Wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, Sri Lankan master batsman Mahela Jayawardene and R Vinay Kumar are star attractions at the IPL auction underway at Bangalore today.
The first major sale of the IPL auction is done and Ravindra Jadeja has been bought by Chennai Super Kings for $ 2 million or Rs 9.72 crore.
There was fierce bidding for the India all-rounder and almost every team pitched in with their bid but it was Chennai and Deccan who bid $2 million dollars -- the maximum possible to beat all other comers. So the bid went into the tie-breaker.
Then Chennai and Deccan had five minutes to decide how much more they want to bid. And Chennai came out winners. We will not know what the amounts of the secret bids were. Jadeja was bought by KTK for 950,000 last year, so this is quite a big push up for the youngsters.
Right after being sold to CSK, Jadeja said he is extremely lucky for having gotten such high bids. "Always wanted to play under dhoni..he is a great captain and always tells me to play my natural game."
The next highest bid was for Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene, who was sold for $1.4 million to Delhi DareDevils. Muthaih Muralitharan sold for $220,000 dollars to RCB. Bustling NZ keeper Brendan McCullum goes for $900,000 to KKR while England's swing super star James Anderson attracted no bids at $300,000.
Right after the marquee players were sold, Rajasthan Royals bought Brad Hodge $ 475,000. The team has also bought Dinesh Chandimal for $50,000.
"Mahela Jayawardene (SL) goes to Delhi Darevils for $1.4 million", tweeted Sidharth Mallya, adding that James Anderson (Eng) has become the first unsold player in the auction today.
Indies Andre Russell fetched $450,000 from the Delhi Daredevils, asubstantial hike from his base price of $50,000.Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal was turned out to be a bargain buy for Rajasthan Royals, who bought him at his base price of $50,000.
Romesh Powar has been snapped up by Kings XI Punjab for $160,000.
Apart from Anderson, Darren Bravo also remains unsold, with a base price of $ 100,00. Veteran Indian batsman VVS Laxman, who was a big disappointment during the recent Test series against Australia, went unsold in the auction along with England's James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara and Matt Prior, West Indies' Ramnaresh Sarwan, Adrian Barath and Darren Bravo and South Africa's Mark .
Meanwhile Parthiv Patel has been sold to Deccan Chargers for $650,000 and Herschelle Gibbs is sold to Mumbai Indians for $50,000. Mumbai Indians has also bought Mitchell Johnson for $ 300,000 and India's RP Singh for $600,000.
Andre Russell is the first player sold in the all-rounders category to Delhi Daredevils for $450,000.S Sreesanth too is sold to Rajasthan Royals at his base price of $400,000
The auction got a big surprise just hours before the players' auction after Sahara India pulled out from the ownership of IPL franchise Pune Warriors as the group has been denied a replacement for injured Yuvraj Singh for the upcoming fifth edition of Indian Premier League.
With Sahara boycotting the IPL league, only eight major franchisees are bidding at the auction at the ITC Royal Gardenia Hotel in Bangalore.
"The season five of the IPL is coming up with some innovative ideas which will glitter the tournament," Rajiv Shukla, the chairman and commissioner of the league said before the auction got going.
The auction will see 144 players, including several former Kochi Tuskers Kerala players, go under the hammer. These players, picked according to a combination of their valuation and star worth, will be put up for auction.
Jadeja was supposed to be the highlight of the auction today and so it turned out to be with almost all franchise placing their bids on the all-rounder. Ironically, just two years ago, Jadeja was banned for a year after trying to negotiate a deal with Mumbai Indians while still on contract with Rajasthan Royals.
Dubbed the "rockstar" by Australian spin legend and Rajasthan captain-cum-coach Shane Warne, Jadeja was bought by Kochi for $950,000, and he did well by making 283 runs at a strike rate of 124.12, and taking eight wickets at an economy rate of 7.26.
Bowler R Vinay Kumar goes under the hammer and Royal Challengers Bangalore buys him for $1 million.
In the post-lunch session of the IPL auction, that started around 3pm, Deccan Chargers bought Australian Daniel Harris spending $70,000. The team also bought Darren Bravo for $ 100,000.
Rajasthan Royals bought West Indian all-rounder Kevon Cooper for $50,000. Kings XI Punjab thinned their kitty purchasing Tasmanian James Faulkner for a whooping $190,000. The team also bought Azhar Mahmood for an even bigger price at $200,000. This turned out to be the post-expensive buy in the post lunch session.
Mumbai Indians bought Sri Lankan Thisara Perera for $65,000.
South African fast bowler Marchant de Lange went to Kolkata Knight Riders for $50,000. Doug Bracewell was bagged by Delhi Daredevils at a price of $50,000.
The auction ended around quarter past four.
Updated Date: Apr 03, 2012 12:50 PM