IPL 2012 auction February 4, 2012

The return of the 'rockstar'

The hard work that Ravindra Jadeja put in after being dropped from the India side has paid off in spades in the IPL auction. He has become the latest member of the IPL's two-million-dollar club
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Just about two years ago, the career of the IPL's fifth and latest two-million-dollar man hit rock bottom, with little sign of a recovery. Ravindra Jadeja, then only 21, was handed a one-year ban from playing in the IPL. His offence was to try and negotiate a deal with Mumbai Indians while still under an obligation to play for Rajasthan Royals. The "rockstar", as Shane Warne had so memorably dubbed him, had been cut off from the stage.

Worse was to follow. A few months later, he was one of seven players who were sent a show-cause notice by the BCCI following a brawl at a St Lucia pub shortly after India's exit from the 2010 World Twenty20. Jadeja ended up apologising to the board. Later the same year, he found himself out of the India team as well, replaced by Yusuf Pathan, and missed out on the 2011 World Cup.

Debu Mitra, Jadeja's coach at his domestic side Saurashtra, believes too much was made of the allrounder too soon - he was only 19 when Warne turned him into a star. Mitra thinks that Jadeja should have been allowed to simply get on with the business of playing cricket. But the last blow, the loss of his India cap, forced Jadeja to take stock of his situation.

"When he was dropped from the India side, it was a lesson for him," Mitra told ESPNcricinfo. "He changed himself a lot and worked even harder after that. He became very determined. Improved his batting. Improved his weak points." Mitra said Jadeja took to coming to practice early and asking his coach to bowl throw-downs while he worked on various aspects of his technique. He also began picking Mitra's brain on how to approach the game in the middle.

That hard work has paid off in spades in today's IPL auction. Jadeja has already regained his place in the India side, thanks in part to Yusuf's poor performances. Now he has become the latest member of the IPL's two-million-dollar club.

Last year Jadeja repaid Kochi by making 283 runs at a strike rate of 124.12, and taking eight wickets at an economy rate of 7.26. What the statistics don't show, however, is the impact Jadeja can have as a fielder as well. He is extremely agile across the ground. Australia found out just how quick in the second Twenty20 international against India on Friday, when he ran out Aaron Finch and George Bailey.

Physical talents aside, Mitra said Jadeja is also very tough mentally. He cited Saurashtra's last Ranji Trophy game this season as proof of the player's refusal to give in. On a difficult pitch to bat on, Saurashtra were bowled out for 175. "Then he took six wickets," Mitra said. "Railways couldn't make 100 even. In the second innings, he took four more wickets. The match was over."

Shitanshu Kotak, a team-mate and former captain of Jadeja's, called him fearless. "He doesn't think much," Kotak said. "He just plays." Kotak also believes Jadeja has matured as he has grown older, and has learned from his mistakes.

Chennai Super Kings, who have bought Jadeja (after going to a tie-break with Deccan Chargers, following the teams' bids of their maximum purse of $2 million), are going to get someone Mitra called three players in one. "He is equivalent to three players - batsman, bowler and fielder," Mitra said. "Nowadays you don't get many players like him."

15:33 GMT, February 4: This story originally said Ravindra Jadeja would only receive $950,000 of the amount the Chennai Super Kings paid for him. He will receive US$2 million (the maximum price for any player) and the undisclosed tie-breaker amount will be kept by the BCCI

Tariq Engineer is a senior sub-editor at Cricinfo

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  • POSTED BY CSKcricketfan on | February 7, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    ha ha ha....DINESHCC I think you will have to amend your comments...Dhoni the most expensive of 2008 has delivered 2 IPLs, 1 runner-up and a 4th place finish!

  • POSTED BY on | February 6, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    WHAT? the rockstar has risen just bcz he has gone high in a mad wild bid, man rockstars rises due to performances not in circuses,

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | February 6, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    In 2008 it was Dhoni, 2009 it was Pietersen and Flintoff, 2010 it was K.Pollard and in 2011 it was G.Gambhir and Y.Pathan. All these 6 players were bought for highest bid by the repsective franchises. But not of them made significant contribution for their teams. Now it is R.Jadeja. What he will do?

