Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai remains unsold yet
Spinner Rashid Khan and all-rounder Mohammed Nabi have been bought by defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, making them the first Afghanistan cricketers to be bought by an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise at the ongoing auctions in Bengaluru.
While Rashid was bought for a whopping Rs 4 crore, Nabi went for Rs 30 lakh. Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai, however, joined the likes of India's Ishant Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Pragyan Ozha, South African Imran Tahir, West Indians Darren Bravo and Marlon Samuels, to remain unsold.
Earlier, England all-rounder Ben Stokes was awarded for his scintillating performance with both the bat and the ball during their recent tour -- he was bought by Rising Pune Supergiants (RPSG) for a whopping Rs 14.5 crore. Stokes' teammate Chris Woakes was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 4 crore.
Meanwhile, left-arm pacer T. Natarajan emerged as one of the biggest gainers to be sold for Rs 3 crore to Kings XI Punjab, which is 30 times his base price of Rs 10 lakh. Rookie spinner Krishnappa Gowtham and Rajasthan medium pacer Aniket Choudhary were sold for 20 times their base price of Rs 10 lakh. While Gowtham was bought by the Mumbai Indians, Choudhary went to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for Rs 2 crore.
(With inputs from IANS)