Jofra Archer, a 22-year old West Indies first-class player who is yet to receive a national call-up, has turned heads and grabbed all the attention at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 auction. Amongst the uncapped fast bowlers, this young lad was brought for a whopping 7.20 crore by return franchise Rajasthan Royals. The Royals also purchased Australian uncapped all-rounder D'Arcy Short for 4 crore.
Krunal Pandya was retained by Mumbai Indians, a reunion with his brother Hardik Pandya and was the most expensive player in this category. He was brought for a massive 8.80 crore.
Archer was one of the most sought-after besides Pandya as the all-rounder has been highly impressive in England's county cricket. Blistering pace by the young lad can set the pitch on fire. Not only can he bowl, but is also considered a dangerous lower-order batsman who can change the outcome of the game at any given time.
Archer has shown great promise last year which led to become an aim to achieve in the auctions. He floated into the crease with good effect in 2017, too, with 61 wickets at 25 and an average of more than 45 with the bat.
Delhi Daredevils got the signatures of Rahul Tewatia for 3 crore, Vijay Shankar for 3.20 crore and Harshal Patel for the base price of 20 Lakhs.
Kolkata Knight Riders haven't been active in the auctions but did purchase two fast bowlers to add to their squad. Representing the India U-19 team in the ICC World Cup, Kamlesh Nagarkoti was brought for 3.20 crore and Nitesh Rana for 3.40 crore.
Here's the list of the uncapped All-rounders list
Pacer Deepak Hooda was retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad via Right to Match card for 3.60 crore.
Rahul Tewatia (Base Price 20 Lakh) - Delhi Daredevils for Rs 3 crore
Deepak Hooda (Base Price 40 Lakh) - Retained by Sunrisers Hyderabad via RTM Card for Rs 3.60 crore
Vijay Shankar (Base Price Rs 40 Lakh) - Delhi Daredevils for Rs 3.20 crore
Harshal Patel (Base Price Rs 20 Lakh) - Delhi Daredevils at Base Price
Kamlesh Nagarkoti (Base Price Rs 20 Lakh) - Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 3.20 crore
Krunal Pandya (Base Price Rs 40 Lakh) - Retained by Mumbai Indians via RTM Card for Rs 8.80 crore
Nitish Rana (Base Price Rs 20 Lakh) - Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 3.40 crore
D'Arcy Short (Base Price Rs 20 Lakh) - Rajasthan Royals for Rs 4 crore
Shivam Dubey (Base Price Rs 20 Lakh) - Unsold
Jofra Archer (Base Price Rs 40 Lakh) - Rajasthan Royals for Rs 7.20 crore