Former CSK mentor Kris Srikkanth wasn't surprised that Gayle went unsold and CSK didn't go whole hog for Ashwin.
Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan went to Chennai for his base price of Rs 2 crore as there were no other takers.
Joe Root, who captained a dismal team England in the Ashes, went unsold along with Murali Vijay, Hashim Amla and Martin Guptill.
A total of 578 players are up for auction this season, hoping for lucrative deals after the IPL recently signed a new $2.5-billion media deal.
Another England player had no problems going for big bucks, though.
Players featuring in India's domestic T20 tournament, which concluded on Friday, will doubtless have considered their IPL chances.
The Rajasthan Royals' winning bid was $200,000 less than the record price Rising Pune Supergiant paid for him last season. He became a permanent member of CSK ever since until the team was banned for two years. Contrary to expectations, Rahane saw tame bidding from two teams - Punjab and Mumbai Indians, before Rajasthan exercised their right to match. Eventually, though, it was Dhawan's old franchise who had the final say.
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More extensive bidding ensued for Kieron Pollard, the West Indies allrounder.
Kolkata bought Australia's limited overs specialist Chris Lynn for 96 million rupees and their Ashes hero Mitchell Starc for 94 million, while Delhi secured the service of all-rounder Glenn Maxwell for 90 million. If that team is willing to use their RTM card for the player, Richard Madley will sell the player to them for the same price which the player fetched in the auction.
Chennai, however, didn't bid vigorously for Ravichandran Ashwin, who will now ply his trade for Kings XI Punjab at a salary of Rs 7.60 crore.
Delhi Daredevils didn't use the Right to Match card because Delhi stumper-hitter Rishabh Pant was one of the three players they retained.
Colin Munro was bought for 1.9 crore rupees (NZ$406,000) at the annual auction on Saturday, and that may be a bargain for Delhi, given the form he has shown this summer.
Dwayne Bravo for over 6 crores and Harbhajan Singh for 2 crores have been bought by Chennai Super Kings.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 49 crore rupees (£5.4m). He was the second-most expensive buy. Amit Mishra was sold to DD for Rs 4 crore. Whereas, Kolkata who ended up last in the 2009 edition jumped to No. 6 position in 2010. Pandey's base price of INR 1 crore swelled more than ten times, with Kings XI involved in bidding all the way. They may go in for a few big players.
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