Indian batsmen turned out to be the few of the most expensive players sold in the IPL auction 2018.
After a great home season for Team India, and the dominance of Indian batting order, teams naturally went for them, instead of the usual trend of going after overseas players.
While Team India is battling it out in South Africa, the players had great value for money back home.
Nine Indian capped batsmen were sold in the first session of the auction in morning. While teams generally opted for young talent while looking at a long-term approach, veterans like Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan also went heavily.
Sunrisers Hyderabad bought Yusuf Pathan to strengthen their lower batting order for 1.9 cr and went for a RTM on Shikhar Dhawan who cost them a whopping 5.6 Cr. Manish Pandey was the star of the show who took home a scintillating 11 Cr after he was chased by many other franchises.
Rajasthan Royals got their former player and Indian test vice-captain Ajinka Rahane back for a humble price of 4 Cr.
Gautam Gambhir went back to his home town after an elongated and successful stint with the Kolkata Knight Riders. Delhi Daredevils bought him for 2.8 Cr which is a pretty decent price for the opening batsman. They had previously retained the youngsters, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer.
Chennai Super Kings went for the WK-batsman Kedar Jadhav. Going for 7.8 Cr he is one of the highest paid cricketer of this auction.
Kings XI Punjab were certainly the smartest team in the auction. They got all the depth and power they needed for not a very big price. Yuvraj Singh was reunited with his first team being bought for 2 Cr. Karun Nair who has shown his worth in International and domestic circuits also went big for 5.6 Cr. But KL Rahul was the one who stole the show with a price of 11 Cr.
The uncapped batsman category is still to be auctioned and it would be interesting to see what’s the faith of these young Indian batsmen.