Monday, 20 February 2017

IPL Auction 2017 Live - Players Sold, Unsold As it Happens


Squads so far
At the end of the first round, here's a look at the squads.
Buys so far:
Delhi Daredevils:Players added: Angelo Mathews (2 Cr), Corey Anderson (1 Cr)
Kings XI Punjab: Eoin Morgan (2 Cr)
Rising Pune Supergiants:
Ben Stokes (14.50 Cr)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Pawan Negi (1 Cr)
Harsha speaks
Here's Harsha Bhogle's take on the auction so far, on Facebook Live
Chris Jordan goes unsold
Chris Jordan, the England allrounder who played for RCB last year, is up for grabs. He has a base price of Rs. 50 Lakh, but no takers for him. Chris Jordan goes unsold.
Sean Abbott goes unsold
Sean Abbott, the Australia allrounder with a base price of Rs. 30 Lakh, goes unsold.
Corey Anderson goes to DD
Corey Anderson, released by MI, is up next - with a base price of Rs. 1 Crore. DD begin the bidding and are the only team to bid. Corey Anderson sold to DD for Rs. 1 Crore.
The big one - Ben Stokes
An uncapped IPL player, and a hot property in the current auction, is up next - with a base price of Rs. 2 Crore. Obviously teams are interested. MI and RCB in a heated bidding war for Stokes, DD join in. Bids have crossed 6 Crore and still going upward. KKR, surprisingly, haven't entered the fray for Stokes. It's between MI and DD and the bids have reached 10 Crore. And SRH enter with a bid of 11 Crore, DD still in the fray and RPS decide to join in, with a bid of 13.5 and SRH out at 14.5. Stokes sold to RPS for Rs. 14.5 Crore, the second highest buy ever in the history of IPL and the most expensive overseas signing.
Irfan Pathan unsold
Irfan Pathan, released by RPS, is the next player. He starts with a base price of Rs. 50 Lakh. None of the teams are interested though. Irfan Pathan goes unsold.
Angelo Mathews goes to DD
Angelo Mathews, the Sri Lanka allrounder, is up next - with a bse price of Rs. 2 Crore. Just as the hammer was about to go down, DD decide to bid at the last moment. Angelo Mathews sold to Delhi Daredevils for his base price of Rs. 2 Crore.
Pawan Negi to RCB
Pawan Negi, the most expensive buy last year, is up for grabs. He starts with a base price of Rs. 30 Lakh. RPS bid first and Gujarat Lions join in. Both teams seem pretty interested in the left-armer as the bids go up. RPS opted to back out when Gujarat bid Rs. 55 Lakh. Just as the hammer was about to go down, RCB decide to join. Gujarat back out at Rs. 80 Lakh and SRH decide to join. The bids has reached 1 Crore and SRH decide to opt out. Pawan Negi goes to RCB for Rs. 1 Crore.
Saurabh Tiwary unsold
Saurabh Tiwary, the left-handed batsman is up next, with a base price of Rs. 30 Lakh. He was with the Pune franchise last year, but no team is interested in him this time. He goes unsold. Capped allrounders are next.
Ross Taylor unsold
Ross Taylor, the New Zealand batsman, is up next. He had a base price of Rs. 50 Lakh but no takers for him. He goes unsold.
Hales unsold
Alex Hales, another England batsman, is up for grabs. He has a base price of Rs. 1 Crore. Teams though aren't interested in him and he goes unsold.
Fazal unsold
Faiz Fazal, the left-handed batsman, is up next. He has a base price of Rs. 30 Lakh. No bids for him either and the 31-year-old goes unsold.
Jason Roy unsold
Jason Roy, the England batsman who is uncapped in the IPL, is up next. He has a base price of Rs. 1 Crore. No bids for Jason Roy, who goes unsold.
Eoin Morgan sold to KXIP
Eoin Morgan, the England limited-overs skipper is up next. He has a base price of Rs. 2 Crore. Kings XI Punjab have bid first and they are the only team to bid. He goes to KXIP for his base price.
Auction begins, Guptill unsold
The hammer goes down. Madley begins, he reads out the rules and regulations of the auction. Batsmen are up for grabs in the first round and the first player is Martin Guptill. He has a base price of Rs. 50 Lakh. No bids for Guptill, who goes unsold.
Set to begin
The event gets underway BCCI CEO Rahul Johri starting with his welcome speech ahead of the #IPLAuction. He hands over to the famed auctioneer Richard Madley.
Curtains being raised
Auction is set to begin in a while. The key decision makers are making their way to their respective tables. Among them is Mahela Jayawardene, the new head coach of the Mumbai Indians side.
Points to remember
Remember, Kolkata Knight Riders will be without Andre Russell, who's serving a one year ban after a doping verdict went against him. On the eve of the auction, Mitchell Starc decided to part ways with RCB. Expect both these franchises to bid big for the likes of Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni is no longer the skipper of Rising Pune Supergiant; Steven Smith has taken over. Having released a handful of players ahead of the auction (including Kevin Pietersen, who won't be part of the auction), they have 10 slots to fill, including four overseas positions.
There are also five Afghanistan players among the 130 overseas players up for grabs. The 359 players include 62 batsmen, 117 bowlers, 150 all-rounders and 30 wicketkeepers, and among them are 229 uncapped players. Who'll end up with big bucks? How many surprise buys will we witness? There will be some disappointments too. Brace yourselves for some high-octane action off the field!
Expert Opinion
Who are the marque players for the 2017 auction? There are seven of them, who have opted for the highest base price of Rs. 2 Crore: Eoin Morgan, Angelo Mathews, Ben Stokes, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Johnson, Ishant Sharma and Chris Woakes.
There are 15 more who fall under the bracket of Rs. 1.5 Crore and 1. Crore. Thee players are Jonny Bairstow, Kyle Abbott, Jason Holder, Brad Haddin, Nathan Lyon, Trent Boult, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Corey Anderson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kagiso Rabada, Marlon Samuels, Daniel Christian, Grant Elliott and Andile Phehlukwayo.

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