The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction got off to a cracking start on Saturday in Bengaluru as all 10 players who were part of the marquee list found buyers. Shreyas Iyer became the most expensive player among the marquee list selling for Rs 12.25 crore.
Delhi Capitals went on a bidding frenzy, trying to retain all their former players but they ended up buying only David Warner, the former SunRisers Hyderabad captain, for Rs 6.25 crore.
The 27-year-old Iyer was expected to be a hot pick ahead of the auction with KKR predicted to fight for his services. They entered the bidding at INR 6.75 crore and staved off competition from Delhi Capitals and Gujarat Titans to land their target. The Knight Riders also re-signed Pat Cummins at a reduced price of INR 7.25 crore.
Among franchises that also managed two signings from the marquee set were Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals. The former, who came in with the biggest pre-auction purse, roped in Shikhar Dhawan for INR 8.25 crore as well as Kagiso Rabada for INR 9.25 crore.
The Royals, on the other hand, landed Trent Boult for INR 8 crore and R. Ashwin for INR 5 crore. Delhi Capitals, who had four of their former players in the marquee set, failed in their attempts to win back any of them. They did, however, land David Warner for INR 6.25 crore, lower than the INR 7 cr that Royal Challengers Bangalore paid for Faf du Plessis.
The two new franchises, Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants, broke their IPL auction ducks by signing Mohammed Shami (INR 6.25 cr) and Quinton de Kock (INR 6.75) respectively while the two most successful sides, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, and Sunrisers Hyderabad made no signings from the marquee set.