It rained and drained heavy money for the Aussie folks as Glenn Maxwell (Mumbai Indians) fetched a million whereas 21-year old Kane Richardson banked $700,000. 1 International old South African all rounder Chris Morris (Pune Warriors) was picked by Chennai Super Kings for a mammoth $625,000. KKR bought their 2nd mystery spinner Sri Lankan Senanayake for a similar amount. Among the greats like Rahul Dravid, Anil Kumble, Steven Fleming the cash rich franchises went in with their stratergies to pick players with their accordance.
Merry Times: Among Indian players Abhishek Nayyar was taken by Pune for a whopping $6,75,000 whereas inaugral IPL’s disappointment Manpreet Gony earned $5,00,000 by Kings XI Punjab. Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis was picked up by Pune for $7,25,000. Delhi Daredevils drained out $6,00,000 to fetch Dirk Nannes.
Solitary Surprises: Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting were taken almost at their base prices $4,00,000 and $4,00,000 by Pune Warriors and Mumbai Indians respectively. Jayadev Unadkat too was Bangalore’s surprise pick for $5,25,000 even though the former Knight Rider got a single game last season.
Unsold Stock: Names like Aaron Finch, Martin Guptill, Darren Bravo, Gibbs, Ravi Bopara, Scott Styris, Rangana Herath, Aaron Phangiso, Doug Bollinger and Vernon Philander remained unsold.
$11.9 million was spent to fetch 37 players on the day. 3 teams Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings and Royals have spend just half their purse amount while Pune Warriors reached their limit of 33 member squad.
Kevin Pietersen Tweeted: How Ravi Bopara didn’t get picked up in the IPL auction is beyond me! Bowls/bats/fields & a top team man! Maybe he will get in somehow…
Author’s Pick Flick: SA all rounder Chris Morris stated,”I have never in my life seen this much money”. He was taken for $6,25,000 by Chennai Super Kings.