ISL: How the teams fared at the draft

Franchises can sign more Indians from among the 71 remaining for their respective reserve squads.

The surplus players can go back to I-League, to be held simultaneously for the first time by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).   -  PTI

Atletico de Kolkata (ATK), defending champion in Hero Indian Super League (ISL), gained valuable players in creative midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh (Rs 1.10 crore), striker Robin Singh (Rs 65 lakh) in the Indian Players draft but had to part ways with defender Pritam Kotal (Rs 75 lakh), who went to Delhi Dynamos FC and Jewel Shaikh (Rs 26 lakh), who was lapped up by FC Pune City. The latter had scored the decisive penalty kick in the title win over Kerala Blasters during the ISL 2016 final.

The Kolkata franchise also added I-League champion Aizawl FC’s midfielder Ashutosh Mehta and forward Jayesh Rane (Rs 45 lakh each). Nine other franchises took part in the draft, expected to make their choice from a pool of 205 players.

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Each team is allowed a minimum of 15 and maximum of 18 Indian players. After 15 rounds, 134 players were signed. Franchises can sign more Indians from among the 71 remaining for their respective reserve squads. The surplus players can go back to I-League, to be held simultaneously for the first time by the All India Football Federation (AIFF).

Jamshedpur FC picked 15 from the draft, one player in each round, spending maximum amount of Rs 4.72 crore. Delhi Dynamos FC followed suit and ended up spending Rs 3.91 crores on 15 players.

Prominent names (team wise)

Jamshedpur FC: Retained (none). Draft picks  (Anas Edathodika, Subrata Paul, Mehtab Hossain, Souvik Chakravarti, Bikash Jairu).

Delhi Dynamos FC: Retained (none). Draft picks (Albino Gomes, Pritam Kotal, L Chhangte, L Sena Ralte, Seityasen Singh).

Bengaluru FC: Retained (Sunil Chhetri, Udanta Singh, U-21-Malsawmzuala, Nishu Kumar). Draft picks (Lalthuammawia Ralte, Rahul Bheke, Harmanjot Kabra,  Lenny Rodrigues, Zohmingliana Ralte).

FC Pune City: Retained (Vishal Kaith, U-21-Ashique Kuruniyan). Draft picks (Kean Lewis, Lalchhuanmawia, Jewel Raja, Baljit Sahni, Rohit Kumar).

Atletico de Kolkata: Retained (Debjit Majumder, Prabir Das). Draft picks (Eugeneson Lyngdoh, Jayesh Rane, Robin Singh, Ashutosh Mehta, Anwar Ali).

Mumbai City FC: Retained (Amrinder Singh, Sehnaj Singh, U-21-Rakesh Oram). Draft picks (Balwant Singh, Arindam Bhattacharya, Raju Gaikwad, Sanju Pradhan, Mehrajuddin Wadoo).

FC Goa: Retained (Laxmikant Kattimani, Mandar Desai ). Draft picks (Narayan Das, Pronoy Halder, Chinglensana Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Pratesh Shirodkar).

Kerala Blasters FC: Retained (C K Vineeth, Sandesh Jhingan, U-21- K Prasanth). Draft picks (Rino Anto, Subhasish Roy Choudhary, Milan Singh, Izumi Arata, Jackichand Singh).

North East United FC:  Retained (T P Rehenesh, Rowlin Borges). Draft picks (Holicharan Narzary, Nirmal Chhetri, Lalrindika Ralte, Robert Lalthamuana, Reagen Singh).

Chennaiyin FC: Retained (Jeje Lalpekhlua, Karanjit Singh, U-21-Jerry Lalrinzuala, Anirudh Thapa). Draft picks (Thoi Singh, Bikramjit Singh, Dhanachandra Singh, Mohammed Rafi, Dhanpal Ganesh).

Jamshedpur FC pulled two costly buys in Anas Edathodia and Subrata Paul in the ISL Indian Players draft. The top 10 list is as follows:

1. Eugeneson Lyngdoh Rs 1.10 crore (Atletico de Kolkata) & Anas Edathodika Rs 1.10 crore (Jamshedpur FC). 3. Subrata Paul Rs 87 lakh (Jamshedpur FC). 4. Pritam Kotal Rs 75 lakh (Delhi Dynamos FC). 5. Balwant Singh Rs 65 lakh (Mumbai City FC). 6. Arindam Bhattacharya Rs 64 lakh (Mumbai City). 7. Rino Anto Rs 63 lakhs (Kerala Blasters FC). 8. Lenny Rodrigues Rs 60 lakh (Bengaluru FC). 9. Narayan Das Rs 58 lakh (FC Goa).

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