IPL auction 2018: Odisha players go unsold
Bengaluru: With the two-day auction for Indian Premier League 2018 coming to an end, no players from Odisha managed to catch the interest of the 8 franchises to acquire a berth in the cash-rich cricket league.
Govinda Poddar who has been a consistent performer in Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy and T20 tournaments failed to attract any bidder.
All-rounder Biplab Samantray, Haladhar Das who had played for Sunrisers Hyderbad, Deccan Chargers, respectively in previous seasons also could not lure any franchises.
Eight franchisees assembled under one roof on Saturday and Sunday to rebuild their squad for the upcoming season.
Here is the complete players’ list of eight teams…..
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Young pacer Jaydev Unadkat turned out to be the most expensive Indian cricketer at the auction, who was bought by Rajasthan Royals.
The former IPL champions bought the pacer for Rs 11.5 crore after beating keen interests from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Manish Pandey and Lokesh Rahul were the most expensive Indians on the opening day of the auction on Saturday as they were bought for Rs 11 crore each.
Pandey was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad while Punjab secured Rahul’s services.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes became the most expensive player at the IPL auction for the second year running when he was taken by Rajasthan for Rs 12.5 crore during the opening day of the auction on Saturday.
Surprisingly, Unadkat was more expensive than even star New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult, who was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 2.2 crore.
On Sunday, Punjab and Chennai were the initial front runners to secure Unadkat’s services. The two teams engaged in a bidding war that saw his value escalate to Rs 11 crore from a base price of Rs 1.5 crore.
Rajasthan made a late bid to sweep the pacer away.
The Royals made another expensive deal on Sunday when they acquired the services of off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham for Rs 6.20 crore.
Australian pacer Andrew Tye was another hot property. The 31-year-old was at the centre of some heated bidding between Punjab and Chennai.
Starting at a base price of Rs 1 crore, Tye saw his value shoot up rapidly before Punjab clinched the deal at Rs 7.2 crore.
Fellow Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile was taken by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for Rs 2.2 crore after a short tussle with Punjab.
Indian left-arm seamer Barinder Sran was sold to Punjab for Rs 2.2 crore. Indian pacer Mohit Sharma went to Punjab for Rs 2.4 crore as they exercised the Right to Match (RTM) option to take him away from Chennai.
Another Indian pacer Sandeep Sharma saw heavy bidding between Kolkata and Punjab before Sunrisers Hyderabad got him for Rs 3 crore.