IPL 2013 auction February 3, 2013

Million for Maxwell on day of surprises

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The IPL 2013 auction was supposed to be a relatively quiet one where settled franchises looked to fill in a couple of holes in their squads but, as is the case every year, it had plenty of surprises. Most of the biggest earners were players barely known outside their home countries, while marquee names like Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting attracted only one bid each.

Australia's Glenn Maxwell talked himself up as his side's X-factor at the World Twenty20 last year, and though he flopped there, Mumbai Indians splurged a million dollars for his services. "He is an upcoming youngster," Nita Ambani, owner of the Mumbai Indians, said. "He can bat, bowl and I think he is a great fielder. We had thought of some names before we came here and he was one of them."

Australia have a wealth of young fast bowlers but few would have bet that the one getting the largest paycheque would be 21-year-old South Australian Kane Richardson, who was bought by Pune Warriors for $700,000.

Another player with only one international cap, South Africa allrounder Chris Morris, was picked up by Chennai Super Kings for $625,000. Kolkata Knight Riders spent a similar amount on Sri Lanka offspinner Sachithra Senanayake, who has struggled to make the national side but hit the jackpot on a day when the country's premier slow bowler, Rangana Herath, went unsold. Another Sri Lanka spinner, Ajantha Mendis, who wasn't picked up at the auction last year, was back in favour among the franchises, earning $725,000 from Warriors.

Among the Indians, as expected, Mumbai allrounder Abhishek Nayar was the most expensive signing, sold for $675,000 to Pune. There were surprises as well, as Saurashtra's fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat, who got only one game last season for Knight Riders, earned $525,000 from Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab's fast bowler Manpreet Gony, who has disappointed since the inaugural IPL in 2008, earned $500,000 from Kings XI Punjab.

Some of the franchises had clear-cut strategies. Super Kings were out to bolster their bowling, and picked up five bowlers including Morris, the experienced Australia quick Dirk Nannes ($600,000) and Sri Lanka's teenaged offspinner Akila Dananjaya. Royal Challengers also wanted to spruce up their fast bowling, signing four quicks including West Indies' Ravi Rampaul and RP Singh, who has had plenty of success in the IPL, and Australia allrounders Moises Henriques and Daniel Christian.

One of the major weaknesses in Delhi Daredevils' squad had been a shortage of quality spinners, which they have tried to rectify by bringing on board South Africa's Johan Botha and Sri Lanka's Jeevan Mendis. Last year's winners Knight Riders were mostly satisfied with their squad and were among the least active franchises at the auction, only buying two players. Kings XI Punjab, who haven't had much success in the past couple of years, also bid for and bought only two players.

Several players who were expected to be sold weren't bought, including Australia's big-hitting batsman, Aaron Finch, who has earlier been part of Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, who hit a T20 century against South Africa little more than a month ago, and South Africa's Vernon Philander, who has had a spectacular year in Test cricket.

In all, 37 players were sold on the day and $11.9m was spent. While most franchises used up substantial portions of their US$12.5m salary cap, three of them - Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI and Royals - used only around half their purse. Royals have the leanest squad, with only 21 members, while Warriors reached the maximum of 33 players.

Siddarth Ravindran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • soumyas on February 4, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    IPL auctions may look strange, but this auction wasn't just player performance oriented on the whole, but what the Team is looking for them to play the ROLE they wanted. Eg: Mumbai constantly failed to get specialist openers over last 3-4 years, So they were keen on getting someone like Maxwell, since someone else also wanted him badly, the bids gone high upto million. Same is the case with some other teams strengthening their bowling.

  • kallis57 on February 3, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Chris Morris is a tall gangly South African bowler who had a good T20 champions league last year. Strange selection as even the best quick bowlers have struggled in the IPL. Only Malinga has bucked this trend. Maxwell is a reasonably selection although the price seems very high. He has no real pedigree in the sub-continent and did little at the T20 world cup. Non selection of Guptil is a strange one as New Zealand players nearly always play the entire IPL as their board allow them to. This must be based on average performances on slower wickets against decent spin bowlers. Agree with KP - Bopara might have been worth a punt.

