Australian all-rounder, Shane Watson emerged as the most expensive buy with a whopping Rs 9.50 crore at 2016 IPL Players’ Auction at Bengaluru on Saturday. Whereas young uncapped Indian all-rounder, Pawan Negi surprised everyone as he came out as the costliest Indian buy with a mind-boggling deal of Rs 8.50 crore.
Watson thus became the first million dollar buy of the 2016 IPL auction with a package translating into $ 1.39 million. Veteran batsman Yuvraj Singh (Rs. 7 crore to Sunrisers Hyderabad) joined the list, even though Yuvi’s current bid was far less than the Rs 16 crore he had garnered in the last IPL auction.
Moreover, South Africa’s big-hitting all-rounder Chris Morris, walked away with a package of Rs 7 crore , bought by Delhi Daredevils.
Even-though, Pawan Negi came out as the most expensive player but it was also rewarding day for other Indian uncapped players. many of whom fetched excellent packages like, Karun Nair (Rs 4 crore to Delhi Daredevils), Rishabh Pant (Rs 1.9 crore to Delhi Daredevils), Deepak Hooda (Rs 4.2 crore to Sunrisers Hyderabad), M. Ashwin (Rs 4.5 crore to Rising Pune Super Giants) and Krunal Pandya (Rs 2 crore to Mumbai Indians).
Other big names, like, Indian pace-man Ashish Nehra (Rs 5.5 crore to Sunrisers Hyderabad), Mohit Sharma ( Rs 6.5 crore to Kings XI punjab), Ishant Sharma (Rs 3.8 crore to Rising Pune Super Giants), England’s Kevin Pietersen (Rs 3.5 crore to RPSG), and West Indies’ Dwayne Smith (Rs 2.3 crore to Gujarat Lions) were also the top draws in the auction which was beamed live to millions of viewers.