The opening day of the much awaited auction for the 11th edition of the IPL to be held in 2018 is already over with all the franchises placing their best bids to maximize their squad strength with the budget constraint and limit on buying players. 110 players in total went under the hammer on the opening day of the auction among whom 78 were sold and 32 went unsold. A total of 16 RTMs were exercised with the total money spent by the franchises being a little over INR 321 crores.
The opening day of the auction saw 49 Indians winning bids in the IPL with many of them winnings ransom amounts to go with the foreign investments. KL Rahul and Manish Pandey were the Indian players to get the highest bids at the IPL auction. KL Rahul was bought by KXIP for INR 11 crores while Pandey was picked by SRH for the same amount. Shikhar Dhawan was retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad through the use of RTM card for INR 5.2 crores. Allrounder Deepak Hooda was the other Indian player retained by SRH using RTM card for INR 3.6 crores. Siddharth Kaul for INR 3.8 crores, Wriddhiman Saha for INR 5 crores, Yusuf Pathan for INR 1.9 crores, Basil Thampi for INR 95 lakhs, T Natarajan for INR 40 lakhs and Ricky Bhui for INR 20 lakhs were the other Indian players picked up by SRH in the auction. Ravichandran Ashwin was sold to the Kings XI Punjab for a whopping INR 7.6 crores while Karun Nair for INR 5.6 crores, Yuvraj Singh for INR 2 crores, Mayank Agarwal for INR 1 crores and Ankit Rajpoot for INR 3 crores were the other notable buys by the franchise apart from the inclusion of KL Rahul.
Krunal Pandya became the highest paid uncapped played in the history of IPL auctions, bagging a whopping amount of INR 8.8 crores and was retained by Mumbai Indians through the use of RTM card. Ishan Kishan for INR 6.2 crores and Sur fryakumar Yadav for INR 3.2 crores were the other Indian players picked up by MI in the auction. The Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand retained Ajinkya Rahane through the use of RTM card for a whopping INR 4 crores. Sanju Samson for INR 3.4 crores, Rahul Tripathi for INR 3.4 crores and Stuart Binny for INR 50 lakhs were the other Indian players picked up by the franchise.
U-19 sensations Shubham Gill and Kamlesh Nagarkoti were picked up by KKR for INR 1.8 crores and 3.2 crores respectively. The Kolkata Knight Riders used their RTM cards to retain Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav for INR 6.4 crores, 4.2 crores and 5.8 crores respectively and also retained Ishank Jaggi for INR 20 crores. Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana were also included into the KKR squad for whopping bids of INR 7.4 crores and INR 3.4 crores respectively. The Delhi Daredevils look a formidable side having retained Mohammad Shami for INR 3 crores to go with the inclusion of India U-19 skipper Prithvi Shaw to the setup. Amit Mishra for INR 4 crores, Gautam Gambhir for INR 2.8 crores, Rahul Tewatia for INR 3 crores, Vijay Shankar for INR 3.2 crores, Avesh Khan for 70 crores, Harshal Patel for INR 20 lakhs were the other Indian players picked up by DD in the auction.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore retained Yuzuvendra Chahal for a whopping amount of INR 6 crores through the use of RTM card. Umesh Yadav for INR 4.2 crores, Manan Vohra for INR 1.1 crores, Navdeep Saini for INR 3 crores, Kulwant Khejrolia for INR 85 lakhs and Aniket Choudhury for INR 30 lakhs were the other Indian players included into the RCB squad. The Chennai Super Kings, on the other hand, picked up Kedar Jadhav for INR 7.8 crores, Karn Sharma for INR 5 crores, Ambati Rayudu for INR 2.2 crores and Harbhajan Singh for INR 2 crores. The squads of some of the franchises look really balanced while the others need to spend the remainder of their budgets wisely and it will be interesting to see how they invest on the second day of the big auction.