IPL Auction 2019: Varun Chakravarthy, Jaydev Unadkat costliest buys at 8.4 crore each; Yuvraj goes to Mumbai for 1 crore

Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy and seamer Jaydev Unadkat got the highest bids of 8.4 crore each, while English all-rounder Sam Curran was picked for 7.2 crore in IPL Auction 2019. Shivam Dube and Prabhsimran Singh, two uncapped players, attracted bids of 5 crore and 4.8 crore. Yuvraj Singh, unsold in the first round, was picked by Mumbai Indians for 1 crore.

Tamil Nadu leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy has attracted the joint highest bid for an Indian player at Rs 8.4 Crores.   -  R.Ragu


Here is how the 2019 IPL Auction unfolded in Jaipur, with inputs from our reporters Shayan Acharya and Amol Karhadkar who were at ground zero.


 • We'll have more on the auction soon. Reactions, analysis and the like. But first, here's some news for the Indian fans. Amitabh Choudhary, the BCCI honorary secretary, insists that “process is on” to keep the entire IPL tournament in India.

 • What do you think of today's auctions? Let us know either on Twitter or on Facebook.


 • Last three left in the auction and Rajasthan Royals takes them all. Manan Vohra for 20 Lakh, Ashton Turner for 50 Lakh and Riyan Parag for 20 Lakh. And with that, the auction comes to an end.

 • Tushar Deshpande, Zeeshan Ansari, Kedar Devdhar, Sandeep Warrier, Ashton Turner, Tanmay Mishra and Aman Khan remain unsold.

 • Delhi Capitals takes Bandaru Ayyappa and Shrikant Mundhe goes to Kolkata Knight Riders. Both move for 20 Lakh each.

 • Kolkata Knight Riders takes Joe Denly for 1 Crore while Dan Christian stays unsold.

 • We are back from the break and Jalaj Saxena goes straight away to Delhi Capitals for 20 Lakh. Murugan Ashwin to Kings XI Punjab, Ruturaj Gaikwad to Chennai Super Kings and Shubham Ranjane to Rajasthan Royals for the same money each.

 • Details of the purse remaining with the teams right now:

Chennai Super Kings3.4 Crore
Delhi Capitals8.1 Crore
Kings XI Punjab3.9 Crore
Kolkata Knight Riders7.25 Crore
Mumbai Indians3.55 Crore
Rajasthan Royals8.25 Crore
Royal Challengers Bangalore1.8 Crore
Sunrisers Hyderabad5.3 Crore


 • Look who Varun Chakaravarthy has endorsement from!


 • Tushar Deshpande, Chama Milind, Ishan Porel, Ravi Sai Kishore, Jagadeesha Suchith, Saurabh Tiwary, Rishi Dhawan, Jason Holder, Luke Ronchi and Dale Steyn find no takers, again.

 • Akshdeep Nath moves to Royal Challengers Bangalore for 3.6 Crore. A few weeks ago, the Uttar Pradesh batsman struck his fourth List A century, a blitzkrieg that took the wind out of the sails of Andhra’s fast bowlers and almost took his team to a win. Here's a report of that match and his reaction after that knock.

 • Mumbai Indians shows an interest in Yuvraj Singh this time and picks him up for 1 Crore.


 • Manjoj Tiwari, Chris Jordan, Armaan Jaffer and Ayush Badoni are unsold once again.

 • We are now back with the unsold players. And Sunrisers Hyderabad gets Martin Guptill for 1 Crore.



 • Agnivesh Ayachi and Harpreet Brar move to Kings XI Punjab for 20 Lakh each.

 • Jamie Overton, Akash Parkar and Shrikant Mundhe, Karanveer Kaushal and Mayank Dagar join the unsold list.

 • Laurie Evans is unsold but clubs are interested in Prayas Ray Barman, who goes to Royal Challengers Bangalore for 1.5 Crore.

 • Rajasthan Royals takes Liam Livingstone for 50 Lakh. Keemo Paul to Delhi Capitals for 50 Lakh.

