5:55: Kshitiz Sharma's name is there to be bid. But no taker? Is this a joke or what?Auctioneer Madley is mad as he had categorically asked the teams to only provide names that they would bid and here we are with Sharma going unsold.
5:54: Akhil Herwadkar is sold to Rs 10L to Delhi Daredevils.
5:53: Farhan Behardien, who has a base price of Rs 30L, is sold to KXIP as they were the only team to bid for the player.
Only 4 playersin the last session of the phase.
5:45: Teams can submit a maximum of three players, who they want to bid once again in the auction. So that means a maximum of 24 players (8 teams x 3 players) can be made available by teams in the 2016 IPL Player Auction.
5:42: RCB get Vikas Tokas for Rs 10L.
5:41: Baltej Singh is unsold.
5:40: Delhi bids Rs 10L for Chama Milind and gets their player.
5:39: Fast bowler Rishi Arothe is unsold.
5:38: Saurabh Kumar is unsold.
5:37: Jaskaran Singh sold to RPS for Rs 10L.
5:36: Navdeep Saini is unsold.
5:34: Bharghav Bhatt is unsold. Australian Adam Zampa receives a bid from RPS for the opening bid of Rs 30L and he will play for RPS this season. Pankaj Jaisal is unsold.
5:28: Pragyan Ojha and B Hendricks are unsold.
5:27:RCB gets Samuel Badree for Rs 50L. Only one bidder.
5:25: Ashok Dinda. The former KKR bowler only gets one bid for Rs 50L and is sold to RPS. James Pattinson is unsold.
5:23: Jaydev Shah receives the opening bid of Rs 20L from Gujarat Lions and is sold. Delhi gets Pratyush Singh for Rs 10L, which was the opening bid.
5:20:Delhi gets SK Ahmed with an opening bid of Rs 10L.
5:18: Gurinder Singh is unsold. KXIP bids for Swapnil Singh with an opening bid of Rs 10L and he will play for Punjab's team this season.
5:17: Mumbai bid for Deepak Punia with an opening bid of Rs 10L and gets their player.
5:16: Ravi Jangid and Mahipal Lomror are unsold.
5:15: Krunal Pandya receives a bid from Mumbai as the opening bid of Rs 10L and Delhi is into the race to sign the player as well. Mumbai looks dead serious with this player's bid and so does Delhi. This is interesting now as it has reached Rs 1cr. They are not stopping as Delhi and Mumbai are battling it out. Mumbai gets the player for Rs 2cr.
5:11: Pardeep Sahu, who has a base price of Rs 10L is bid by KXIP. They are the only bidder so they get their man for Rs 10L.
5:04: Manan Sharma is bought by KKR for Rs 10L. It was the opening bid. Baba Aparajith sold to RPS for 10L
5:02: Akshay Karnewakar goes for Rs 10L to RCB. Akshdeep Nath is bid by Gujarat Lions for Rs 10L and is sold. Rohan Prem is unsold.
4:20: With teams having splurged in the auction so far, they will have to use their money wisely and should only bid for those those players, who fit the jigsaw puzzle perfectly.
3:50: Delhi Daredevils may have got Negi for mega money, but they need to get a quality opener, who can provide flying start in the initial overs. With Finch and Guptill unsold, Delhi should sign one of them.
3:35: The accelerated process to take shape next. This is going to be interesting as franhcises can go for players, who has been unsold in the auction so far. They need to fill out a form and submit names of those players, who they want in the auction once again. Martin Guptill and Aaron Finch are sure to be present in the list.
See you in a while.
3:36: Karanveer Singh goes unsold.
3:35: KC Cariappa receives opening bid from RCB and Kings XI comes into the picture finally. Preity Zinta in some discussion on the table and they increase their bid. RCB also does the same. We are approaching the crore mark. However, Kings XI Punjab get Cariappa for Rs 80L
3:31: Bhargav Bhatt goes unsold.
