After the two-day IPL 2022 Mega Auction, Ishan Kishan emerged as the costliest buy as Mumbai Indians bagged him at ₹15.25 cr. while fast bowler Avesh Khan became the most expensive uncapped player. On the other hand, Suresh Raina, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra and Piyush Chawla were among those notable Indians who did not find a taker for the upcoming season of the IPL.
Notably, this year’s IPL Mega Auction made it clear that the franchises are relying more on the home-grown players rather than on overseas players. As many as 8 players featured in the top 10 list of the most expensive buys in Bangalore whereas Liam Livingstone was the only foreign player in the list of top 5 costliest players.
In Bangalore, a total of 204 players went under the hammer and the franchises spent ₹551.70 cr. on the players over 2 days of the IPL Mega Auction on February 12 and 13.
India’s wicket keeper-batter Ishan Kishan went to Mumbai Indians after getting the highest bid in the auction. He became the 2nd most expensive player in the history of IPL after Yuvraj Singh who bagged ₹16 cr., in the 2015 edition of the IPL.
Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings once again secured the fast bowler Deepak Chahar at ₹14 cr., making him the most expensive fast bowler in the IPL. As Delhi Capitals decided not to retain India middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer, Kolkata Knight Riders bought him at ₹12.25 cr. The former DC skipper will now probably lead the team KKR in IPL 2022.
England’s Liam Livingstone was the only overseas player to enter the top 5 highest bids as Punjab Kings got him at ₹11.50 cr. Indian all-rounder Shardul Thakur was sold to Delhi Capitals for ₹10.75 cr.
Notably, fast bowler Avesh Khan, Tamil Nadu big-hitter Shahrukh Khan and all-rounder Rahul Tewatia became the 3 most expensive Indian uncapped players in the history of IPL at ₹10 cr., ₹9 cr. and ₹9 cr. respectively.
On the other hand, big names like Suresh Raina and Ishant Sharma were not able to find any takers for IPL 2022. Raina was not even called on for the final accelerated round on Day 2 of the mega auction. The former Chennai Super Kings star is the 4th leading run-scorer in the IPL with 5528 runs in 204 matches in the history of IPL.
Raina retired from international cricket in 2020 and did not play competitive cricket after IPL 2021. His base price was ₹2 cr. but no one in the auction showed interest in him.
Senior pacer Ishant Sharma, Cheteswar Pujara and Piyush Chawal also did not get any bid in the latest Mega Auction. Meanwhile. Eion Morgan, Steve Smith, Aaron Finch and Sakib Al Hassan are some of the big overseas names who did not get any team for the next season of the IPL.
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