 • Rasikh Dar goes to Mumbai Indians for 20 Lakh and Prithvi Raj Yarra to Kolkata Knight Riders for 20 Lakh.


 • Prabhsimran Singh, with a base price of 20 Lakh, moves to Kings XI Punjab for 4.8 Crore. After Varun Chakravarthy and Shivam Dube, another uncapped player he has sent the cash registers ringing. In June this year, he had hammered 298 off 301 balls - 194 of those were in boundaries - against Amritsar in the semifinal of the Punjab U-23 Inter-District cricket tournament.


 • Sairaj Patil, Swapnil Singh and Lakit Yadav go unsold.

 • Kings XI Punjab takes Darshan Nalkande for 30 Lakh and Rajasthan Royals takes Shashank Singh for the same.

 • No takers for Jaskaran Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Fabian Allen, Sikandar Raza, Ashton Turner and Harry Gurney.

 • Pankaj Jaswal goes to Mumbai Indians for 20 Lakh and Milind Kumar goes to Royal Challengers Bangalore for the same amount.

 • Arshdeep Singh moves to Kings XI Punjab for 20 Lakh.

 • Lewis Gregory, Vishnu Vinod and Patrick Brown join the unsold list.

 • Nikhil Naik sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for 20 Lahk.

 • Himanshu Rana goes unsold and Himmat Singh goes to Royal Challengers Bangalore for 65 Lakh.

 • Hardus Viljoen goes to Kings XI Punjab for 75 Lakh.

 • Oshane Thomas has takers. Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab are interested in securing his services. And the former gets him for 1.1 Crore.

 • No bids for Qais Ahman, Satyajeet Bachav, Joe Denly, Rilee Rossouw, Dan Christian, Manpreet Grewal, Ali Khan and James Pattinson.


 • Kolkata Knight Riders gets Anrich Nortje for 20 Lahk.

 • Sherfane Rutherford goes to Delhi Capitals to 2 Crore.

 • We are back with the auctions and first up is Shubham Ranjan who goes unsold.


 • 83.15 Crore has been spent on 27 players and here's how the purse of all the teams looks as of now:

Chennai Super Kings3.4 Crore
Delhi Capitals10.6 Crore
Kings XI Punjab10.35 Crore
Kolkata Knight Riders8.60 Crore
Mumbai Indians4.95 Crore
Rajasthan Royals10.15 Crore
Royal Challengers Bangalore7.75 Crore
Sunrisers Hyderabad6.3 Crore


 • 63% people responded to our Twitter poll saying Varun Chakravarthy has been the most surprising pick of the IPL auctions so far.


• As we wait for the restart, here are the top 10 buys of the auctions so far:

Jaydev Unadkat₹8.4 CroreRajasthan Royals
Varun Chakaravarthy₹8.4 CroreKings XI Punjab
Sam Curran₹7.2 CroreRoyal Challengers Bangalore
Colin Ingram₹6.4 CroreDelhi Capitals
Carlos Brathwaite₹5 CroreKolkata Knight Riders
Mohit Sharma₹5 CroreChennai Super Kings
Axar Patel₹5 CroreDelhi Capitals
Shivam Dube₹5 CroreRoyal Challengers Bangalore
Mohammed Shami₹4.8 CroreKings XI Punjab
Shimron Hetmyer₹4.2 CroreRoyal Challengers Bangalore



 • Dale Steyn goes unsold! And with that, we go for a 45 minute break.

 • Lockie Ferguson, who had a base price of 1 Crore, is bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for 1.6 Crore — after a bidding war with Kings XI Punjab.

 • No takers for R. Vinay Kumar, Kane Richardson and Morne Morkel.

 • A bidding war for Barinder Sran between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. Has a base price of 50 Lakh and Mumbai picks him up for 3.4 Crore.

 • Glenn Phillips goes unsold.

 • Royal Challengers Bangalore takes Heinrich Klaasen for 50 Lakh.

 • Next name is Luke Ronchi and he goes unsold. Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim also goes unsold, quickly joined by Kusal Perera.

