wicket-keeper to be sold in the IPL auction this time is Quinton de Kock and he goes to Royal Challengers Bangalore for 2.8 Crores. Delhi Daredevils had the option to use the RTM card for him but they chose no to do so. Good buy for RCB as de Kock is one of the most explosive wicket-keeper batsman out there.

SOLD: After an Intense bidding war between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians, SRH win the race for Wridhhiman Saha. The Indian wicket-keeper for Test cricket — Saha — goes for a whopping amount of Rs 5 Cr. Saha's selling price is way ahead of his base price and that shows he was in demand for this auction.

SOLD: Dinesh Karthik once again rakes in the moolah in the auction as this time he is sold for a massive amount of  Rs 7.4 Cr to Kolkata Knight Riders. This year, he has been performing really well in the domestic circuit and he has part of the Indian team recently as well. So he has been rewarded for it.

SOLD: After an intense bidding war  between Mumbai and Rajasthan, Robin Uthappa was sold to the defending champion after they out bid the first time champions. Mumbai thought they had landed Uthappa for Rs 6.4 Cr but Kolkata Knight Riders jumped in the last minuted and used the RTM card to poach him. Another blow to Mumbai.

SOLD: Sanju Samson will be laughing his way to the bank now as he is sold to Rajasthan Royals for a whopping amount of 8 Cr. Mumbai Indians once again targetted the wicket-keeper but the Royals out bid them for Samson. Samson last played for Delhi Daredevils in the IPL.

SOLD: Time for bowlers to come under the hammer and the first bowler to be sold is Mustafizur Rahman, who is bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 2.2 Cr. The Fizz is Mumbai's second player of the auction today. The Mumbai owners seem happy with their buy.

SOLD: Seems like Mumbai Indians are going all-out for bowlers as after getting hold of Mustafizur, they sign Pat Cummins for 5.4 Cr. CSK were also interested and went uptil 5.2 Cr but once MI bid 5.4 Cr, they stopped short. Cummins last played for Delhi in the league.

SOLD: India pacer Umesh Yadav has been bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 4.2 Cr. Kolkata Knight Riders had the option to use the RTM card but they chose not to. Umesh will now play under the leader of national skipper Virat Kohli.

SOLD: Mohammed Shami has been retained by Delhi Daredevils after they used the the Right to Match card for him. Shami was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 3 Crore but Delhi were having none of it as they retained him for the same value.

UNSOLD: Ishant Sharma has been biggest Indian name once again to be not picked by anyone in the auction. He wasn't picked last year as well. The other big names to be not picked by any team are Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Josh Hazlewood and Mithcell Johnson.

SOLD: Delhi Daredevils have once again used the Right to Match to great affect as they bring back Kagiso Rabada into their squad. Rabada was bought for 4.2 Cr by Chennai Super Kings but DD came forwards to retain one of the best young pace bowlers in th world right now.

SOLD: Up now are the spinners and currently, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are fighting it out to acquire the services of Piyush Chawla. CSK finally trump other to buy Chawla for 4.2 cr. But at the last minute, KKR come forward to retain the player and Chawla will once again play for Kolkata.

SOLD: Chennai Super Kings may have got the bargain of the auction as they landed Imran Tahir for just Rs 1 Cr. Tahir last played for Delhi Daredevils in the league and was one of their most top performing players in the league last year.

SOLD: Mumbai Indians tried their hard to bring back Karn Sharma who had a base price of Rs 2 Cr. But Chennai Super Kings out big them and landed the star spinner for Rs 5 Crore. Finally, coach Stephen Fleming gets something to smile about.

The battle is heating up for Afghanistan star Rashid Khan as his price has already over 6 Cr. In June 2017, Rashid took his second ODI five-wicket haul, finishing with figures of 7 wickets for 18 runs against the West Indies at Gros Islet. It was the fourth best ODI bowling figures and first by an associate nation cricketer to take 7 wickets. He was named the ICC Associate Cricketer of the Year in January 2018. For the 14 matches that he played for SRH, Rashid has taken 17 wickets at an economy of 6.62.

SOLD: No surprises there as Rashid Khan has been retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Kings XI Punjab had beaten the likes of Mumbai Indians and Delhi Daredevils to win the race for his signature. However, SRH used the right to match card to retain the player.

SOLD: Amit Mishra has been one of the most consistent performers for the Delhi Daredevils over the years and therefore, Ricky Ponting's team have gone again for the leggie and acquired his services for Rs 4 Crore. The attacking right-arm leg-break bowler has played 75 matches and taken 78 wickets at an economy of 7.49. On 17 April 2013 in season 6 of Indian Premier League (IPL 2013) he took a hat-trick playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad against Pune Warriors India and with this hat-trick, he became the first player in IPL history to take three hat-tricks. He has previously taken hat-trick in IPL 2008 playing for Delhi Daredevils against Deccan Chargers and then again in IPL 2011 playing for Deccan Chargers against Kings XI Punjab.

