‘India Ka Tyohaar’ Tata IPL is ready for its 15th edition. But before that IPL Auction is to be held on 12 and 13th February. This time the auction will be more significant to the tournament as two brand new teams will bid for players.
BCCI and IPL are all set for this year’s auction on 12 and 13th February. Two new IPL teams – Lucknow Super Giants and Gujarat Titans along with 8 teams will bid to make their best squad. A total of 590 players will be put to auction out of which 228 are capped players, 355 uncapped players, and seven players are from associate nations.
In December of last year, the IPL 2022 retention event took place. Virat Kohli, who resigned the captaincy of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), was retained by his franchise (Rs 15 crore), along with Glenn Maxwell of Australia (Rs 11 crore) and Mohammad Siraj (Rs 7 crore).
Similarly, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Mumbai Indians (MI) retained MS Dhoni (Rs 12 crore) and Rohit Sharma (Rs 16 crore) respectively. Franchises, on the other hand, released some major names. David Warner, who was fired as SRH captain midway through the IPL 2021, and Jonny Bairstow, his opening partner in Hyderabad, were among those removed.
The mega auction will take place in Bengaluru on 12 and 13th February from 11 AM IST. It will be live telecasted on Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar.
Recently in an interview, former auctioneer Richard Madley shared an anecdote from the first-ever IPL auction. He said that the first bidding war was for none other than T20 world cup winner MS Dhoni. It was the first time in the IPL auction that almost all the teams made bids for any player and he was finally sold to Chennai Super Kings with a whopping amount of $1.5 million. He shared this on the official Youtube channel of Indian spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin. You can watch the whole interview here: