After the suspension of Chennai and Rajasthan in IPL, the fate of their franchise players hung in balance. It was a matter of great anticipation as of what would happen to the stalwarts of both Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings.
To sort the situation, IPL committee held a draft today. Players from both Rajasthan and Chennai were picked by newly formed teams of Rajkot and Pune.
MS Dhoni, the biggest attraction of the draft went to Pune at a whopping 12.5 crores while same price was paid by Rajkot to get Suresh Raina.
Second highest picks were middle order batsman Ajinkya Rahane and allrounder Ravindra Jadeja, who went to different outfits for an identical price of 9.5 crores.
Other big names included Aussie skipper Steve Smith who was taken by Pune, hence putting both Indian and Australian captains in the same team. James Faulkner, major Rajasthan pacer was drafted to Rajkot. They both got the same tag of 4.5 crores.
Here is the list of players drafted today,
Pune – MS Dhoni
Rajkot – Suresh Raina
Pune – Ajinkya Rahane
Rajkot – Ravindra Jadeja
Pune – Ravichandran Ashwin
Rajkot – Brendon McCullum
Pune – Steve Smith
Rajkot – James Faulkner
Pune – Faf du Plessis
Rajkot – Rajkot
Some major names who didn’t get a pick include Mike Hussey and Shane Watson. All those who missed out would go for auction on Feb 6 in official IPL auction for 2016.
Whether these picks would be fruitful for the new franchises or not remains to be seen but thanks to this shuffle, IPL 2016 will have a feel new factor.
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