  • POSTED BY Mendut13 on | February 5, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Saw him last night against the Aussies very average no better than a park cricketer 2 million is way over the odds

  • POSTED BY SnehilRVP17994 on | February 5, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    He needs to work really hard on his batting. He has got several opportunities in the past to win matches with the bat for India but has failed almost every time. Hence basically he is a bowling all rounder, who can stop the flow of runs, who can bat a bit and is a good fielder. Spending 2 million for a player like this, is a bit of a surprise from a team like CSK.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    10 crores for Jadeja?? Biggest mistake, he is going to be a big flop!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    If I was the one who was bidding I'd have stopped at 700,000. He's an average cricketer. He can't hit the big one, he can't take the big wicket. Surely he'll be useful but not worth this much.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    i won't say jadeja is not a good player, but wow this is a whooping amount spent and i really don't think this is his fair "market value" in other words, he is overvalued. Whatever, i don't give a toss about IPL, the standard of BBL and the standard bank t20 is much better. I still find it hard to believe that kevin o brien had no buyers, perhaps because you are only allowed 4 foreign players in the playing eleven, and only 11 in the total squad, but goes to show jadeja still hasn't even cemented his place in the indian one day international side, and this guy is making so much money, who gives a bugger about the indian cap anymore?

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | February 4, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Underpriced compared to Vinay Kumar...

  • POSTED BY xylo on | February 4, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    I do agree with people that his talent is average. But then, I would choose the likes of Raina, Kohli and Jadeja who might be limited in talent, but are overflowing with attitude than a Sachin or a Sehwag who might be overflowing in talent, but come up short on attitude (at least in recent times). But again, that is just me.

  • POSTED BY CSKcricketfan on | February 7, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    ha ha ha....DINESHCC I think you will have to amend your comments...Dhoni the most expensive of 2008 has delivered 2 IPLs, 1 runner-up and a 4th place finish!

  • POSTED BY on | February 6, 2012, 18:30 GMT

    WHAT? the rockstar has risen just bcz he has gone high in a mad wild bid, man rockstars rises due to performances not in circuses,

  • POSTED BY DINESHCC on | February 6, 2012, 6:57 GMT

    In 2008 it was Dhoni, 2009 it was Pietersen and Flintoff, 2010 it was K.Pollard and in 2011 it was G.Gambhir and Y.Pathan. All these 6 players were bought for highest bid by the repsective franchises. But not of them made significant contribution for their teams. Now it is R.Jadeja. What he will do?

  • POSTED BY Mendut13 on | February 5, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Saw him last night against the Aussies very average no better than a park cricketer 2 million is way over the odds

  • POSTED BY SnehilRVP17994 on | February 5, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    He needs to work really hard on his batting. He has got several opportunities in the past to win matches with the bat for India but has failed almost every time. Hence basically he is a bowling all rounder, who can stop the flow of runs, who can bat a bit and is a good fielder. Spending 2 million for a player like this, is a bit of a surprise from a team like CSK.

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2012, 2:56 GMT

    10 crores for Jadeja?? Biggest mistake, he is going to be a big flop!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 5, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    If I was the one who was bidding I'd have stopped at 700,000. He's an average cricketer. He can't hit the big one, he can't take the big wicket. Surely he'll be useful but not worth this much.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 22:42 GMT

    i won't say jadeja is not a good player, but wow this is a whooping amount spent and i really don't think this is his fair "market value" in other words, he is overvalued. Whatever, i don't give a toss about IPL, the standard of BBL and the standard bank t20 is much better. I still find it hard to believe that kevin o brien had no buyers, perhaps because you are only allowed 4 foreign players in the playing eleven, and only 11 in the total squad, but goes to show jadeja still hasn't even cemented his place in the indian one day international side, and this guy is making so much money, who gives a bugger about the indian cap anymore?

  • POSTED BY wolf777 on | February 4, 2012, 21:36 GMT

    Underpriced compared to Vinay Kumar...

  • POSTED BY xylo on | February 4, 2012, 20:56 GMT

    I do agree with people that his talent is average. But then, I would choose the likes of Raina, Kohli and Jadeja who might be limited in talent, but are overflowing with attitude than a Sachin or a Sehwag who might be overflowing in talent, but come up short on attitude (at least in recent times). But again, that is just me.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    Jadeja is really an another lion (CSK's logo) to be added into CSK. Welcome aboard. He can turn the match and can hold the match in his own ways. If you see his recent performances in Indian side, you will know his ability at this young age. He will mature as he ages.

