IPL 2012 auction

Mumbai Indians strengthened; Kings XI look weak

An analysis of how franchises fared at the 2012 IPL auction

Tariq Engineer and Siddarth Ravindran

February 4, 2012

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Herschelle Gibbs hit five fours and two sixes, Cape Cobras v New South Wales, Champions League T20, Chennai, September 24, 2011
Mumbai Indians' capture of Herschell Gibbs for US$50,000 was one of the bargain buys of the day © AFP
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The 2012 IPL player auction was a chance for teams to fill the gaps in their squads. The limited number of slots combined with the cap of US$2 million meant franchises could afford to splurge on players they coveted, illustrated by Ravindra Jadeja getting the maximum bid of $2 million and R Vinay Kumar being bought for $1 million. At the same time, deals were available - much touted Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal was snapped up by Rajasthan Royals for just $50,000. ESPNcricinfo breaks down how well each franchise did, and hands out grades.

Mumbai Indians

Grade: A+
In: Dinesh Karthik (transfer), Pragyan Ojha (transfer), Thisara Perera ($650,000), RP Singh ($600,000), Mitchell Johnson ($300,000), Robin Peterson ($100,000), Herschelle Gibbs ($50,000)
Out: R Sathish

For the past couple of seasons, the Mumbai Indians have had, on paper, the strongest squad. That has been strengthened even further with a raft of transfers and auction buys. One of the Mumbai Indians' biggest weaknesses was the wicketkeeper's slot, which has now been filled by one of India's top keepers in Dinesh Karthik. Their Indian contingent gets even more formidable with the acquisition of RP Singh and Pragyan Ojha, both among the top four highest wicket-takers in IPL history; and in snagging Herschelle Gibbs for $50,000 they might well have pulled off the bargain buy of the day.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Grade: A-
In: Chris Gayle ($550,000), Andrew McDonald (transfer), Vinay Kumar ($1 million), Muttiah Muralitharan ($220,000)
Out: None

By retaining Chris Gayle, who almost single-handedly dragged them to the final in 2011, the Royal Challengers Bangalore had already done much of their work before the auction. Last season, they faced some criticism for the lack of home players in the side, something which they have addressed by bringing back medium-pacer Vinay Kumar, though at $1 million he wasn't procured cheaply. Muttiah Muralitharan was picked up for $220,000 but given the Royal Challengers' high number of foreign players, he might not get too many matches, as was the case last season when Muralitharan was with the Kochi Tuskers Kerala. Andrew McDonald, the Australia allrounder, transferred in from the Delhi Daredevils, might also struggle to find a regular place in the XI.

Rajasthan Royals

Grade: B+
In: Dinesh Chandimal ($50,000), Brad Hodge ($475,000), Sreesanth ($400,000), Brad Hogg ($180,000), Kevon Cooper ($50,000)
Out: Jacob Oram

Buying Dinesh Chandimal for $50,000 was a big coup by the Rajasthan Royals. They needed a wicketkepper who can bat and they got him on the cheap. Brad Hodge gives them another bat in the middle order, but with Shane Watson and Ross Taylor picking themselves, the Royals will be forced to pick between him and Johan Botha, who was their best player last season. Sreesanth might miss the season with a toe injury and while Brad Hogg and Kevon Cooper are good buys it is tough to see how they fit into the playing XI given the limit of four foreigners.

