IPL Auction 2018: Live Blog, Day 1

It brings us to the end of the relentless coverage through the day. Do join us tomorrow with a possible 100 spots to fill with 469 players. Here`s how it all stands at the end of today.

Do join us at 9.00 am IST for all the action. Hope you enjoyed the coverage as much as we did in bringing it to you.

Ta ta!! Delighted to be apart of @RCBTweets for this years @IPL ! Brilliant to be alongside fellow brummie @MoeenAli as well! Exciting times ahead ???????????? #IPL11 #PlayBold— Chris Woakes (@chriswoakes) January 27, 2018 Chris Gayle - Once a Universe Boss Lasith Malinga - The leading IPL wicket taker for ages Parthiv Patel - Opens the batting to attack for India, IPL scouts not amused Ish Sodhi - T20I ranked one, perhaps for a reason Joe Root - A reduced base price, a member of the fab four Now to the big unsolds. Let`s not forget they are more than likely to come up tomorrow and picked up..

with an intense bid war. Let`s listen in to Ricky Ponting at the fag end of the day as he figures out why stalwarts like Harbhajan and Yuvraj getting rather ordinary deals, "The T20 game is getting increasingly difficult to play. Younger players are playing a lot of T20 cricket, so they are developing the skills at a much younger age.

as an older player it is difficult to keep up. I`ve been there as a player. But after 34-35, it is hard to improve.

that might be the major reason go quite cheaply in the auction." Faf du Plessis - 1.6cr to CSK.

The South African skipper for a reason Quinton de Kock - 2.8cr to RCB. He keeps, he opens, he finishes Colin Munro - 1.

9cr to DD. Three T20I centuries. And he bowls Gautam Gambhir - 2.

8cr to DD. A captain is found for real cheap Yuvraj Singh - 2 cr to KXIP. Remember June, Edgbaston? In the story of skyrockets, here are a few daylight steals that`ve managed to sneak under the radar.

Here`s the first. As many as 15 uncapped players went past the 3 crore mark. Krunal Pandya`s 8.

8 crore deal now makes him the highest priced uncapped player in the history of the IPL, going past Pawan Negi`s 2016 deal of 8.5 crores. Stumps, Day 1: Ankit Rajpoot survives the final ball of the day with a six into KXIP`s den.

There`s actually another set remaining to be done for the day, but just like over-rates in Test cricket lately, this one stays incomplete too. No, don`t leave. The lists of all the squads, the best buys and everything is waiting to be plugged in.

And there`s plenty on our site too to keep you busy. A total of 109 players went under the hammer. 78 sold.

49 Indians. 29 foreigners. Total amount spent: 321.

10 crore As we go through some quick buys and some quicker ignores, here`s more from Stephen Fleming to munch, "Faf at his price is a good boy and with Bravo he is key player to any team. The key thing is the core group of players. From 3 down to 6 is a very good line-up and with Karn and Harbhajan it`s a very good team.

We have maintained a very good core of Indian players. Looking at some of the team combinations, we think we are in a good positions. Bowling is a key gap to fill.

" A thought to ponder...

Does Rashid Khan going for 1.5 Mil and Ish going unsold mean it`s more important to perform in other domestic t20 comps than in international cricket? ????— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) January 27, 2018 After all the lip service paid to getting back their core, it`s the Sunrisers who are keeping their word, almost to a T. Fashion this - Siddarth Kaul, Deepak Hooda, Ricky Bhui, Rashid Khan, Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan to add to the already retained Warner and Bhuvi.

That`s eight out of their eleven already. Ankit Rajpoot - 30 lakhs to 3 crores - KXIP Siddarth Kaul - 30 lakhs to 3.8 crores - SRH Ishan Kishan - 40 lakhs to 6.

2 crores - MI Jofra Archer - 40 lakhs to 7.2 crores - RR Kamlesh Nagarkoti - 20 lakhs to 3.2 crores - KKR Krunal Pandya - 40 lakhs to 8.

8 crores - MI Nitish Rana - 20 lakhs to 3.4 crores - KKR D`Arcy Short - 20 lakhs to 4 crores - RR Let`s dive into the uncapped all-rounders. I`ll leave you with your fantasy to judge the multiplication on their pay-jumps.

Here they go - "This year we have really valued experience. Around the world if you see, experienced players are doing well. MS and I are both on the same wavelength on that count.

Young players come and go. We wanted to go for tried and tested players who have done well under pressure. Yes, that was the plan.

" -- An interesting way to explain CSK`s fetish for players who`re closing in on their post-retirement benefits. Flem continues, "We picked up Harbhajan Singh because we found him at the right price. While we acknowledge that Ashwin has been a proven performer for CSK, it`s hard to work around the budget.

He went for a lot of money. Harbhajan did well in the IPL last year. Ashwin is out of limited overs side.

So we are happy with our choice."The uncapped all-rounders breaking ground. Sorry not breaking, they are creating ground in areas that were never known to mankind.

Oh the IPL !! Krunal Pandya (8.8 cr MI) is now the highest paid uncapped player in the history of IPL going past Pawan Negi`s 8.5 cr (DD) in 2016.

#IPLAuction— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) January 27, 2018 The Pandya family is richer by 19.8 crores. Hardik brings home 11cr, Krunal brings 8.

8cr. Uncapped, eh? Mumbai save their Right to Match, let go of Buttler, let go of most other options to keep the brothers united. Well this was coming, with perhaps only Krunal remaining for Mumbai and a match card left, the rest of the teams were only playing around to inflate.

Well, the Pandya household wouldn`t complain. Stephen Fleming (CSK head coach) now gets chatty, "It`s very difficult to plan who is going to come out. Stokes and Woakes would have added value.

The fact that we have is an indicator that we are backing all-rounders. Watson is a proven performer. He is in good form as well.

Dwayne Bravo is also a proven performer. We have lot of options in the bowling department. Having wrist spinners gives us variation.

We want to back it up with a spin-dominated team to go with Jadeja and Raina; happy with our team." SRH too run out of their RTMs, using up their last one for an uncapped Indian player, Deepak Hooda, snapping him in for 3.6 crores.

That means they can`t match Vijay Shankar`s bid, which means he turns a Daredevil for 2018, for a 3.2 crore deal. Peanuts right? Both of them going up to approximately nine times their base price.

And here we are, happy when our hike touches double digits. A new home starting season 11 @ipl Thrilled & excited to be part of #orangearmy, hope to give my best for @SunRisers!! Also I would like to thank entire @kkRiders team for some wonderful memories over the years???????? #IPLAuction https://t.co/EUjKiEPY6e— Manish Pandey (@im_manishpandey) January 27, 2018 Feared losing Yuzvendra?: It`s not abut fear.

It`s about the permutation-combinations of what the players want, what we want. Did we have a talk with Yuzvendra? Yes. Do we want Yuzvendra? Yes.

RTM is a little uncertain, like we had to let go of Rahul in the RTM. It`s not about what the player wants or what the team wants. It`s about the strategy.

On losing the bid for Kuldeep: We would have loved to have him. We could have bid for him and continued for a while, but they had the RTM. But there are many other permutations and combinations that can work for us.

On Chris Gayle going unsold: "The auction is not over as yet. All the players who haven`t found a franchise will come back into the auction. It depends on where you are with the purse after your first choice buys.

" Thomas (RCB) on losing KL Rahul: "Hard to let go of people who have done well in the past. We had to attempt to do that within the restrictions of money. It`s hard to control when other teams are bidding so much for him.

But good for KL Rahul. he has got good money, he`s a rising star in Indian cricket" Final session coming up. Just the one where the charms of an IPL contract reach far and wide, spreading its tentacles to multiples lives, families and villages.

It was a lovely journey with @KKRiders for the last 7 years, would like to thank them for everything. Excited to be a part of the #OrangeArmy now @SunRisers #IPL2018Auction https://t.co/Y0APIkh82X— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) January 27, 2018 There`s never a shortage of people around the globe, with memories of elephants.

Guggan Raman seems to be one of them, "@Vineet, you said that uncapped players like Shaw and Gill would come up tomorrow only in the auction?" -- Well Guggan, I am as confused as some of the team strategies. I AM BACK @DelhiDaredevils @IPL— Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) January 27, 2018 So we take a quick tea break..

my fingers certainly need them. Be back in 15..

Here we go with the uncappeds - Shubhman Gill gets a nine time hike. Suryakumar Yadav gets an approx 10.5 time hike.

Rahul Tripathi out-trumps them with a 17-time one. Prithvi Shaw a six-time hike. Manan Vohra, a modest 5.

