Brathwaite to Rutherford: West Indians strike it rich

Power-hitters Carlos Brathwaite and Shimron Hetmyer were among the costliest foreign players sold, while Jaydev Unadkat and uncapped Varun Chakravarthy fetched highest bids of Rs. 8.4 crore each.

In demand: Jaydev Unadkat's services have been purchased by Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 8.4 crore. Photo: K. V. S. Giri

Franchises in the Indian Premier League auction have taken a liking to the big-hitting West Indians.

Carlos Brathwaite, the Windies Twenty20 captain, has been snaffled by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs. 5 crore. Team-mate Shimron Hetmyer, a flamboyant batsman, has been taken by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, for Rs. 4.5 crore. Wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs. 4.2 crore.

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For foreign players from other regions, however, the response was relatively tepid early on, before Engand's Sam Curran (Rs. 7.2 crore) and South Africa's Colin Ingram (Rs. 6.2 crore) were bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals, respectively.

England's Jonny Bairstow was sold for Rs. 2.2 crore to Sunrisers Hyderabad. King XI Punjab purchased Australian allrounder Moises Henriques for Rs. one crore. Chris Jordan, Chris Woakes and even the belligerent hitter Brendon McCullum, remained unsold. So was Alex Hales, England's attacking opener.

Unadkat costliest

Among Indians, Jaydev Unadkat fetched a big price. Unadkat, last year's costliest player, was sold for Rs. 8.4 crore to Rajasthan Royals. Uncapped Varun Chakravarthy, matched Unadkat; he was bought for the same amount by Kings XI Punjab.

Mohit Sharma was another big purchase, among Indian fast bowlers. He was bought by Chennai Super Kings for Rs. 5 crore. Mohammed Shami wasn't far behind. He was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs. 4.8 crore. Ishant Sharma fetched a price of Rs. 1.1 crore from Delhi Capitals, while Varun Aaron was bought for Rs. 2.4 crore by Rajasthan Royals.

Among other Indians, Wriddhiman Saha, Axar Patel and Hanuma Vihari were sold for Rs. 2.2 crore, Rs. 5 crore, and Rs. 2 crore respectively.

The batting stalwart Yuvraj Singh, was bagged by Mumbai Indians for its base price.