As the much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) player auctions for the 11th edition of the tournament began on Saturday, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 7.6 crore, departing ways with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
England's Ben Stokes has been sold for a whopping Rs 12.5 crore to the Rajasthan Royals. Stokes, who was on the marquee list, had a base price of Rs 2 crore. He played the last season with the Rising Pune Supergiant and has been the top-priced overseas player in the competition's history.
West Indies' Chris Gayle, who played last season with Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB), has remained unsold.
Australia's Mitchell Starc has been sold to Kolkata Knight Rider (KKR) for Rs 9.4 crore.
Rajasthan Royals’ used the Right To Match (RTM) to retain India's Ajinkya Rahane for Rs 4 crore.
Meanhwile, Shikhar Dhawan with a base price of Rs 2 crore has been sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 5.20 crore.
Sunrisers Hyderabad used the Right To Match (RTM) to retain Dhawan.
West Indies' Kieron Pollard with a base price of Rs 2 crore has been sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs 5.4 crore.
Up to 578 players, out of the 1,122 players, have been kept for the final two-day auction, which includes 244 capped players (62 from India), 332 uncapped players (34 from overseas), and two players from Associate countries.
The players have been divided into different sets and the auction kickstarted with the 'marquee' list, where 16 players, in two batches of eight each will go for the bid.
The marquee list includes Gautam Gambhir, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuvraj Singh, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan and Harbhajan Singh from India while from overseas, players such as Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Christopher Gayle, Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Shakib Hasan are on that list.
The auction pool will also include players from the Under-19 India team squad in the form of skipper Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Himanshu Rana, Abhishek Sharma, Riyan Parag, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Arshdeep Singh and Harvik Desai.