Indian cricketer Ishan Kishan emerged as the most expensive buy on day one of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 auctions, after Mumbai Indians bought him for a huge Rs 15.25 crore in Bengaluru on Saturday. Deepak Chahar came in a close second, becoming the second-most expensive player at this auction so far at Rs 14 crore.
Players like David Miller, Suresh Raina, Shakib Al Hasan and Steve Smith went unsold on Saturday, but it is not the end of the road for them in the ongoing mega auction, since bids for unsold players can be made by franchises even after the main auction has come to a close.
On Sunday, the unsold players can be picked up throughout the categories in the accelerated auction. Even if players remain unsold at the end of day two of the auction, they still stand a chance of being purchased from the pool if the franchises wish to replace any of their players in view of injury or sickness. They can also be hired by teams to fill up practise teams for the main squad.
The last IPL auction saw 241 players unsold at the end of the auction. This year, with two additional teams of Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans, the number is expected to be much lower.
Earlier, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bagged young Indian cricketer Shreyas Iyer on the opening day of auctions for the 15th edition of the IPL for Rs 12.25 crore. Besides Iyer, who has been in terrific form, Australian Test captain Pat Cummins was also purchased by the Kolkata franchise, for Rs 7.25 crore.
Punjab Kings, co-owned by actress Preity Zinta, has taken on senior Indian batsman Shikhar Dhawan and South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada for Rs 8.25 crore and Rs 9.25 crore respectively, while Indian allrounder Ravichandran Ashwin has been purchased by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 5 crore.