- Surbhi Jain
The Indian Premier League is the world’s biggest – domestic cricket tournament, attracting the best players from every top-tier cricket-playing nation.
The IPL mega auction 2018 is on at Bangalore on January 27 and January 28 and it will be very interesting to see how each of the teams will finally shape up as the franchise owners are ready with big bucks in their pockets to get the best team in their hands.
From superstars Ben Stokes, Ravichandran Ashwin to new-comers like Prithvi Shaw, the
players would hope to get picked in the richest cricket tournament in the world.
The re-entry of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals after two years has made the
proceedings even more interesting.
The 578 players registered for the auction have been split into 62 sets which will be taken
up sequentially. While the first two sets consist of highly sought after “marquee players”,
the other sets are organized by the player’s specialty, with further division among players
who have played international cricket and those who have not.
One of the major changes in this year’s IPL is that the player salary cap has increased. The cap for each team last season was Rs 66 cars but this season, it is Rs 80 Cr. In the next two auctions, the cap will further go up to Rs 82 cr and Rs 85 cr, respectively.
What has made the auction more interesting is the activation of ‘Right-To- Match” (RTM)
Card. The RTM is an option introduced by IPL council that enables a franchise to retain key players. Franchises are eligible to retain five players with either three through direct
retention or three through RTM cards used during auctions.
Teams can only use a maximum of three RTMs. The concept found its application with the
first player who went under the hammer, Shikhar Dhawan.
Here is the list of some of the franchises that retained top players.
- Sunrisers Hyderabad retained Shikhar Dhawan for Rs 520 lakh
- Mumbai Indians retained Kieron Pollard for Rs 540 lakh
- Chennai Super Kings retained Faf-du- Plessis for Rs 160 lakh
- Rajasthan Royals retained Ajinkya Rahane for Rs 400 lakh
- Chennai Super Kings retained Dwayne Bravo for Rs 640 lakh
- Kings XI Punjab retained David Miller for Rs 300 lakh
- Kings XI Punjab retained Marcus Stones for Rs 620 lakh
- Kolkata Knight Riders retained Robin Uthappa for Rs 640 lakh
It has been a decade since it started, and the Indian Premier League (IPL) has grown to be one of the biggest tournaments across the world. The excitement and thrill don’t seem to diminish despite all the scandals and controversies. IPL only gets better.