The IPL auction began with full extravaganza and thrill. The auction was held in Jaipur.Veteran players lost their value as youngsters gain the momentum. Sixty players were sold at the auction to the eight franchises of which 32 are uncapped. Almost 351 players competed for 70 slots in teams. Franchises spent big on teenagers, while the prices of senior players dropped significantly.
Yuvraj Singh was lapped up for his base price by Mumbai Indians after some frightening moments. A far cry from Rs 14 crore and Rs 16 crore prices he fetched just three years ago. From Rs 14 crore in 2014 to Rs 1 crore in 2018.
Varun Chakravarthy and Jaydev Unadkat emerged as the costliest.
While Indian seamers Jaydev Unadkat is sold for (Rs 8.4 crore), Mohit Sharma for (Rs 5 crore), Mohammad Shami for (Rs 4.8 crore) and Varun Aaron (Rs 2.4 crore) went for high prices, another veteran Ishant Sharma didn’t see much vying for his services.
Available at a base price of Rs 1 crore, Ishant was eventually sold to Delhi Capitals for Rs 1.1 crore. And it’s entirely a surprise that the tall, lanky seamer didn’t find teams fighting over him. In his IPL career, Ishant has picked 59 wickets from 76 matches, with a single five-wicket haul in nine seasons. Clearly, the idea with the T20 format, in a World Cup year, is to bank on the young players instead of experienced players who may be unavailable through the season.
Teenage players found backing at the auction. Prayas has experience of playing in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and went to RCB after emerging as Bengal’s highest wicket-taker. Besides Prayas, 17-year old Prabh Simran Singh came in at a base price of Rs 20 lakh and went at 24 times the price(Rs 4.80 crore) to Kings XI Punjab. He entered the limelight with a 37-ball 65 in the final of U19 Asia Cup in Dhaka. However, he still has no T20 experience.
So, keep up the excitement and wait for the matches to begin.