 • Sam Curran gets some interest. Finally. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals start at his base price of 3 Crore and the former bags him for 7.2 Crore!  Curran once got rid of Cheteshwar Pujara twice in a county match against Yorkshire. We spoke to one of his first coaches to get his thoughts on the Englishman.

 • Here come the all-rounders. First up in James Neesham and he goes unsold. So do Angelo Mathews, Rishi Dhawan, Corey Anderson, Parvez Rasool and Jason Holder.

 • No interest for Shaun Marsh, Saurabh Tiwari and Hashim Amla. They go unsold.

 • A bidding war starts between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad for Colin Ingram, who has a base price 2 Crore. The team from Delhi eventually picks him up for 6.4 Crore.

Here's what Star Sports expert Dean Jones said regarding Colin Ingram:

"I was his coach at the T10 held earlier and there are a couple of things how he’s changed his game. He used to have what they call a closed bat, then he changed it to be open at the top and he suddenly had different areas to hit sixes and fours, when he hit the ball, he thought he felt weak, so he practiced hours upon hours, he got gloves, he got a massive sledge hammer and a tractor tyre and he just learned to use his core and hit it into the tyre. If you go on to his twitter feed you can actually see him do this as he is about to play for the Adelaide strikers. What I have learned about him is that he can reverse sweep the spinners,  he’s unbelievable inside out and a very good buy."

 • Hazratullah Zazai and Reeza Hendricks go unsold.

 • We resume the auctions with Usman Khawaja. With a base price of 1 Crore, he goes unsold.

 • Jagadeesha Suchith, Yuvraj Chudasma, Zakir Khan Pakteen, K.C.Cariappa, Ravi Sai Kishore and Murugan Ashwin go unsold. And with that, we go for a 10 minute break.

 • Nathu Singh goes to Delhi Capitals for 20 Lahk.

 • No takers for Arun Karthick Basker, Aniket Choudhary, Ishan Porel, Rajneesh Gurbani, Chama Milind and Tushar Deshpande.

 • Delhi Capitals picks up Ankush Bains for 20 Lakh.

 • After the flurry of bids for Varun and Shivam, normal service for uncapped players resumes. Jalaj Saxena, Sheldon Jackson, Baba Indrajit, Anuj Rawat and K.S. Bharat go unsold.

 • Another uncapped player goes big. Bigger than Shivam Dube! Varun Chakaravarthy, who also started with a base price of 20 Lakh, goes to Kings XI Punjab for ₹8.4 Crore. With 22 wickets, he was the second highest wicket-taker in Vijay Hazare this year. He also picked up 9 wickets from 10 matches in the TNPL with an economy rate of 4.70. Wondering who he is? Worry not. We've got you covered.

 • Shivam Dube, who hit five consecutive sixes in a Ranji match yesterday, goes to Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping 5 Crore! To put things into perspective, he started with a base price of 20 Lakh.

 • Ayush Baddni goes unsold.

 • Delhi Captials and Kings XI Punjab fight it out for Sarfaraz Khan, who ends up with the latter for 25 Lakhs.

 • Up next is Armaan Jaffer and he goes unsold. So does Akshdeep Nath. 

 • Anmolpreet Singh is the first uncapped player to spark teams interets. Has a base price of 20 Lakhs but goes to Mumbai Indians for 80 Lakhs after a bidding war with Kings XI Punjab.

 • Manan Vohra, Sachin Baby and Ankeet Bawane go unsold. Anmolpreet Singh

 • Devdutt Padikkal is the first playerand he goes to Royal Challengers Bangalore for 20 lakhs.

 • We are into the next set - uncapped players.

 • We are slipping into a short break.


 • Fawad Ahmed now. No change in the script as he goes UNSOLD too. Well, no takers for spinners.

 • Khary Pierre is the next spinner in the list. He is UNSOLD too.

 • Adam Zampa comes up and he remains UNSOLD too.

 • Rahul Sharma is UNSOLD.

The next set of players are in. The spinners.