Chennai Super Kings

Grade: B
In: Ravindra Jadeja ($2 million plus tie-breaker)
Out: None

Ravindra Jadeja was always tipped to end up in the tie-breaker but that wasn't solely because of his talent and ability. The lack of India players, especially allrounders, meant his value had much to do with supply and demand. That said, he does strengthen the Super Kings line-up, which did not need much reinforcement to begin with, and he loves playing for MS Dhoni. All in all, a smart buy for the defending champions. They don't get an A, though, because they had to overpay to get him, and missed out on a chance to add some additional depth to their squad.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Grade: B
In: Brendon McCullum ($900,000), Sunil Narine ($700,000), Marchant de Lange ($50,000)
Out: Mark Boucher

The Kolkata Knight Riders showed in last year's auction that they were not afraid to spend to get the players they wanted. McCullum will likely replace Brad Haddin behind the stumps and gives them a more explosive option at the top of the order, while Sunil Narine proved he could strangle a batting side in the 2011 Champions League. The downside is the Knight Riders were already forced to bench players of the quality of Shakib Al Hasan and Ryan Ten Doeschate last season. Adding three more foreign players means more talent warming the bench.

Delhi Daredevils

Grade: B
In: Kevin Pietersen (transfer), Mahela Jayawardene ($1,400,000), Andre Russell ($450,000), Doug Bracewell ($50,000), Pawan Negi (local signing), Manprit Juneja (local signing), Kuldeep Raval (local signing)
Out Andrew McDonald, Robert Frylinck, S Sriram, Vivek Yadav, Rajesh Pawar

One of the big problems for the Delhi Daredevils last season was their over-reliance on the explosive top-order, led by Virender Sehwag and David Warner, and the pressure that put on their young Indian batsmen in the middle order. They have rectified that by bring in two marquee names: Kevin Pietersen and Mahela Jayawardene. Their spin department, though, is extremely weak. They have left-armer Roelof van der Merwe but will he get in the side given the brighter lights in the squad? Their Indian twirlers don't inspire much confidence either. Also, Doug Bracewell may seem a smart buy at $50,000 but why purchase him when you already have nine fast bowlers in the squad, including Andre Russell and Morne Morkel?

Deccan Chargers

Grade: C-
In: Darren Bravo ($100,000), Daniel Harris ($70,000), Parthiv Patel ($650,000)
Out: Kevin Pietersen, Pragyan Ojha, Harmeet Singh

Deccan Chargers lost their bidding war for Ravindra Jadeja to the Chennai Super Kings and seemed to lose their way after that. They bid for a number of players, but mostly unsuccessfully. Parthiv Patel gives them another opening option but their batting still looks thin behind Kumar Sangakkara following the loss of Kevin Pietersen. They will also miss Pragyan Ojha, transferred to the Mumbai Indians, who is one of the top four wicket-takers in IPL history. Darren Bravo is an intriguing choice and will get his chances, but overall they didn't do much to improve the team.

Kings XI Punjab

In: Azhar Mahmood ($200,000), James Faulkner (190,000), David Miller (retained), Ramesh Powar ($180,000)
Out: Dinesh Karthik

The team with one of the weakest Indian contingents in the tournament was weakened further by the exit of Dinesh Karthik. There was not too much of an attempt to correct that; the only Indian player they purchased was offspinner Ramesh Powar, not exactly a game-changer. Even the overseas buys aren't names that will pull in the crowds; 37-year-old Azhar Mahmood is the highest-profile and most-expensive signing. The next costliest is low-profile Australia allrounder James Faulkner, and the only other player brought in was another who most Indian fans will struggle to recognise: South African middle-order batsman David Miller.

Pune Warriors

Grade: Absent

An hour before the auction, Sahara announced they were pulling out of the IPL and their sponsorship of the India team in protest against what they saw as poor treatment by the BCCI. That left just eight teams in the auction. IPL officials said they couldn't comment until they had a formal notice from the Pune Warriors, but the show must go on regardless

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Posted by   on (February 7, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

