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Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the IPL  2018 Auction. It’s the much-awaited second day of the mega auction. I am Suvajit Mustafi and will bring you interesting tweets and live updates from the auction.

Wasn’t it an action-packed Day One? I mean, for Indian cricket in general. First, the marathon auction that went for eight hours and then the Indian victory at the ‘extremely tough’ Wanderers pitch that was mainly architected by the bowlers.

Coming back to the IPL 2018 Auction, as predicted, Ben Stokes returns a rich man, fetching a whopping INR 12.5 crore (the highest for the day) from Rajasthan Royals (RR). From Indian players’ perspective, Karnataka stars KL Rahul and Manish Pandey fetched the highest bids of INR 11 crore, from Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) respectively.

Day One, as it happened

Here’s how the squads look like, starting with the defending champions:

Mumbai Indians

Squad strength: 9

Overseas players:3

Minimum more they need to buy: 9

Purse remaining: INR 15.8 crore

Batsmen:Rohit Sharma (INR 15 crore), SuryakumarYadav (INR 3.2 crore)

Wicketkeeper:IshanKishan (INR 6.2 crore)

All-rounders:HardikPandya (INR 11 crore), Kieron Pollard (INR 5.4 crore), KrunalPandya (INR 8.8 crore)

Pacers:JaspritBumrah (INR 7 crore), MustafizurRahman (INR 2.2 crore), Pat Cummins (INR 5.4 crore)


Kolkata Knight Riders


Squad strength:12

Overseas players:4

Minimum more they need to buy: 6

Purse remaining: INR 7.6crore

Batsmen: Chris Lynn (INR 9.6 crore), Robin Uthappa (INR 6.4 crore), Shubman Gill (INR 1.8 crore), IshankJaggi (INR 20 lakhs), NitishRana (INR 3.4 crore)

Wicketkeeper: Dinesh Karthik (INR 7.4 crore)

All-rounders Andre Russell (INR 8.5 crore)

Spinners:PiyushChawla (INR 4.2 crore), KuldeepYadav (INR 5.8 crore), Sunil Narine (12.5 crore)

Pacers: Mitchell Starc (INR 9.4 crore), KamleshNagarkoti (INR 3.2 crore)


Sunrisers Hyderabad

Squad strength:16

Overseas players:5

Minimum more they need to buy: 2

Purse remaining: INR 7.95crore

Batsmen: David Warner (INR 12.5 crore), ShikharDhawan (INR 5.2 crore), Manish Pandey (INR 11 crore), Kane Williamson (INR 3 crore)

Wicketkeepers: WriddhimanSaha (INR 5 crore), Ricky Bhui (INR 20 lakhs)

All-rounders: Shakib Al Hasan (INR 2 crore), Carlos Brathwaite (INR 2 crore), Yusuf Pathan (INR 1.9 crore), Deepak Hooda (INR 2.6 crore)

Spinner: Rashid Khan (INR 9 crore)

Pacers:Bhuvneshwar Kumar (INR 8.5 crore), Syed Khaleel Ahmed (INR 3 crore), SiddarthKaul (INR 3.8 crore), Basil Thampi (INR 95 lakhs), T Natarajan (INR 40 lakhs)


Chennai Super Kings

Squad strength:11

Overseas players:4

Minimum more they need to buy: 7

Purse remaining: INR 17crore

Batsmen:Faf du Plessis (INR 1.6 crore), Suresh Raina (INR 11 crore), KedarJadhav (INR 7.8 crore), AmbatiRayudu (INR 2.2 crore)

Wicketkeepers: MS Dhoni (INR 15 crore)

All-rounders:RavindraJadeja (INR 7 crore), Dwayne Bravo (INR 6.4 crore), Shane Watson (INR 4 crore)

Spinners:Harbhajan Singh(INR 2 crore), Karn Sharma (INR 5 crore), Imran Tahir (INR 1 crore)


Rajasthan Royals

Squad strength:9

Overseas players:5

Minimum more they need to buy: 9

Purse remaining: INR 23.5crore

Batsmen:AjinkyaRahane (INR 4 crore), D’Arcy Short (INR 4 crore), Rahul Tripathi (INR 3.4 crore), Steven Smith (INR 11.5 crore)

Wicketkeepers: Jos Buttler (INR 4.4 crore), Sanju Samson (INR 8 crore)

All-rounders: Ben Stokes (INR 12.5 crore), Stuart Binny (INR 50 lakhs), Jofra Archer (INR 7.2 crore)


Delhi Daredevils

Squad strength:15

Overseas players:5

Minimum more they need to buy: 3

Purse remaining: INR 12.3crore

Batsmen: GautamGambhir (INR 2.8 crore), Colin Munro (INR 1.9 crore), Jason Roy (INR 1.5 crore), Prithvi Shaw (INR 1.2 crore), ShreyasIyer (INR 7 crore), Glenn Maxwell (INR 9 crore)

Wicketkeeper: Rishabh Pant (INR 15 crore)

All-rounders: Chris Morris (INR 11 crore), Vijay Shankar (INR 3.2 crore)

Spinners: Amit Mishra (INR 4 crore), Rahul Tewatia (INR 3 crore)

Pacers: Harshal Patel (INR 20 lakhs), Mohammed Shami (INR 3 crore), KagisoRabada (INR 4.2 crore), Avesh Khan (INR 70 lakhs)


Kings XI Punjab

Squad strength:10

Overseas players:3

Minimum more they need to buy: 8

Purse remaining: INR 21.9crore

Batsmen: Aaron Finch (INR 6.2 crore), KL Rahul (INR 11 crore), MayankAgarwal (INR 1 crore), Karun Nair (INR 5.6 crore), Yuvraj Singh (INR 2 crore), David Miller (INR 3 crore)

All-rounders: Akshar Patel (INR 12.5 crore), Marcus Stoinis (INR 6.2 crore)

Spinner: RavichandranAshwin (INR 7.6 crore)

Pacer: AnkitRajpoot (INR 3 crore)


Royal Challengers Bangalore

Squad strength:14

Overseas players:6

Minimum more they need to buy:4

Purse remaining: INR 15.85

Batsmen: Brendon McCullum (INR 3.6 crore), MananVohra (INR 1.1 crore), ViratKohli (INR 17 crore), AB de Villiers (INR 11 crore), Sarfaraz Khan (INR 3 crore)

Wicketkeeper: Quinton de Kock (INR 2.8 crore)

All-rounders:Moeen Ali (INR 1.7 crore), Colin de Grandhomme (INR 2.2 crore), Chris Woakes (INR 7.4 crore)

Spinner:YuzvendraChahal (INR 6 crore)

Pacers:KulwantKhejroliya (INR 85 lakhs), UmeshYadav (INR 4.2 crore), AniketChoudhary (INR 30 lakhs), NavdeepSaini (INR 3 crore)