The auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League witnessed massive bidding wars as all the eight franchises were not afraid of shelling out money to buy their targetted players. A total of 60 players, including 20 overseas stars, were sold at the IPL 2019 auction. A total of Rs 106.80 crore was spent by 8 teams. Varun Chakaravarthy and Jaydev Unadkat were the joint costliest players at the IPL 2019 Auction in Jaipur on Tuesday. Meanwhile, England all-rounder Sam Curran was the highest-paid foreign player at the IPL 2019 Auction.Kings XI Punjab splurged a whopping Rs 8.4 crore for uncapped Indian mystery spinner Varun Chakaravarthy while Rajasthan Royals bought back left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat for the same amount. Chakaravarthy, the Tamil Nadu leg spinner, was bought by the KXIP after an intense bidding war with Kolkata Knight Riders.Inaugural IPL champions Rajasthan Royals were engaged in an intense battle with Delhi Capitals and later on with Chennai Super Kings before getting back the services of paceman Unadkat, whom they had released for the auction. Unadkat grabbed eye-balls last season when he became the highest paid Indian after being bought by the inaugural edition champions for a whopping Rs 11.5 crore.Uncapped Indian all-rounder Shivam Dube attracted a lot of attention when he was picked for Rs 5 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube had on Monday clobbered five sixes in five balls off left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh on the final day of their Ranji Trophy match against Baroda.Yuvraj Singh was sold to Mumbai Indians at his base price of Rs 1 crore after he went unsold in the first round of bidding in the Indian Premier League Auction. Yuvraj Singh had played for Kings XI Punjab last year but he was released after scoring only 65 runs from eight matches. Overall, he has played 128 IPL matches and scored 2652 runs with a highest score of 83.advertisement Sam Curran was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 7.2 crore (Reuters Photo)Sam Curran, who was India’s tormentor in England during the five-match Test series, was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 7.20 crore in a fierce three-way bidding war amongst Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sam Curran made his Test debut against Pakistan earlier in the year and made an immediate impact. Sam Curran, in fact, was instrumental in England’s series win over India and was named man-of-the-series.South Africa batsman Colin Ingram too fetched big money. The auction witnessed a bidding war between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad for the T20 specialist. Sunrisers pulled out after the bid crossed Rs 6 crore before Delhi bought Ingram for Rs 6.6 crore. In the bid for wicketkeepers, Heinrich Klaasen was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for his base price of Rs 50 lakh. Shaun Marsh, the leading run-getter in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008, failed to find any buyers. Mohammed Shami was bought for Rs 4.80 crore (Reuters Photo)India Test specialists Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma also found buyers. Shami, who is the currently 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. Shami had played for Delhi Capitals last season. Ishant Sharma, who had a base price of Rs 1 crore, was sold to Delhi Capitals for rs 1.10 crore.Other well-known fast bowlers in the Indian domestic circuit — Mohit Sharma and Varun Aaron — were also bought after massive bidding wars among teams.Mohit, who was part of the Indian team in the 2015 World Cup, returned to Chennai Super Kings when they bought the right-arm pacer for Rs 5 crore. Rajasthan Royals bagged Aaron for Rs 2.40 crore moments after shelling out a whopping Rs 8.40 crore for Unadkat. Unadkat was the costliest Indian last year when he was sold to Rajasthan for Rs 11.50 crore, but after sub-par performances in the league, he was not retained. Carlos Brathwaite was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 5 crore (Reuters Photo)West Indian stars continued to rule the roost in the IPL auctions yet again. Carlos Brathwaite was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 5 crore while Shimron Hetmyer sold for Rs 4.2 crore to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Wicket-keeper Nicolas Pooran was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 4.20 crore.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.Earlier, Delhi bought Axar Patel for Rs 5 crore while bagged all-rounder Hanuma Vihari for Rs 2 crore.KXIP bagged the services of Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques for Rs 1 crore while the Sunrisers Hyderabad spent Rs 2.20 crore for English wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow and Rs 1.20 crore for India’s Test stumper Wriddhiman Saha.advertisementTop cricketers in the world Cheteshwar Pujara, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Hashim Amla, Chris Woakes, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Angelo Mathews, Shaun Marsh and Adam Zampa were among the players who failed to attract any buyers.