Bengaluru: India opener K L Rahul and middle-order batsman Manish Pandey are the most expensive buys of the ongoing 11th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction, bagging bumper deals of Rs 11 crore each.
Pandey, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) last season, was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad while Rahul was snapped up by Kings XI Punjab.
Australian middle-order batsman Chris Lynn stays with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs 9.60 crore.
Indian all-rounder Kedar Jadhav will join M.S. Dhoni and Suresh Raina in the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as the franchise bought him for Rs 7.8 crore.
Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 3.60 crore.
Indian Test opener Murali Vijay, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, Australian all-rounder James Faulkner and South African batsman Hashim Amla failed to attract bids.
Australia opener Aaron Finch was sold for Rs 6.20 crore to Kings XI Punjab. He played for the Gujarat Lions in the last edition.
Moeen Ali will play alongside teammate Chris Woakes for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Yusuf Pathan was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 1.9 crore after Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) decided not to use their Right to Match card to retain the batsman.
Rajasthan Royals bought former player Stuart Binny for Rs 50 lakh, much below the all-rounder’s base price.
Earlier in the day, players from the marquee list went for bidding where England’s Ben Stokes was sold for a whopping Rs 12.5 crore to the Rajasthan Royals (RR), while Glenn Maxwell was taken by the Delhi Daredevils (DD) for Rs 9 crore.
Up to 578 players, out of the 1,122 players, have been kept for the final two-day auction, which includes 244 capped players (62 from India), 332 uncapped players (34 from overseas), and two players from Associate countries. (ANI)