  • JG2704 on February 3, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Amazing auction results. As I have said before , IPL franchises seem to go for marquee names above players who excel at the format and this has been proven once more. I'm not going to go through the overspends as there are too many. Maxwell is getting a few neg comments but at least he is a T20 specialist. Of the players who weren't picked at base price - again too many to mention in full - Stryis,Guptill at 100k each were surely worth a punt on and Benn at $20k. To me the most baffling unsold player was Phangiso. At $20k even.

    In the CLT20 he had an off day in the final but even in that game he had a catch dropped off his bowling in his 1st over - the ball went for 4 ,the over for 8. Prior to that vs Mumbai 4-17-1 (economy 4.25) vs Chennai 4-17-2 (4.25) vs Sydney 4-14-3 (3.5) vs Delhi 4-18-2 (4.5) . Also notice that 3 of the teams are IPL sides so how come no one went for him? Very puzzling

  • Deep_Biswas on February 3, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    I feel people here are a little bit harsh on Maxwell. A lot of them asked last year that who was Sunil Narine? Why this ridiculous price tag? What difference he is gonna maketo KKR? Well he was part of Knight Riders when the won their maiden IPL title and also when WI won the WT20 cup. So better first watch and not jump to conclusions early.

  • Nagendren on February 3, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    I think it was good auction for MI.I am sure that there is going to be some drammatic changes in their playing eleven in order to stabilize their middle order.I would not be surprised is they drop pollard to play maxwell.Because they know that buying one for large sums just for one year would be a loss to them. Ponting will surely open with sachin and may even take over the captain of MI.Everyone say that maxwell has played only 15 first class matches-but it just shows how much he has done to impress the selectors and it is the way to look at it. Jacob Oram may be one of the considerations in the playing eleven.MI season of IPL-6 will be full of rotations according to me.Ponting,maxwell,oram&malinga will be their overseasers.If they could gain an stable indian middle order bat then they could go with 2 foreign pacers.In case of CSK they have bought too many bowlers but they should be brave to change their strategy followed in the last 5 seasons through which they have been successful

  • Chris_P on February 5, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    @wiseshah. OK, I might have been a little curt with your post, Let me share why. Mahmudullah career strike rate for T20 is 108! I mean 108. Seriously, this is down the bottom 10% of strike rates. Maxwell's is 144, his List A strike rate is 115, that's 115 for 50 over games & Mahmudullah is 108 for T20! Gettting the point yet? Maxwell's bowling economy is similar, but average is better and let's not even go to fielding. So let's go past thie jingoistic country bias & try for once to input some logical thought process in posts. Again, and it bears repeating, Mahmudullah would not get a start in any of the BBL sides, nor the IPL sides. Sorry to shatter your illusion, but que sera.

  • Chris_P on February 5, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    @wiseshah. You''e dreaming pal, but, you are welcome to dream all you want. Seriously, Madmullah woulldn't get a start in any of the BBL teams & have any of the IPL teams expressed any interest?

  • Chris_P on February 5, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    @landl. Mate, the simple answer is it won't. Seriously, I have seen him bat against NSW a few times & he isn't (IMHO) among the best 16 batsmen in Australia, even now in the longer format. He is not a frontline spinner, so the question begging to be answered is how can be he be selected when he hasn't shown the necessary form to warrant selection for tests? The response to the Maxwell knockers re: the IPL auction was based on my views on him as a T20 & List A abilities, of that there is no doubt he is on target to be stand among the best about. His selection for the test touring team is probably more left field than Doherty, he is simply not up to test standard (fielding excepted, he is outstanding at that). When guys like Doolan have delivered in the longer format & still gets ignored (don't' start me with SOK) is very puzzling to me. I will, however wait until the series, but it will be with much hope than anything else.

  • fguy on February 5, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    Kumble, Tendulkar, Bhajji, Ponting, John Wright.. Mumbai Indians assembling the 00's All Star team?

    if MI have money to burn they should just burn it. they'll get more bang for their buck from that then from hiring a 40 yr old ponting who even in his prime was a failure in t20s & in india. even he must be laughing at their folly

    one odd innings & they put down a mill for a guy (maxwell) who's not even proven himself completely in his home conditions let alone in india. they did this earlier too (richard levi) & havent learnt from their mistake. shows that money cant buy you smarts

  • wiseshah on February 4, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    mahmudullah riad could have been 100 times better option than aussie labeled maxwell, this guy didnt prove anything. riad and nasir from BD was 100 times better choice than any one from this list

  • soumyas on February 4, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    IPL auctions may look strange, but this auction wasn't just player performance oriented on the whole, but what the Team is looking for them to play the ROLE they wanted. Eg: Mumbai constantly failed to get specialist openers over last 3-4 years, So they were keen on getting someone like Maxwell, since someone else also wanted him badly, the bids gone high upto million. Same is the case with some other teams strengthening their bowling.