M Ashwin. Bidding between RCB and RPS and things are looking interesting, with teams going for the player. They are just increasing their bid on a consistent note and we reach Rs 4 cr. RPS gets the player for Rs 4.5cr.
3:27: R Shah goes unsold.Lions bid for Sarabjeet Ladda and deals the seal for Rs 10L.
3:26: Shivil Kaushik. Opening bid seals the deal. Lions get Kaushik for 10L.
3:25: Hardik Patel is unsold. Pravin Tambe the leg-spinner, receives a bid from Gujarat Lions for Rs 10L. Delhi comes into the picture and bids, but Lions get the player for Rs 20L.
3:22: Adam Zampa goes unsold.
3:21: Uncapped bowlers will be out of the hat and the first name is KK Jiyas, who goes unsold.
3:20: S Trivedi goes unsold. Pawan Suyal also goes unsold.
3:19 pm: Ankit Rajpoot – RPS and KKR getting into the act. Some serious bidding for the player by both teams. KKR looks confident. For 1.5cr, the player goes to KKR.
3:17: Ishwar Pandey – RPS opens the bid of Rs 20L and takes the player with them.
3:16: A Aswin Crist is unsold. Rahul Shukla is also unsold.
3:15: RCB and DD going in for Nathu Singh, who has a base price of Rs 10L. We are approaching crore as both teams are engaged in a small meeting on the table. They exceed their bidding amount further and have reached 2 cr. Nathu must be already smiling where he is at present (must be glued to the idiot box). Another team talk on Delhi's table. Mumbai Indians enter the fray with another bid and takes the player for Rs 3.2 cr.
3:07: V Malik goes unsold. VP Singh is unsold. H Singh Bansal is also unsold. These uncapped bowlers are unlucky .
3:03: Pradeep Sangwan with a base price of Rs 20L, is sold to Gujarat Lions for the base price.
3pm: Pawan Negi. Opening bid from Pune for Rs 30L. Delhi competing against Pune for the all-rounder, who has been picked for India World T20 squad. Pune and Delhi want the player desperately as they are increasing the bid and it has reached a maximum of Rs 8.5 cr, which is the last amount and the player goes to Delhi.
2:53: Irish all-rounder, Kevin O'Brien goes unsold.
Kevon Cooper from West Indies is unsold.
2:52: Ankit Sharma. Pune bids for Rs 10L, which is the opening bid and RPS gets the player.
2:51: Padmanabhan goes unsold.
2:50: Former Rajasthan Royals player, Deepak Hooda, is bid by KKR. Lions get into the act and it is heating out there for Hooda, who played some good innings last year. It is Lions vs Riders and now SRH enters into the fray. The stakes are getting higher. Wow, reaches Rs 4cr and SRH get the player for Rs 4.2cr.
2:47: Iqbal Abdulla receives a opening bid from RCB for Rs 10L and goes to the franchise.
2:46: Dishant Yagnik is unsold. Manvinder Bisla, who has a base price of Rs 10L, surprisingly, also goes unsold.
2:44: Ankush Bains is unsold.
2:43: Aditya Tare, who has a base price of Rs 20L, receives a bid from SRH and is followed by Mumbai Indians. Tare goes to SRH for Rs1.2 cr.
2:41: CM Gautam is unsold.
2:38: Pinal Shah, wicket-keeper batsman's name is out from the hat. Goes unsold.
2:37: Eklavya Dwivedi, yet to make an IPL, is bid by Gujarat for Rs 20L. SRH enters into the fray. Battle between Lions and SRH. Serious bidding for some uncapped players. LIons get the player for Rs 1 cr.
2:33: Rishabh Pant, the U-19 player receives bid from RCB and Mumbai Indians. He is an explosive batsman. Huge bidding for the stylish batsman, who is Sehwag on the making (if I can add) .Oh wait, Delhi comes into the picture with 1.9 cr bid and grabs the player.
