Batsmen earn top dollar, fast bowlers remain blue chip
All eight franchises picked half their squads on the first day of the IPL auction. Based on buying strategies, ESPNcricinfo looks at the major trends coming out of Saturday.
Batsmen still earn the top dollar
If you remove the trio of Ben Stokes, Mitchell Starc and Rashid Khan, franchises invested heavily in top-order batsmen. With their core disintegrated, and the players dispersed among the auction pool, franchises were desperate to get the best top-order batsmen quickly. No surprises then as four of the most expensive players bought on the first day of the auction were batsmen. The Indian pair of KL Rahul (Kings XI Punjab) and Manish Pandey (Sunrisers Hyderabad) were bought for INR 11 crore (US$ 1.7 millon) each, while Australia batsman Chris Lynn earned INR 9.6 crore (US$1.5 million) from his previous franchise Kolkata Knight Riders.