Jaydev-Unadkat

Star of Rising Pune Supergiant’s impressive campaign in IPL  2017, Jaydev Unadkat was sold to Rajasthan Royals (RR) for INR 11.5 Cr on Day Two of the Indian Premier League 2018 player auctions. Unadkat was part of an intensive bidding war, between the likes of Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). Unadkat was the second highest wicket-taker last year with 24 wickets in 12 games, that includes a hat-trick. Before Unadkat, KL Rahul and Manish Pandey were the highest paid Indian players in this auction.

Earlier, Day One of auction saw many dramatic purchases, with Ben Stokes being the most expensive player, yet again. T20 specialists’ like Chris Gayle, Martin Guptill and Lasith Maling were left unsold along with Murali Vijay, Hashim Amla, Jonny Bairstow, Parthiv Patel, Josh Hazlewood, Tim Southee and Ishant Sharma. There were over 78 players who were sold of which 29 were overseas players.

One of the most intriguing sights of Day One was one that of Kings XI Punjab owner Preity Zinta, who was frantically  seen taking using the paddle from the start.