Shikhar Dhawan, the Indian opener, was the first player sold on day one of the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) mega auction in Bengaluru on Saturday and was purchased by the Punjab Kings. Meanwhile, India’s talented wicket-keeper batsman, Ishan Kishan, will return to the Mumbai Indians after receiving a record price of Rs 15.25 crore in the auction, the biggest price so far. Ishan’s winning bid was the second-highest ever paid at auction by an Indian. Ishan is a long-term investment, having won two IPL championships with the Mumbai franchise at the age of 23. With 516 runs scored in the victorious 2020 season, Ishan was their leading run-scorer.

Deepak Chahar, the second most expensive purchase in the auction thus far, will stay with the Chennai Super Kings after fetching a whopping Rs 14 crore. CSK snatched him up with their highest auction offer ever. After receiving a Rs 10 crore offer, pacer Prasidh Krishna, who earned the Man-of-the-Series award for his 9 wickets in the ODI series against the Windies, will play for Rajasthan Royals. Sunrisers Hyderabad paid Rs 4 crore for pacer T Natarajan’s services.