5 time. Mayank Agarwal, has an amount on par with his Ranji runs - 1000 lakh. And the rest are in the image that`s set to come up.

.once designed. To all the idiotic people out there hiding behind a computer screen typing absolute junk.



Im still smiling & enjoying my life with my amazing family ???? #nottheendoftheworld— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) January 27, 2018 So spinners done, fast bowlers done, all-rounders done, batsmen done. What`s left? Everyone, all over again, only uncapped. While some bask in the weight of the extra dollars that can go into their home EMIs We leave you with the live tracker to show you how Amit Mishra`s stocks rose.

We wanted to show you Rashid Khan`s, but we can safely say that`s beyond scroll limits. Also a round up of the wristers group. Indulge.

. Wrist spinners are the real new deal. Four RTMs thrown about - the most in a category.

Kuldeep, Chahal, Rashid and Chawla stay in the respective homes for deals just as plum. Kolkata meanwhile are out of their RTMs. Staying the number one bowler in T20Is in the world is apparently never good enough to get you an IPL deal.

Ish Sodhi gets the Imran Tahir medicine from 2015. RCB exercise RTM for Chahal, matching DD`s bid of INR 6 Crore #IPLAuction https://t.co/TDWRYSgURz pic.

twitter.com/Rp5dcbtS9l— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) January 27, 2018 Cant wait to represent @rajasthanroyals in this years @IPL! Alongside @benstokes38 too!!! https://t.co/1d5JXya50y— Jos Buttler (@josbuttler) January 27, 2018 Venkateshwaran continues the CSK bashing, "They neither have fast bowlers, nor do they have any openers.

Where do they plan to buy them from?" -- As the fact goes, Chennai is a manufacturing hub. Save your nails. Rajasthan-Punjab fight, Delhi-Punjab fight, Bangalore-Punjab fight.

And Punjab win Rashid Khan. Only for the RTM to turn against them for the fifth time. Hyderabad, ever so predictably have their man back for 9 crores.

And we thought his 4 crore deal last year was big. Kolkata start off with an unleashing of their RTM on Piyush Chawla. A 4.

2 crore deal. Karn Sharma will tag along with Harbhajan in his journey from Mumbai to Chennai. He`s just 30! Damn.

. The real drama is set to start once Rashid Khan comes into the auction. SRH for all you know have saved their RTM just for him.

Surely the teams realize this. Round seven starts. Who`s `leg-spinning` where? Here we go.

. It`s never easy to please Chennai fans. Kiran Udaykumar is one such fan.

"Apart from Raina CSK don`t have an explosive batsman .This auction is getting adverse by the moment." I must say, when you`re not in the auction it`s a lovely stress free evening ????— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) January 27, 2018 (2/2): "It`s important that franchise have the option after three years.

From injury and form point of view. Every three years, new players emerge and some players might be injured or get retired. So it is important to have these mega auctions every three years.

For every skill set you have at least three or four options because auctions are dynamic. Shakib, Shikhar and Manish were our number one options and we were lucky that we could nail them down. Shakib can bat, bowl four overs.

" VVS Laxman, speaking on the sidelines (1/2): "Very pleased with the way auction has gone so far, especially getting back Shikhar Dhawan. Got good finishers in Yusuf Pathan and Carlos Brathwaite; effective players. In Manish Pandey, we have a very good middle-order Indian batsman.

The same is the case with Kane Williamson, who was always a leader within the team. RTM is very important. One of the reasons it is given is to retain the core group.

Even from the fan`s point of view, they relate to the players who create the brand. It evens up eventually. It`s a very important element in this auction.

" Right. A quick round up - Five players sold in this round. Six of them unsold.

Another cautionary warning, hold your horses, hold your predictions and wait for sides to finish up tomorrow. Here`s the round up. Also as KKR pondered for several minutes over whether or not to retain Umesh Yadav, Kallis could be be lip-read saying, `I`m 50-50`.

Very shrewd auction skills here from Delhi. They bid for Shami, give an impression of backing out and just when Sunrisers have him, throw up their RTM. A very valuable buy for 3 crores.

Ditto with Kagiso Rabada. Meanwhile Lasith Malinga, doesn`t quite get an IPL solace for his troubles with the Sri Lankan board. And his fitness.

Test luck doesn`t mean a contract, Ishant Sharma finds out the hard Murali Vijay way. Okay, here are the pacers. Mumbai Indians, after all the paddle raisings, finally have a buy under their belt.

Back-to-back ones in fact - the Fizz`s off-cutters for 2.2 crores and Cummins` raw pace for 5.4.

They come at the cost of Southee, McCleneghan and Johnson, who`ve been rendered homeless. "Mumbai can`t Get Krunal as right to match. They`ve already got 3 retained Indians," quips Juned Ali.

-- They can Juned, the restriction on retaining-cum-RTMs is restricted to three capped Indians, two foreigners. Krunal Pandya hasn`t played for India as yet. It`s the end of the keepers` quota.

Now onto the workhorses, the real game changers, the unsung fast bowlers. One final pic plugin before we move on. Sanju Samson has his base price multiplied by 8, Ambati Rayudu gets 2.

2 crore, Jos Buttler gets 4.4. Billings and Naman Ojha join Bairstow and Parthiv.

So that`s it with the wicket-keepers. Teams like CSK have taken a back up, Mumbai Indians after starting many are falling short, well short. And they weren`t keen on matching Buttler`s bid either.

So in all likelihood, they`re saving their card for Krunal Pandya. Manthan asks, "Can anyone tell me if Prithvi Shaw is in this auction? And other U19 players?" -- Yes they are. But they are likely to come up tomorrow (2/2): "We really wanted KL Rahul.

He is really good but then things go haywire and the bidding went long. And we were fine to pay that money for him. There`s a saying in English `the early bird gets the worm`.

Every franchise will have similar players on their list. I made one mistake in one auction where I was like `let`s wait, we will use our money on some other player.` And it doesn`t quite work out.

We did not retain a lot of players, so we had a lot of spots open. It`s just our personal experience. So this time we didn`t want to do that and went for a lot of players early on" Animated, angry and finally some jubilation of undoing the RTM karma, here`s Preity Zinta, (1/2) "It`s been a really long time that we got an opportunity to rebuild the Punjab team.

A lot more players are yet to come. Long long auction. Some players have home, some we had to let go.

All in all we wanted was a squad that is strong, which is in the top four or the winner. We would have loved to have Shikhar. He is a Punjabi.

But not disappointed so far. Happy to have Stoinis back. Extremely happy to have Yuvraj back.

He will be playing for Punjab after 10 years." Meanwhile, Dinesh Karthik continues his IPL money minting, and his nomadic trails throughout the country. Settles in Kolkata for 2018 for a whooping 7.

4 crores. For some strange reason, KKR don`t seem happy with one keeper. Oh they want another, refusing to let go of their own Robin Uthappa giving him 6.

4 crores, RTM-ming him from Mumbai`s grasp . All very strategic. Ah the things you do to avoid letting sides from keeping wickets.

Parthiv doesn`t get a bid, Jonny Bairstow doesn`t get a bid and Wriddhiman Saha gets 26 bids. 5 crores to SRH. Conventional logic.

.you are being missed. This could well mean that the guys who are coming in late into the process should benefit greatly.

Thanks for all your kind messages! So excited to join @lionsdenkxip!!— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) January 27, 2018 Keeping up with the tradition of daylight robbery, Quinton de Kock has been snatched for a paltry 2.8 crores by RCB. Delhi surely are going to RTM him.

Surely. Once again, no. Right then, Chinnaswamy`s boundaries are only going to look smaller.

The second half is here. Massive twists remain as we get into the wicket-keepers. Parthiv Patel up first.

1 crore. He`s surely worth that. At least.

Surely. No. Sadly.

He goes back into the bag. Unsold. For all those of you like me, who can`t read over 140 characters, this graphic should help you sum up the fourth session.

Here`s also a look at the RTMs that remain for each side - CSK: 0, DD: 2, KKR: 2, KXIP: 1, MI: 1, RCB: 2, SRH: 2, RR: 2. Most exponential rise (base price to final price): 11.20 - Karun Nair (50-560), 11.

00 - M Pandey (100-1100), 6.25 - Stokes (200-1250), 5.50 - KL Rahul (200-1100), 4.

80 - C Lynn (200-960). A side note, all these figures are in lakhs. Only.

Munro for 1.9 crore. Oooookkkkk #crazy #steal— Scott Styris (@scottbstyris) January 27, 2018 Lunch break: You have one hour to recover from the madness that the last few hours were.

