IPL Auction 2016
The 2016 Indian Premier League auction took place on Saturday, as all eight teams competing in the Twenty20 tournament put together their rosters.
A total of 351 players went under the hammer, but only 116 of them could be purchased in a fast and furious exhibition in Bangalore.
Two new teams, Gujarat Lions and Rising Pune Supergiant’s, join the IPL this year, while Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and defending champions Mumbai Indians were out to pick up a bargain.
Here’s a look at the notable buys ahead of the 2016 competition:
IPL 2016 Auction Top Buys
Team Player Type Price (crore)
RCB Shane Watson All-Rounder 9.5
DD Pawan Negi All-Rounder 8.5
DD Christopher Morris All-Rounder 7
SRH Yuvraj Singh All-Rounder 7
KXIP Mohit Sharma Bowler 6.5
SRH Ashish Nehra Bowler 5.5
RPS Mitchell Marsh All-Rounder 4.8
RPS M. Ashwin Bowler 4.5
Shane Watson was the most expensive buy at the IPL 2016 auction. (Photo Source: BCCI)
The Vivo IPL 2016 auction took place in Bengaluru today. It witnessed 351 players go under the hammer, which includes 230 Indian and 121 overseas players.
The most eyebrow raising moment in the auction came today when Delhi all-rounder Pawan Negi beat Yuvraj Singh to become the costliest Indian player. Negi saw his base price of 30 lakhs skyrocket to an eyeball-popping sum of 8.5 crores. Negi, who used to play for the suspended Chennai Super Kings until last year, was bought by the Delhi Daredevils. It has been a stupendous transformation of fortunes for the youngster who was named in the Indian squad for World T20 yesterday but is yet to receive his national cap.
Other big earners today were Chris Morris and Mohit Sharma who were picked by Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab respectively. The former was bought for 7 crores while the Indian seamer earned 5.5 crores. Delhi also bought young Kerala wicketkeeper Sanju Samson and West Indian batsman Carlos Brathwaite for 4.2 crores each.
Rising Pune Supergiant’s and Gujarat Lions, the two new teams introduced after the suspension of CSK and Rajasthan Royals, spent well and acquired many notable T20 specialists. In all, the Pune franchises bought 18 players while the Rajkot added 19 players to its team.
IPL Winners 2016
The 2016 Indian Premier League Final was a day/night Twenty20 cricket match on 29 May 2016 at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore, which was played between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore to determine the winner of the 2016 season of the Indian Premier League, an annual Twenty20 cricket tournament in India. In case play was not completed on 29 May, the Final would have resumed on 30 May, the allotted reserve day.
Winning the toss, Sunrisers Hyderabad elected to bat first and set up a big total of 208/7 off 20 overs for their opposition. While chasing 209 to win, Royal Challengers Bangalore could only manage 200/7 off their 20 overs, thus falling short of their target. Sunrisers Hyderabad won the match by 8 runs and secured the 2016 Indian Premier League trophy, which happens to be their maiden title in the history of the tournament.
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