RETAINED PLAYER:- STEVE SMITH
IPL’s intense auction for the 2018 edition is on at Bangalore and it would be fascinating to see how each of the 8 teams finally pans out. We at SPORTS AND FITNESS TODAY focused our attention towards bringing you the best and latest news about what is happening at the auction, where the team owners battle it out to get the best team combination they could.
After an intense battle of bids between KKR, KXIP and DD for all-rounder BEN STOKES it was Rajasthan Royals who came out on top and bought him at a whopping 12.5 crores.
KXIP looked all set to purchase Indian cricketing star Ajinkya Rahane after they won the bidding battle from Rajasthan Royals. However, Royals used their right to match card, in the end, to retain him at 4 crores and he would again feature in the colour of the Royals.
ACCORDING TO ARJUN DEV (Team Manager):- Everything went according to plan, yesterday we thought the bids would be high but it been quite reasonable. We feel that Ben Stokes is a great all arounder, we spend 4 cr on Ajinkya Rahane, he played earlier with us so it was a great bargain for the amount of experience he would bring to the team, all in all, it’s been a great outing for us till now.
All-rounder Stuart Binny was also bought by Rajasthan Royals for only 50 lacs, though RCB had the option of retaining him they did not. Further Royals also bought wicket-keeper batsman Jos Butler for 4.4 crores, Royals already have Sanju Samson who is another talented young lad but they might have bought Butler for his explosive batting.
Rajasthan also bought Rahul Tripathi for a huge amount of 3.4 crore rupees, Tripathi had an excellent season with RPS(Rising Pune Supergiants) where he scored 93runs in one of his innings to mark his highest score of the season(2017).
RR has invented hugely on uncapped foreign players like DARCY SHORT (4 crores) and JOFRA ARCHER (7.2 crores).
With the IPL auction still on it would be interesting to see how the teams pan out in the end.