The Day 2 of the Player Auction of the 11th season of the Indian Premier League got off a great start, as Rajasthan Royals bagged Indian left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat for a whopping Rs. 11.5 crore. Fierce bidding had started for Unadkat between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings, which saw the Indian left-arm pacer get sold for a price which was tenfold of his base price.
Jaydev Unadkat has impressed in the IPL with his stints for Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils, and in the very recent IPL 2017, Rising Pune Supergiant.
The bidding for Day 2 started in Bengaluru with the same fierceness as the day before. And the bidding proved to be roof-breaker, as Jaydev Unadkat became the costliest Indian cricketer in the player auction for the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League.
Jaydev Unadkat’s base price was at Rs. 1.5 crore, but he found himself amidst a bidding war, which had started between Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab. The bidding started at 1.5 crore and increased to 2, to 5, and went on as the other IPL teams and Unadkat himself, watched in amazement. However, as CSK and KXIP went on to take the left-arm pacer’s base price from 1.5 crore to 11 crore, Rajasthan Royals jumped in the middle and bagged the sought after Jaydev Unadkat for a tenfold price of Rs. 11.5 crore.
Interestingly, Jaydev Unadkat was sold for a mere Rs. 30 lakh in the 2017 edition of the Indian Premier League by Rising Pune Supergiant. The price that Rajasthan Royals bought him for today (Sunday) at the player auction, saw an increase of 38.83 times from his last price.
But Jaydev Unadkat has done well to deserve this hype. In the 2017 Indian Premier League, playing for Rising Pune Supergiant, Unadkat was given the last over to bowl in a clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad. While Unadkat had only 13 runs to defend, it was a heavy responsibility. However, Unadkat not only did well by not conceding a single run, his excellent death over gifted him a hat-trick of wickets too, taking his total from that match to 5 wickets for only 30 runs.