2:29: Ishan Kishan, who has a base price of 10L, receives a bid from Gujarat and Pune, sold to Pune. Rs 35L
2:26: T Suman with a base price of Rs 10L goes unsold. Aiden Blizzard also unsold.
2:24: Paras Dogra. Gujarat get the player for Rs 10L
2:22: Himanshu Rana goes unsold. Debabrata Das, who has a Rs 10L as base price is also unsold. Uncapped players –not much takers, as expected.
2:20: Mithun Manhas, who has a base price of Rs 30L, is unsold. Ankeet Bawane also goes unsold.
2:18: Karun Nair up now. RPS and Delhi Daredevils start the bidding process - bit of war to begin with for the former Royals batsman. Gujarat Lions gets into the act, but the player receives another bid from SRH as well. This is interesting. From 10 lakh it has reached 4 crores. Delhi is not giving up at all, seems to be hell bent and the player despite competition won the bid with Rs 4 cr.
2:15: Uncapped batsmen from the hat now. Sachin Baby, who receives the opening bid of Rs 10 lakh from RCB and goes to the Bengaluru franchise.
2:15pm: Auctioneer Richard Madley is ready for the post-lunch session. Her we go.
2:09pm: The first half of the 2016 IPL Player Auction witnessed some surprises like Martin Guptill, who was unsold. On the other hand, franchises went all out for a number of players to bolster their respective squads. Shane Watson has been the costliest buy so far with RCB digging deep into their pockets with Rs 9.5 crores for the Australian. Watson will join the likes of Chris Gayle, Ab de Villiers and Virat Kohli in RCB camp to make them one a formidable batting line up in the IPL.
1.08 pm: The first phase, as it always is, was fun, with a few interesting and big-money buys. Then it went into an unsold contest, with the vast majority of the players finding no takers. We will have the accelerated auction in the afternoon session, with the players who were unsold possibly coming back in as well. Surely, Guptill and Finch should get a look in.
Back in about 50 minutes.
1.05 pm: Lunch break now, The auction will continue at 2.15 pm.
1.02 pm: Shannon Gabriel, Dushmantha Chameera, Hardus Viljoen, Shezi, Tino Best, Jackson Bird, Scott Boland are unsold. No takers for Boland as well.
1.01 pm: The final set before lunch. Fast bowlers. Taskin Ahmed is first and he is unsold.
12.59 pm: Dilshan Munaweera, Christopher Barnwell, Seekkuge Prasanna, George Worker and Dasun Shankar are all unsold as well.
12.57 pm: Dilruwan Perera is unsurprisingly unsold, justlike Narsingh Deonarine, Henry Davids and Siriwardene.
12.56 pm: Soumya Sarkar might have been a good buy, but nope, no takers and the Bangladeshi is unsold.
12.54 pm: Shaun Tait surprisingly has no takers and is unsold. Pankaj Singh is also unsold along with Nuwan Kulasekara, Ben Laughlin and Krishmar Santokie.
12.52 pm: Bowlers now and Fidel Edwards, Jerome Taylor, Parwinder Awana and Sudeep Tyagi are all unsold.
12.49 pm: Shehan Jayasuriya, Rayad Emrit, Anton Devcich, Johan Botha, Ashton Agar all join the unsold list.
12.45 pm: Jeevan Mendis, Vernon Philander and Juan Theron are all unsold.
12.19 pm: Mustafizur Rahman sold to SRH for Rs 1.4 crore.
12.18 pm: Abhishek Nayar is unsold. Fast bowlers now. Joel Paris first up and he is unsold.
12.16 pm: Marcus Stoinis sold to KXIP for Rs 55 lakhs,Carlos Brathwaite sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 4.2 crore.
12.08 : Surprisingly Grant Elliot goes unsold
12.07 : Wayne Parnell and Ben Cutting goes unsold
12.06 : Doug Bracewell and Chris Jordan goes unsold
12.05 : Second set of All rounders
12.03 pm : Nick Maddison, Owasis Shah, Mukund goes unsold
11.42 am: Pragyan Ojha also goes unsold. Hmm, really not interested in the spinners are they.
