IPL Auction 2018 – What teams have in their kitties?

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad has retained their captain David Warner. The team has been selected very carefully according to all possible pitches. With Sakib Al Hasan, Manish Pandey, and Hooda the team has a strong middle order. The team has spinners like Nabi and Rashid, who could possibly be put together in the playing XI in case of a turning track. They also have three fast bowlers that is Bhuvaneshwar, Kaul, and Thampi. The team has quite a few good backups such as Pathan and Williamson.

Kolkata Knight Riders

The team did not retain their captain Gautam Gambhir. And, are still to announce the new captain. The team looks decent but they hardly have a backup in case one of their star players are left injured. The batting order of the team looks nice with Narine and Lynn the probable openers like the last season. The real point of worry here will be if the middle order Uthappa, Karthik, and Russell are not able to perform. The bowling line up looks decent.

Delhi Daredevils

The team has retained Shreyas Iyer, Chris Morris, and Rishab Pant. DD last year had failed to reach the knockout stages and this time have seemed to have banked on the youth. The team seems to have ticked in all departments while selecting players. Gautam Gambhir, who had been leading the KKR for quite a few years now, has returned to his home team. He will lead the team and hopes to make DD a winning side, he said in his recent tweet.

Chennai Super Kings

The Chennai team after returning after two years retained MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja. They went on to exercise the right to match for Dwayne Bravo. They lost Ravichandran Ashwin but got in Harbajan singh who will bring a lot the table. More importantly Harbajan brings in the experience into the team. He has been a part of the squads whenever they have been crowned champions.

Royal Challengers Bangalore 

This time the RCB seems to have done their homework. They did not have a seamers last time. This time, they have got Chris Woakes and Tim Southee. With Virat Kohli, Brandon McCullum, AB de Villiers helming batting line up they retain their destructive batting order. Nathan Coulter-Nile and Colin de Grandhomme being the smart picks for a middle order. The side has never won a title in the history of IPL, let’s see what awaits them this season.

Kings XI Punjab

The team has since the first season has been underperforming. This time the team seems to be a good one with some big names like Yuvraj, Gayle, KL Rahul, and Ravichandran Ashwin. The team boasts of a great batting line up which has the ability to thrash the bowling of the opposition. The tough choice will be to
pick the playing XI and balance out the team. The biggest drawback with this team is that they do not have a wicket-keeper.

Mumbai Indians

The biggest strength of Mumbai Indians is the number of all-rounders they have. Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and JP Duminy. They have relied on Ishan Kisan, former under-19 captain. Overall the team looks strong.


Rajasthan Royals

Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat won the highest bids, among international and national players respectively. The middle order seems very strong with Stokes, Short, Binny, and Smith. The Biggest disadvantage for the Royals remains that they are depending a little too much on International players. The only Indian capped players that the team has on their side are Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Dhawal Kulkarni, and Jaydev Unadkat. With a restriction on the number of international player in the playing XI, RR will have a hard time deciding their picks.

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Rs. 1.57 lakh crore Revenue from Coal Auctions till now

The government earned Rs. 5164 crore from the sale of two more mines during the ongoing auction of coal mines. The two mines were sold to Jaypee Cements and Ambuja Cements with the cumulative proceedings up to Rs. 1.57 lakh crore.

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Courtesy: profit.ndtv.com

After hours of bidding, Ambuja cement secured Gare-Palma Sector-IV/8 in Chhatisgarh and Jaypee Cement Corporation got it hands on Mandla-South block in Madhya Pradesh.

“Gare Palma IV/8 closes at (Rs.) 2291. Ambuja Cements is the highest bidder. Jaypee Cement highest bidder at (Rs.) 1852 for Mandla South.” Coal Secretary Anil Swarup said.

Both these mines would contribute a cumulative Rs. 5164 crore to their respective state exchequer. Revenue of Rs. 1.52 lakh was generated till Saturday which included Rs. 1 lakh crore from auction of 19 mines in the first round. The amount of proceedings has been calculated based on the extractable reserves and the highest bid price.

While the auction for Ganeshpur mine in Jharkhand, meant for power sector, is still on, two more coal blocks, Utkal C and Lohari, will be put up on auction today.

The government has sold nine mines to players like Hindalco, Jindal, Adani among others for Rs. 43,407 crore. This was done in the first three days of the second tranche of coal auctions. The blocks sold are Tara, Nerad Malegaon, Sasai, Dumri, Meral, Jitpur, Moitra, Brinda and Malegaon.

Official Auditor, CAG had earlier said that allocation of mines without auction during the UPA period led to a loss of Rs. 1.86 lakh crore. 

Government to Raise Rs 1 Lakh Crore from Spectrum Auction

The government is expecting to raise over Rs.82,000 crore based on the reserve price through the biggest auction of 2G and 3G spectrum that began on Wednesday. Analysts predict revenue of around Rs. 1 lakh crore from the sale of radio waves that are used by mobile network companies.

