first_imgVeteran Australian allrounder Shane Watson commanded the highest bid of Rs 9 crore from Royal Challengers Bangalore while star batsman Yuvraj Singh was snapped up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 7 crore in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction today.Watson, who has represented Rajasthan Royals (RR) every year since joining them in the inaugural edition in 2008, was bought by Vijay Mallay-owned RCB for Rs 9.5 crore from a base price of Rs 2 crore. IPL auction 2016: Complete list  This is the first time that Watson has featured in the IPL auction since the inaugural editon in 2008. He is the only player to win the player of the tournament award twice. But his deal was annulled after the Rajasthan and Chennai franchises were suspended for two years after the IPL was hit by a match fixing scandal.Yuvraj on the other hand, will make the move to Hyderabad from the Delhi Daredevils, who had bought him last year for Rs 16 crore. The veteran southpaw has been bought for a much reduced price this year, with the Sunrisers shelling out Rs 7 crore for his services. Yuvraj had a base price of Rs 2 crore.The Daredevils have replaced Yuvraj with South African allrounder Chris Morris, who has been bought for the same price as the Indian star. The 28-year-old had a base price of Rs 50 lakhs. Watson excited to play for RCBBut the surprise package of the day was Pawan Negi, the Delhi allrounder was snared by Delhi Daredevils for a whopping Rs 8.5 crore, toppling Yuvraj as the most expensive Indian player in this year’s auction. advertisementAmong other big buys, medium pacer Mohit Sharma went for Rs 6.5 crore to Kings XI Punjab, while Hyderabad splurged Rs 5.5 crore for veteran left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra. Delhi bought young Kerala wicketkeeper Sanju Samson and West Indian batsman Carlos Brathwaite for Rs 4.2 crore each. Australian allrounder Mitchell Marsh went to new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs 4.8 crore.Marsh joined England star Kevin Pietersen, who was picked up for Rs 3.5 crore. The duo will join Mahendra Singh Dhoni at Pune.last_img

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