The intense bidding war on some of world’s cricket renowned names will certainly grab the headlines in the forthcoming IPL 2018 auction which will witness a whopping 1122 players go under the hammer.
Among the Indian players, all eyes will be on Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and Gautam Gambhir. Aside from these three experienced campaigners, opening batsmen KL Rahul and Murali Vijay, classy Mumbai batsman Ajinkya Rahane and the spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav will be on every franchise's bucket list.
As far as the international stars are concerned – scandal-hit England all-rounder Ben Stokes and swashbuckling Chris Gayle are expected to have a fierce bidding war. While the veteran Gayle was not retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore, Stokes was the most expensive cricketer in last year’s IPL auction.
England Test skipper, Joe Root, for the very first time has shown interest to participate in the lucrative event. Chris Lynn, Eoin Morgan and pacers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins will also be there in the mix. Kane Williamson, Colin Munro and Tom Latham from New Zealand will add the Kiwi charm.
The list sent out to the eight IPL franchises boasts 281 capped players, 838 uncapped players, including 778 Indians and three players from the Associate nations. Nearly 282 overseas - 58 from Australia, 57 from South Africa, 39 each from Sri Lanka and West Indies, 30 from New Zealand, and 26 from England have thrown their hat into the ring.
The much-awaited IPL auction is scheduled to be held in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28.
Here are the base prices of some of the key players:
INR 2 crore: R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, M Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Karn Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Robin Uthappa, Rashid Khan, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Cameron White, Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Corey Anderson, Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock, Colin Ingram, Angelo Mathews, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard
INR 1.5 crore: Aaron Finch, Amit Mishra, David Miller, Evin Lewis, Faf du Plessis, Harry Gurney, Hashim Amla, Jason Holder, Jason Roy, Jaydev Unadkat, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Kagiso Rabada, Kane Williamson, Kuldeep Yadav, Kyle Abbott, Lendl Simmons, Mark Wood, Michael Klinger, Moeen Ali, Mohit Sharma, Moises Henriques, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon, Peter Handscomb, Ravi Bopara, Shaun Marsh, Steven Finn, Travis Head, Trent Boult, Washington Sundar
INR 1 crore: Adam Zampa, Alex Hales, Andrew Tye, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Jordan, Dale Steyn, Daniel Christian, Dwayne Smith, Jason Behrendorff, JP Duminy, Lasith Malinga, Manish Pandey, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Imran Tahir, Mustafizur Rahman, Parthiv Patel, Piyush Chawla, Sam Billings, Samuel Badree, Sanju Samson, Shakib Al Hasan, Shane Watson, Tim Southee, Tom Curran, Tymal Mills, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha