In an IPL auction, where fast bowlers who can bowl with pace and fire were the first to be targeted by the franchises, it is indeed surprising that Malinga remained unsold.
Malinga had picked up 154 wickets in 110 matches in the IPL at a strike rate of 16.6 and an average of 19.01. He carried the Mumbai Indians to the final in 2010 and was the leading wicket-taker in the 2011 edition of the tournament.
Jaydev Unadkat was the show stopper on day 2 of the Indian Premier League auction after he was purchased for Rs 11.5 crore by Rajasthan Royals, making him the most expensive Indian bowler ever. Andrew Tye was the next big buy with Rs 7.2 crore by Kings XI Punjab. However, Chris Gayle was third time lucky with a Rs 2 crore bid by Kings XI Punjab.
Here is the list of the total players from all the squads of Indian Premier League auction 2018:
Chennai Super Kings: Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja, Faf du Plessis, Harbhajan, Bravo, Watson, Jadhav, Rayudu, Tahir, Karn Sharma, Shardul Thakur, N Jagadeesan, Santner, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Kanishk Seth, Ngidi, Dhruv Shorey, M Vijay, Billings, Mark Wood, Kshitiz Sharma, Monu Kumar, Chaitanya Bishnoi
Delhi Daredevils: Iyer, Morris, Pant, Maxwell, Gambhir, Jason Roy, Monro, Shami, Rabada, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Shabaz Nadeem, Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat, Boult, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Pollard, Mustafizur, Cummins, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Cutting, Sangwan, Duminy, Behrendoff, Tajinder Singh Dhillon, Sharad Lumba, Siddesh Lad, Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dhananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, Nidheesh
Kolkata Knight Riders: Russell, Narine, Starc, Lynn, Dinesh Karthik, Uthappa, Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Nagarkotti, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles
Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith, Stokes, Rahane, Binny, Samson, Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, Darcy Short, Jofra Archer, K Gowtham, Kulkarni, Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Zahir Khan, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Midhun, Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Chameera
Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel, Ashwin, Yuvraj, Karun Nair, KL Rahul, Gayle, Miller, Finch, Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Zadran, Sran, Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Dwarshuis, Pradeep Sahoo, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Warner, Bhuvneshwar, Dhawan, Shakib, Williamson, Manish Pandey, Carlos Brathwaite, Yusuf Pathan, Wriddhiman Saha, Rashid Khan, Ricky Bhui, Hooda, Siddharth Kaul, T Natarajan, Nabi, Basil Thampi, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Sachin Baby, Chris Jordan, Stanlake, Tanmay Agarwal, Sreevats Goswami, Bipul Sharma, Mehedi Hasan
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Kohli, de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, McCullum, Woakes, de Greandhomme, Moeen Ali, de Kock, Umesh Yadav, Chahal, Vohra, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, M Ashwin, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Pawan Nagi, Siraj, Coulter-Nile, Southee, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande