IPL: Thirty-six players peg their base price at ₹2 crore

Yuzvendra Chahal, R. Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh are some Indians with the highest base price for the forthcoming player auction.

Veterans Harbhajan Singh (left) and Yuvraj Singh have settled for a base price of ₹2 crore.   -  PTI

Thirty-six players, including the likes of in-form Yuzvendra Chahal and Rashid Khan, un-retained stars R. Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo, and fading stars like Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh have fixed their base price in the highest bracket of Rs. 2 crore for the forthcoming mega Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction, to be held in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has circulated the first short-list of players among the eight IPL franchises. The team managements have been asked to inform the BCCI to insert additional players, should they wish to, by January 15. The last deadline for short-listing the final list of players has been set for January 18.

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The BCCI announced 1,122 players having been short-listed for the auction. According to the list, accessed by Sportstar, India's white-ball regulars like Kedar Jadhav and Dinesh Karthik have also preferred to be in the highest base-price bracket. Top-order batsmen K. L. Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane have also preferred to be in the same bracket along with the Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan and Australian match-winners Mitchell Starc, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins and Chris Lynn. Rashid, along with England's controversial all-rounder Ben Stokes, could well be one of the most sought-after players in the auction.

The player auction break-up
 

62 Indian capped
219 Overseas capped
3 Associate players
780 Indian uncapped
58 Overseas uncapped
1122 Total players

₹1.5 crore for Washington Sundar, Mohit Sharma

The surprise entrants to the top two base-price brackets have been Australia's Cameron White, England's Liam Plunkett, South Africa's Colin Ingram (Rs. 2 crore each) along with India's promising all-rounder Washington Sundar and pacer Mohit Sharma. Both Washington and Mohit, along with the likes of Kuldeep Yadav and Jaydev Unadkat, have demanded a minimum of Rs. 1.5 crore each during the Player Auction.

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Some of India regulars, including the new-ball duo of Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami, have put a lower base price of Rs. 1 crore each. Among the uncapped players, Baroda all-rounders Krunal Pandya and Deepak Hooda – who will be hot properties – have selected Rs. 40 lakh, the highest for an uncapped player, as their base price.

Base prices

₹ 2 crore: R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, M. Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, K.L. Rahul, Karn Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Robin Uthappa (all India); Rashid Khan (Afghanistan); Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis,
Cameron White (all Australia); Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes (all England); Corey Anderson, Brendon McCullum (both New Zealand); Quinton de Kock, Colin Ingram (both South Africa); Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka); Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard (all West Indies).

₹ 1.5 crore: Amit Mishra, Mohit Sharma, Washington Sundar, Jaydev Unadkat, Kuldeep Yadav (India); Nathan Coulter-Nile, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Michael Klinger, Nathan Lyon, Shaun Marsh (all Australia); Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Ravi Bopara, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, Harry Gurney, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Mark Wood (all England); Trent Boult, Kane Williamson (both New Zealand); Kyle Abbott, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis, David Miller, Kagiso Rabada (all South Africa); Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons (both West Indies).