Indian Premier League 2011 January 21, 2011

Mumbai sign Rayudu, Sathish

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Ambati Rayudu, R Sathish, Dhawal Kulkarni and Siddharth Trivedi, some of the most sought-after uncapped players in the IPL, have decided to stay back with the franchises where they gained prominence. Rayudu, Sathish and Kulkarni will remain with Mumbai Indians while Trivedi has opted to play for Rajasthan Royals, with whom he won the inaugural IPL in 2008.

It is understood that four franchises were keen to rope in Kulkarni, who has been with Mumbai from the first year. There were also many takers for the pair of Rayudu and Sathish, both of whom had joined Mumbai last year after cancelling their contracts with the rebel Indian Cricket League in 2009. Both made an instant impact and were vital in Mumbai reaching the finals in the third season.

Rayudu impressed with the bat, scoring 246 runs at a strike-rate of 144.71, and carried that form into the Ranji season in which he was Baroda's top-scorer with 566 runs, including an unbeaten double-century against Orissa. Sathish made a name for himself as a livewire in the field during the third season of the IPL, and averaged 42.57 for Tamil Nadu over the 2010-11 Ranji season.

The other players who have also decided to stay with their former teams include left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati of Goa and Tamil Nadu batsman Abhinav Mukund. The pair played for Chennai Super Kings in the previous three years. Interestingly, Chennai was the only team which decided to stick to the winning squad it had built over the three years, fighting hard during the auction to retain most of the original squad. Chennai have also signed Tamil Nadu seamer Yo Mahesh, who was part of Delhi Daredevils' squad for the first three seasons.

In addition to Trivedi the other players Rajasthan retained were Abhishek Raut and Aditya Dole, who played for them last season. But they failed to retain Bengal batsman Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, who signed with Pune Warriors. Jhunjhunwala, another ICL player, had joined Rajasthan for the third season of the IPL, and proved to be an effective batsman and a handy fielder too. Delhi Daredevils lost out on the services of the seasoned allrounder Rajat Bhatia, who moved eastwards to Kolkata Knight Riders.

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  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2011, 13:54 GMT

    @ Anand Prabhakaran

    I am big fan of CSK and Liverpool Football Club, and I dont want CSK be compared in any way with Man utd.If you like Man Utd, its fine... but dont equate it to CSK. why should CSK be like Man Utd.? rubbish.

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Many guys are missing the points here about the salary of retained players.. 9 Million net spending for auction. Its not the salary cap....4.5 million were reduced to give fair enough chances for the other teams to compete in the auction. Which means Franchise & retained Players can negotiate the salary.I believe they need to inform only BCCI about the salary of retained players. Dhoni , Sachin, Raina will be the top 3 earners for next 2 seasons. CSK & MI done the rite think by retaining 4 guys and saved 2-5 millions by retaining the players.Franchise might had a thought of "Buying back the players in lesser salary". Its backfired. 2M for Rohit looks high.But he will help MI to gain net profit through advertisement as he is a local boy.. CSK will generate more revenue by retaining players ON and OFF the Pitch.Franchise success is all about the combination of Money and Talent. In coming years u need more money to buy the best talents without touching their Personal Acctounts.

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    Yo mahesh is certaiinly very good pick by CSK

  • Arien on January 23, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    @Chet_fancy: don't equate the money held back against their name ($1.8 mn in the case of Dhoni) with their salary, which could be either much higher or lower than that. Players are not fools, do you think MSD would watch quietly while Gambhir pockets Rs. 11 crore?

  • Prasanna Gopal on January 23, 2011, 8:42 GMT

    Chennai are going with a pattern here.Parthiv went so they picked Saha for spare keeper.Randiv for Murali, Kulasekara for Thushara, Styris for Oram, du Plessis for Kemp, YoMahesh for Balaji, all players from the same countries with same utilities.As for as Mumbai is concerned the so called rivals of Bhajji and Symmo are gonna be the best of friends dispite claims of both fighting each other because they are so much alike.

  • vathsalya on January 23, 2011, 7:29 GMT

    @Chet_Fancy: Dude, its not easy to form a team and the franchises have spent millions in forming a core team and unless the owners feel the team doesnt gel (like in the case of RCB) they would be nuts to sell their priced assets. And also the players are satisfied in chennai, the management is happy with them and so why would they put them under the hammer. Absolutely baseless logic. I think this year the team which does the most with its LOCAL talent (like what chennai did last year) will win the cup and not with foreigners like pollard annd co who were rendered useless in spinner friendly conditions here. Its the indian batsmen who will dominate and thats why i feel CSK, KKR, MI, SPW and RCB will be tough to beat...

  • Chetan on January 23, 2011, 4:08 GMT

    Chennai kept Dhoni and Raina. The rule of allowing 4 retentions is very unfair. Both guys woould have fetched more than any other india players.

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    MUMBAI INDIANS bought a waste 2Million rohit sharma instead of him they shud have gone for saurav tiwary csk bought the winning team so they r going to rock this year also

  • kumar on January 23, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    @AsherCA, as stated in my first comment, MI is the only possible team that can stand up to CSK. Btw, Harbhajan is no where near Symonds and pollard. Symonds & Pollard can be a real threat; all the other teams will have to rely on one man show kinda thing. Which could only win them a game here and there. Should be a CSK vs MI final. And hopefully CSk can win. Honestly, I see no one else standing up. Yuvraj, please man. Yusuf, ONLY on his day, he can hit big. Delhi did the most shameless thing by buying someone worth 100,000 for 1.9m i think....

  • Dummy4 on January 23, 2011, 1:01 GMT

    Mumbai 11: Jacobs Tendulkar Suman Rayudu(wk) Rohit Symonds Pollard Harbhajan Satish Malinga Munaf

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