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IPL Auction 2018: Third-Time Lucky Chris Gayle Goes To KXIP For Base Price Rs 2 Crore

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| January 28 , 2018 , 16:19 IST

The eleventh edition of the celebrated cricket tournament is looming just around the corner and the franchises are fighting tooth and nail to bid for the best during the auction of Indian Premier League 2018. With the majority of players sold on Day 1, the fate of other cricketers will be sealed today.

With the opening of Day 2, Jaydev Unadkat joined the league of most expensive players as Rajasthan Royals claimed his loyalty with Rs 11.5 crore. Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings fought tooth and nail for the 26-year-old but Shilpa Shetty's team surpassed them all to buy him.

Seems like Eoin Morgan, Alex Hales, Shaun Marsh and Lendl Simmons weren't able to impress the bidders as they remained unsold whereas the uncapped Karnataka spinner Krishnappa Gowtham was bought by Rajasthan Royals after an intense battle with Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 6.2 crore.

Day 2 was majorly dedicated to the uncapped players as another one Shahbaz Nadeem was taken up by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 3.2 crore. Despite their out and out a great performance in the past IPL matches, Shivil Kaushik and Iqbal Abdulla remained unsold along with KC Cariappa.

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The former U19 World Cup-winning captain Unmukt Chand and Pragyan Ojha were unable to find any bidders. While most players were sold for the max of Rs 3 crore, Kings XI Punjab raised the bar for Australia’s Andrew Tye and bought him for Rs 7.2 crore. Fast bowlers Morne Morkel and Jason Holder also remained unsold in the auction.

After being unsold for the first two rounds, Chris Gayle was finally picked by Kings XI Punjab for his base price of Rs 2 crore. Surprisingly, South African pacer Lungisani Ngidi was also sold for his base price of Rs 50 lakh by Chennai Super Kings which also acquired Murali Vijay's services for Rs 2 crore.

South Africa’s fast bowler Dale Steyn and Australian batsman Shaun Marsh failed to appeal any bidder even in the second attempt and remained unsold. Parthiv Patel was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 1.7 crore whereas Sri Lanka’s Akila Dhananjaya went to Mumbai Indians for Rs 50 lakh.

On day 1, Englishman Ben Stokes and Steve Smith became the most expensive players whereas Indian batsmen KL Rahul and Manish Pandey followed closely behind. In a shocking development, Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga remained unsold but came back for another round on Sunday.