As expected England players received a huge payday in the 10th IPL auction with Rising Pune Supergiants buying Ben Stokes (Rs. 14.50 Cr) and Royal Challengers Bangalore getting Tymal Mills (Rs. 12 Cr).
Players like Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Chris Woakes, Jason Roy and Trent Boult were also the players to watch out for and all of them were snapped this auction. Surprisingly, Imran Tahir remained unsold during the auction.
The South Africa leg-spinner has been the among the spinners in the limited overs format for the past couple of years. In fact, Imran Tahir is currently the No. 1 ranked bowler in T20Is and ODI cricket.
Kings XI Punjab (Last season No.8 on points table)
Desperate to turn their fortunes in the 10th Season, Kings XI Punjab tried to get some experience in their side. Eoin Morgan was a bargain buy for Rs. 2 Cr with Martin Guptill and Matt Henry being snapped at Rs. 50 Lakh each.
They also got in Darren Sammy along with the rookie left-arm seamer T Natrajan. KXIP already had some T20 match winners in their squad in Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Shaun Marsh and Murali Vijay. It is their Indian bowling which could worry the team management a little.
Players retained: David Miller, Manan Vohra, Axar Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Singh, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, M Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla.
Players bought at 2017 auction: Eoin Morgan, Rahul Tewatia, T Natarajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Martin Guptill, Darren Sammy, Rinku Singh.
Rising Pune Supergiants (Last season No.7 on points table)
Rising Pune Supergiants started off the auction with the buy of Ben Stokes and then took a backseat owing to a small left over auction purse. With M.S. Dhoni being replaced as skipper by Steven Smith, RPS will hoping the new leadership brings some luck.
They are a little thin on bowling with Lockie Ferguson and Adam Zampa being the only overseas bowlers. They have Ashwin, Dinda and some of the rookie Indian bowlers which could be a problem for them. RPS also picked up Daniel Christian during the auction which makes their batting stronger.
Players retained: MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Steven Smith, Faf du Plessis, Mitchell Marsh, Ashok Dinda, Ankush Bains, Rajat Bhatia, Ankit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Adam Zampa, Jaskaran Singh, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Usman Khawaja, Mayank Agarwal.
Players bought at 2017 auction: Ben Stokes, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Dan Christian, Milind Tandon, R Tripathi, Manoj Tiwary, Lockie Ferguson.
Delhi Daredevils (Last season No.6 on points table)
Delhi Daredevils managed to get most out the auction with some great buy which will give them selection headaches. They bought Pat Cummins, Angelo Mathews, Kagiso Rabada and Corey Anderson which makes their team a force to reckon with.
They already had the services of Quinton De Kock, Sam Billings, JP Duminy, Chris Morris and Carlos Brathwaite with regards to the international players. Daredevils have a got good balance in their side and could be the team to watch out for this season.
Players retained: JP Duminy, Mohammed Shami, Quinton de Kock, Shahbaz Nadeem, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Shreyas Iyer, Zaheer Khan, Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Chris Morris, Carlos Brathwaite, Karun Nair, Rishabh Pant, CV Milind, Syed Ahmed, Pratyush Singh.
Players bought at 2017 auction: Angelo Mathews, Corey Anderson, Kagiso Rabada, Pat Cummins, Ankit Bawne, Aditya Tare, Murugan Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Shashank Singh.
Mumbai Indians (Last season No.5 on points table)
Mumbai Indians snapped Mitchell Johnson at the auction which could prove to be a waste of a buy for them. Johnson who made a strong comeback in the recently concluded Big Bash, will have to fight for a place in the XI along with Lasith Malinga, Tim Southee and Mitchell Mcclenaghan among the foreign seamers.
Mumbai’s core team has been the same for quite a few years which has been their strength. Their bargain buys this season were Nicholas Pooran from the West Indies and Sri Lanka’s Asela Gunaratne.
Players retained: Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, J Suchith, Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler, Tim Southee, Jithesh Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Punia.
Players bought at 2017 auction: Nicholas Pooran, Mitchell Johnson, K Gowtham, Karn Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, A Gunarathna, K Khejroliya.
Kolkata Knight Riders (Last season No.4 on points table)
Kolkata Knight Riders also made the most of the IPL auction by going for intelligent buys. Having to replace a player with Andre Russell’s ability is not easy but getting someone like a Chris Woakes and Nathan Coulter-Nile does help.
They also snapped up Trent Boult and rookie West Indies all-rounder Rovman Powell. KKR has a settled side with Gambhir, Manish Pandey, Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan forming the core of their side.
Players retained: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sheldon Jackson, Ankit Singh Rajput, Andre Russell
Players bought at 2017 auction: Trent Boult, Chris Woakes, Rishi Dhawan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rovman Powell, R Sanjay Yadav, Ishank Jaggi, Darren Bravo, Sayan Ghosh
Gujarat Lions (Lost in the Playoffs)
Gujarat Lions had a great season last year and they did well at the auction come 2017. They bought a lot of Indian bowlers something which was a problem for them last year.
One of the best buys for GL was Jason Roy who is one of the best T20 players in England. With the likes of Raina, McCullum and Dwayne Bravo already in the side, Gujarat Lions will hope to have a good season this time around as well.
Players retained: Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Bravo, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Dhawal Kulkarni, Praveen Kumar, Andrew Tye, Ishan Kishan, Pradeep Sangwan, Shivil Kaushik, Shadab Jakati, Jaydev Shah.
Players bought at 2017 auction: Nathu Singh, Basil Thampy, Tejas Singh Baroka, Manpreet Gony, Jason Roy, Munaf Patel, Chirag Suri, Shelly Shaurya, Shubham Agrawal, Pratham Singh, Aksh Deep Nath.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Finalists)
The most flamboyant team of the IPL, RCB already boasts with the likes of Virat Kohli, AB Devilliers, Chris Gayle and Shane Watson. Buying Tymal Mills will give their bowling much needed spunk which they need since Mitchell Starc pulled out of the tournament one day before the auction.
They have always had a great batting lineup and with Kedar Jadhav coming in the side during the transfer window, it has been bolstered even further. RCB also bought the tall and lanky seamer Australian seamer Billy Stanlake.
Players retained: Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, S Aravind, Kedar Jadhav, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Travis Head, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi
Players bought at 2017 auction: Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Aniket Choudhary, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Champions)
The current champions bought two Afghanistan players which was certainly the highlight of the auction. They stacked up their overseas bowling options as well, going for the experienced Ben Laughlin and Chris Jordan.
With likes of Mustafizur Rahman, David Warner, Kane Williamson, Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan in the side, Sunrisers Hyderabad will once again be the team to beat come IPL 10.
Players retained: Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, David Warner, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha, Ricky Bhui, Kane Williamson, Siddarth Kaul, Bipul Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Yuvraj Singh, Ben Cutting, Abhimanyu Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar.
Players bought at 2017 auction: Tanmay Agarwal, Mohammad Nabi, Ekalavya Dwivedi, Rashid Khan, Pravin Tambe, Chris Jordan, Ben Laughlin, Mohammed Siraj.