5 Unexpected moments in IPL Auctions

5 Unexpected moments in IPL Auctions

A few bidding wars were unheard of and unexpected.

3. RCB use RTM for Pawan Negi (2018)

Pawan Negi of Royal Challengers Bangalore
Pawan Negi. (Photo: IANS)

Pawan Negi was initially a part of the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) set-up. He played his first couple of seasons for them before he was picked up by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 2014. However, Negi was under the spotlight in 2015 when he was used as a floater and an occasional spinner by Dhoni.

He relished in that role and hence, he attracted some of the highest bids in 2016. He was bought back by Delhi for a staggering sum of INR 8.5 crores. However, the left-handed all-rounder couldn’t replicate his success and hence, was released back into the auction in 2017. RCB picked him up in 2017 and he had a decent season.

However, in 2018 which was a mega auction, they opted to use the Right to Match (RTM) card for the all-rounder over KL Rahul which came as a big surprise. Moreover, he played just two games throughout the season and warmed the benches.