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Player Valuation More Accurate in Ipl 2018 Auction

The figure was Rs 431 crores - The amount spent by the eight franchises in the two-day player auction of the IPL208. The amount was used to buy 169 players, including 113 Indians and 56 overseas players. Kolkata Knight Riders were the highest spenders, with Rs 80 crore, but the side bought only 19 players - the least by any team. Chennai Super Kings, which spent the least amount, Rs73.5 crore, bought the maximum number of players (25). Rajasthan Royals, historically a moneyball franchise, ended up with the two most-expensive buys of the 2018 auctions: Ben Stokes (Rs 12.5 crore) and Jaydev Unadkat (Rs 11.5 crore), the latter also being the most expensive Indian player in the 2018 auction. An auction will lose its charm if all buys can be understood. The auction proceedings not a cricket match, attracted 46.5 million viewers.

The question arose among the millions fans was - what is the value of a player? Is Jayadev Unadkat worth ?11.5 crores? Is Hashim Amla not worth anything at all? High analytical tools used to pick players with their multi dimension use to the teams. Based on those results Mumbai Indians think Krunal Pandya is worth? 8.8 crores. Can anyone argue? Critics may argue that the auction is an extravaganza a horse trading type which is humiliating to cricketers. But there is no denying of fact that when money pours cricketers take notice. On a weekend when every Test-playing country was engaged in an international, the focus was on a hotel ballroom in Bangalore. It will be a distraction, South Africas captain Faf du Plessis had claimed. Kamlesh Nagarkoti, at the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand said, I went and sat inside the washroom even as my bidding was going on. It went on and on and didnt stop till it had reached? 3.2 crores.

Big bash was in full swing during January getting and attracting more spectators than the Ashes series. It was the crucial week for several teams entering the final phase. Suddenly you see the coaches of several teams including a commentator were missing. Stephen Fleming of Melbourne Stars left the failing in limbo and was in Bangalore for the IPL auction. So was Daniel Vettori, who left the about to be qualifying to the semi-finals team Brisbane Heat to assist the bidding for RCB in IPL. Ricky Ponting was entertaining the viewers in Channel 10 when disappeared suddenly and landed in Bangalore as part of the Delhi Daredevils coaching team in the auction. That is the pulling power of IPL auction.

Rejection is just part of life for sportsmen, people miss selection in teams they miss selection in squads and they sometimes miss out on IPL contracts. Players will and can deal with the rejection as they have had to deal with it from a young age in terms of selections. An understanding of the reason behind players unsold creates confusion. In one of the Test in the India-South Africa series , Amla and Ishant Sharma put in stirring performances, yet find themselves with no role in the IPL. This clarifies that IPL and Test cricket are as different from each other. Can a cricketer be judged on his earnings? Tennis world has taught us that the grand slam winners and the number ones will be in the multi-million dollar brackets. So if career earnings of a player are in the $50-60 million range him or her likely to be a top 5 player in the world and won Grand slams. There are very few exceptions Caroline Wozniaki is one where the critics could not reconcile to the fact that she became the world no 1 despite not winning any Grand Slam. Thankfully Melbourne was kind enough last month to bestow the Championship on her and shut her critics.

If there a success formula in the IPL, it has been stability, at least to a certain degree. Chennai Super Kings were the pioneers in reaping the rewards of placing their faith in a trusted core group during their first stint. Mumbai Indians followed suit, and they soon eclipsed their southern rivals, and now have three title wins. Rajasthan Royals threw their past reputation out of the window during the auction. And they had one strategy in mind to reunite many of the Rising Pune Supergiant players who finished beaten finalists in the previous edition. Six of current CSK lot have donned the yellow jersey before, which includes skipper MS Dhoni, and by signing a player named Lungi, they have one eye on playing to the gallery (and the obvious puns) too. By bringing in the former Mumbai trio of Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma and Ambati Rayudu, Chennais unshakable belief in stability is only further reinforced. The iconic yellow shirt is back. After two long years in the cold it will be fascinating to see whether CSK are still one of the dominant powers in the IPL.

Kolkata Knight Raiders were the least active side in the auction and go into the new season with just 19 players - they could have had 25. It means they have put most of their eggs in one basket, although in this case they are very good quality eggs. Like Delhi, they have ultra-aggressive batting options and plenty of pace. If injuries strike then they could be in trouble due to lack of cover. Mitchell Starc is their key man has the capability to blow teams away and should enjoy the Kolkata pitch if it's anything like it was last season provided he remains injury free.

The Mumbai Indians usually have a very strong looking group with big names aplenty but their dealings in this auction have left many scratching their heads. Why was Jos Buttler allowed to go? Why are there so few specialist spin options? Could they have done with a proven overseas top order batsman? Time will tell, of course, and they are the reigning champions but it seems quite difficult to know what their best XI is at the moment. Of course they have the Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard with their Captain Rohit Sharma.

Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, co-owner of IPL team Kings XI Punjab, remained the most entertaining person initially as she kept bidding for every possible player during the auction. From the moment IPL auctioneer Richard Madley started the day's proceedings, the 42-yearold Preity - draped in a stunning red blazer - started her war to purchase every possible marquee player that came up in the big screen. After some furious bidding, Preity and the Kings XI reps in the auction successfully won the auction war getting Lokesh Rahul, Ravi Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh. Preity was also engulfed in some stunning bidding wars with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) representative Jhanvi Mehta, the daughter of Juhi Chawla and Jay Mehta. Jhanvi, 16, became the youngest person ever to attend an IPL auction table. The war between the two pretty ladies was for the likes of Mitchell Starc and Ben Stokes during the marquee player bidding segment. While Starc went to KKR, Stokes went to Rajasthan Royals.

Lot of big names were disappointed when their names were not called or no bidders for them. Among them were English stars Joe Root and Eoin Morgan. The ICC's No 1 ranked T20I bowler Ish Sodhi, South African fast bowlers Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, Sri Lankan seamer Lasith Malinga and Australian spinner Nathan Lyon all missed out on contracts. However, should any player suffer an injury during the tournament, teams will be able to purchase unsold players at a later date.

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