SOLD: Delhi Daredevils may have thought they got their second spinner in Yuzvendra Chahal, who was the leading wicket-taker in the shortest format of the game in 2017. But RCB chose to use the RTM card and Chahal is back with them for Rs 6 Crore. Yuzvendra Chahal is also the first legspinner to pick up a fifer as well as 6 wicket haul in a T20I and has the record for the best bowling as a legspinner in T20I history (6/25).

SOLD: Royal Challengers Bangalore won the race to sign Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav for Rs 5.80 Crore. However, Kolkata Knight Riders were having none of it as they used their Right to Match again and retained his services. Kolkata have retained the core of their squad and this is another successful addition.

SOLD: Former Kolkata Knight Riders vice captain Surya Kumar Yadav started a very heated bidding battle teams like Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi. Ultimately Mumbai won the race for his signature at 3.2 Cr after every other team pulled out. Yadav's base price was 30Lakh only!

SOLD: Another uncapped batsman Shubhman Gill rakes in the moolah at the auction. Gill has been in glorious form in the ongoing ICC Under 19 World Cup and he has been rewarded for it with a contract of 1.8 Cr to KKR. While Ishank Jaggi goes also goes to KKR for 20 lakh. Meanwhile, Ricky Bhui goes to Sunrisers Hyderabad for 20 lakh. Mayank Agarwal goes to Kings XI Punjab for 1 Cr.

SOLD: Uncapped batsman Rahul Tripathi will be laughing his way to the bank now as he sold for a whopping amount of 3.4 crore to Rajasthan Royals. Thipathi had an excellent season last year with Rising Pune Supergiant, where his top score was 93 as well. Royals have got a good talent in their team now. Meanwhile, Manan Vohra heads to Royal Challengers Bangalore for 1.1 Cr

SOLD: India Under-19 skipper Prithvi Shaw heads to Delhi Daredevils for 1.2 Cr. From working with Rahul Dravid at the Under 19 world up to working with Ricky Ponting at Delhi.. It is a very good deal for the youngster.

Next up are the uncapped all-rounders and many young players are in the reckoning now. Let's see who all will rake in the moolah during this part of the auction.

Rahul Tewatia is the first name to come of the bag and there is an intense bidding going on for the 24-year old. From base price of 10 Lakh, Tewatia's bidding has reached 2.5 crores. All the teams are bidding for him.

SOLD: After an intense bidding between teams like Delhi, Punjab and Hyderabad, Rahul Tewatia heads to the capital city after Ricky Ponting's team won the the bid at a whopping 3 Cr. The young uncapped star must be laughing his way to the bank now.

SOLD: Delhi Daredevils thought they had won the race for youngster Deepak Hooda for 3.6 Cr. But Sunrisers Hyderabad was having none of it as they played their Right to Match card to get hold of the player.

SOLD: After missing out on Deepak Hooda, Delhi went out all guns blazing for Vijay Shankar and they acquire their services for 3.2 Cr. Vijay Shankar played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last edition of the league. Harshal Patel also joins Delhi after they bid 20L for him and RCB opted not to use the RTM card.

SOLD: One of the best prospects to come out of the Indian under-19 set-up, Kamlesh Nagakoti goes to Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping sum of 3.2 Cr. Nagarkoti bowls at the speed of 145 km/hr, as he is showing at the ongoing ICC Under 19 World Cup.

SOLD: No surprises here as Krunal Pandya heads to Mumbai Indians after the defending champions used the Right to Match card for him. Krunal was the man of the match in the final of last edition of the Indian Premier League. Krunal has been retained for a huge sum of 8.8 Cr.

SOLD: Kolkata Knight Riders break their bank to sign Nitish Rana, who was the breakout star for Mumbai Indians in the last edition of the league. He goes to KKR for a whopping sum of 3.4 Cr.

SOLD: Rajasthan Royals are breaking their bank for uncapped talents who are taking the limited overs game by storm. Darcy Short and Jofra Archer have been retained by them for whopping sums of 4 Cr and 7.2 Cr respectively. These young stars will definitely add to their ranks.

SOLD: Indian uncapped wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan leads a huge bidding war between Mumbai and Bangalore and ultimately the defending champions had to pay a whopping sun of 6.2 cr to acquire his services. One of the costliest wicket-keeper is the history of the cash-rich league.

UNSOLD: The likes of Ankush Bains, Aditya Tare, Ben McDermott, Nikhil Naik and Jitesh Sharma go unsold in the auction. These players will once again come up in the auction tomorrow if teams want to buy them.

SOLD: Siddharth Kaul goes to Sunrisers Hyderabad for a whopping sum of 3.8 Cr.  Kaul was the teammate of Virat Kohli during his time at the Under 19 World Cup. SRH also win the race to sign T Natrajan for Rs 40 Lakh.

SOLD: Basil Thampi is sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for 95 Lakh. Aniket Chaudhury goes to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 30 Lakh. Kulwant Khejroliya is also bought by RCB for 85 Lakh.

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