IPL 8 auction: Yuvraj sold for record Rs 16 crore, list
Bangalore: Flamboyant all-rounder Yuvraj Singh today emerged as the costliest cricketer in the IPL 8 players’ auction, bought for a record Rs 16 crore (USD 2.57 million approx) by Delhi Daredevils here.
Yuvraj, who carried a base price of Rs 2 crore, was sold for the highest ever price in IPL history after a fierce tug of war for his services between Delhi Daredevils and Royal Challengers Bangalore, who bought him last year for Rs 14 crore, at a glitzy auction at a city hotel here.
However, it was quite a surprise to see Yuvraj going past his last year’s price as he has been out of the Indian team for some time.
Initially, there was a four-way bidding among Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers, Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils to buy India’s 2011 World Cup hero in the auction conducted by Richard Madley. But once the bidding reached Rs 7 crore, RR and KXIP quit, leaving DD and RCB in the fray.
Delhi Daredevils, who have the largest purse of Rs 39.75 crore among all the eight franchises taking part in the auction, also bought Sri Lankan captain and all-rounder Angelo Mathews for Rs 7.5 crore, the third highest price in the first two rounds of auction.
RCB, who lost to DD in their bid to get Yuvraj and Mathews, bought wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik for Rs 10.5 crore, the second highest price, even though it was Rs 1.5 crore lower than the amount he was bought for by DD last year.
Surprisingly, former England captain Kevin Pietersen, who was bought for Rs 9 crore last year by DD, could get just Rs 2 crore as he was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad at the base price.
Other players sold in the auction were India Test opener Murali Vijay for Rs 3 crore (to KXIP), leg-spinner Amit Mishra (Rs 3.5 crore by DD), Aaron Finch (Rs 3.2 crore by Mumbai Indians), Eoin Morgan (Rs 1.5 crore by SRH) and Kane Williamson (Rs 60 lakh by SRH).
Sri Lankans Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara and South African Hashim Amla went unsold in the first two rounds for marquee players which was attended by Nita Ambani, Ricky Ponting, Anil Kumble, V V S Laxman, Muttiah Muralitharan, Rahul Dravid, Gary Kirsten, Stephen Fleming, Vijay Mallya and Preity Zinta among others.
New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult also fetched an impressive sum of Rs 3.8 crore from his base price of Rs 50 lakh as he was bought by SRH who joined the bidding after an initial tug of war between RCB and MI.
There was also intense bidding for Indian pacer Praveen Kumar who was bought at the end by SRH for Rs 2.20 crore. SRH also strengthened their squad by buying England all-rounder Ravi Bopara for Rs 1 crore.
Two other all-rounders in West Indian Darren Sammy and South African went to RCB for an identical Rs 2.80 crore. RCB also bought young Australian pacer Sean Abbott for Rs 1 crore.
Veteran Australian Michael Hussey returned to Chennai Super Kings at his base price of Rs 1.5 crore.
Indian-origin Australian pacer Gurinder Sandhu who has played just two ODIs so far, was the surprise pick for Rs 1.7 crore by big spenders Delhi Daredevils who also bought Indian pacer Jaydev Undkat for Rs 1.1 crore. Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha also returned to Mumbai Indians for Rs 50 lakh.
Besides CSK, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals were the other franchises who did not spend much in the auction. RR bought South African all-rounder Christopher Morris for Rs 1.4 crore.
Former India pace bowlers Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan remained unsold in the initial round, the same as Cheteshwar Pujara, Pankaj Singh and Munaf Patel.
Brad Hodge, Ross Taylor, Alex Hales, Cameron White, Luke Ronchi, Marlon Samuels, Tillakaratne Dilshan were among the foreign players who sid not have any takers.
Following is the list of players who were sold in the IPL 8 auction here today.
CHENNAI SUPER KINGS
|Ankush Bains||Wicket Keeper||10,00,000|
|Eklavya Dwivedi||Wicket Keeper||10,00,000|
|CM Gautam||Wicket Keeper||20,00,000|
|Kona Srikar Bharat||Wicket Keeper||10,00,000|
KINGS XI PUNJAB
|Nikhil Shankar Naik||Wicket Keeper||30,00,000|
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
|Siddhesh Dinesh Lad||All-Rounder||10,00,000|
|Barinder Singh Saran||Bowler||10,00,000|
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
|Dinesh Karthik||Wicket Keeper||10,50,00,000|
|Sarfaraz Naushad Khan||Batsman||50,00,000|
|Laxmi Ratan Shukla||All-Rounder||30,00,000|