BANGALORE: This year’s auction features 580 players in all with 361 of them being Indians. There are 16 top players awarded marquee status and a base price of Rs 2 crore.

Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction 2018, underway at Ritz-Carlton, Bengaluru. The auction, which started at 10 AM, will witness eight franchises battling to make the right squad composition picking the right players from a big pool of 580 cricketers, including 361 Indians. Top guns, termed as Marquee Players in the IPL Auction, will be Ravichandran Ashwin, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Kane Williamson, Glenn Maxwell, Joe Root, Mitchell Starc, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Shakib Al Hasan. Each of the Marquee Player is priced at Rs 2 crore and will set the tone as an intense battle is set to follow. Who will be the most expensive pick on the first day of the IPL Auction? Stay tuned for all the live action.

Trinidadian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo up for auction. He was bought by Punjab for Rs 6.40 crore. He was, however, retained by CSK using RTM Card. Bravo bats right-handed and bowls right-arm medium-fast pace.

Left-hand batsman Gautam Gambhir up for auction with a price tag of Rs 2 crore. He has been bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 2.80 crore. In last season, he was the skipper of Kolkata Knight Riders — a franchise owned by Shahrukh Khan, actress Juhi Chawla and her spouse Jay Mehta. Under Gambhir’s leadership, the KKR had twice won the IPL title.

Explosive Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell goes under the hammer with a price tag of Rs 2 crore. An intense bidding war is underway between Delhi and Hyderabad. Delhi appears desperate to recruit him. meanwhile, Maxwell has been bought by Delhi for Rs 9 crore. He was a part of the Delhi Daredevils in 2012 and was bought by the Mumbai Indians in 2013. He was bought by Punjab in 2014 and since then he played for Preity Zinta’s team. Delhi Daredevils, founded in 2008, is owned by the GMR Group. Their home grounds are the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in Delhi and the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in Chhattisgarh.

Shakib Al Hasan, the Bangladeshi all-rounder is up for auction. He carries a base price tag of Rs 1 crore. He has been bought by SRH for Rs 2 crore.

Harbhajan Singh, who carries a base price tag of Rs 2 crore, goes under the hammer. He has been bought by the CSK for Rs 2 crore.

Bidding for the first set of Marquee Players is over. It’s time for a 15-minute break. First Set of Marquee Players: Shikhar Dhawan – 5.20 crore (SRH) with RTM Card, R Ashwin – 7.60 crore (KXIP), Kieron Pollard – 5.40 crore (MI) with RTM card, Chris Gayle (2 crore) – Unsold, Ben Stokes – 12.50 crore (KXIP), Faf du Plessis – 1.60 crore (CSK) with RTM Card, Ajinkya Rahane – 4 crore (RR) with RTM Card, Mitchell Starc – 9.40 crore (KKR)

Mitchell Starc up for auction. He carries a price tag of Rs 2 crore. The left-arm fast bowler was among the front-runner in the list of 55 Australian players for the auction. He has been bought by KKR for Rs 9.40 crore. In 2014 and 2015, Starc was bought by the RCB. But in Feb 2017, he parted ways with RBC to focus on International career, for which Royal Challengers Bangalore got an addition of 5 crore to their purse at the 2017 IPL auction.

Ajinkya Rahane up for auction with a base price of Rs 2 crore. The right-hand batsman will play for the RR in the upcoming IPL season. RR owners exercised the RTM Card to buy him for Rs 4 crore.

South African player Du Plessis goes under the hammer. He carries a base price tag of Rs 1.5 crore. He has been bought by CSK using the RTM Card for Rs 1.60 crore.

England’s Ben Stokes up for auction. KKR and Punjab are up in the bidding fight. Rising Pune Supergiant had last year bought him for Rs 14.50 core. Rajasthan Royals have joined the bid. He has been sold to RR for Rs 12.50 crore. 

Left-hand batsman Chris Gayle is up for auction. He carries a base price of Rs 2 crore. He has, however, gone unsold. 

Trinidadian cricketer who plays for West Indies Kieron Pollard up for auction. Delhi buys him for Rs 5.40 crore. However, the Mumbai Indians exercised the RTM Card and retained Pollard. Pollard provides Slow Medium pace bowling and big-hitting from the middle-order.

R Ashwin is the second player to go under the hammer. After an intense bidding war between Punjab and Rajasthan, the 31-year-old was bought by Punjab for Rs 7.60 crore. Kings XI Punjab, established in 2008, is jointly owned by Preity Zinta, Wadia Group scion Ness Wadia, Dabur’s Mohit Burman and Karan Paul.

Shikhar Dhawan becomes first player to be up for auction. The left-hand batsman was a key player for the SRH in last season. Shawan carries a base-price tag of Rs 2 crore. Mumbai Indian and Kings XI are up in the bidding war. He has been bought by Punjab for Rs 5.20 crore. However, Sunrisers Hyderabad exercised RTM card to buy Dhawan for INR 5.20 crore. If SRH were to retain Dhawan, they would had to shell out Rs 7 crore but they have now bought him for Rs 5.20 crore in auction.

Auction begins. Richard Madley, auctioneer, delivers introductory speech.

Amitabh Choudhary, joint secretary, BCCI speaks on controversy related to Rajasthan Cricket Board. He rules out any problem related to the state cricket board following the court’s suspension order.

Rajeev Shukla, Chairman, IPL, speaks at the auction event. Shukla welcomes CSK and RR in the IPL fold. “More than 1100 players had registered for the auction and more than 500 players were brought under the hammer.” Rahul Johri, CEO, BCCI, presents the introductory address at Ritz-Carlton, Bengaluru.