11.40 am: Michael Beer, Ajantha Mendis, Suliemann Benn, Rahul Sharma, Cameron Boyce and Samuel Badree are unsold all as well. No takers for the spinners.
11.36 am: Spinners set now and the first player out of the bag is Sachitra Senanayake. The Sri Lankan is unsold.
11.34 am: James Pattinson is the final name out of the set and the Austrtalia is unsold.
11.33 am: Mohit Sharma sold to KXIP for Rs 6.5 crore.
Expectedly, there is interest in Mohit as KXIP and KKR go into a bidding war. The price rises from Rs 1.5 crore to Rs 4.2 crore. There is a slight halt in the bidding there, as KKR think about increasing their bid, and after a bit of discussion, Gambhir seems to say go for it, and they do just that. KKR, though, say they are out at Rs 4.8 crore, but Sunrisers Hyderabad come in with a late bid, to bump the price further up to Rs 5.5 crore. SRH raise that Rs 6 crore, before KXIP come back in with a bid of Rs 6.5 crore. SRH say they are done, and Kings XI Punjab finally get Mohit.
11.29 am: Dinda is unsold and Mohit Sharma is the final fast bowler out of this set.
11.28 am: Ashok Dinda is up next.
11.27 am: Tim Southee sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs 2.5 crore.
MI and RCB go head-to-head for the New Zealand fast bowler. The bidding goes to Rs 2.5 crore and RCB say no more. MI get Southee.
11.26 am: Tim Southee next.
11.25 am: Praveen Kumar sold to Gujarat Lions for Rs 3.5 crore.
Gujarat Lions open the bid and that is countered by KKR. Goes quickly up to Rs 1.70 crore. KKR have the bid, and the Gujarat Lions crunch a few numbers. Remember, they need quanity as much as quality. The Gujarat Lions decide to go on with the bidding and the amount rises up to Rs 3.5 crore. KKR drop out and the Gujarat Lions bag the swing bowler.
11.20 am: Praveen Kumar is next up.
11.18 am: John Hastings sold to KKR for Rs 1.3 crore.
John Hastings now. Hastings did well in the ODI series for Australia against India, and the opening bid comes from Rising Pune Supergiants. Fleming trying to get his former player for CSK again. KKR also come in and RPS say they are out at Rs 1.3 crore.
11.17 am: Kane Richardson is unsold.
11.16 am: Dhawal Kulkarni it is first up.Gujarat Lions make the only bid and Dhawal Kulkarni is sold to Gujarat Lions for Rs 2 crore.
11.14 am: The fifth set for today is the fast bowlers.
11.13 am: Last all-rounder of the set is Thisara Perera, and the Sri Lankan is unsold.
11.13 am: Mitchell Marsh sold to Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 4.8 crore.
KXIP make the opening bid for the Australian, as they try to reunite him with his older brother Shaun. Rising Pune Supergiants also come in and the bidding goes up to Rs 4.8 crore. RPS have the high bid, and they get Marsh, who could prove to be one of the buys of the auction.11.13 am: Mitchell Marsh sold to Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 4.8 crore.
KXIP make the opening bid for the Australian, as they try to reunite him with his older brother Shaun. Rising Pune Supergiants also come in and the bidding goes up to Rs 4.8 crore. RPS have the high bid, and they get Marsh, who could prove to be one of the buys of the auction.
11.09 am: Mitchell Marsh next.
11.09 am: Darren Sammy is unsold.
11.08 am: Stuart Binny sold to RCB for Rs 2 crore.
Takes a while for the opening bid to come, and when it does it is from RCB. The Royal Challengers Bangalore get the all-rounder with that bid. Binny is going to play at home.
11.07 am: Stuart Binny is up.
11.06 am: Colin Munro sold to KKR for Rs 30 lakh.
KKR start the bidding late and that is the only bid.
