Bengaluru: IPL auction 2018 will see a total of 578 players go under the hammer on January 27 and 28 in Bangalore. The list of 578 players has been finalised by the IPL Governing Council.
There are 16 top players awarded marquee status and a base price of Rs 2 crore with notable among them being Stokes, Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Mitchell Starc, Chris Gayle, and Dwayne Bravo to name a few. There hasn’t been an IPL auction of this magnitude since its inception in 2008.
Many of the international stars have the base price of Rs 2 crore. Even Indian stars like R Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir and Yuzvendra Chahal have kept their price at Rs 2 crore. A surprise among all this is Washington Sundar who has kept his base price at Rs 1.5 crore. Here are the three pools of players who have a minimum base price of Rs 1 crore.
A total of 26 players from England, 58 from Australia, 30 from New Zealand and 57 from South Africa have registered for the auction, taking the tally of overseas players to 282. Afghanistan too will see 13 players in the list while there are 39 from Sri Lanka and an equal number from the West Indies. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe have 8 and 7 players hoping to go under the hammer.
Again hoping to show his full range of strokes in this edition’s IPL will be Glenn Maxwell along with Mitchell Johnson, who bowled Mumbai Indians to their third title last season with his final over heroics.
List of top retained players: Virat Kohli (RCB) – Rs 17 crore, AB de Villiers (RCB) – Rs 11 crore, MS Dhoni (CSK) – Rs 15 crore, Suresh Raina (CSK) – Rs 11 crore, Ravindra Jadeja (CSK) – Rs 7 crore, David Warner (SRH) – Rs 12 crore, Bhuvneshwar Kumar (SRH) – Rs 8.5 crore, Steve Smith (RR) – Rs 12 crore, Rohit Sharma (MI) – Rs 15 crore, Hardik Pandya (MI) – Rs 11 crore, Jasprit Bumrah (MI) – Rs 7 crore, Sunil Narine (KKR) – Rs 8.5 crore