New Delhi: At the end of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 auction, England all-rounder Ben Stokes emerged as the most expensive pick. Last year, Rising Pune Supergiant shelled out INR 14.5 Crore for the all-rounder and now at IPL 2018 auction, Rajasthan Royals (RR) on day one picked him for INR 12.5 Crore. With this Stokes became the most expensive pick at the IPL 2018 auction. Not just for Stokes, Royals broke the bank for pacer Jaydev Unadkat and on the second day of the auction he was snapped up by the franchise for whopping INR 11.5 Crore.
Unadkat apparently became the most expensive Indian player picked at the IPL 2018 auction. The pacer surpassed batsmen Manish Pandey and KL Rahul who went to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) respectively for INR 11 Crore each.
Using Right to Match (RTM) card Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) retained attacking batsman Chris Lynn for INR 9.6 Crore. KKR also picked Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc, who became the third costliest overseas pick from IPL 2018 auction, for INR 9.4 Crore.
Here are the top 10 expensive players of IPL Auction 2018
|Ben Stokes||Rajasthan Royals||INR 12.5 Crore|
|Jaydev Unadkat||Rajasthan Royals||INR 11.5 Crore|
|Manish Pandey||Sunrisers Hyderabad||INR 11 Crore|
|KL Rahul||Kings XI Punjab||INR 11 Crore|
|Chris Lynn||Kolkata Knight Riders||INR 9.6 Crore|
|Mitchell Starc||Kolkata Knight Riders||INR 9.4 Crore|
|Glenn Maxwell||Delhi Daredevils||INR 9 Crore|
|Rashid Khan||Sunrisers Hyderabad||INR 9 Crore|
|Krunal Pandya||Mumbai Indians||INR 8.8 Crore|
|Sanju Samson||Rajasthan Royals||INR 8 Crore|
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who was snapped up by Delhi Daredevils was one of the top 10 expensive players. Meanwhile, on day two of the auction, apart from Unadkat, little known Gowtham Krishnappa was picked by Royals for INR 6.2 Crore. Kings XI Punjab bought all-rounder Andrew Tye for INR 7.2 Crore.