Gayle secures IPL spot at reduced price on Day 2 auction

IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla, left, Bollywood actor and Kings XI Punjab team owner Preity Zinta, center, and Rajasthan Royals team Chairman Ranjit Barthakur smile as they attend a press conference on the second day of the Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction in Bangalore, India, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The IPL auctions are being held in Bangalore for the eleventh edition of the domestic Twenty20 cricket tournament, which will be held at different venues across the country with eight teams participating. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Bollywood actor and Kings XI Punjab team owner Preity Zinta listens to a question from a journalist during a press conference on the second day of the Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction in Bangalore, India, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The IPL auctions are being held in Bangalore for the eleventh edition of the domestic Twenty20 cricket tournament, which will be held at different venues across the country with eight teams participating. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Former Australian cricketer and Delhi Daredevils team coach Ricky Ponting gestures to a team member during a break on the second day of the Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction in Bangalore, India, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The IPL auctions are being held in Bangalore for the eleventh edition of the domestic Twenty20 cricket tournament, which will be held at different venues across the country with eight teams participating. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Mumbai Indians team owner Nita Ambani arrives for the second day of the Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction in Bangalore, India, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The IPL auctions are being held in Bangalore for the eleventh edition of the domestic Twenty20 cricket tournament, which will be held at different venues across the country with eight teams participating. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Royal Challengers Bangalore team Chairman Amrit Thomas, left, Kolkata Knight Riders team Chief Executive Officer Venky Mysore, center, and Delhi Daredevils team Chief Executive Officer Hemant Dua attend a press conference on the second day of the Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction in Bangalore, India, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The IPL auctions are being held in Bangalore for the eleventh edition of the domestic Twenty20 cricket tournament, which will be held at different venues across the country with eight teams participating. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
Royal Challengers Bangalore team Chairman Amrit Thomas, left, Kolkata Knight Riders team Chief Executive Officer Venky Mysore, center, and Delhi Daredevils team Chief Executive Officer Hemant Dua attend a press conference on the second day of the Indian Premier League (IPL) player auction in Bangalore, India, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The IPL auctions are being held in Bangalore for the eleventh edition of the domestic Twenty20 cricket tournament, which will be held at different venues across the country with eight teams participating. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

BANGALORE, India — Chris Gayle finally made it to the Indian Premier League this season when Kings XI Punjab bought the West Indies opener at his base price of only $312,000 on Day 2 of the players' auction on Sunday.

Gayle remained unsold on Saturday when he could not attract any of the eight IPL franchises before Kings XI Punjab bought the West Indies hard-hitting left-hander.

The 38-year-old Gayle played for Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2011-17 after representing Kolkata Knight Riders in the first three seasons of IPL.

India opener Murali Vijay also benefited on the second day after being ignored on Saturday when he was bought by Chennai Super Kings for $312,000.

India wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel ($265,000) and Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson ($312,000) found buyers on Day 2 when they went to Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders, respectively.

Medium fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat was the most expensive Indian player to be sold over the two days when Rajasthan Royals made a winning bid of $1.8 million. Australian fast bowler Andrew Tye was also sold for more than the million mark when King XI Punjab bought him for $1.1 million.

Sandeep Lamichhane was the first Nepalese player to get an IPL contract when the legspinner went to Delhi Daredevils for $31,000.

"The Delhi boys flew him out and saw him bowling in the nets, he was pretty impressive, he might not be ready to play yet but they saw a lot of talent there ... see if he can turn into a world-class bowler in a few years," Delhi coach Ricky Ponting said.

Young Afghanistan spinners Mujeeb Zadran and Zahir Khan also got snapped up.

Zadran, 16, went to Kings XI Punjab for $625,000 and Zahir, 19, was bought by Rajasthan Royals for $93,000.

England one-day skipper Eoin Morgan was unsold despite previous experience with Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kolkata Knight Riders, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab.

Other big-name players who went unsold this year included Lasith Malinga, Shaun Marsh, Lendl Simmons, Dale Steyn and Martin Guptill.

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