Chakravarthy, with a base price of Rs 20 lakh, went to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) after a bidding war that also involved Delhi Capitals (DC), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR)
Unheralded architect-turned-cricketer Varun Chakravarthy on Tuesday fetched a sensational bid of Rs 8.4 crore, more than 40 times his base price, before veteran Yuvraj Singh finally found a buyer at the IPL 2019 Players Auction that had an unmissable Caribbean flavour to it.
Chakravarthy, with a base price of Rs 20 lakh, went to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) after a bidding war that also involved Delhi Capitals (DC), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR).
KXIP had the maximum money going into the auction. Apart from Varun, they also spent big on England all-rounder Sam Curran, buying him for Rs 7.2 crore, the most for an overseas player in this year’s auction.
Yuvraj’s fans must have also heaved a sigh of relief when the 37-year-old was bought by Mumbai Indians (MI) for his base price of Rs 1 crore after going unsold initially.
"If you are wondering why this took time...we've just got back to senses! Welcome to Mumbai," tweeted Mumbai Indians.
Yuvraj secured a last minute deal but his IPL fortunes have been declining rapidly. In 2015, he fetched a record Rs 16 crore deal with the Delhi franchise but was picked up by KXIP at his base of price of Rs 2 crore last season before the team released him.
Both uncapped and capped Indians were in demand at the auction. Medium pacer Jaydev Unadkat became a millionaire once again with Rs 8.4 crore bid from Rajasthan Royals (RR), but the spotlight was firmly on Varun, the 27-year-old mystery spinner from Tamil Nadu who gave up a career as freelance architect to pursue cricket.
"We had to wait and see how the bid was going (for Varun). He can bowl in the Powerplay and in the death and can also bat," said KXIP coach Mike Hesson.
Varun has risen to prominence owing to a strong showing in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). He has been widely credited for Madurai Panthers’ maiden TNPL title win this year.
Unadkat, on the other hand, is back in the RR fold after being released at the end of the season this year. He had been bought for Rs 11.5 crore by RR earlier this year. On Tuesday, RR lapped him up after a bidding battle with KXIP, CSK and DC.
Besides Varun, the other uncapped players who attracted huge amounts were the 16-year-old all-rounder Prayas Ray Barman from Bengal (Rs 1.5 cr to RCB), Punjab wicketkeeper Prab Simran Singh (Rs 4.8 cr to KXIP), Mumbai batsmen Shivam Dube (Rs 5 cr to RCB) and Uttar Pradesh batsman Akshdeep Singh (Rs 3.6 cr to RCB) . Akshdeep was bought after he re-entered the auction pool.
With uncertainty over the availability of Australian and England players in a World Cup year, the teams went after the West Indians.
Out of the 20 overseas slots available, six were sealed by the Caribbean players including Shimron Hetmyer, Carlos Brathwaite , Nicholas Pooran, Oshane Thomas, Keemo Paul and Sherfane Rutherford.
RCB paid Rs 4.2 crore for Hetmyer. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), RR and DC also bid for the stylish West Indian batsman, who had a base price of Rs 50 lakh.
His teammate Brathwaite, the star of 2016 World T20, was sold to KKR for Rs 5 crore after a bidding war between the Dinesh Karthik-led side and KXIP.
The all-rounder had entered the auction with a base price of Rs 75 lakh.
Another West Indian to get an attractive deal was wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran. The 23-year-old, who came with a base price of Rs 75 lakh, went for Rs 4.2 crore to KXIP. He is a T20 find and is yet to play Test cricket. DC paid Rs 2 crore and Rs 50 lakh for Rutherford and Keemo Paul while RR bought Thomas for Rs 1.1 crore.
Amongst other Indians, spinner Axar Patel (Rs 5 crore), pacer Mohit Sharma (Rs 5 crore) and Mohammad Shami (Rs 4.8 crore) were the other names to fetch big bids.
Patel, who made his name at KXIP, was bought by DC after a bidding battle with the Punjab franchise.
Shami, who turned up for Delhi last season, was sold to KXIP while Mohit went back to CSK after a stint with KXIP.
Indian Test player Hanuma Vihari was sold to Delhi for Rs 2 crore, four times his base price.
Pacer Ishant Sharma, who had a base price of Rs 75 lakh, went to Delhi for Rs 1.1 crore while wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha was bought back by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for Rs 1.2 crore.
The high-profile unsold players were Hashim Amla, Cheteshwar Pujara, Brendon McCullum, Shaun Marsh, Chris Woakes and Dale Steyn.
A total of 60 players (40 Indians, 20 overseas) were sold at the auction. A whopping Rs 106.80 crore was spent.
The following is a list of sold and unsold players at Tuesday's IPL 2019 auction:
Last Updated 5:44 PM IST