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IPL Auction Yuvraj Singh back with home team Punjab Delhi Daredevils bag Gautam Gambhir after KKR snub

A total of 578 players will go under the hammer over two days: not since 2014 has the IPL seen a full-scale auction such as this.

Stating that auction of humans used to take place in barbaric ages, the Congress leader asked, "Can't there be a more dignified method of evaluating skill and talent?"

Both players can be recalled on the second and final day of the auction. Beginning at a base price of 2 crores, Khan's bidding witnessed Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Mumbai Indians (MI) going all guns blazing.

Joe Root, who captained a dismal team England in the Ashes, went unsold along with Murali Vijay, Hashim Amla and Martin Guptill.

Colin Munro was bought for 1.9 crore rupees (NZ$406,000) at the annual auction on Saturday, and that may be a bargain for Delhi, given the form he has shown this summer. The franchise from Punjab capped their frenetic morning of bidding by picking up Australia's Aaron Finch for INR 6.2 crore (USD 968,000 approx) - this was the fifth straight bid won by Kings XI at the time.

Chennai Super Kings bought Harbhajan Singh at his base price of Rs 2 crore. Young Indian Batsmen Karun Nair was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 5.60 Crores.

Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab got into a bidding war for off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin but it was Preity Zinda's team which ended up claiming him for 7.6 crores.

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India captain MS Dhoni and South Africa batsman AB De Villiers are among the 18 players which have been retained by their teams.

Bangalore tried to buy Australian Chris Lynn, and recreate the Bash Brothers, as he and McCullum are known at the Heat, but they were outbid by Kolkata who paid 9.6 crore ($2.05 million).

The eight franchises also showed no interest in West Indies opener Chris Gayle and fellow Twenty20 stalwart Lasith Malinga of Sri Lanka who is the leading wicket-taker in the tournament's decade-old history.

Ajinkya Rahane was also bought by Rajasthan for 4 crores.

Ben Stokes, the costliest player sold previous year for 14.2 crore, is also the costliest player till now with Rs 12.50 crore to Rajasthan Royals (RR).

RCB stunned the cricket fraternity by nabbing Yuvraj for $2.33 million, which was approximately INR 14 crores.

"Not at all surprised at Gayle being dropped, RCBs problem is stock heavy and they will use RTM card for KL Rahul as opening batsman and (Yuzvendra) Chahal, they are Indian cricketers and know the conditions well", Srikkanth said.

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