Possible Mumbai Indians XI 1).Sachin 2)Gibbs/Blizzard/Davy Jacobs 3).Rayudu 4).Rohit Sharma 5).Dinesh Karthik 6) & 7) Two out of Pollard/Symonds/Johnson/Perera/Franklin/Peterson 8). Harbhajan Singh 9). Munaf Patel 10). RP Singh/Ohja 11).Mallinga. Great!!!! What i liked about MI in auction is they did not get too much into bidding war and when one player went out of budget they stopped.Thats why their higgest money spent for a player was 650,000 dollars and hence was able to buy variety of players who can strenghten the squad. Now form out or injuries cannot stop mumbai indians. I was impressed withRCB also. One can say they overpaid for Vinay.But it was their need of the hour.They have the best batting line up in IPL and good foreign bowlers in nannes and vettori.They need an Indian fast bowler 8 good overs cant be expected from Mithun and Aravind and aravind all the time.Further Murali also a good buy considering RCB struggled in slow pitches like chennai,Kolkata and Rajastan.

Posted by   on (February 7, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

I think the article is perfect. CSK could have added depth. Kochi was known to have best Indian fast bowlers and that was need of the hour for CSK.Only Tyagi is there and Bollinger and Morkel are expected to do the job.But Bollinger is a long term injury and his form cannot be predicted.Further CSK wont have hussey for most of the season.They should have gone for one foreigner opener(Mcullum or gibbs) and one Indian bowler(RP or Vinay). Finally Mumbai Indians got the strategy right in this auction. Best MI auction by far and have to admit the squad strength looks phenomenal indeed. Made up for last year's auction blunders.Before the auction they strengthened Indian squad and filled up foreign slots in auction.Last year in IPL MI were let down by foreigners.Mallinga payed well.Pollard,Jacobs and Symonds were all flop.They did not have option either(Onl franklin and blizzard). Now they have covered all ends up.As Bhajji said they can play different squads for pitches as situation demands

Posted by   on (February 7, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

An extremely biased and poorly written artcile ! Some points it fails to look at: 1. MI spent huge amounts of money buying Dinesh Karthik from KXIP for $2.3 million, more than Chennai paid for Jadeja ! 2. Does not take into account that the Austrlian players are not available for April, hwile the English not for May - hence while Delhi have both Warner and Pietersen - only 1 will be available at a time 3. Buy buying RP singh, MI have basically decided that Abu Nachem/ Dhawal Kulkarni will not play (unless they plan to play more than 11 players - and going by their money right with the BCCI, might just pull that off) - a poor option considering they are young upcoming players and the idea of the IPl is to promotoe local young India talent I see the coming transfer window being very exciting ! as teams like KXIP and DC will try and fill their slots - if only teams like MI and KKR that have too many players will let their younger Indian fringe players free

Posted by   on (February 7, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

Mr Gaurav Manchanda .... a team cn nt nly buy a foregn players nd hw-ever MI hs bought Mitchell nd Gibbs.... Nd RP nd Pragyan hd also proven good earlier... Nd nly Sachin is nt doing any decision whum 2 buy nd whum 2 discard... Its total managments decision....A good caption strategy is nt 2 take all good players in d team instead showing d best performance wid d thngs already he iz havin wid him.... Nd Sachin iz Good in making strategy... Forget abt other IPL, in IPL-3 MI ws d 1 f d finalist.. In IPL-3 final Pollard ws sent wer he ws expected 2 do his job so i don't thnk it ws a bad strategy..... MI will b d winner.........

Posted by satish619chandar on (February 7, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

My playing 11 for teams : CSC : Vijay,Hussey,Raina,Bravo,Dhoni,Morkel,Jadeja, Ashwin,Jakati,Bollinger and one Indian fast bowler/Badri.. They can have Badri i ncase they need extra batsman in a bit tough conditions.. MI looks the high profile squad with Sachin,Gibbs,Rayudu,Rohit,Karthik,Pollard,Harbhajan,Malinga,RP,Munaf and Ojha.. Only Rayudu hasn't played international cricket.. Best team on paper.. RCB will have the toughest job of picking the fourth foreigner.. Gayle, AB and Vettori(As he s captain) pick themselves.. Fourth slot isa bit tough to pick..

Posted by satish619chandar on (February 7, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

Gayle was purely a back door entry.. He should have put back into auction for sure.. 550$ for him is just a cheating steal for RCB..

Posted by   on (February 7, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

Chennai - Too much all rounders (Need to remind it is just 2020). Need a decent 11 in playing (Vijay, Hussey, Raina, Dhoni, Albie, Badri, Jadeja, Bravo, Ashwin, Bollinger, Jakathi).

Posted by dhoni_sachin_fan on (February 6, 2012, 18:44 GMT)

how did MI end up bagging DK and Ojha? DK i can understand was a swap for Satish. But Ojha? Frankly, half the MI side looks like DC of the first couple of seasons - Rohit, Gibbs, RP Singh, Ojha were all part of DC.

Posted by mosursubramaniankailash on (February 6, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

I absolutely don't understand what the author means when he says "CSK- missed out on a chance to add some additional depth to their squad". Vijay,A.mukund(as hussey wont be available),raina,badri,dhoni,morkel,bravo,jadeja(replaces jakati - a weak link),aswin,styris/randhiv/duplessis/kulasekara,bollinger(will be available as he wont play tests). CSK was more intent on forming a team, Whereas mumbai picked stars. I feel that the Rating is based on stars and not on team composition.

Posted by Sakthiivel on (February 6, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

Kindly rename the team Mumbai Indians as Mumbai Foreigners. They have too many foreign players so they never get a chance to play in playing 11. Having Bhaji ,ojha , Robin Peterson , Abu Nechim who they add team for spin. To find the right combo for MI, IPL might be over...

Posted by VijayaraghavanRavi on (February 6, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

Spending 2 million on Jadeja was not the need of the hour. CSK should have gone for Gibbs (replacement for Hussey) & RP (replacement dor bollinger/hilfy)considering the fact that the Aussies will be touring in the Caribbean during this IPL season . Another blow came when Southee's name was called out during the auction . So the pacers left are Doug(doubtful),Hilfy(doubtful) & Kulasekara having lost Southee too !

Posted by Gizza on (February 6, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

With Delhi's squad, they should lead by example and start to prepare bouncy pitches. It will suit their team (except for Sehwag) and will be an entre for domestic Indian players for a taste of cricket outside of the subcontinent.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2012, 5:02 GMT)

Is Azhar Mehmood now an english citizen ? I am surprised that he was on auction but no other players from Pakistan. I would love to see Saeed Ajamal and Umar Akmal playing IPL.

Posted by   on (February 6, 2012, 4:38 GMT)

Yeah, for all the grades which MI gets , the team with perfect all-round balance is still CSK. I don't even belong to the 'traditional' fanbase for either, but it's apparent to any unbiased observer .. And I just wish KKR could play Shakib and Ryan TenDoeschate more often, two players who genuinely could change the game with BOTH bat and ball, they'd have to play Kallis and McCullum for the other two overseas slot, unless a dustbowl demands for Sunil Narine ( with Lee out, they have some hard choices taken out). MI is strong on paper, but let's hope that translates to performances.

Posted by joynal693 on (February 5, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

I think KKR did not do the good things buying Sunil Narine because they already have the spinner trio Abdullah, Pathan, Shakib who are capable enough to win for them if it turns. Spending this huge USD they will have even more problem selecting the team which will be costly. They should have a explosive batsman for them who can make difference by hitting some shots. MI, RCB, CSK and then RR/KKR/KXIP......

SRK this time you may have to be in 4th or latter...........

