Brendon McCullum bought by Daniel Vettori's team at Indian Premier League auction

IPL 2018 Auction Glenn Maxwell sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 9 crore

Jonny Bairstow remained unsold at the IPL auction.

Samson is still an uncapped player and among the few such players, he has been the top buys.

Here is our list of who could fetch big bucks, this season. Some were highlighted by the lulls from franchises that followed Richard Madley's naming of Chris Gayle and Lasith Malinga (base prices of Rs 2 crore and Rs 1 crore, respectively).

With each passing auction, teams have become smarter.

Colin Munro was bought for 1.9 crore rupees (NZ$406,000) at the annual auction on Saturday, and that may be a bargain for Delhi, given the form he has shown this summer.

Will all the players be auctioned on the first day? While the wicketkeepers, barring Ishan Kishan were overlooked, the batsmen, bowlers and all-rounders attracted handsome bids. Delhi Daredevils got all-rounder Maxwell for $1.41m.

"We knew beforehand that the second half of the day was going to be busy". It's shouldn't come as a surprise if local boy Gambhir leads the DareDevils in the 11th season. His pace bowling partner Shivam Mavi and the team's skipper Prithvi Shaw are expected to get deals.The Punjab duo of Shubhman Gill and Abhishek Sharma are also on the radar of the franchises. Chris Gayle, surprisingly, found no bidders either. Took the bid to Rs 9.00 crore but Hyderabad used their RTM card to retain the Afghan teen.

Sanju started his IPL career with Rajasthan Royals, although he was picked Kolkata Knight Riders first.

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Akash Ambani, the owner of Mumbai Indians, agreed with Ponting's views and added, "I agree with Ricky".

Lasith Malinga, whose form has taken a considerable dip in the a year ago or so, too will be part of the auction, apart from his Sri Lankan mates Angelo Mathews and Niroshan Dickwella.

Even as the event didn't go as per schedule, Rajiv Shukla, chairman of IPL's governing council, was pleased with the turn of events. "I did well for them", he had said. I'm really happy that so many franchises showed interest and so numerous uncapped players got picked.

Harbhajan will look to fill in the space left by R Ashwin, who was bought by Kings XI Punjab. While Ashwin goes for Rs. 7.60 Crores to King XI Punjab while Kieron Pollard from West Indies RTM by Mumbai Indians for Rs. 5.40 Crores. And the CSK who had earlier retained MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina have managed to acquire Dwayne Bravo Bac and Faf du Plessis. It also seemed that they were least interested in him.

Suryakumar Yadav - Mumbai Indians bought Suryakumar for Rs 3.2 crore.

Imran Tahir was one of the cheapest buys this season when two-time champions Chennai Super Kings bought the South Africa spinner for just Rs 1 crore.

Preity, however, wasn't very disappointed as she managed to get some of the best Indian cricketers in Yuvraj Singh (2 crore INR) and KL Rahul (11 crore INR).

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