11.05 am: Colin Munro next up.
11.05 am: Chris Morris sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 7 crore.
MI start the bidding, and RPS get in as well, as Fleming looks to buy the former CSK player. RPS drop out at Rs 1.1 crore, but KKR come in to rival Mumbai Indians. Goes quickly to Rs 4 crore, with MI, after a bit of deliberation, raising the paddle again, as the bidding goes well past Rs 5 crore. KKR raise it to Rs 6 crore, and Mi, after much discussion again, raise it to Rs 6.5 crore. KKR hesitate now, and decide against raising the bid. However, the bidding is not done as the Delhi Daredevils come in late with a Rs 7 crore bid. That bid does it and DD get the South African all-rounder.
10.59 am: Chris Morris next.
10.59 am: Jason Holder is also unsold.
10.58 am: Tillakaratne Dilshan. Rs 1.5 core base price, too much for the franchises. And the Sri Lankan is unsold.
10.57 am: Ravi Bopara, at a base price of Rs 1 crore, is unsold.
10.57 am: RPS open the bidding at Rs 1 crore and get the all-rounder at that price. Irfan Pathan sold to Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 1 crore.
10.55 am: Irfan Pathan next. Has been in good form, so there should be some interest.
10.54 am: Manoj Tiwary first. Base price Rs 1 crore. Tiwary is unsold.
10.53 am: All-rounders section now.
10.52 am: The last player out of the set. Cameron Bancroft, the Australian, it is. Bancroft is unsold, despite a small base price of Rs 10 lakh.
10.50 am: Dinesh Karthik sold to Gujarat Lions for Rs 2.3 crore.
RCB want Karthik back, and start the bidding. Gujarat Lions also want him apparently, so it goes up to Rs 2.10 crore. RCB were not expecting someone else to make a bid, so Mallya and the rest discuss for a while, before raising their bid. No hesitation from the Gujarat Lions, who quickly bid Rs 2.3 crore. RCB are out at Rs 2.3 crore, and Gujarat Lions get Karthik.
10.49 am: Dinesh Karthik next. Base price Rs 2 crore.
10.48 am: Sam Billings is a handy wicketkeeper-batsman, but the Englishman is unsold.
10.47 am: Morne Van Wyk is unsold.
10.46 am: Brad Hassin now. No takers for Rs 1.5 crore, the Aussie is also unsold.
10.46 am: Johnson Charles also is unsold.
10.45 am: Mushfiqur Rahim goes unsold.
10.43 am: Jos Buttler sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs 3.8 crore.
Takes a while for the first bid to come and Mumbai Indians it is who make the first one. If MI get Buttler for Rs 1.5 crore, it will be an absolute bargain. MI think they have him, and then KKR make their first bid of the morning, with a late, late one, just as Madley was about to bang his hammer. The bidding purrs all the way to Rs 3.8 crore, and KKR drop out. MI get the attacking batsman/wicketkeeper.
10.41 am: Next up is Joss Buttler.
10.40 am: Shane Dowrich is next. Unsurprisingly, he goes unsold.
10.36 am: Sanju Samson sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 4.2 crore.
Gujarat Lions bide their time, and then make a late opening bid for Samson at the base price of Rs 2 crore. Delhi Daredevils get that paddle up for the first time in this auction, and the bidding goes up to Rs 4.2 crore. Not quickly, with a bit of pondering and discussion there from both Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils. DD hold the bid at Rs 4.2 crore, and the Gujarat Lions decide against bidding again. Samson finally goes to DD for Rs 4.2 crore.
10.34 am: Sanju Samson is first up.
10.33 am: Not one player on this batsmen list was sold.
10.32 am: Khawaja, despite all those BBL hundred and all, is unsold. Strange auction so far this.
10.32 am: Usman Khawaja finishes off this batsmen set. Base price Rs 1 crore.
10.29 am: Are you serious, again! Bailey goes unsold as well.
10.28 am: George Bailey is next.
