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IPL Auction 2018: SunRisers Hyderabad Retains Dhawan, Gayle Remains Unsold

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| January 27 , 2018 , 12:53 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 socks pulled up and belts tightened, all the 8 teams with huge pockets are ready to overtake the others.

While the big names including Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma have been retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians respectively during the January 4th retention auction, the fates of other players will also be sealed today.

With 18 players already retained, the teams have 62 capped Indians and 298 uncapped Indian cricketers along with 182 capped overseas cricketers, 34 uncapped overseas players and 2 cricketers from Associate Nations to chose from for filling the 182 available slots.

The much-anticipated bidding started with IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla welcoming Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings back to the tournament after serving two years spot-fixing ban. While many teams used their Right to Match cards for retaining two players, some shockingly low bidding on the high-rated players became the highlight of the event.

The bidding started with India's opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan going under the hammer. While Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians were fighting for taking him in their respective team, Sunrisers Hyderabad played the Right to Match card and ended up retaining him for Rs 5.2 crore.

Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab got into a bidding war for off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin but it was Preity Zinda's team which ended up claiming him for 7.6 crores.

West Indies player Kieron Pollard's bid reached Rs 5.4 crores after Delhi Daredevil left the Kings XI Punjab behind but Mumbai Indians swiped in and used their Right to Match card.

The most shocking event of the auction unfolded when the aggressive batsman Chris Gayle remained unsold as no franchise showed any interest in buying him.

Ben Stokes, the most expensive player of the last IPL auction, almost emptied the team's pockets. Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings showed interest in him but Rajasthan Royals won the bidding for Rs 12.5 crores.

The South African captain Faf du Plessis must be disappointed for being sold at mere Rs 1.6 crore but Chennai Super Kings which retained him using the RTM has huge expectations from the player.

Ajinkya Rahane went back home to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 4 crores despite Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab showing interest in him.

Like their other players, KKR didn't bid for their all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and gave him up for Rs 2 crore to Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Glenn Maxwell was taken up by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 9 crore after the long battle with Hyderabad and Rajasthan.

Kings XI Punjab ended up buying their favourite player Yuvrag Singh back for Rs 2 crore as Hyderabad refused to use their Right to Match card.

Sunrisers Hyderabad bought Kate Williamson for Rs 3 crore beating Royal Challengers Bangalore who showed interest in the player.

Dwayne Bravo ended up going back to Chennai Super Kings for Rs 6.4 crores as the bidders chose to use their Right to Match card, much to Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians' dismay.

KKR once again shocked everyone by giving up on their former captain Gautam Gambhir who ended up with Delhi Daredevils for Rs 2.8 crores.

Australia run machine Mitchell Starc was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 9.4 crore after having a bidding fight with Kings XI Punjab.

Senior Spinner Harbhajan Singh was bought at the base price of Rs 2 crore by Chennai Super Kings as Mumbai Indians decided to give up their RTM card.

While England’s Test captain Joe Root remained unsold, Kunal Nair ended up getting sold at Rs 5.6 crore to Kings XI Punjab as Delhi refused to retain him. The T20 opener KL Rahul was also bagged by Punjab for Rs 11 crores beating Rajasthan, Mumbai and Hyderabad.

Murali Viray remained unsold whereas David Miller was bought back by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 3 crore by using the RTM card. Preity Zinda's team was on a roll as it also bought the hard-hitting opening batsman for Rs 6.2 crore.

The aggressive wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum was bought by RCB for Rs 3.6 crore. Chennai Super Kings bought the much-anticipated Shane Watson for Rs 4 crore and Kedar Jadhav for Rs 7.8 crore.