The Karnataka Premier League (KPL) is all set to see its eighth edition kickstart on the 16th of August. The defending champions Bijapur Bulls will be taking on the Bengaluru Blasters at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The auctions for the upcoming edition were held on the 27th of July. As many as 237 players went under the hammer. There were 35 players from the Pool A category while there were 202 from the Pool B category that were auctioned.
There were several stars that went under the hammer as well. The likes of Manish Pandey, Karun Nair, Shreyas Gopal, Ronit More, and Krishnappa Gowtham were some of the star attractions. However, most of these Karnataka regulars went unsold as they are due to get picked in the upcoming Duleep Trophy which is slated to start on the 17th of August.
On the other hand, the likes of Stuart Binny and Robin Uthappa were ignored due to their other commitments. While Binny is away playing for a county in England, Uthappa’s commitments with Kerala cricket prevents him from playing this league.
Pavan Deshpande grabs all the limelight
In the auctions that took place on Saturday (July 27th), Pavan Deshpande attracted the highest bid. After a pretty tensed bidding war, he was scalped by Shivamogga Lions for a hefty sum of Rs. 7.30 lakh. He was the highest paying cricketer in Pool ‘A’. Deshpande was closely followed by Aniruddha Joshi who was picked up by Mysuru Warriors who paid Rs. 7.1 lakh for the 31-year-old.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Rongsen who currently plies his trade with Nagaland in domestic cricket went was the highest attraction in Pool ‘B’. He was bought for a sum of Rs. 6 lakh by the Bengaluru Blasters. The likes of Amit Verma, Mohammad Taha and Prasidh Krishna were all bought for prices over Rs. 5 lakh. Ballari Tuskers bought left-arm spinner Abrar Kazi for 23 times of his base price and eventually paid Rs. 4.60 lakh for him.
Here are the complete squads and the players bought by each franchise (bidding amount in brackets (in rupees)):
Subhang Hegde, D. Avinash (Retained)
Dikshanshu Negi (1,00,000), Stalin Hoover (1,10,000), R. Samarth (2,10,000), Manish Pandey (2,00,000), Ritesh Bhatkal (3,05,000), A.M. Kiran (20,000), S. Rakshith (60,000), Abhinav Manohar (4,60,000), Mir Abbas (2,65,000), Abdul Majid (20,000), Arshdeep Singh (4,00,000), M.B. Darshan (1,30,000), Sharan Gowda (20,000), Lochan Appanna (20,000), Dharshan Machaiah (20,000), Zahoor Farooqui (2,05,000)
Bharath Chipli, K.C. Cariappa (Retained)
Prateek Jain (4,50,000), M.G. Naveen (3,50,000), Pranav Bhatia (1,40,000), Shimon Luiz (20,000), B.A. Mohit (20,000), G.S. Chiranjeevi (20,000), Swapnil Shivaji (1,00,000), Suneel Raju (4,10,000), Samarth Ooty (20,000), Liyan Khan (20,000), M.P. Bhareth (3,10,000), Praveen Kumar (30,000), Suraj Kamath (50,000), S.L. Akshay (2,00,000), Jashwanth Acharya (20,000), Raajoo Bhatkal (1,80,000)
Koushik, Manoj Bhandage (Retained)
Rohan Kadam (3,20,000), B.R. Sharath (2,40,000), D. Bharath (20,000), I.G. Anil (1,05,000), Anand Doddamani (2,45,000), Anurag Bajpai (20,000), Nikin Jose (85,000), Naga Bharath (3,55,000), Nishanth Shekavat (20,000), R. Jonathan (6,00,000), Bharath Dhuri (3,85,000), Muthanna Chandrashekar (20,000), Kishore Kamath (20,000), Kuldeep Kumar (20,000), Rishi Bopanna (20,000), Aditya Goyal (20,000)
CM Gautam, Devdutt Padikkal (Retained)
K Gowtham (1,90,000), Abhishek Reddy (2,50,000), C.A. Karthik (4,70,000), Prasidh Krishna (5,80,000), Abrar Kazi (4,60,000), K.P. Appanna (3,00,000), Zeeshan Ali Sayyed (20,000), Mohammed Niyas (1,80,000), Bhavesh Gulecha (1,40,000), Ruchir Joshi (20,000), Santok Singh (45,000), Vishnu Priyan (20,000), Gaurav Dhiman (20,000), Sharath Srinivas (30,000), Suraj Reddy (20,000), Sharana Basawa (20,000)
Vinay Kumar, Praveen Dubey (Retained)
Shishir Bhawane (1,80,000), Aditya Somanna (2,60,000), Mohammed Taha (5,70,000), Shivil Kaushik (75,000), Mahesh Patel (1,20,000), Suraj Seshadri (20,000), Mithrakanth Yadav (30,000), M. Vishwanathan (45,000), K.L. Shrijith (60,000), Luvnith Sisodia (95,000), K.B. Pawan (3,55,000), David Mathias (50,000), Vidyadhar Patil (2,45,000), Abhilash Shetty (1,00,000), Parikshith Shetty (20,000), Dheeraj Shashidhar (30,000)
Suchith, Vyashak Vijay (Retained)
K.V. Siddharth (50,000), Amit Verma (5,20,000), Aniruddha Joshi (7,10,000), Kushal Wadhwani (1,05,000), Vinay Sagar (65,000), M. Venkatesh (2,65,000), Shoaib Manager (4,65,000), K.S. Devaiah (1,80,000), Saurabh Yadav (20,000), Manjesh Reddy (20,000), P. Sankalp (35,000), B.U. Shivakumar (20,000), Ram Sarik (20,000), Jayesh Babu (20,000), Kishan Bidare (20,000), D. Nishchal (20,000)
Nihal Ullal, Prithviraj Shekawat (Retained)
Abhimanyu Mithun (3,60,000), Pavan Deshpande (7,30,000), T. Pradeep (50,000), Rishabh Singh (20,000), Rohit Gowda (20,000), Arjun Hoysala (3,00,000), Akshay Ballal (50,000), Nidish (3,80,000), K. Rohit (20,000), S. Prashanth (40,000), H.S. Sharath (2,25,000), K. Hoysala (20,000), Pradeep Gangadhar (20,000), S. Shivaraj (20,000), Sujith Gowda (1,30,000), S.P. Manjunath (1,80,000)
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