Posted by   on (February 5, 2012, 13:53 GMT)

KXIP is not week,they have mandeep sing,paul valthatty,siddarth chitnis,abhishek nair,rishi dhawan as indian players,rishi and mandeep was in top form last year ranji trophy.with these indian players gilli,miller,azher mahmood,shoun marsh,ryan haris praveen kumar,piyush chawla and bhutt will make a strong unit

Posted by   on (February 5, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

Sachin again proved that he is not good in making strategy. There was no point in picking RP for such a big amount, instead they could have gone for Mc Cullum or Hodge. To win a tournament you should try to pick best 11 not a crowd of underperforming cricketers. The main problem with MI is that they dont have a world class opener who could partner sachin at the top of the order. Also, in the middle over there should be a player to stabilize and attack in the slog overs as Kieron Pollard has not performed upto the expectations and Hodge.owais shah can be a best bet or owais shah, who is currently world's most consistent T20 player in the world. Mumbai still have two spots left, world class hard hitting opener and middle order batsman. I dont think Munaf and RP play together in the final XI.

MI failure to win IPL is last 2 seasons is the wrong strategy, keeping pollard at number 8 in IPL 3 final, opening bowling with Abu Nechim in the eliminator IPL4.

Posted by unregisteredalien on (February 5, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

@Brian, true enough! but in this case Faulkner is an allrounder and one of the brightest emerging stars of Australian cricket. Other such players have announced themselves to the world in the IPL (Shane Watson anyone?) so let's see what happens before declaring this an absurd selection. Faulkner is showing compelling form of late and this pick seems pretty smart to me.

Posted by soumyas on (February 5, 2012, 6:50 GMT)

wot is wrong with PUNE? why all dis DRAMA ? first of all why did BCCI allow KOCHI,PUNE to join IPL when erything in IPL was going good, simply they increased it to 10 teams, more numb of meaningless matches decreased interest in IPL, divided the fan base, now KOCHI team cancelled, PUNE is pulling back....WTF is happening...??

Posted by samyel on (February 5, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

I am really baffled as to the ratings given, Is it just based on the quality of the 'Buys" made by the franchise or the caliber of the Squad. In my humble opinion, CSK displayed themselves as excellent strategists, Jaddu justs adds more spice to this well knit team. MI is getting showered with accolades for filling up the roster with foreign players who wont even feature in the playing XI most of the occassions. I am realy befuddled with this bias towards CSK.

Posted by joseyesu on (February 5, 2012, 6:34 GMT)

Chennai - Too much all rounders (Need to remind it is just 2020). Need a decent 11 in playing (Vijay,Hussey, Raina, Dhoni, Albie, Jadeja, Kuleshekara, Ashwin,Bollinger, Yomahesh, Jakathi). A team of 150. MI - Always good on paper(Good cricket minds) , Delhi - Seems a better side that last Bangalore - Team of Gayle and Kohli, Kolkatta - BM is a good buy Sure MI, CSK, RCB/Other, DD/CSK will make it to the SF

Posted by   on (February 5, 2012, 6:10 GMT)

The comment on CSK - "...missed out on a chance to add some additional depth to their squad."

Additional Depth?! If there was one place vacant, it's that of a second spinner - to aid Ashwin.. Ravindra Jadeja fits the bill perfectly and it's closed.. Randiv is out, we can now afford two Quickies in Bollinger & Southie to go with Huss and Morkel/Bravo..

Talking of Reserves,

Abhinav Mukund YoMahesh W Saha Faf Du Plessis Randiv Kulasekara .....

Players any IPL team would kill to have them in their frontline squad...

Posted by   on (February 5, 2012, 5:17 GMT)

@DeepakSarathy.. Jadeja can now replace Wriddhiman Saha in the line up at No 7 and also doubles up as a left arm slow bowler.. meaning which Jakati can pave way for Yo Mahesh (he is a canny bowler and a decent bat) or Abhinav Mukund at the top of the order by dropping Hussey to the middle...

their XI would look like this

Vijay/Mukund/Hussey (2 out of 3), Raina, Badri, Dhoni, Jadeja, Morkel, Bravo/ du Plessis, Ashwin, Bollinger, Hilfenhaus/ Yo Mahesh (depends on whether hussey's playing or not)

Posted by   on (February 5, 2012, 5:10 GMT)

MI looks soo good..but I think they have too much bowlers...When Malinga and Harbajan fills two spots there are so many contenders for the other three...You can see Ojha,Johnson,Munaf,RP,Peterson,Thisara and so many contenders to fill these two spots..Their Batting looks so formidable with some great local players.. My MI eleven 1)Sachin 2)Gibbs 3)Rayudu 4)Rohit 5)Karthik 6)Pollard 7)Johnson 8)Harbajan 9)Malinga 10)RP 11)Ojha when johnson leaves IPL they can use Thisara..

