Here is a breakdown of all teams and what they will be needing, starting with CSK.

CSK have retained their core team – they have a well-settled unit and a wealth of experience and match-winners in Dhoni, Jadeja, Watson, Du Plessis, Raina and Harbhajan. With a purse of 8.40 crores remaining for two available slots, CSK would look to get some youth into an ageing side – preferably a top-order batsman and a quality left-arm bowler. CSK have exhausted their limit for overseas players and thus both their choices have to be from the domestic pool.

346 players will go under the hammer and fight for 70 vacant spots when the auction for IPL XII is held in Jaipur on December 18. Franchises will make choices depending on the strengths and weaknesses of their squad, the budget available and the maximum limit of domestic and overseas players. So what strategy will different teams employ in the auction? Who will get the maximum buys from the elite club? Who will target the domestic players? Who will be keen to get some all-rounders on board?

Hello everyone and welcome to our live blog for the 2019 IPL Auction. It’s the big battle before the war, and good planning here can often yield results as the likes of Chennai Super Kings will tell you. But then there are the likes of Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals, who will again almost start afresh here!