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Franchises splash over Rs 550 crore on IPL 2022 mega auction

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction ended in Bengaluru on Sunday, with 10 franchises spending nearly Rs 552 crore to buy 204 players over two days.

Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan (Mumbai Indians) became the most expensive buy at the IPL 2022 mega auction, at Rs 15.25 crore, followed by pacer Deepak Chahar (Chennai Super Kings) for Rs 14 crore and batsman and former Delhi Daredevils skipper Shreyas Iyer (Kolkata Knight Riders) for Rs 12.25 crore.

While Kishan, Chahar and Iyer were snapped up on day one, an action-packed day two saw Punjab Kings (PBKS) breaking the bank to get England’s T20 specialist Liam Livingstone (Rs 11.50 crore) and a hopeful investment by Mumbai Indians in injured England pacer Jofra Archer (Rs 8 crore). Aiden Markram was the first player to be picked up on day two, going to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 2.6 crore.

Singaporean Tim David (Rs 8.25 crore) and West Indian Romario Shepherd (Rs 7.75 crore) emerged as surprise packages as they joined Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively. India U19 World Cup-winning squad members Raj Angad Bawa and Rajvardhan Hagargekar hit the jackpot, too, going to PBKS and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for Rs 2 crore and Rs 1.5 crore respectively. A third member of the India U19 World Cup team, skipper Yash Dhull, was bagged by Delhi Capitals for Rs 50 lakh.

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Sadly, players of the stature of Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, Suresh Raina, Eoin Morgan, Marnus Labuschagne and Ishant Sharma went unsold.

Punjab Kings dug deep to add West Indies all-rounder Odean Smith, who put up a good showing in the recent series against India, for Rs 6.5 crore. India’s Khaleel Ahmed (Rs 5.25 crore) and Chetan Sakariya (Rs 4.2 crore) along with overseas players Rovman Powell (Rs 2.80 crore), Lungi Ngidi (Rs 50 lakh) and Tim Seifert (Rs 50 lakh) joined Delhi Capitals, who also acquired U19 team member Vicky Ostwal (Rs 20 lakh).

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals bought four players in four minutes – Jimmy Neesham (Rs 1.5 crore), Nathan Coulter-Nile (Rs 2 crore), Rassie van der Dussen (Rs 1 crore) and Daryl Mitchell (Rs 75 lakh).

India’s Test captain Ajinkya Rahane, who has been struggling with his batting form, went to Kolkata Knight Riders at a base price of Rs 1 crore. Expectedly, India legend Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun remained with Mumbai Indians for Rs 30 lakh following a brief bidding war between Gujarat Titans and Mumbai Indians.

Chris Jordan (Rs 3.60 crore), Mitchell Santer (Rs 1.90 crore) and Devon Conway (Rs 1 crore) went to Chennai Super Kings, Marco Jansen was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 4.20 crore, Wriddhiman Saha (Rs 1.9 crore) was sold to Gujarat Titans, and K Gowtham (Rs 90 lakh) went to Lucknow Super Giants.

Source: Agencies

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