  • POSTED BY spence1324 on | February 4, 2012, 19:15 GMT

    Jadeja? just another over hyped indian cricketer,lets see him try and slog the pace attacks of eng,sa and aus me thinks he will end up in A+E like half the indian 'rockstars' in england!

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | February 4, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    One thing concern me is that how may left handers are in CSK.. M Hussey, A MorkeL, Raina,jadeja,S Randiv, Bollinger,Jakati . 7 in playing 11, OMG...

  • POSTED BY theRule19 on | February 4, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    I think there is still way to go for Jadeja to establish himself as a quality all rounder, in any format of the game. He has the ability, but should not at any point think that his job is done, it has only begun, and he should look for consistency. He is a brilliant fielder and a decent bowler. But on the batting front, he is still to make his mark. IPL is highly over rated itself, so no wonder it would over rate any other player as well. Players should not be judged keeping IPL into consideration. It is not even an International status sport. But I really feel, it (IPL) is only for retired, senior players to gain benefit from. Dont't often see a lot of quality overseas test or ODI players of the current era participating in it apart from the present Indian players and the only overseas players that are seen are either retired from one or more forms of cricket or are on the verge of retirement.

  • POSTED BY cricdeep on | February 4, 2012, 17:07 GMT

    Lucky Jadeja, his performance in the 2nd T20 got him 2 million!! Had he failed, he would not have even got 1/4th the amount. Terrible decision from CSK, i hope they pay for it. IPL is in any case on the down swing, the TRP's will be lower than last year. All you jadejas, make hay while sun shines.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 17:06 GMT

    He is good Cricketer WHAT DO YOU SAY GUYS

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    JADEJA WAS MOM IN 3RD ODI IN ENGLAND IN LOSING CAUSE. PEOPLE HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT.

  • POSTED BY WC2011Champs on | February 4, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Another rising star that got mired in IPL circus and will be useless for the country in a few years.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 15:17 GMT

    well, i have never been Jadeja's big fan. So my opinion may come with a bit of a prejudice but this chap is only half a batsman and probably a quarter bowler and a good fielder. And when it comes to crunch, i doubt if he has mettle to turn the tide. With Bat he seems like a lamb caught in a wolf pack. In IPL though where you do get about 3-4 average players in every side, he may prove a better option than may be in an international side. I believe, it's a waste of a money. And BCCI, aren't you the canniest bunch? Anything more than 950k they have agreed for him, goes to BCCI. seriously? it's so irrational.

  • POSTED BY whyowhy on | February 4, 2012, 14:10 GMT

    What a waste of money, Yusuf Pathan is a much better player - fielding is all Jadeja is good at.......But no problem pay max for indian players and not for foreigners. Mahela is also a waste of money, with his current batting form he might not even find a regular place in the team......

  • POSTED BY csowmi7 on | February 4, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    jadeja will really compliment raina well as even though raina is a better batsman, jadeja is an excellent bowler. now we have 2 left arm orthodox (jadeja and jakati) and 2 off break bowlers (ashwin and raina) along with 2 medium pacers in bravo and morkel along with the fast bowler bollinger. One of the most versatile bowling line ups on display in the ipl. 7 bowling options and another 8 explosive batsman each capable of clearing the fence with ease along with excellent fielders in raina, jadeja, hussey, bollinger, and bravo. Chennai are certainly going to be a tough side to beat and top contenders for a hat trick of ipl championships.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Bla, Bla, Bla, Bla, I can continue typing this. He is an average cricket player 'enough said'.

  • POSTED BY Johnny_129 on | February 4, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    Funny that Jadeja's good effort coincided with the IPL auctions. To be a great or even good all-rounder a player must be able to be in the team on one ability, bowling or batting alone - would Jadeja make it into this weak Indian side either as a batsman or bowler....I doubt it! He is a bits and pieces player who can be a stop-gap, bandade solution in the shorter forms of the game...highly over-rated like most Indian players, in my humble opinion!

