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IPL Auction: Yuvraj Singh under pressure after poor Mushtaq T20 outing

Rajasthan Royals, RCB, and Delhi Daredevils bet on all-rounders.

Both players were sold at an identical price of Rs 1.9 crore.

Rajasthan Royals: 67.5 crore rupees (£7.4m).

Yet again, Kings XI lost out on a winning bid after a RTM was exercised, when CSK bought back allrounder Dwayne Bravo for INR 6.4 crore (USD 1m approx).

The Punjab-born southpaw was the most expensive player of IPL for two consecutive years. In 2016, Watson was brought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 9.5 crores after setting his base price at Rs 2 core.

England opener Jason Roy joined the Delhi Daredevils for his £166,630 base price, while Moeen Ali will join Woakes in Bangalore after selling for nearly £190,000.

Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan was sold to SRH for Rs 2 crore. Gambhir being an regular and consistent opener for India grabbed attraction during the 2011 IPL auction where Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) purchased him for United States $2.4 million. Manish Pandey bought to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 11 Crores. The burden falls on five or six decision-makers - typically the chairman, chief executive, head and assistant coaches, team manager and analyst - who sit at their franchise table and bid for players to assemble a team.

The opening day of the auction also witnessed some shockers.

It still topped the early bids, even though it is not certain Stokes will be able to play in the lucrative tournament after he was charged with affray following a fight outside a nightclub in Bristol a year ago.

Karnataka vice-captain Karun Nair, who has hammered two centuries in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, didn't set the tongues wagging like his other two mates but still was richer by Rs 5.6 crore after being picked up Kings XI Punjab. This includes marquee players like R Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Christopher Gayle, Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson, Glenn Maxwell and Joe Root. And the Kolkata Knight Riders spent heavily to bought Australian duo of Chris Lynn and Mitchell Starc in Rs 9.60 crores and Rs 9.40 crores respectively.

Swashbuckling Chris Gayle, whose massive hits and massive innings in IPL have been a highlight of many seasons, remained unsold. "Chennai got the South African captain at a very good price". Of the total 1000 plus players who signed up for the auction, a shortlisted 578 will be available for auction over the next two days.

There will be three tiers of players up for auction each with a base price.

Earlier, MS Dhoni had stressed in an interview saying that CSK won't let Ashwin go out of the team, but at the last moment, CSK franchise left him and it is Kings XI Punjab who bagged him for a whopping amount of 7.6 crores.

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