 • Here's what Gautam Gambhir had to say on Yuvraj going unsold (so far): "I am surprised no team opted to pick him, he might not be able to do what he used to earlier or to perform the same way, but on a good day, Yuvraj can singlehandedly win matches for his team. In my observation the teams are currently being safe and picking their first set of players, and I am confident he will be sold out in the second round."


• Mohit Sharma comes up. Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians in a slugest. The bids escalate to Rs. 4 crore in a flash. He is sold to Chennai Super Kings for Rs. 5 crore.

 • Varun Aaron is next in the order. He is sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 2.4 crore.

 • Mohammed Shami is up next and Chennai Super Kings start the bid. Rajasthan Royals joins in. Well, he joins the Kings XI Punjab squad for Rs. 4.8 crore.

 • Sri Lanka's Lasith Malinga now. He is sold for Rs. 2 crore to Mumbai Indians.


 • Ishant Sharma is the next player. His home state Delhi Capitals start the bid. He will play for Delhi Capitals for Rs. 1.1 crore.

 • Jaydev Unadkat comes up first. He was the costliest Indian player last year. Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals start the bidding. Chennai Super Kings joins the bid at Rs. 5 crore. He breaches the Rs. 5 crore mark, the costliest player so far. Rajasthan Royals win the bid at Rs. 8.4 crore.

The next set of players. The fast bowlers.

 • Wriddhiman Saha now. Sunrisers and Rajasthan Royals get into the bidding act. He goes to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs. 1.2 crore.

 • Nicholas Pooran of the West Indies is now next. Kings XI and RCB in the fray. Pooran will play for Kings XI Punjab for Rs. 4.2 crore.

 • England's Johnny Bairstow is next. Sunrisers Hyderabad opens the bidding for Rs. 1.5 crore, his base price. Kings XI joins in. He is sold to Sunrisers for Rs. 2.2 crore.

 • Ben McDermott, Australian, comes up next. He is also UNSOLD.

 • Naman Ojha comes first. His base price is Rs. 75 lakh. He goes UNSOLD.


 • The third set commences. We have the wicketkeepers now.

 • That is end of the second set.

 • Axar Patel now. Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals in an intense bidding war. The bid breaches the Rs. 5 crore mark. He is sold to Delhi Capitals for Rs. 5 crore.



 • Moises Henriques is next. He is sold to Kings XI Punjab for his base price, Rs. 1 crore.

 • Yuvraj Singh comes up. His base price is Rs. 1 crore. Well, the Punjab southpaw goes UNSOLD. Here's what our reporter on the ground says about this.


 • Gurkeerat Singh is the next to go under the hammer from his base price of Rs. 50 lakh. RCB enters the bid. And, he is sold to RCB for Rs. 50 lakh.

 • Chris Jordan is next. The England all-rounder. His base price is Rs. 1 crore. He goes unsold.

 • Carlos Brathwaite comes up. He is hero of West Indies' World T20 triumph in 2016. To refresh your memory, 4 balls, 4 sixes off Ben Stokes at Eden Gardens. KKR and Kings XI start the bidding. The bid crosses the Rs. 5 crore mark. The West Indian will play in KKR colours for Rs. 5 crore.  His love affair with Kolkata and Eden Gardens will hope to continue.

 • Chris Woakes now. The opening bid is Rs. 2 crore. He is UNSOLD.

 • The second set now.


 • That concludes the first set.

 • Martin Guptill now. At Rs.1 crore (base price), none of the franchises are interested in him. And, he remains UNSOLD.

 • Brendon McCullum is next. Base price of Rs. 2 crore. Even though the New Zealand players will be available for the entire season, Baz goes UNSOLD.

 • Shimron Hetmyer is next. Kings XI opens the bid at Rs. 50 lakhs. Rajasthan Royals join in. The bid crosses the Rs. 2 crore mark. Sunrisers Hyderabad joins the war at Rs. 2.6 crore. Royal Challengers Bangalore joins too. Hetmyer must be a happy man. The bid crosses the Rs. 4 crore mark. Finally, Royal Challengers Bangalore secure his services for
Rs. 4.2 crore


 • Hanuma Vihari next. 50 lakhs is his base price. Delhi Capitals bid for him. Rajasthan Royals join in. Mumbai Indians joins at 95 lakhs. Mumbai and Delhi are engaged in an intense slugfest. Delhi Capitals buys Hanuma Vihari for Rs. 2 crores.

