IPL 2012 auction

Millions for Jadeja, Jayawardene and Vinay

Siddarth Ravindran

February 4, 2012

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R Vinay Kumar appeals anxiously for the wicket of Lendl Simmons, India v West Indies, 3rd ODI, Ahmedabad, December 5, 2011
Vinay Kumar was bought for a cool million at the auction © AFP

India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja fetched the highest bid in the IPL 2012 auction, being signed up by Chennai Super Kings for more than $2m after they beat Deccan Chargers in a secret tiebreaker. Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene went to Delhi Daredevils for $1.4m and India medium-pacer Vinay Kumar to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1m. The auction was held under a cloud of controversy following the breaking news, an hour before its scheduled start, that Sahara was pulling out of its Pune franchise.

Two other big buys on the day came from Kolkata Knight Riders: Brendon McCullum for $900,000 and the relatively low-profile West Indies offspinner, Sunil Narine, for $700,000.

Once again England players weren't in demand. Most West Indies players also missed out as they have Test series with Australia and England clashing with the IPL season. With their availability for the IPL restricted due to the home series against West Indies in May, none of them attracted a bid. VVS Laxman, with a base price of $400,000 and originally an icon player when the IPL launched in 2008, also went unsold.

The big surprises

  • Vinay Kumar has been prolific in Indian domestic cricket but does not command a permanent spot in India's XI. He was certainly not considered a candidate to hit the million-dollar mark.
  • Sunil Narine was the mystery bowler of the 2011 Champions League T20. But a player who has played only three internationals going from a base price of $50,000 to being one of the top-five most expensive buys was not on the radar.
  • Last year Thisara Perera was bought by Kochi Tuskers for $80,000. This year the allrounder went from a base price of $50,000 to $650,000 - the sixth biggest buy at the auction.
  • Tim Southee came into IPL 2011 as CSK's replacement for an injured Jacob Oram, and impressed with his death bowling, especially against KKR. That, coupled with his big-hitting ability down the order, make his going unsold a huge surprise.

Among the most active franchises on the day was Mumbai Indians. They strengthened their bowling line-up by signing up the IPL's highest all-time wicket-taker, RP Singh ($600,000), and three overseas allrounders: Sri Lanka's Thisara Perera ($650,000), Australia's Mitchell Johnson ($300,000) and South Africa's Robin Peterson ($100,000). Mumbai also made one of the smartest buys of the day, by hiring experienced Twenty20 specialist Herschelle Gibbs for a paltry $50,000.

The Rajasthan Royals also made five signings but, unlike Mumbai, they didn't splash the cash. Their most expensive purchases were Australia's Brad Hodge ($475,000) and India fast bowler Sreesanth ($400,000). They made three low-cost buys: $180,000 for left-arm spinner Brad Hogg - who turns 41 on Monday and had received an unlikely international recall for the Twenty20s against India, following his good run in the Big Bash League - and $50,000 apiece for Sri Lanka's wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal and Trinidad & Tobago allrounder Kevon Cooper, whose medium pace proved hard to hit at the Champions League T20 last year.

Another West Indies allrounder, Andre Russell, who impressed last year with his combination of fast bowling, big hitting, sharp fielding and made-for-IPL bling, was picked up by Delhi Daredevils for $450,000.

Two players whose international days are behind them, Muttiah Muralitharan ($220,000 to Royal Challengers) and former Pakistan allrounder Azhar Mahmood ($200,000 to Kings XI Punjab) also earned contracts.

For a full list of players who were bought at the auction, click here.

Siddarth Ravindran is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by posybeon123 on (February 7, 2012, 2:24 GMT)

lol. is this a joke?? Jadeja going for 2 mil and vinay going for a million? pathetic. The skilled and experienced players such as siddle, anderson, etc. are left out!!?? wat nonsense is this ipl??????

Posted by kesaraca on (February 6, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

So sorry for Kevin Obreon, He wanted to attract Irish crowds for IPL . Its now proved beyond the reasonable doubt that his century in WC against England is a mere accident not a result of a consistency. But last but not least the IPL and the other T 20 series are the funeral of Test and ODI cricket and thats the main reason for losing the enthusiasm in players in India and Sri Lanka in recent times. They do not get out but dedicate their wickets.

Posted by symsun on (February 6, 2012, 15:36 GMT)

I wish all subcontinent (Ind, Pak, SL, BAN) players to be considered as local players and each team can have at max 3 foreign players. This would make the tournament more interesting, challenging and develop our players.

Posted by Mappi on (February 6, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Its a real shame not have any Pakistani current T20 player selected in IPL, BCCI to be honest to themselves , they don't want to play againts Pakistan not taking any player for IPL, Indian people will lose out watching great players , we need to clean cricket with politics

Posted by Critics_king on (February 6, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

All are comlaining that vinay got hit all around the park by Warner in Perth test. But now Vinay has got Warner out twice in T20 and ODI!!

Posted by karthik666 on (February 6, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Pakistan's wins have come against Bangla, WI and Zimb last year and against England on a spin paradise .. It is sad that they r said to be on way to top cos they have not won away at all ! their wins were against the weakest teams .. WEAKEST

Posted by ajithpraveen on (February 6, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

@ Habibali: why should we apologize the begging Pakistan team. even we white washed England last november in ODI's. If u r good team go and whitewash in England. We don't want Pakistan players to play in Indian premiere league as they will bring bombs to India along with them as like other people did to India especially mumbai. and England will be playing for only few week thats why they didn't pick England players don't be too smart.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2012, 10:26 GMT)

@ NewMachine Indeed , Shahid Afridi will be A Wonderful Addition to any side in IPL . I hope to see his JALWA in IPL Soon .

Posted by newMachine on (February 6, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

y these people leaving out Pakistan current players..it sucks... u know Shahid Afridi would be an asset to any IPL side

Posted by Ecovijay on (February 5, 2012, 14:22 GMT)

jadeja will play well for money in ipl n will give 10percent of his ability for india's odis n t20 matches...........it happened in the past??????????

eg. yusuf pathan, dinesh kathik, m.vijay etc.

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