Phew. Money splashed, players interchanged and some sneaky steals. Here`s how the teams stack up.

Colin Munro has been stolen. He`s the number one T20I player in the world, three centuries in the format and Delhi Daredevils have robbed him, right under everyone`s noses for 1.9 crores.

Scott Styris seems to agree. Big surprise that @Martyguptill is unsold at the @VIVO_IPLT20 Auction. He is the business! Great fielder to enhance his destructive batting at the top of the order.

@lauramcgoldrick #IPLAuction2018— Alan Wilkins (@alanwilkins22) January 27, 2018 The all-rounders as expected are a popular lot. Hot cakes..

well they are being snatched straight off the oven. Massive bid war. CSK beat SRH to Kedar Jadhav - get him for INR 7.

80 Crore. No RTM from RCB again #IPLAuction https://t.co/TDWRYSgURz pic.

twitter.com/WCSvS7tSB7— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) January 27, 2018 Bharadwaj Datta chips in, "Warner, Williamson, Dhawan, Manish Pandey, Shakib al Hasan, Even Bhuvi can bat. Batting looks all set for SRH.

" Remember his name? Carlos Brathwaite takes a pay cut. Drops from 4.2 crores to 2 crores and finds himself a new home.

Sunrisers Hyderabad. Delhi do not want to use up their RTM. Time for round four.

The key word here has got to be utility. All-rounders, the likely MVPs and time for sides to pocket whoever they can. Plenty of slots to fill.

Here we go.. Round three done and dusted.

This has been a marathon. Combinations getting messed up, expectations multiplying, heartbreaks, and all the jumbling. Here`s a graphic to sum it up.

@ChennaiIPL Happy to be Playing for my new home #WhistlePodu— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 27, 2018 KKR`s official after the first round went, "The conditions in Kolkata have changed because of which we are were bidding for foreign players in the first round. The core of our bowling was retained with Narine and Russell. But this is not even the powerplay.

Just the first two overs. So it`s not like we are going big on only the foreign players. A lot more is left in the auction.

In the next two days you will get to know." They`ve lost 19 crores on the two players they`ve bought. They have 40cr.

remaining and an entire squad to buy. Steady. Karnataka`s tax levels get a massive kick on the backside.

So we better expect roads without potholes. Karun was particularly big, Rahul doubled him. And now Manish Pandey goes to Sunrisers Hyderabad for 11 crores.

As Hashim Amla gears up to battle for his life on that minefield at the Wanderers, the rich men aren`t quite willing to throw him a dollar. He goes Unsold. You are officially hot property when you have five teams going after you.

Chris Lynn has discovered it for himself. Mumbai, Rajasthan, Kolkata, Delhi and Bangalore..

before his old housers get him back. 9.60 crores to KKR.

Wow. Rahul, Nair, Finch, Yuvraj and Miller. KXIP seemed to have the batting sorted already.

#IPLAuction— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 27, 2018 Kiran Udaykumar, a reader gets in, "Hope the auction lives up to the surprises rather than expectations." -- Here, you have your wish Quickly onto more from round three - Murali Vijay`s leaves yesterday in South Africa apparently aren`t enough to get him a single bid. To be fair, a base price of 2 crores was always going to be turn off.

Kings XI have their moment of revenge, making use of the RTM themselves as they get back David Miller from Mumbai for 3 crores. Aaron Finch attracts a mini war, multiplying his base price by over four, sold to Punjab for 6.2 crores.

Interesting reversal as @ashwinravi99 heads north to do Asi-Tussi @harbhajan_singh heads down to do Vaango.. These auctions throw out some fascinating stuff.

. Congratulations to both #VivoIPLAuction— Kartik Murali (@kartikmurali) January 27, 2018 Some serious bargains. Shakib to #SRH for 2cr is excellent.

— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 27, 2018 KL Rahul now threatening to break the roof. Starts with 2 crores, Rajasthan and Mumbai start battling. Both don`t want to go beyond 6cr.

SRH join in, Punjab continue and bag him for 11cr. RCB can`t afford an RTM as expensive as this. Now then, Rahul moves up north - physically and in stocks.

Punjab. He`ll join his Karnataka teammate, Karun Nair, who has to deal with approximately half his price. Round two is done.

So is our graphics team creating the images. Indulge..

