Varun, in his earlier avatar, worked as an architect for a few years before concentrating on cricket. But putting the setback behind him, the left arm paceman has listed himself with a base price of INR 1.5 crore, which is the highest for an Indian player. Ronchi's retirement from the worldwide game mean he will be available for the full duration of the competition, and teams like Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals could spark a huge tussle at the auction table.
Indian Premier League (IPL) is know for making millionaires out young talened players.
McCullum has played in every edition of the IPL since 2008.
West Indies players were in demand with Royal Challengers Bangalore paying 42 million Indian rupees for Hetmyer.
His teammate Brathwaite, the star of 2016 World T20, was sold to KKR for Rs five crore after a bidding war between the Dinesh Karthik-led side and Kings XI Punjab. Shami, who is the now the leading Indian wicket-taker in Tests with 44 wickets under his belt from 11 matches, was bought for whopping Rs 4.80 crore by 2014 runners-up Kings XI Punjab. Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals also bid for the stylish West Indian batsman, who had a base price of Rs 50 lakh.More news: Michael Flynn associate charged with illegal lobbying for Turkey
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The all-rounder had entered the auction with a base price of Rs 75. The other big buy of the first couple of hours of the auction was uncapped Tamil Nadu mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy (27), who sparked a bidding war between five franchises.
India legend and three-time IPL victor MS Dhoni will again line up for defending champions Chennai Super Kings, while West Indies' Chris Gayle remains part of the Kings XI squad.
Shami, who turned up for Delhi last season, was sold to KXIP while Mohit went back to Chennai Super Kings after a stint with KXIP.
Mumbai Indians bought back Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga for Rs 2 crore while veteran Ishant Sharma was bought for Rs 1.10 crore by Delhi Capitals. He will play IPL for the first time, with Sunrisers Hyderabad, who picked him up for INR 2.2 crore (approx Dollars 306,000), ostensibly to cover for David Warner, who won't be with the team for the first three weeks.
England limited-overs captain Morgan, all-rounder Woakes, batsman Alex Hales and pace bowlers Mark Wood and Chris Jordan went unsold.