Companies like Vodafone, Airtel, Idea Cellular and Reliance Telecom are holding most of the spectrum that is being put up for the auction. There will be an aggressive bidding war among telecom companies since many of their permits are expiring. It is mandatory for these companies to win spectrum waves if they want to continue offering services in India.

The government had managed to get approximately Rs. 62,162 crore from the last spectrum auction in February last year.

Sunil Mittal, Chairman of Bharti Enterprises, pointed out that the auction might put pressure on the financials of the telecom companies. This might lead to an increase in tariffs. “It (spectrum auction) puts pressure on balance sheets… may result in rise in tariff,” said Mr Mittal of Bharti Airtel, the flagship company of Bharti group, and the biggest telecom operator of the country.

The government plans to sell 380.75 MHz of 2G spectrum in three bands – the premium 900 MHz band, 1800 MHz and 800 MHz. The 5 Mhz in the 2100 Mhz band, or 3G spectrum, has also been put up for the auction.

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Image : NDTV

IPL 7 Auction Live

And with that, the IPLAuction will break for lunch. We will be back with the live action in 90 minutes.

Player 59: Robin Peterson with a base price of 1 crore goes unsold.

Player 58: RCB buy spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan for 1 crore. There seem to have been quite a reluctance even for RCB as the other teams as there are no bids that follow up.

Player 57: Leg-spinner Rahul Sharma sold to Delhi for 1.9 crore.

Player 56: Veteran left-arm spinner Murali Kartik remains unsold.

Player 55: Nathan McCullum of New Zealand remains unsold.

Player 54: Once a wonder-kid now no more. Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis goes unsold.

Player 53: Mumbai Indians retain Pragyan Ojha for 3.25 crore. After a stiff fight put up by the Delhi Daredevils, MI chooses to use their RTM to bring back the bowler to the squad.

Player 52: Piyush Chawla, the first of the Indian spinners to be up on sale is bagged by KKR for 4.25 crore. A giant leap for someone whose base started out at a mere 50 lakhs!

Player 51: KKR grab the last fast bowler in the list for the same amount as Morne Morkel goes to KKR for 2.8 crore. Delhi refuse to use the RTM offer as Morkel goes to KKR.

Player 50: KKR seem to be at quite a spree as they bag Vinay Kumar for 2.8 crore. RCB decide not to match the offer for India’s out of favour bowler.

Player 49: Praveen Kumar goes unsold

Player 48: Delhi denies to use their Right to Match card as Umesh Yadav is sold to Kolkata for 2.6 crore

Player 47: RCB bag Ravi Rampaul for 90 lakhs

Player 46: India’s current fast bowling sensation Mohammed Shami is picked up by Delhi for 4.25 crore.

Player 45: Sunrisers bcontinue their hunt for speedstars as Bhuvneshwar Kumar is grabbed up for 4.25 crore

Player 44: Sunrisers buy Ishant Sharma for 2.6 crore. Where in Delhi Daredevils do look to be interested but Sunrisers make the winning bid and brings back their player.

Player 43: Ashoke Dinda is the next one to get sold to RCB for 1.5 crore

Player 42: Now up go the fast bowlers for the grabs now! Starc is the first amongst the many and is bought by RCB for 5 crores.

Player 41: Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan is bought back by KKR for 2.8 crore.

Player 40: Hard-hitter Tillakaratne Dilshan with a base price of Rs. 2 crore goes unsold.

Player 39: Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood with a base price of Rs 1 crore joins the list of being unsold alongside Hussey and Mathews.

Player 38: Irfan Pathan gets sold to Sunrisers for 2.4 crore. Delhi Daredevils decide not to use the RTM.

Player 37: David Hussey has gone unsold.

Player 36: Angelo Matthews goes unsold.

Player 35: THough Delhi Daredevils show a bit of interest initially, but Albie Morkel is sold to RCB for 2.4 crores after as usual Delhi Daredevils back out.

Player 34: Kings XI Punjab buy Perera for 1.60 crore

Player 33: Though he had his below par-time at the KKR, the franchisee re-bids by using the RTM as Yusuf Pathan is grabbed back by the KKR for Rs. 3.25 crore.

Player 32: With the all-rounders up for the grabs now, Steve Smith gets sold to Rajasthan Royals for 4 crore. It was a stiff challenge put up by the Kolkata Knight Riders open the bidding at the base price before Rajasthan Royals enter the fray swoops up things.

Player 31: Second in the row, England’s Crag Kieswetter meets the same fate after starting with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore.

Player 30: Sri Lankan Kusal Janith Perera goes unsold with a base price of Rs 50 lakhs.
Player 29: Keeper Parthiv Patel gets sold to RCB for 1.40 crore. Not too many bids to take care of as RCb gets on things easy.

Player 28: Wriddhiman Saha, the fist up for grabs gets sold to Kings XI Punjab for 2.20 crore. Surprising, no bids from Kolkata Knight Riders!

Player 27: SOLD! Quinton de Kock sold to Delhi Daredevils for 3.5 crore. That does it for this round. Up next for grabs are the wicket-keepers. Stay tuned!

Player 26: CSK buys Dwyane Smith for 4.5 crore; the last batsman in the list. MI doesn’ use their part of RTM.

Player 25: KKR refuses to use Right to Match for Manoj Tiwary as he gets sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs. 2.8 crores.

Player 24: Punjab retain Shaun Marsh for 2.2 crore.

Player 23: Rajasthan Royals buy Australia’s T20 specialist Brad Hodge for 2.4 crore.

Player 22: A buy after a long time for the former IPL champions as pinch hitter Robin Uthappa is bagged for 5 crore

Player 21: Quite a number of bids for the South African as JP Duminy gets sold to Delhi Daredevils for 2.20 crore, Finally a player bought by the franshisee after leaving quite a few.

Player 20: Pujara sold to Kings XI Punjab for 1.9 crore: India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara gets sold to KXIP who look en route to a good squad for 1.9 crore.

Player 19: Australia’s in-form dashing batsman Aaron Finch gets sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for 4 crores after Delhi Daredevils back out yet again.

Player 18: Quite a gamble there as in-form Ross Taylor goes unsold. The debut player from the round 3 goes unsold with quite a few eyebrows raised.

Player 17: A slow start but nonetheless a good end for Zaheer Khan who gets sold to Mumbai Indians for 2.6 crore. That concludes round 2 of the auction

Player 16: Sunrisers Hyderabad retain the services of Amit Mishra for 4.75 crore after Delhi Daredevils vehemently looked hell bent upon to buy the leg-spinner. Sunrisers match the bid and its bye bye Daredevils.

Player 15: Mumbai Indians bag Michael Hussey for 5 crore after Delhi Daredevils as usual start the bidding but leave as the bids progress.

Player 14: Brendon McCullum gets sold to Chennai Super Kings for 3.25 crore as KKR doesn’t use the Right to Match this time around. Starting with a base price for 2 crore, the tussle between KKR, MI and CSK finally goes to the Southies.

Player 13: Dinesh Karthik is picked up for a whooping 12.5 crore by the Delhi Daredevils. Quite a shocker!!!

Player 12: Chennai retain Faf du Plessis using Right To Match for 4.75 crore after the South African batsman was sold to Delhi Daredevils.

Player 11: Sunrisers Hyderabad retain Sammy for 3.5 crore using their Right to Match option matching the highest bid made by Delhi Daredevils.

Player 10: Kings XI Punjab have successfully bought George Bailey for 3.25 cr.

The second round will comprise of another set of marquee players will feature George Bailey, Faf du Plessis, Michael Hussey, Dinesh Karthik, Zaheer Khan, Brendon McCullum, Amit Mishra and Darren Sammy.

Player 9: Sri Lankan batting icon Mahela Jayawardene surprisingly went unsold.

Player 8: Kings XI Punjab buy Johnson, the final player for round 1 auction for 6.5 crores. Mumbai Indians have ruled out the Right to Match option as Kings XI Punjab get Mitchell Johnson.

Player 7: Sunrisers Hyderabad buy Warner for 5.5 crore. That makes it two consecutive former players of Delhi Daredevils who they let go off.

Player 6: Kings XI Punjab buy Sehwag for 3.20 crore

Player 5: Kolkata Knight Riders retain Kallis for 5.5 crore after the South African all-rounder was bought for the same price by CSK. KKR uses the Right to Match options and retains him back.

Player 4: RCB, KXIP and Rajasthan Royals battle it out amongst themselves to finally let go of Yuvraj for 14 crores to the Royal Challengers Bangalore!

Player 3: Sunrisers lose out to Delhi Daredevils in their race to buy Kevin Pietersen for 9 crore as the latter exercises their Right to Match option to get him back for Rs. 9 crore.

Player 2: Jayawardene goes unsold

Player 1: Murali Vijay is the first player sold at 2014 IPL Auction and Delhi successfully buys the first player at the 2014 IPL Auction, grabbing Murali Vijay for 5 crore.

A total of 514 players will go under the hammer over the next two days. The list features 219 capped players (169 Indians and 50 overseas players) and 292 uncapped players (255 Indians and 37 overseas players). Richard Madley will be the one to host this year’s auction as well as like the previous 6 years. This is the first time when the auction is going to be dealt in the Indian currency. On the run, Get Set GO!!!

Mickey Mouse Sells Big!

It’s been eighty years since Mickey Mouse’s inception but Walt Disney’s adorable cartoon continues to enthrall us till date. At a recent auction in Texas, a Mickey Mouse poster was sold for a whopping $101,575! Whoa!

A 1928 poster, which is believed to be the earliest known surviving Mickey Mouse cartoon movie poster, is seen in this publicity photograph released to Reuters November 29, 2012. One of the earliest surviving posters of Mickey Mouse sold for more than $100,000 (62,320 pounds) on Thursday, Heritage Auctions said. The 1928 movie poster of the iconic cartoon mouse belonged to the family of a deceased collector in Northern California, the auction house said. REUTERS/Heritage Auctions/Handout

Have a look at Reuters‘ article for more.