He may have skipped national tours to keep himself free and fit for the IPL, he may have reduced his base price too, but England`s Test skipper and a member of the fab four batting list, Joe Root ain`t finding any bidders in the first round. UNSOLD. Rajasthan have got it right with Rahane at a bargain and the all-rounder they invest in with Ben Stokes plus Smith the captain.

Most impressive so far #IPLAuction— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 27, 2018 Yuvraj Singh too, once an icon for Punjab, gets back home. Finally, Punjab after all their troubles of losing players to RTMs and running out of budgets have managed to bag a big fish. No no, Yuvi is no fish, he`s a whale.

And he`s sold for 2 crores -- his base price. So, from 14cr to 16cr to 7cr and now to 2cr. It`s been a downward spiral.

SRH win the tussle with RCB for Kane Williamson, buy him for INR 3 Crore. They had RTM option for him but have saved it for another player #IPLAuction https://t.co/TDWRYSgURz pic.

twitter.com/BQmFGjfcS7— Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) January 27, 2018 The auction is always a house of casino, I am happy that @lionsdenkxip will be my new home and thank you so much @ChennaiIPL for all the great memories. #IPLAuction— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) January 27, 2018 A quick round up of the last 15 minutes.

This is super quick. Shakab Al Hasan has migrated from Kolkata to Hyderabad for 2 crores. Gautam Gambhir returns home to Delhi.

Well he`s gone for peanuts, taking a massive pay cut from around 14 crores down to 2.8. Glenn Maxwell continues his love affair with hitting IPL jackpots, 9 crores to where it all started for him, DD.

Gopal Jha has skipped out of the mould of players coming up purely on the basis of hierarchy. Sadly it is a way of life, in the IPL too. He goes, "D`Arcy Short, Jofra Archer, Lungi Ngidi, Even Lewis could attract big bidding wars.

" A quick listen in to a Rajasthan Royals official in the break on his big un-Royal-like buy, Ben Stokes, "ECB has cleared him for auction, he is legally available. We are a start-up company, we are bidding from the scratch. We are looking to build a team all over again.

An all-rounder is very important for us. We are investing heavily on him because of that. Since all the star players are auctioned upfront, it seems like we are spending a lot.

But there is no change in strategy from our end." Here`s Viren rubbing it in with some cheek caught up in his tongue - "For a change, Harbhajan Singh snatching R. Ashwin`s place in CSK.

" Harbhajan Singh comes up first. 2 crores for him. And 2 crores it will be.

It`s the Ashwin-less Chennai Super Kings, who`ve snapped him up. Nervous, sad faces at the Mumbai desk. No they can`t retain him either.

So then. This is shuffling up pretty quickly. We`re ready for round two.

Phew, that 15 minute break was 15 minutes. So that was the first round for you. In case you`re the bid-by-bid kind of a person, there`s a `live tracker` out there on the site/app to help you deal with life.

Trust us, we`ve spent sleepless nights getting it up and ready for today. And the last one in the list is Mitch Starc. He`s attracting a bidding war between Kings XI and Kolkata.

Both relentless. He`s one guy who can`t be stolen by an RTM. 2-4-6-8.

A massive discussion. And Punjab pull out at 9.2 crores.

All KKR have to do is raise one more bid. And Starc is theirs at 9.4 crores.

Eden has a new name to chant. Ajinkya Rahane is up. Punjab yet again start the bid, win the bid, pipping Mumbai out.

4 crores. Is he set to get RTM-ed too? Oh yes. Poor Kings.

.they`ve practically lost everyone. So Ajinkya Rahane will be back in Jaipur, in that navy blue jersey.

It`s Faf du Plessis` turn to come up next. A base price of 1.5 crores.

Just the one bid to get him up to 1.6 crores. Yet again, another player Punjab bags is stolen, courtesy RTM.

CSK match and Faf will turn back at the Chepauk. Ben Stokes, pub brawl or not, is still just as hot a property. Chennai start, Punjab (duh!) hop in.

CSK`s budget runs out at 6.4 crores. Or is this all a ploy to send bids into a tizzy.

KKR jump in, fight with Punjab to 11. And all of a sudden both back out, only for Rajasthan to come, bid for 12.5 and Stokes is a Royal.

And at number four is Chris Gayle. Nobody seems keen. Not one bid.

A very awkward 120 seconds these, with everybody looking at everybody else. So all the build up for the Universe Boss fizzles. Mind you, it`s only the first round.

