19 December, 2018
Yuvraj Singh had played for Kings XI Punjab a year ago but he was released after scoring only 65 runs from eight matches. Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians went for the 17-year old batter.
Meanwhile out of favour India batsman Yuvraj Singh went unsold, while West Indians Shimron Hetmyer and Carlos Brathwaite bagged hefty deals during the IPL players' auction. Indian Premier League 2019 will see new auctioneer Hugh Edmeades in place of Richard Madley as the list is out with a total pool of 346 cricketers set to undergo the hammer.
We are just three hours into the auction, and we have seen it all - right from the franchises neglecting some quality players to the franchises striking some unusual deals at the 2019 IPL Auction. Axar Patel also earned big getting INR 5 Crore from Delhi Capitals, who once again staved off bids from KXIP.
However, there were no takers for 37-year-old Yuvraj, who was a sought after player in the IPL for a long time and during his prime, attracted a Rs 16 crore bid.
His teammate Brathwaite, the star of 2016 World T20, was sold to KKR for Rs five crore after a bidding war between the Dinesh Karthik-led side and Kings XI Punjab.
Devdutt Padikkal is sold to RCB for 20 Lakh.
Another discarded India pacer Mohit Sharma went for Rs 5 crore to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) while current pace spearheads Mohammed Shami's services were purchased for Rs 4.80 crore by Kings XI Punjab. 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.
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The all-rounder had entered the auction with a base price of Rs 75.
Hard-hitting wicketkeeper batsman Nicholas Pooran will join Kings XI's squad, for INR 4.2 crores (approx United States dollars 583,000).
Shami, who turned up for Delhi last season, was sold to KXIP while Mohit went back to Chennai Super Kings after a stint with KXIP.
For the first time this year, Yuvraj had reduced his base price to Rs 1 crore.
The high-profile unsold players were Cheteshwar Pujara, Brendon McCullum, Shaun Marsh, Chris Woakes and Dale Steyn. I hope to learn a lot from people like Ravichandran Ashwin, who is the captain of Kings XI Punjab and the others.