10.27 am: Hashim Amla next. The openers aren't in demand and Amla goes unsold.
10.27 am: No takers at Rs 50 lakh and Pujara goes unsold.
10.26 am: Next is Cheteshwar Pujara. Interesting this could be.
10.31 am: Michael Hussey goes unsold with the base price of Rs 2 crore.
10.30 am: Mahela Jayawardene also is unsold. Rs 1.5 crore was always too steep.
10.30 am: Subramaniam Badrinath goes unsold.
10.26 am: Rilee Rossouw goes unsold.
10.25 am: First up is Rilee Rossouw. Base price Rs 1 crore.
10.25 am: And we are back. Batsmen section now.
10.23 am: Here is a quick recap of the playes sold so far.
Shane Watson RCB Rs 9.5 crore.
Yuvraj Singh SRH Rs 7 crore.
Ashish Nehra SRH Rs 5.5 crore.
Ishant Sharma RPS Rs 3.8 crore.
Kevin Pietersen RPS Rs 3.5 crore.
Dale Steyn Gujarat Lions Rs 2.3 crore.
Dwayne Smith Gujarat Lions Rs 2.3 crore.
10.18 am: Vettori speaking to Sony Six. "We wanted someone who could bowl and bat at the top order, and Shane is the best at it," says Vettori about the Shane Watson buy. Mitchell Starc will hopefully be fit, he adds. Wanted Yuvraj, but he became too expensive.
10.10 am: I still can't believe that Guptill went unsold. A surprise that Finch went the same way as well. Apparently, the openers aren't in vogue in this auction. Watson the highest buy so far at Rs 9.5 crore, with Yuvraj next at Rs 7 crore.
10.09 am: That is the end of the marquee set. A 15-minute break now
10.09 am: Dale Steyn sold to Gujarat Lions for Rs 2.3 crore.
Pune start the bidding at Rs 1 crore. RCB make a bid as well, and the paddle raising ensues. Steyn has played for RCB in the past, don't forget. Pune say they are done at Rs 2 crore, with RCB holding the South Africa bowler. But, a new bidder comes in as Gujarat Lions enter the bidding ring for Steyn. RCB say they are out, and the Gujarat Lions get Steyn for Rs 2.3 crore.
10.06 am: Dale Steyn is the last man off the marquee list.
10.06 am: Yuvraj Singh sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 7 crore. Nope, no Rs 16 crore this time.
Takes a while to get the first bid in, as all the franchises wait for someone else to make their first move. Madley baits Delhi Daredevils to try and make the first bid, but it is the Mumbai Indians who open the bidding at Rs 2 crore. RCB want Yuvraj back, and Mallya bids Rs 2.10 crore. Goes up quickly between the two franchises to 5.5 crore. Bit of hesitancy for MI, who have the smallest purse, no such thing for RCB, who seem to get their man, raising the paddle immediately after the counter one. The bidding stops at Rs 5.5 crore, with MI saying they are out, and just when RCB think they have their man, SRH, the late bidders, come in. SRH get the bid at Rs 7 crore, with RCB saying they are out. SRH get their man.
10 am: The penultimate marquee player is Yuvraj Singh. Here we go now folks, herw we go.
9.59 am: Ashish Nehra sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 5.5 crore.
KXIP could not get Ishant, so they start the bid for Nehra. Gujarat Lions come in and the bidding goes up to Rs 3.5 crore. KXIP look like they have got the veteran left-arm fast bowler at Rs 3.5 crore, but just when Madley was about to bang that gavel, Sunrisers Hyderabad come in. Preity discusses a bit with Sanjay Bangar, and then raises the paddle again. Goes to Rs 5.5 crore, with SRH holding the bid, and that is the bid that gets them their man. Good buy that.
9.55 am: Ashish Nehra it is now.
9.55 am: Aaron Finch goes unsold! Another surprise there.
9.53 am: Next player is Aaron Finch.
9.53 am: KKR question the increments in the bidding and Madley throws him down.
