The Indian Premier League auction went big for Indian fast bowlers as they were the most attractive category in the bidding war. With veterans like Yuvraj Singh, Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill remaining unsold fast bowlers who missed the last edition of IPL- Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron got their new franchise teams this time.
Here is the list of the most expensive fast bowlers so far in IPL auction:
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Jaydev Unadkat - INR 8.40 Crores - Rajasthan Royals
Last year's big fish Unadkat once again was not left behind in this year's auction as his old team Rajasthan Royals bought him back for a hefty amount of INR 8.40 Crores. The other contender in this bidding were Delhi Capitals who were eager to buy the southpaw's services for their team but failed against RR.
Mohit Sharma - INR 5 Crores - Chennai Super Kings
The right-arm fast medium bowler Mohit Sharma who won the Purple Cap in 2016 for Chennai Super Kings has reunited with Mahendra Singh Dhoni again after playing for Kings XI Punjab last season. Mohit attracted a number of bids and was bought by the defending champions for INR 5 crores in the cash-rich league.
Mohammed Shami - INR 4.80 Crores - Kings XI Punjab\
India's red ball specialist Md. Shami will play for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2019 as Ravi Ashwin's team bought him for 4.80 Crores in the bidding against defending IPL champions Chennai Super Kings. Shami is right now in Australia as part of India's Test squad for the four-match Test series.
Ishant Sharma - INR 1.10 Crores - Delhi Capitals
Veteran Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma who went unsold in last year's auction went for INR 1.10 Crores to his home team Delhi Capitals. Last year Ishant's base price was INR 2 Crores and that was the sole reason why he was not picked but come next year the tall Indian will play in the cash rich-league.
Varun Aaron - INR 2.4 Crores - Rajasthan Royals
The biggest shocker in the list is the Jamshedpur-born speedster Varun Aaron who was unable to attract buyers last time but went for a whopping INR 2.4 Crores to Rajasthan Royals. This will be a golden opportunity for the fast bowler to get back into the national team by performing well in the IPL 2019. He will bowl alongside countrymen Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni in Rajasthan Royals' camp.