The war of purchasing the players in the current Indian Premier League 2019 auction went on fire. The money spending spree was on and a lot of players have attracted the attention of franchise owners.
In the first segment of the auction West Indies players proved to be the next million-dollar babies in the cash-rich league. While Jaydev Unadkat got the highest bid among domestic players alongside uncapped Varun Chakravarthy.
Here is the list of the most expensive buys so far in IPL auction:
Jaydev Unadkat - INR 8.40 Crore - 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 in their team but failed against RR.
Varun Chakravarthy - INR 8.4 Crore - Kings XI Punjab
The 2019 IPL auction witnessed a rare sight when an uncapped Indian player became a million-dollar baby. Varun Chakravarthy, the Tamil Nadu born player became the shock entree of the IPL auction going for a final selling price of INR 8.4 Crores to Kings XI Punjab after an aggressive bidding war. The 26-year-old Varun's IPL 2019 bid equalled the highest bid of Jayadev Unadkat and became the first uncapped player to get 6 Crore+ in the auction pool.
Sam Curran - INR 7.2 Crore - Kings XI Punjab
The left-arm allrounder who troubled India earlier this year in England became the most expensive overseas player in this year's IPL auction with INR 7.2 Crore price. He was sold to Kings XI Punjab when they heated their bidding war against Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore but later snatch the English allrounder for a hefty amount.
Colin Ingram- INR 6.4 Crore - Delhi Capitals
The South African southpaw's excellent run in recently concluded T10 cricket league landed him a big IPL 2019 contract. Delhi Capitals reserved his services with a bid of INR 6.4 Crores and balance their middle order with some overseas flair. It could be proved as one of the smartest buys in this year's auction as he proved himself as a worthy player in South Africa's domestic T20 tournament.
Shivam Dube- INR 5 Crore - Royal Challengers Bangalore
Apart from Varun, the other uncapped sensation in IPL auction was 25-year old Shivam Dube who went for a hefty INR 5 Crores. He made his List A debut for Mumbai in the 2016–17 Vijay Hazare Trophy. The all-rounder will join Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore for IPL 2019. Dube got the limelight recently when he hit five sixes off five balls against Baroda's Swapnil Singh in the Ranji Trophy match.
Mohit Sharma - INR 5 Crore - 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.
Axar Patel - INR 5 Crore - Delhi Capitals
The left-arm off-spinner who was not retained by Kings XI Punjab this year, went for big money in the bidding war between Punjab and Delhi Capitals. In the end Capitals won the war and Patel got a new team after playing for the Punjab in the past few seasons.
Carlos Brathwaite - INR 5 Crore - Kolkata Knight Riders
The two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders boosted the Caribbean firepower in the auction. WIth Andre Russell already in their wings, the franchise bought Brathwaite for a whopping 5 crores. The Windies T20I skipper will be a surprise addition in the KKR camp as looking at the current team they need an overseas fast bowler.
Mohammed Shami - INR 4.80 Crore - 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.
Prabhsimran Singh- INR 4.80 Crore - Kings XI Punjab
Punjab's wicket-keeper batsman Prabh Simran, all of 18, was taken by Preity Zinta owned Kings XI Punjab for Rs 4.80 crore while Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore shelled out Rs 1.5 crore for 16-year-old Barman, who is an all-rounder from Bengal.