Indian Premier League 2019: Player List, Chennai Super Kings

However, Mumbai Indians gave him a lifeline by buying him at his base price at the last moment.

Among Indian players, Axar Patel was the first to touch the Rs 5 crore mark - an amount dished out by Delhi Capitals, who also bought Hanuma Vihari for Rs 2 crore. He was picked up by KXIP at his base of price of Rs 2 crore earlier this year before the team released him following a lean 2018 IPL.

Christie's Hugh Edmeades will oversee the proceedings, replacing the hugely popular Welshman Richard Madley, who had become a fixture at the IPL auctions.

Haryana-based Mohit Sharma, a right-arm medium pacer, was bought for Rs 5 crore by the Yellow Brigade.

Jonny Bairstow (2.2 Crore to SRH) and Nicholas Pooran (4.2 Crore to KXIP) were the other overseas players to attract bids amongst the wicketkeepers.

All-rounder Sherfane Rutherford, 20, who is yet to play an global, was bought by Delhi Capitals - formerly Delhi Daredevils - for US$283 760 while speedster Oshane Thomas was picked up by Rajasthan Royals for US$157 000. A total of 70 players can be bought at the auction with 20 slots available for the the foreign players.

The all-rounder had entered the auction with a base price of Rs 75. This time they got the opportunity and they grabbed it with both ends. The same goes for England players who will be required to report to the World Cup preparatory camp in the middle of the IPL. But he would not have expected to go unsold in the latest auction.

Post the first three seasons of the Indian Premier League, when they clearly realised picking "names" doesn't produce results, Kolkata Knight Riders have been among the shrewder franchises when it comes to auction picks.

  • Steve Townsend