What happened at IPL 2019 auction?

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Well, the IPL 2019 has a few months to go but the teams are set after they picked their squad in the auction on Tuesday. There has been a few notable misses, some last minute exciting picks. All in all 60 players were sold on the day 40 of which being Indians and a total of 1,06,80,00,000 Rs spent by the franchises.

Let’s talk about the big players who weren’t brought first, Brendon McCullum, Dale Steyn, Joe Root, Cheteshwar Pujara all went unsold during the auction. The trend was clear bidders were after young players and old foreign players just didn’t fit the bill. But the surprise of the day was Manoj Tiwari, Cricket betting odds were sure that Tiwari would be picked by someone but he went unsold.

Moving on RR saved three crores when they released Jaydev Unadkat and brought him again for 8.4 crores. Making him the most expensive player of the auction the uncapped Indian all-rounder Varun Chakaravarthy, who was brought by KXIP.

Sam Curran was the most expensive foreign player who was also brought by KXIP. Colin Ingram also went big to Delhi Capital for 7.2 crores. Other notable foreign players were Carlos Brathwaite to KKR (5 crores), Shimron Hetmyer to RCB and Nicholas Pooran to SRH (4.2 crores each). But the shock bid was for Shivam Dube after RCB bagged him for 5 crores. Cricket betting tips did favor a big move for Axar Patel and Mohit Sharma, who was brought by Delhi capital and Chennai for 5 crores respectively. But it’s funny to see that M Shami was valued less than them and was picked by KXIP for 4.8 Crores only.

After the auction, MI fans were excited the most who brought in fan favorite Lasith Malinga (Rs 2cr) and Yuvraj Singh (Rs 1cr). Since then the fan base of MI has increased significantly largely due to Yuvraj Singh addition. Cricket betting odds suggest he and Malinga would be key players for Rohit Sharma sides as they lost 5 matches in the last over in the previous IPL.

SRH seemed to be the quietest during the auction but the owners were satisfied with the players they got and IPL 2019 seems to be once again lit up by seeing the quality of squads among the eight teams.