IPL Auction 2019: Five overseas players who could become millionaires

by Leon Thompson December 19, 2018, 2:00
IPL Auction 2019: Five overseas players who could become millionaires

Highly-rated Sussex all-rounder Jofra Archer, who qualifies to play for England in January after the England and Wales Cricket Board changed its regulations, was retained by Rajasthan. Royals acquired Varun Aaron for INR 2.4 crore (approx Dollars 334,000). The 37-year-old cricketer will be brought back in the auction pool later in the evening.

The Royals were locked in an intense battle with Delhi Capitals and later on with Chennai Super Kings before getting back the services of the paceman, whom they released for the auction.

Black Caps great Brendon McCullum was left unsold in the latest Indian Premier League auction while Martin Guptill and Lockie Ferguson were able to get contracts for the 2019 season.

India discard Axar Patel was on Tuesday bought for a whopping Rs five crore by Delhi Capitals.

The 12th edition of Indian Premier League, or IPL 2019 player auction is going to be held on December 18, 2018, on Tuesday.

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Among the players expected to garner a lot of interest was Shimron Hetmyer, who was a bright spot for West Indies on their tour of India earlier this year. Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals also bid for the stylish West Indian batsman, who had a base price of Rs 50 lakh. The other big buy of the first couple of hours of the auction was uncapped Tamil Nadu mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy (27), who sparked a bidding war between five franchises. "I swear I was expecting only to be taken at the base price", Varun said, post the auction. Mohit Sharma, a death-overs specialist with his assortment of slower balls, attracted bids from various franchises until he was finally sold to defending champions Chennai Super Kings for INR 5 crore (USD 694,000).

Hard-hitting wicketkeeper batsman Nicholas Pooran will join Kings XI's squad, for INR 4.2 crores (approx Dollars 583,000).

Among the total number of cricketers going under the hammer, 346 are nine foreign players in the highest base price bracket which is of Rs 2 crore.

Pacer Ishant Sharma, who had a base price of Rs 75 lakh, went to Delhi Capitals for Rs 1.1 crore while wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was bought back by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 1.2 crore. This list includes elite worldwide cricketers like Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Lasith Malinga, Colin Ingram, Shaun Marsh, Corey Anderson, Sam Curran, Angelo Mathews and D'Arcy Short.

Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab who had the maximum purse limit went for a lot of players.

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