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PKL 2023 Auction Highlights on Day 1: Pawan Sehrawat reclaims his title as most expensive player after Shadloui breaks record earlier in the day

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedOct 09, 2023 23:22 IST

PKL 2023 Auction Highlights on Day 1. Pawan Sehrawat, Mohammedreza Shadlu, Maninder Singh emerge to be top buys on Day 1. Follow Sportskeeda for Pro Kabaddi League 2023 Auction & Latest Updates.

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23:22 (IST)9 OCT 2023

There are plenty of spots to be filled, and lots of work to be done for all teams before they can be satisfied with the squad they've built. Day 2 of the Auction will prove crucial in determining how this season goes.

That's all from Sportskeeda's coverage of Day 1 of the Pro Kabaddi 2023 Auction. Join us for all the updates from Day 2 of the auction at 10:00 AM tomorrow. Until then, this is Shreyas, Meeth, and Maanas signing off. Goodnight!

23:19 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Another auction, another day that goes into the annals of PKL history! Pawan Kumar Sehrawat's record-breaking bid of ₹2.26 Crores was broken not once but twice, and who else to do it but the Hi-Flyer himself when he went to the Telugu Titans for a mind-boggling sum of ₹2.605 Crores. Being listed in Category B made no difference as teams waited and held back on bidding for anyone else to bid for the Indian captain, and in the end, it's the Titans who emerged victorious! Can Pawan turn their fortunes around?

However, for most of the auction, Iran's Mohammadreza Shadloui held the record as the Puneri Paltan spent most of their budget to get the all-rounder for ₹2.35 Crores. His national team captain, Fazel Atrachali, went to the Gujarat Giants for ₹1.60 Crores to reunite with Ram Mehar Singh.

Maninder Singh was the other show-stealer of the auction as the Telugu Titans and the Bengaluru Bulls fought it out to sign him, only for Bengal to use their FBM card and retain him for a whopping sum of ₹2.12 Crore. 

The Haryana Steelers were clearly waiting to sign Pawan Sehrawat, but were disappointed as the Titans edged them out. They ended up bidding ₹1 Crore to sign Siddharth Desai towards the fag end of the auction. The Pirates were in the running for many players but walk out of Day 1 with only one signing, albeit a good one in Manjeet Dahiya for ₹92 Lakhs. The Thalaivas were in a similar position, but they're one of only two teams yet to buy a player at the auction.

As expected, with only ₹87 Lakhs in their purse, the Jaipur Pink Panthers put their feet up, watched records break, and didn't take any part in the day's proceedings. 

23:07 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Complete List of Players Sold on Day 1 of the 2023 Pro Kabaddi Auction:

Bengal Warriors
Maninder Singh - ₹2.12 Crores (FBM)
Nitin Rawal - ₹30 Lakhs
Shubham Shinde - ₹32.25 Lakhs (FBM)
Shrikant Jadhav - ₹35.25 Lakhs (FBM)

Bengaluru Bulls
Vishal Lather - ₹20 Lakhs
Vikash Khandola  - ₹55.25 Lakhs (FBM)

Dabang Delhi KC
Sunil - ₹20 Lakhs
Ashu Malik - ₹96.25 Lakhs (FBM)
Meetu Sharma - ₹93 Lakhs

Gujarat Giants
Fazel Atrachali - ₹1.60 Crores
Rohit Gulia - ₹58.50 Lakhs
Arkam Shaikh - ₹20.25 Lakhs (FBM)
Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh - ₹22 Lakhs
Sombir Gulia- ₹26.25 Lakhs

Haryana Steelers
Siddharth Desai - ₹1 Crore
Chandran Ranjit - ₹62 Lakhs

Jaipur Pink Panthers - None

Patna Pirates
Manjeet Dahiya- ₹92 Lakhs

Puneri Paltan
Mohammadreza Shadloui Chiyaneh - ₹2.35 Crores

Tamil Thalaivas - None

Telugu Titans
Pawan Kumar Sehrawat - ₹2.605 Crores

U Mumba
Girish Maruti Ernak - ₹20 Lakhs
Mahender Singh - ₹40.25 Lakhs
Guman Singh - ₹85 Lakhs (FBM)

UP Yoddhas
Vijay Malik - ₹85 Lakhs

23:04 (IST)9 OCT 2023

And with this we are done with the Day 1 of PKL 2023 Auction! 

23:04 (IST)9 OCT 2023

After a long bidding war, Haryana Steelers get the services of Chandran Ranjith for 62 L!

23:02 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Haryana and Patna start with the process.

23:01 (IST)9 OCT 2023

And the last player of the Day 1 is Chandran Ranjith.

23:01 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Haryana Steelers waste no time and raise the bid to 1 Cr and with no bids, Siddharth Desai will don the colors of Haryana Steelers!

22:59 (IST)9 OCT 2023

And now we have Bahubali Siddharth Desai! Haryana immediately raise the paddle followed by the Bulls.

22:58 (IST)9 OCT 2023

U Mumba joins the party and hold the final bid at 55.25L but Bengaluru Bulls decide to exercise their FBM to retain him back!

Vikash Kandola goes back to Bengaluru Bulls!

22:56 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Haryana Steelers and Patna Pirates start with the proceedings.

22:56 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Up next is Vikash Kandola! 

22:56 (IST)9 OCT 2023

The Hammer falls and Pawan Kumar finds a new home in Telugu Titans for a massive 2.605 Cr! 

22:54 (IST)9 OCT 2023

The bid has crossed Pawan's last year's record bid of 2.26 and the highest-bid record is back with Pawan Kumar as it crosses a whopping 2.50 Cr mark! UNBELIEVABLE!

22:53 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Both teams continue to bid showing their interest in the High-Flyer!

22:52 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Telugu Titans also join the bidding war with a massive bid of 2.09 Cr! They are followed by a bid from Haryana Steelers.

22:51 (IST)9 OCT 2023

The Bengaluru Bulls waste no time and raise the bid directly to 1.50 Cr. It was very well expected to happen!

22:51 (IST)9 OCT 2023

And the player we have been waiting for is finally here! PAWAN KUMAR SEHRAWAT is ready to go under the hammer. Will he break Shadloui’s record? Who will secure the services of the High-Flyer?

22:50 (IST)9 OCT 2023

After a sustained bidding war against the Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC get Meetu Sharma for ₹93 Lakhs as the Steelers chose not to use their FBM card.

22:46 (IST)9 OCT 2023

The Bulls and the Thalaivas are at it now as the bid quickly surges past ₹70 Lakhs. 

Well, looks like the Thalaivas have pulled out, but once again, Dabang Delhi join in late. They want a supporting raider for Naveen Kumar, while the Bulls want one for Bharat.

22:45 (IST)9 OCT 2023

The bid is quickly bumped to ₹45 Lakhs and before you know it, the Bengaluru Bulls bid ₹50 Lakhs for Meetu Sharma!

22:44 (IST)9 OCT 2023

We have Meetu Sharma next. He was part of the Haryana Steelers last season. The Thalaivas and the Pirates leading the bid yet again.

22:44 (IST)9 OCT 2023

The bidding comes to a close at ₹85 Lakhs and it's Dabang Delhi KC who win it!

However, U Mumba use their FBM card to retain Guman Singh for ₹85 Lakhs.

22:41 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Dabang Delhi enter the fray now, and it looks like there will be plenty of suitors for Guman Singh this time around too as the bidding crosses ₹75 Lakhs.

22:40 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Patna raise the bid to ₹50 Lakhs, but the Bengaluru Bulls sustain with their bidding. The Pirates go ₹60 Lakhs now, and once again, the Bulls go ₹60.25 Lakhs!

22:39 (IST)9 OCT 2023

The Pirates lead the bidding against the Gujarat Giants, and raise the bid to ₹40 Lakhs! Bengal Warriors are up for the challenge and so are the Bengaluru Bulls.

22:38 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Up next, we have Guman Singh. The Haryana raider picked up a ₹1.26 Crore payday last season. How much will he go for this time around?

22:37 (IST)9 OCT 2023

After a long bidding war Tamil Thalaivas hold the final bid at 96.25L.

But Dabang Delhi ruin their plan and use the FBM Card to retain Ashu Malik!

22:34 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Some discussions in the Bengaluru Bulls camp but they continue to engage in the war!

22:32 (IST)9 OCT 2023

An interesting battle going on between the Bulls and the Thalaivas with no team ready to step back.

22:31 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Both teams keep their paddle up and the bid has now crossed the 50L mark.

