The VIVO IPL Auction 2018 took place today in Bengaluru as the franchises stocked up on players for the new season. Here is how all the teams look at the end of day 1 of the auction.
Chennai Super Kings
Royal Challengers Bangalore
They went on to further boost their batting prowess by snapping up Brendon McCullum and Quinton de Kock for relatively low prices of 3.6 crores and 2.8 crores respectively. They also moved smartly to get the services of Chris Woakes (their biggest buy of the day at 7.4 crores), Moeen Ali and Colin de Grandhomme, while the retention of Yuzvendra Chahal for 6 crores will be viewed as a massive move.
The return of Gautam Gambhir, a player with extensive experience and champion pedigree, will be a welcome sight as well. They could still be looking at a top-class allrounder to slot in between the batsman and the bowlers and give the team the balance it needs.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kings XI Punjab
They broke the bank to get Manish Pandey, spending 11 crore for the middle-order batsman, while Saha cost them five crore. It looks almost as if SRH have a team to form already, with only a slight weak point visible in the lower middle order. A quality consistent allrounder could end up making the SRH team complete much before anyone else had the chance to fill their quota.
Day 2 of the VIVO IPL Auction 2018 takes place tomorrow as more players go under the hammer and the franchises get their teams in order.