Posted by sivadubai on (February 5, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

CSK did exactly what they wanted. The grading system of the writers prove that they are no different from other media. All these people have certain bias towards Mumbai Indian and RCB (for the money and splendour they splash). The media could not digest when CSK or other teams win and they brood a lot about Mumbai INdians even if they were to lose. MI and RCB are being worshipped with the status of 'GOD' when RCB owner still struggles to fish out the Fisher.

Posted by Sen_San on (February 5, 2012, 2:26 GMT)

Once again CSK, MI & RCB look in different league. CSK is always trying to keep it's orginal team with appropriate enhancements. Bollinger, Albie Morkel, Ashwin & Jadeja will be a good attack, supported by strong batting line-up. MI looks much better this year. They have a real good chance of winning this IPL now, with the addition of Dinesh Karthik, Ojha & R.P.Singh. But I am surprised with RCB picking Murali. Because they avoided 'Rahul Dravid' and 'Kallis' due to 'age' factor and they wanted to maintain young team. May be they want to stregthen their spin department. Whatever said & done, CSK, MI or RCB will emerge as IPL 5 champion.

Posted by Silloh on (February 5, 2012, 0:49 GMT)

Wow Sunil Narine for US 700,000 ! And imagine this guy has never made a West Indies test team. May be overated extensively . But, kudos to him and TT and wishing him all success for TT and Knight Riders. Don't let the success get the better of you and learn from Pollard to remain modest.

Posted by NSGD on (February 5, 2012, 0:42 GMT)

Talking about biggest winner and loser, well the biggest loser was CRICKET:(

Posted by xylo on (February 4, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

The quality of the team also has a lot to do with the quality of the captain - case in point RR in IPL 1, DC in IPL 2, CSK in IPL 1-4, RCB in IPL 4. So, MI might get an A in your book, but their captain is a known choker - Pollard would testify after the finals of IPL 3.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

KXIP is not week,they have mandeep sing,paul valthatty,siddarth chitnis,abhishek nair,rishi dhawan as indian players,rishi and mandeep was in top form last year ranji trophy.with these indian players gilli,miller,azher mahmood,shoun marsh,ryan haris praveen kumar,piyush chawla and bhutt will make a strong unit

Posted by RohithMedisetty on (February 4, 2012, 18:41 GMT)

Deccan chargers don't have a plan. Instead of going after every other player , they should have concentrated on 2-3 players.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (February 4, 2012, 18:25 GMT)

confused? I thought darren bravo went unsold why is he in the deccan chargers?

Posted by   on (February 4, 2012, 17:34 GMT)

who is James Faulkner? the guys sounds like an author or a poet or something :)

Posted by   on (February 4, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

Doesn't Deccan want to play the matches?? Bid for jadeja for 2 million and then doesn't buy anyone at all??

Posted by   on (February 4, 2012, 17:16 GMT)

Delhi Daredevils has 9 fast bowles?? Are they playing on Perth wicket or the firoz shah kotla? Shouldnt they be buying more spinners as thy play most of their games in delhi? Chris Gayle for ($550,000) is a great deal for RCB.. and KXIP, well what can i say.. i thing they are confused big time since the 3rd season...

Posted by DeepakSarathy on (February 4, 2012, 16:34 GMT)

i struggle to find what extra depth csk could have added to their squad in this auction. the only thing they might have needed is a decent indian quick, but they went for an allrounder, who, on his night, can be a game changer. smart pick i think, jadeja..

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