 • Alex Hales comes in next. He remains UNSOLD too. What a start to the auction. 3 players and all 3 unsold.

 • Cheteshwar Pujara is the next. The Indian Test batting mainstay is UNSOLD.

 • Manoj Tiwary is the first. Starts at 50 lakhs. Looks like no one is interested. He goes UNSOLD.

3.40 pm: The proceedings start.

3.38 pm: Hugh Edmedeas starts the proceedings!

3.35 pm: The first set of players to go under the hammer is out. We have Martin Guptill, Alex Hales, Shmron Hetmeyer, Brendon McCullum, Cheteshwar Pujara, Manoj Tiwary, Hanuma Vihari and Eoin Morgan.

 • With just two players to be picked, Chennai Super Kings might well savour some local delicacy.


 • The new auctioneer, Hugh Edmedeas, with the new IPL gavel!


 • Well, well, India's tormentor from the England series, all-rounder Sam Curran, has emerged as the fans' favourite for the costliest buy this auction!


 • With South Africa one of the likely venues for next year's IPL, will the teams look to bolster their pace attack? Will the 2019 World Cup in England play on the mind of those who get picked? Just how crucial will a strong bench strength be? Many questions?

2.57 pm: New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill will be the first one to go under the hammer at a base price of Rs 1 crore.


2.55 pm: Mumbai Indians' Akash Ambani walks in and he has four policemen surrounding him.

2.50 pm: Ahead of the IPL auctions in Jaipur, here's a sneak peek into how data analytics helps teams and scouts whittle down an overwhelming list of players: In IPL, it’s A for analytics!

2.40 pm: The stage is set!


2.35 pm: What are the dates of the IPL 2019? Where will it be held? Which team has the maximum purse? All your questions answered in the IPL Auction Preview here.

2.30 pm: Want to have your say? Who do you think will be the costliest player in this auction? Vote and join the conversation.


2.20 pm: We will not have the services of Richard Madley this year and gavel master Hugh Edmeades has replaced Madley. We caught up with Edmeades a day before the auction and this is what he had to say.

2.15 pm: Just hours before the auction, Chennai Super Kings tweeted this. What can you infer from this? The words in uppercase can be a give away!


2.10 pm: Former India pacer Zaheer Khan has joined Mumbai Indians as its Director of Cricket Operations. What did Zaheer tweet? Read the story here.

2.05 pm: How many slots available for each team? How much money can they spend? Who are the players they can pick? Click here to find out all the answers!

2.00 pm: Eight franchises will gather for the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, hoping to do some smart bidding and acquire some utility players.

The franchises need to fill in just 70 slots — 50 Indians and 20 foreigners — from a pool of 350 players.

Chennai Super Kings, the defending champion, has the least amount of salary cap available — Rs 8.40 crore — and can only accommodate two Indian players.

Kings XI Punjab, which has released most of its players, has 15 slots to fill, the maximum among the franchises. The franchise has the fattest purse of Rs 36.20 crore at its disposal.

Capped players

Base Price




Top Players

₹ 2 crore




Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes, Lasith Malinga, Shaun Marsh, Colin Ingram, Sam Curran, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews, D’Arcy Short, Eoin Morgan.

₹ 1.5 crore




Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel.

₹ 1 crore

4 (Yuvraj Singh, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Wriddhiman Saha)



JP Duminy, Hashim Amla, Adam Zampa, Ben Laughlin

₹ 75 lakh

2 (Ishant Sharma, Naman Ojha)



Carlos Brathwaite, Nicholas Pooran, Jason Holder, James Neesham, Kusal Perera, Darren Bravo, Lendl Simmons.

₹ 50 lakh