  • POSTED BY Sakthiivel on | February 4, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Welcome to the Lions Den...

  • POSTED BY Rakim on | February 4, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    LOL@people saying Ravindra Jadeja is "great".... amazing.

  • POSTED BY rokback on | February 4, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    well deserved for Jadeja......

  • POSTED BY Arunvilla on | February 4, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Really??really??really!??? 10 crore wasted...really he is not a good striker then how can you bid him that much

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    a good player much more play is there inside...

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    He is just an amazing young active player!!

  • POSTED BY SagirParkar on | February 4, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    i am very impressed with the progress Jadeja has made since he first burst ontot he national scene. i had gone to watch india play in the T20 world cup in england and i found Jadeja lacking in commitment and performance on the field.. i will confess i was a critic of his then but i am impressed with the hard work and imrovement he has shown recently... if only other players in the team showed the same commitment, Team India would be a dominant force.. hopefully, the likes of Raina, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane and other players who are going to be India's new breed of cricketers will take cue and improve..

    PS- i have no hopes for Vinay Kumar though.. and he certainly isnt worth 1 million ! dont know what Bangalore are thinking..

  • POSTED BY chilled_avenger on | February 4, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    A few months back Jadeja was on most of the fans' Hit list,considered as the Indian 'Steven Smith'! But now he is slowly and steadily progressing towards cementing the No.7 spot in Indian ODI team which is a good sign. And all those people who still think he is not good enough to warrant a place in the Indian team should know that Jadeja played 13 ODIs in 2011,scoring 220 runs at 31.42 and taking 24 wickets at 23.12 which may not be too dazzling but certainly is an impressive record! Plus,he was India's leading wicket-taker in the previous Home series against England and West Indies. For me,his good performances at the International stage are more a testimony of his hard-work than a Million-dollar IPL contract!

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | February 4, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Batting, bowling or fielding: Raina can do what Jadeja can do. I do not see how CSK gets to utilize him properly.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Yah It's A Worthy Pick Gooog

  • POSTED BY Hrit24 on | February 4, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    A great player, really. He has really improved from the past.

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  • POSTED BY Hrit24 on | February 4, 2012, 8:51 GMT

    A great player, really. He has really improved from the past.

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Yah It's A Worthy Pick Gooog

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | February 4, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Batting, bowling or fielding: Raina can do what Jadeja can do. I do not see how CSK gets to utilize him properly.

  • POSTED BY chilled_avenger on | February 4, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    A few months back Jadeja was on most of the fans' Hit list,considered as the Indian 'Steven Smith'! But now he is slowly and steadily progressing towards cementing the No.7 spot in Indian ODI team which is a good sign. And all those people who still think he is not good enough to warrant a place in the Indian team should know that Jadeja played 13 ODIs in 2011,scoring 220 runs at 31.42 and taking 24 wickets at 23.12 which may not be too dazzling but certainly is an impressive record! Plus,he was India's leading wicket-taker in the previous Home series against England and West Indies. For me,his good performances at the International stage are more a testimony of his hard-work than a Million-dollar IPL contract!

  • POSTED BY SagirParkar on | February 4, 2012, 9:38 GMT

    i am very impressed with the progress Jadeja has made since he first burst ontot he national scene. i had gone to watch india play in the T20 world cup in england and i found Jadeja lacking in commitment and performance on the field.. i will confess i was a critic of his then but i am impressed with the hard work and imrovement he has shown recently... if only other players in the team showed the same commitment, Team India would be a dominant force.. hopefully, the likes of Raina, Kohli, Rohit, Rahane and other players who are going to be India's new breed of cricketers will take cue and improve..

    PS- i have no hopes for Vinay Kumar though.. and he certainly isnt worth 1 million ! dont know what Bangalore are thinking..

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    He is just an amazing young active player!!

  • POSTED BY on | February 4, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    a good player much more play is there inside...

  • POSTED BY Arunvilla on | February 4, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    Really??really??really!??? 10 crore wasted...really he is not a good striker then how can you bid him that much

  • POSTED BY rokback on | February 4, 2012, 10:46 GMT

    well deserved for Jadeja......

  • POSTED BY Rakim on | February 4, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    LOL@people saying Ravindra Jadeja is "great".... amazing.