Among Indians Jaydev Udankat, KL Rahul and Manish Pandey led the charge. The franchises were smart in their choices with most of the current India players attracting significant interest. Talented pacer Jaydev Udankat was snapped up by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 11.5 crore.
Stylish opener Rahul and middle-order batsman Pandey bagged deals worth Rs 11 crore (USD 1.73 million) from Kings XI Punjab and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively.
The Karnataka players had a field day at the auctions with India discard Karun Nair also triggering a bidding war before Kings XI Punjab got him for Rs 5.60 crore (USD 880,000).
Kedar Jadhav, one of Mahendra Singh Dhoni 'Go To Man' during his last stint as India captain, also fetched a healthy price of Rs 7.80 crore for his all-round qualities of batting, round-arm off-spin and back-up wicket-keeping. He was snapped by the Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings.
Chennai, however, didn't bid vigorously for Ravichandran Ashwin, who will now ply his trade for Kings XI Punjab at a salary of Rs 7.60 crore (USD 1.19 million).
Some of the proven T20 specialists like Sanju Samson also earned big bucks as Rajasthan Royals bought him back for Rs 8 crore while Robin Uthappa's pyrotechnics earned him a callback from KKR at Rs 6.4 crore (USD 1 million approx).
Leg spinners were in demand as Karn Sharma got Rs 5 crore (USD 786,000) from CSK, Yuzvendra Chahal Rs 6 crore (USD 943,000 via RTM) from RCB and Kuldeep Yadav Rs 5.8 crore (USD 912,000 via RTM) from KKR.
Among the wicketkeepers, Dinesh Karthik once again bagged a lucrative Rs 7.4 crore (USD 1.16 million) deal with the KKR.
Wriddhiman Saha went to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 5 crore (USD 786,000) but Parthiv Patel went unsold.
England all- rounder Ben Stokes once again emerged the costliest buy in the IPL auctions.
Top 10 Indian players : Jaydev Unadkat – Sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 11.5 crore KL Rahul – Sold to Kings XI Punjab at Rs 11 crore Manish Pandey – Sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad at Rs 11 crore Krunal Pandya – Retained using RTM by Mumbai Indians at RS 8.8 crore Sanju Samson – Sold to Rajasthan Royals at Rs 8 crore Kedar Jadhav – Sold to Chennai Super Kings at Rs 7.8 crore Ravichandran Ashwin – Sold to Kings XI Punjab at Rs 7.6 crore Dinesh Karthik – Sold to Kolkata Knight Riders at Rs 7.4 crore Gowtham Krishnappa – Sold to Rajasthan Royals at Rs 6.2 crore Ishan Kishan – Sold to Mumbai Indians at Rs 6.2 crore