Joe Root to Rashid Khan, base prices of players revealed ahead of IPL 2018 player auction

There were a few surprises among the players with base price falling in Rs 1 crore or above brackets ahead of the IPL 2018 player auction

A total of 1,112 players from all around the world have signed up for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 auction. There is a big pool of overseas players despite the fact that only 8 overseas players per franchise are allowed to be picked. This means that a maximum 64 overseas players will be getting a track in this year’s auction.

The base prices of players have been revealed and a few names might surprise you. For example, England skipper Joe Root has opted for a base price of Rs 1.5 crore instead of choosing a base price of Rs 2 crore. Root has the potential to lead any team and a few teams might see their potential captain in him. On the other hand, Tymal Mills did not increase his base price despite bagging a Rs 12 crore deal in the previous edition.

Only 36 players (including 23 overseas players) have decided to opt for a base price of Rs 2 crore. Rashid Khan moved up the ladder as he opted for a higher base price than before. Given his current form, he might become the most expensive spinner in the history of the league.

Indian players like Yuzvendra Chahal (Rs 2 crore), Washington Sundar (Rs 1.5 crore) and Mohammad Siraj (Rs 1 crore) too decided to raise their base prices ahead of the auction.

Here is the full list of players who fall into the base price category of Rs 2, 1.5 and 1 crore (INR).

INR 2 crore:
Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, M Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Karn Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Robin Uthappa, Rashid Khan, Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Johnson, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Starc, Cameron White, Eoin Morgan, Liam Plunkett, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Corey Anderson, Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock, Colin Ingram, Angelo Mathews, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard.

INR 1.5 crore:
Aaron Finch, Amit Mishra, David Miller, Evin Lewis, Faf du Plessis, Harry Gurney, Hashim Amla, Jason Holder, Jason Roy, Jaydev Unadkat, Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Kagiso Rabada, Kane Williamson, Kuldeep Yadav, Kyle Abbott, Lendl Simmons, Mark Wood, Michael Klinger, Moeen Ali, Mohit Sharma, Moises Henriques, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Nathan Lyon, Peter Handscomb, Ravi Bopara, Shaun Marsh, Steven Finn, Travis Head, Trent Boult, Washington Sundar.

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INR 1 crore:
Adam Zampa, Alex Hales, Andrew Tye, Ben Cutting, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Jordan, Dale Steyn, Daniel Christian, Dwayne Smith, Jason Behrendorff, JP Duminy, Lasith Malinga, Manish Pandey, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Imran Tahir, Mustafizur Rahman, Parthiv Patel, Piyush Chawla, Sam Billings, Samuel Badree, Sanju Samson, Shakib Al Hasan, Shane Watson, Tim Southee, Tom Curran, Tymal Mills, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Wriddhiman Saha

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There is a possibility that several players from the above list may go unsold in the IPL 2018 auction as the teams will be on a tight budget and are not expected to overspend just going by the reputation of the player in the past editions.