Hetmyer, Rutherford, Paul snapped up at IPL auction

Sherman Parsons
December 19, 2018

Kings XI Punjab and Delhi were engaged in a bidding war for the India cricketer and the player finally went to Delhi after an intense round of auction which saw Yuvraj Singh going unsold in the first round of bidding.

"We always knew that we will break the wall for him", said KXIP CEO Satish Menon.

Tamil Nadu mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy emerged as the biggest surprise from the auction.

Unadkat, on the other hand, is back in the RR fold after being released at the end of the 2018 season.

West Indies players were in demand with Royal Challengers Bangalore paying 42 million Indian rupees for Hetmyer. The auctions however did not turn out as expected for the 33 year old, who shared images of past records and trophies and questioned what he had done wrong to not be considered for selection.

Axar was one of the high-profile Indian player to be sold in the auction after India all-rounder Hanuma Vihari.

Yuvraj Singh was in danger of being unsold before Mumbai Indians picked him at his base price.

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Having retained the bulk of their side, defending champions Chennai Super Kings hardly required any fresh faces after regaining Mohit Sharma for Rs 5 crore.

Patel, who made his name at KXIP, was bought by Delhi Capitals after a bidding battle with the Punjab franchise.

Tiwary, who was the first one to go under the hammer in Jaipur, has played in all the editions of the IPL, except 2016. Among the players now playing for Team India, Mohammad Shami was the top pick at Rs 4.80 crore.

The Dinesh Karthik-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) also kept their focus on a number of rookies, besides splurging crores on Brathwaite (Rs 5 crore) and Lockie Ferguson (Rs 1.6 crore).

He hit the jackpot with Kings XI Punjab pocketing the 27-year old, who can bowl both leg-spin and offspin.

Devdutt Padikkal is sold to RCB for 20 Lakh.

Another West Indian to get an attractive deal was wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran. He is a T20 find and is yet to play Test cricket.

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