Unadkat costliest Indian, Sandeep first player from Nepal to bag IPL deal

Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat became the most expensive Indian buy this IPL season after sealing a whopping Rs 11.5 crore deal with Rajasthan Royals (RR). Australian seamer Andrew Tye too struck big, fetching a Rs 7.2 crore contract with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on the concluding day of IPL auctions in Bangalore on Sunday. The day also belonged to Sandeep Lamichhane, who became the first cricketer from Nepal to be bought in the IPL auctions with Delhi Daredevils picking the 17-year-old leg-spinner for his base price of Rs 20 lakh.

Another teenage sensation, Afghanistan off-spinner Mujeeb Zadran (16), became richer by Rs 4 crore after KXIP made the winning bid for him. Zadran is currently part of the U-19 World Cup squad in New Zealand.

KXIP and RR went into the auction with the biggest purse, having retained only one player. RR continued spending big on day two while KXIP too wasn’t far behind. However, Kolkata Knight Riders left both of them behind by using their entire purse of Rs 80 crore despite buying the fewest players, 19. Barring CSK, who still have Rs 6.5 crore to work with, all teams have almost utilised their purse.