9.49 am: Shane Watson goes to RCB for Rs 9.5 crore. Big money buy that.
Man that Guptill thing was a surprise. Was tipping him to be one of the most expensive buys. The bidding for Watson is started by RPS, with RCB, Vijay Mallya and all, coming in for the first time. The two go back and forth, and it rises quickly past Rs 4 crore. Stops at Rs 4.5 crore, and then Rs 5.5 crore with RCB getting the all-rounder. Or do they? Mumbai Indians come in with a late bid and the price goes up to Rs 7.5 crore, still with RCB. MI decide to continue bidding, and it goes to Rs 8.5 crore, with RCB still holding the bid. Not for long, as MI make a bid of Rs 9 crore, before it goes straight back to RCB for Rs 9.5 crore. Watson finally goes to RCB for Rs 9.5 crore.
9.47 am: Shane Watson it is now.
9.47 am: All the franchises should be interested in Guptill, really, and it takes a while for all of them to raise their paddle. What? Seriously? Guptill goes unsold. This is the most crazy thing I have seen. Unbelievable.
9.46 am: The fourth player off the marquee list is Martin Guptill. This should be fun.
9.45 am: Ishant Sharma sold to Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 3.8 crore. The most expensive so far.
Ah interesting, as KXIP make the opening bid of Rs 2 crore for Ishant. They do need a solid Indian bowler, even is Ishant isn't the greatest in the T20 format. Pune come in again, and the bidding war ensues. I can lip read Preity Zinta asking one of the other owners if she should stop it. But there is no stopping as the bid goes past Rs 3 crore. Flies to Rs 3.8 core after that, and KXIP decide against making the bid, after a looong deliberation.
9.41 am: The next player is Ishant Sharma.
9.41 am: Dwayne Smith sold to Gujarat Lions for Rs 2.3 crore.
Pune start the bidding again at Rs 50 lakh. Just the two new franchises so far, as Gujarat Lions counter-bid. Goes quickly past Rs 1 crore. Stephen Fleming, the new Pune coach, is the one raising the paddle, and he is raising it quite a bit in these early stages. The bidding goes past Rs 2 crore as well. He was a key player for CSK, so Fleming knows all about Smith, of course. The bidding ends at Rs 2.3 crore and it goes to the Lions.
9.38 am: The next player is Dwayne Smith.
9.37 am: Kevin Pietersen sold to Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 3.5 crore.
Rs 2 crore is the base price for Pietersen. RPS makes the first bid. And the other new franchise Gujarat Lions also bid. It goes back and forth between the two teams, ah no hesitancy at all here. It goes to Rs 2.8 crore, with the bid with RPS. After slight hesitation, it goes up again to Rs 3 crore.
9.34 am: First marquee player up for auction is Kevin Pietersen.
9.33 am: Madley takes the stage.
9.32 am: The IPL chairman Rajeev Shukka now with a welcome speech. A special welcome to the new teams -- Rising Pune Supergiants (nope, he didn't crack a smile when he said that name) and Gujarat Lions. He says, this was actually going to be a mega auction, but with CSK and RR suspended, that mega auction has been postponed to 2018, when the two franchises can return.
9.31 am: Ratnakar Shetty, the IPL COO, is talking now, going through the process a little bit and doing a bit of PR for the iPad as well.
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Another player auction, another round of paddle lifting, another round of Richard Madley asking people around "are you sure, absolutely sure, you are not interested anymore, if not, I am going to sell this player, make no mistake, the bid is not with you."
The IPL Player Auction is upon us again, the 2016 version, and with several superstars set to go under the hammer (well, not literally, of course, although come to think about it, that would make a really nice game) in Bengaluru.
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Madley will be the one ensuring the bidding goes as mad as possible, and, hopefully, we have some drama in this auction, a few bidding wars.
With two new teams coming into the fray, there should be plenty of excitement (ah, c'mon guys, we all know the IPL auction is more fun than the actual tournament)