They will join nine fellow New Zealanders in next year's competition with Williamson, Colin de Grandhomme (Royal Challengers), Tim Southee (Royal Challengers), Ish Sodhi (Rajasthan Royals), Trent Boult (Delhi Capitals), Colin Munro (Delhi Capitals), Mitchell McClenaghan (Mumbai Indians), Adam Milne (Mumbai Indians) and Mitchell Santner (Super Kings) all retained by their franchises.
"If you are wondering why this took time.We've just got back to senses!"
West Indian stars continued to rule the roost in the IPL auctions yet again.
In 2015, Yuvraj fetched a record Rs 16 crore deal with the Delhi franchise since then his IPL fortunes have fallen rapidly. Unadkat grabbed eye-balls last season when he became the highest paid Indian after being bought by the inaugural edition champions for a whopping Rs 11.5 crore.
Varun Chakravarathy was bought by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs 8.4 crore.
"We had to wait and see how the bid was going (for Chakravarthy)". He bowls leg-spin and is handy with the bat. The 27-year-old from Chennai was an unknown quantity till he turned heads with his performances in the Tamil Nadu Premier League and the Vijay Hazare Trophy earlier this year.
Varun's breakthrough came in the TNPL where he was part of the title-winning Siechem Madurai Panthers. Interestingly, it was Rajasthan Royals who acquired Unadkat at the 2019 IPL Auction after having released him from the squad a few days back. At Rs one crore, a player like Yuvraj is probably a (biggest) steal of 12 (sic) years. The auction witnessed a bidding war between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad for the T20 specialist.
Simran Singh (Rs 4.8 cr to KXIP), Mumbai batsmen Shivam Dube (Rs 5 cr to RCB) and Uttar Pradesh batsman Akshdeep Singh (Rs 3.6 cr to RCB).
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From designing buildings not long ago to hogging the headlines on Tuesday evening when he was bought for Rs 8.4 Crores by Kings XI Punjab in the IPL auctions - it's been a great journey for Tamil Nadu's mystery spinner C Varun.
His teammate Brathwaite, the star of 2016 World T20, was sold to KKR for Rs five crore after a bidding war between the Dinesh Karthik-led side and Kings XI Punjab. "I thought I would be bought at my base price", Varun told PTI.
But the West Indian Hetmeyer will be the cynosure and like all franchises, KXIP will also go all-guns-blazing to get the wily U-19 WC victor from 2014.
He entered into the auction with a base price of Rs one crore and could still find a buyer later in the auction if he is among the unsold players brought back into the pool by the franchises.
Spinner Axar Patel (Rs five crore), pacer Mohit Sharma (Rs five crore) and Mohammad Shami (Rs 4.8 crore) were the other names to fetch big bids.