The ongoing mega auction for the 2022 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is witnessing some intriguing player signings. The auction that is scheduled for February 12 and 13 has already commenced and has completed two elite sets of cricketers.
The auction commenced with the marquee set that saw some high bids and fierce battles among the ten franchises for getting the veteran players in their team. All the players under this set were sold and gave an exciting start to the auction.
The second set featured some star batters such as Devdutt Padikkal, Manish Pandey and Suresh Raina. A total of eight players were mentioned in this round which gave cricket enthusiasts some huge surprises.
First on the list was the former Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) batsman, Manish Pandey, with the base price of Rs 1 crore. Hyderabad placed the starting bid, a bidding war was unravelled between Delhi Capitals (DC) and Lucknow Super Giants. In the end, the Lucknow-based franchise got the southpaw on board for Rs 4.6 crore.
The West Indies batsman, Shimron Hetmyer was second in the draw. Rajasthan Royals (RR) made the initial bid of Rs 1.5 crore and Delhi Capitals came in the mix to compete. After breaching the RS 7 crore mark, the Rajasthan-based franchise finally bought the player for a whopping Rs 8.25 crore.
Next in the round were Robin Uthappa and the English batsman Jason Roy, both the players were sold at Rs 2 crore each to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Gujarat Titans respectively. The teams easily bagged these players on the starting bids as the other franchises didn’t seem interested.
The next enthusiastic bidding competition was served by the Mumbai Indians (MI) and RR for the emerging opening batsman, Devdutt Padikkal. While Royal Challengers Banglore (RCB) and CSK initiated the bidding, MI and RR swooped the stakes to Rs 7 crore. Finally, RR bagged the player at Rs 7.75 crore by going past the Mumbai-based franchise.
This set also saw some key players remaining unsold. The players included the former Australian skipper, Steve Smith and the South African middle-order batsman, David Miller. The third player to go unsold in the set was Suresh Raina. The former international batsman that once was titled ‘Mr IPL’ for his magnificent performances in the competition didn’t receive any interest from the franchises.
With this, the second set of the auction culminated with the highlights being Hetmyer receiving the highest bid and Raina remaining unsold.