The dust has settled on the 'mini-auction' and some teams have emerged stronger than the others. Here's a look at the buys of each team and whether they were worth it?
Dhoni’s team kept things simple. Christopher Morris is an allrounder in Lance Klusener mould and can add to the balance of an already powerful squad. No Indian players were picked up as Chennai are pretty much set in that regard. He was also the top wicket-taker in last season's domestic T20 competition in South Africa. The bidding battle with Mumbai sent his price soaring – but even then Chennai may have got value for their money. “I have never in my life seen this much money,” he admitted in an interview to ESPNcricinfo. Dirk Nannes gives them pace while the others are probably just going to be fillers for now.
Christopher Morris, All-Rounder, $625,000
Dirk Nannes, Bowler, $600,000
Ben Laughlin, Bowler, $20,000
Akila Dananjaya, All-Rounder, $20,000
Jason Holder, Bowler, $20,000
Delhi have managed a bargain for Johan Botha. A very good T20 spinner and his batting can win matches down the order. Jesse Ryder is a tricky buy – he may be brilliant or downright foolish. But if he clicks, he can really raise the level of the Delhi side. Jeevan Mendis is a surprise – he’s 30 and he’s never really set the international scene on fire.
Johan Botha, All-Rounder, $450,000
Jesse Ryder, All-Rounder, $260,000
Jeevan Mendis, All-Rounder, $50,000
What is Manpreet Gony’s secret? To pay $500,000 for a bowler who isn’t even the best in India is a bit too much. He had a brilliant 2008 IPL but since then, he hasn’t quite produced the goods. Kings XI needed to get in some good talent but they haven’t quite managed to do that. Another tough season beckons.
Manpreet Gony, Bowler, $500,000
Luke Pomersbach, Batsman, $300,000
The Mumbai Indians never mind spending the cash if they believe that the player is worth it. And that’s what has happened with Maxwell – a batting allrounder. Keiron Pollard is great but his inconsistent displays mean that Mumbai can always use another allrounder in the team and Maxwell is the man. In recent years, he has made a name for himself in Australian cricket, expect him to do the same in the IPL too. The other ‘big’ buy for MI was Ricky Ponting – but he may be in the dressing room to play the role of a mentor more than that of a player.
Glenn Maxwell, All-Rounder, $1,000,000
Nathan Coulter-Nile, Bowler, $450,000
Ricky Ponting, Batsman, $400,000
Philip Hughes, Batsman, $100,000
Jacob Oram, All-Rounder, $50,000
PUNE WARRIORS INDIA
While Ajantha Mendis is a known name and worth the $725,000 price tag, Kane Richardson was bought by Pune Warriors for $700,000 ahead of Doug Bollinger, Josh Hazlewood and Ben Cutting – who all went unsold. It’s even stranger when you consider that the Australian skipper Michael Clarke was bought for only $400,000. Their best buy might be Abhishek Nayar – the Mumbai allrounder who has been in fine form with the bat and the ball this season.
Ajantha Mendis, Bowler, $725,000
Kane Richardson, Bowler, $700,000
Abhishek Nayar, All-Rounder, $675,000
Michael Clarke, Batsman, $400,000
James Faulkner is an all-rounder, and in the 2010–11 Sheffield Shield season he made 300 runs at 30 and took 36 wickets at 17.72. So there is a lot of talent there. Rajasthan might have made a very good buy here. Fidel Edwards remains injury prone but if Rajasthan can find a way to keep him fit, they have made a bargain buy.
James Faulkner, All-Rounder, $400,000
Fidel Edwards, Bowler, $210,000
Kusal Janith Perera, Wicket Keeper, $20,000
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
Jaydev Unadkat has improved a lot this Ranji season but he isn’t express. He can swing the ball but can he contain the batsmen? That will be the big question he will need to answer in IPL 6. RP Singh has been the most successful Indian pace bowler in the IPL with 74 wickets and that might be why Bangalore wanted him. He remains a decent prospect and if he can sort out his fitness issues, he can still get the breakthroughs.
Jaydev Unadkat, Bowler, $525,000
Rudra Pratap Singh, Bowler, $400,000
Moises Henriques, All-Rounder, $300,000
Ravi Rampaul, Bowler, $290,000
Pankaj Singh, Bowler, $150,000
Daniel Christian, All-Rounder, $100,000
Christopher Barnwell, All-Rounder, $50,000
The new boys were expected to spend the most but have they got value for their money? Thisara Perera can hit the ball a long way and if he can get his bowling sorted out, then he just might be worth his hefty price tag. Darren Sammy is a strange buy – simply because while he can bowl and bat well, he rarely ever seems to do that on a regular basis.
Thisara Perera, All-Rounder, $675,000
Darren Sammy, All-Rounder, $425,000
Sudeep Tyagi, Bowler, $100,000
Clinton McKay, Bowler, $100,000
Nathan McCullum, Bowler, $100,000
Quinton De Kock, Wicket-keeper, $20,000
A mystery bowler for whatever price it takes? That seems to be the thinking as KKR went for Sachithra Senanayaka. Sunil Narine was brilliant for KKR last season but he didn’t have much support from the other end. KKR will hope the Sri Lankan’s repertoire of the doosra – said to be the best in Sri Lanka – can give them a big boost this season.
Sachithra Senanayaka, All-Rounder, $625,000
Ryan McLaren, Bowler, $50,000