UNSOLD. Kieron Pollard turns up at number three. Once again, it is an overtly enthusiastic Punjab who start off the war.

Mumbai follow up. Punjab back out at 5.2 crores.

Delhi raise it to 5.4. And he`s sold to Delhi.

Or not. Mumbai were always bringing up that RTM. 5.

4 for the big man is dirt cheap. In fact Delhi never even bothered celebrating, Mumbai were always doing this, poker faced. Ravichandran Ashwin is up next.

Once again it is the Kings XI who start. And this time they are determined. Keep going in to 7.

6 crores in the war with Rajasthan Royals. CSK for all their `going all out` for him have gone only up to 3.8 crores.

And he`s SOLD..Ashwin turns Punjabi.

Here we go then, up comes the first player from the bag and it is Shikhar Dhawan. Kings XI start..

Rajasthan Raise..Mumbai hop in.

.Punjab win. And there`s the surprise hop in.

A quietly watching Hyderabad swoop in like the secret date and steal him for 5.2 crores. An already-pessimistic Sujoy Ghosal is pretty sure that RCB and bidding logic don`t match - "It`s going to be tough to RCB to get Chahal by RTM.

Instead if they had retained him, it would have cost around 7 crore or something close to that depending on mutual agreement . Now, they might be lured to pay 10 crore+ and making an unbalanced team agaaaaaain." Atul Darade - "From which set of players will the auction start?" -- It`s the eight-player marquee set - Gayle, Ashwin, Dhawan, Faf, Pollard, Rahane, Starc and Stokes "Rajasthan Royals not retaining Rahane can prove costly to them and his last innings will only fire up the his price!!" goes Bachhav Ritesh Here`s Mohit Jha starting us off - "Is it fair to bid for England player as they will depart before play-offs this year and also mid IPL next year ?" -- Well you`d rather have names like Root, Bairstow, Stokes and Buttler on your side even for half a season rather than formulating plans for them.

Good luck to all those going in the @IPL auction. Hoping for a life changing day for @craig_arch. Reckon he could get the 2nd highest price for a English player after Stokes.

Fingers crossed anyway. ????— Luke Wright (@lukewright204) January 26, 2018 Here are a few tweets to get you started as the tizzy of the auction has stretched its tentacles, far and wide: There`s a pitch in the other corner of the world that people don`t want to play on, and then there`s this one in Bengaluru people don`t want to get off. So do join in this experience, keep sending us your comments/suggestions/analysis/advice/sledges to us, tweeting to our twitter handle @cricbuzz, using the hashtag #IPLOnCricbuzz.

For the non-tweeters like me, here`s my email id - vineet.a@cricbuzz.com to drop in your pearls of wisdom.

So..let`s indulge.

. Once the marquee players are done, we turn our attention towards a list of batsman (BA1), the all-rounders (AL1), the wicket-keepers (WK1) and the bowlers (FA1 for faster men and SP1 for the spinners). Remember, all the players coming under this category are capped players.

The next set of players up for bidding are the uncapped players and they follow the same route. In total, there are as many as 14 rounds of players coming under various specialization categories. One of the rare continuities is the same guy with the hammer.

The first of eight players includes `Universe Boss` Chris Gayle, Australia`s Mitchell Starc, England`s premier all-rounder, Ben Stokes, and India`s very own Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane. The next set of eight players then include the cream of players from different nationalities. There are as many as 578 players who have found their way to the final auction list and as many as 180-190 of them will find a team for sure.

The bidding has been divided into several sub-sections - in accordance with the specializations of the players. All eyes though will be on the first two sets of players, aptly named the `marquee list` - for it contains those names that are expected to create a splash among the franchises. Here`s an FAQ I am Vineet Anantharaman and here`s Pradeep Krishnamurthy helping you get through the day with details on how the auction is going to proceed.

Right then..it`s come to that time of the year, where players turn into little wooden nuggets pulled out of a bag.

Where filthy rich men and women sit around in circles with millions of dollars to be thrown out. Where a hammer and a few paddles decide what your drives and pulls are worth. Welcome, to the second decade of this mad extravaganza we can never get enough of.

Bring out your scientific calculators, bracket in your budgets, punch in your preferences, hide your RTMs and save the choicest of abuses for your team`s owners. ShareTweetShare