22:30 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Bengaluru Bulls joins the party and now are going head-to-head with the Pirates!

22:29 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Next up is Ashu Malik! Patna Pirates and Tamil Thalaivas waste no time to engage in a bidding war.

22:28 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Bengaluru Bulls are out of the race and the bid stays with Patna Pirates.

And as Patna Pirates thought they got Shrikant Jadhav, Bengal Warriors use their FBM to get him back at 35.25L!

22:25 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Both teams seem keen to get the services of Shrikant Jadhav. Where will the Maharashtrian raider end up in PKL 10?

22:24 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Shrikant Jadhav to go first under the hammer! Patna Pirates immediately raise the paddle followed by the Bengaluru Bulls.

22:23 (IST)9 OCT 2023

We are now heading into the Last category of the Day with Raiders - Category B!

22:23 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Full List of players sold so far on Day 1 of the Pro Kabaddi 2023 Auction:

Bengal Warriors

Maninder Singh - ₹2.12 Crores (FBM)
Nitin Rawal - ₹30 Lakhs
Shubham Shinde - ₹32.25 Lakhs (FBM)

Bengaluru Bulls
Vishal Lather - ₹20 Lakhs

Dabang Delhi KC
Sunil - ₹20 Lakhs

Gujarat Giants
Fazel Atrachali - ₹1.60 Crores
Rohit Gulia - ₹58.50 Lakhs
Arkam Shaikh - ₹20.25 Lakhs (FBM)
Mohammad Esmaeil Nabibakhsh - ₹22 Lakhs
Sombir - ₹26.25 Lakhs

Haryana Steelers - None

Jaipur Pink Panthers - None

Patna Pirates
Manjeet - ₹92 Lakhs

Puneri Paltan
Mohammadreza Shadloui Chiyaneh - ₹2.35 Crores

Tamil Thalaivas - None

Telugu Titans - None

U Mumba

Girish Maruti Ernak - ₹20 Lakhs
Mahender Singh - ₹40.25 Lakhs

UP Yoddha
Vijay Malik - ₹85 Lakhs

22:18 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Vishal Bhardwaj is the last player in the Defenders - Category B!

And with no bids he goes UNSOLD!
Shocker of the day this, as he was the first-choice left corner for the Gold-Medal winning Indian team at the recently concluded Asian Games. He'll hope he gets picked up in the round of unsold players later in the auction

22:18 (IST)9 OCT 2023

No counter bids and Sunil is Sold to Dabang Delhi for 20 L!

22:17 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Looks like no bid for him.......But after a long pause Delhi start the bidding process.

22:16 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Vishal Lather up next, and he's quickly picked up at the base price of ₹20 Lakhs by the Bengaluru Bulls.

Really smart buy that for Bengaluru as the left cover perfectly fills the void left by Mahender Singh. He had a really good PKL 9 playing for Dabang Delhi KC, and the Bulls will be pleased with that one.

22:16 (IST)9 OCT 2023

The second-last player in this category is Sunil at 20L.

22:16 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Dabang Delhi and Gujarat Giants are going strong for the right-corner defender Sombir, and it looks like he will go to the Gujarat Giants.

Yes, the Gujarat Giants snap up Sombir for ₹26.25 Lakhs!

22:13 (IST)9 OCT 2023

We have Sombir up next, and straight up, plenty of interest shown by Dabang Delhi KC and the Gujarat Giants.

22:12 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Looks like the Tamil Thalaivas have their man for ₹32.25 Lakhs!
Uh-oh! Bengal Warriors exercise their FBM card on Shubham.

Shubham Shinde is retained by the Bengal Warriors using their FBM card for ₹32.25 Lakhs!

22:10 (IST)9 OCT 2023

The bid progressing pretty quickly now and it crosses the ₹30 Lakh mark. He's a pretty experienced defender, Shubham Shinde, and has played for the Paltan, the Pirates, and most recently, the Bengal Warriors.

22:07 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Tamil Thalaivas make a late entry just as the Pirates were about to get him for base price and we now have a bidding war between these two sides.

22:07 (IST)9 OCT 2023

Next up, it's Shubham Shinde. A right corner defender who played for the Bengal Warriors last season, and it's the Patna Pirates who open the bidding for ₹20 Lakhs. 
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