So, day one of the IPL auction at held in Bangalore concluded with the final few hours being the most soporific ones as a majority of players went unsold with a chance to be bought again if any side demands on day two.
Alongside them was the uncapped players lot which will be presented on the second day, and it is expected to be a lot busier than day one as almost every franchise would be in need of a few Indian players as well as some spinners which play an important part.
The opening dat started with the marquee players up for auction, with Murali Vijay being the first one (5 crores). Then, the much awaited Kevin Pietersen came and as expected, he was sold at a high rate (9 crores) and was the only Englishman to be bought as Hales, Patel, Jones, Mahmood, Mascarenhas, Kieswetter, Bell all failed to find bidders.
Then came the T20 star Yuvraj Singh who was bought for 14 crores being the most expensive buy and the second most expensive buy was really a shock as Dinesh Karthik was bought for 12.5 crores.
All other players were bought at average prices and a few at very low prices which shows that talent here doesn’t necessarily mean that you are a million dollar man. There were many other players who should have been bought but they weren’t, Lee, Taylor, Guptill, Jayawerdene, Tait, Christian, Hogg, White and a loads of Big Bash Stars.
The team that made the best use of money was Kings XI Punjab who bought 12 players and still had over 16 crores in purse (the most for any franchise). Big Aussie stars like George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh and the best of them all, Mitchell Johnson were all bought by this franchise at reasonably low prices.
Also, they bought Indian stars like Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara, who is a world class test batsman. Adding to this, the Kings XI side already had retained David Miller who having played some complete blinders for the franchise was named as “Killer Miller” last year.
Day two brings more excitement as the unsold players could well be presented again and the uncapped ones would look to have the privilege to experience the riches of IPL.
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