  • kallis57 on February 3, 2013, 22:00 GMT

    Chris Morris is a tall gangly South African bowler who had a good T20 champions league last year. Strange selection as even the best quick bowlers have struggled in the IPL. Only Malinga has bucked this trend. Maxwell is a reasonably selection although the price seems very high. He has no real pedigree in the sub-continent and did little at the T20 world cup. Non selection of Guptil is a strange one as New Zealand players nearly always play the entire IPL as their board allow them to. This must be based on average performances on slower wickets against decent spin bowlers. Agree with KP - Bopara might have been worth a punt.

  • JG2704 on February 3, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    Amazing auction results. As I have said before , IPL franchises seem to go for marquee names above players who excel at the format and this has been proven once more. I'm not going to go through the overspends as there are too many. Maxwell is getting a few neg comments but at least he is a T20 specialist. Of the players who weren't picked at base price - again too many to mention in full - Stryis,Guptill at 100k each were surely worth a punt on and Benn at $20k. To me the most baffling unsold player was Phangiso. At $20k even.

    In the CLT20 he had an off day in the final but even in that game he had a catch dropped off his bowling in his 1st over - the ball went for 4 ,the over for 8. Prior to that vs Mumbai 4-17-1 (economy 4.25) vs Chennai 4-17-2 (4.25) vs Sydney 4-14-3 (3.5) vs Delhi 4-18-2 (4.5) . Also notice that 3 of the teams are IPL sides so how come no one went for him? Very puzzling

  • Deep_Biswas on February 3, 2013, 18:56 GMT

    I feel people here are a little bit harsh on Maxwell. A lot of them asked last year that who was Sunil Narine? Why this ridiculous price tag? What difference he is gonna maketo KKR? Well he was part of Knight Riders when the won their maiden IPL title and also when WI won the WT20 cup. So better first watch and not jump to conclusions early.

  • Nagendren on February 3, 2013, 17:19 GMT

    I think it was good auction for MI.I am sure that there is going to be some drammatic changes in their playing eleven in order to stabilize their middle order.I would not be surprised is they drop pollard to play maxwell.Because they know that buying one for large sums just for one year would be a loss to them. Ponting will surely open with sachin and may even take over the captain of MI.Everyone say that maxwell has played only 15 first class matches-but it just shows how much he has done to impress the selectors and it is the way to look at it. Jacob Oram may be one of the considerations in the playing eleven.MI season of IPL-6 will be full of rotations according to me.Ponting,maxwell,oram&malinga will be their overseasers.If they could gain an stable indian middle order bat then they could go with 2 foreign pacers.In case of CSK they have bought too many bowlers but they should be brave to change their strategy followed in the last 5 seasons through which they have been successful

  • Chris_P on February 5, 2013, 12:13 GMT

    @wiseshah. OK, I might have been a little curt with your post, Let me share why. Mahmudullah career strike rate for T20 is 108! I mean 108. Seriously, this is down the bottom 10% of strike rates. Maxwell's is 144, his List A strike rate is 115, that's 115 for 50 over games & Mahmudullah is 108 for T20! Gettting the point yet? Maxwell's bowling economy is similar, but average is better and let's not even go to fielding. So let's go past thie jingoistic country bias & try for once to input some logical thought process in posts. Again, and it bears repeating, Mahmudullah would not get a start in any of the BBL sides, nor the IPL sides. Sorry to shatter your illusion, but que sera.

  • Chris_P on February 5, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    @wiseshah. You''e dreaming pal, but, you are welcome to dream all you want. Seriously, Madmullah woulldn't get a start in any of the BBL teams & have any of the IPL teams expressed any interest?

  • Chris_P on February 5, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    @landl. Mate, the simple answer is it won't. Seriously, I have seen him bat against NSW a few times & he isn't (IMHO) among the best 16 batsmen in Australia, even now in the longer format. He is not a frontline spinner, so the question begging to be answered is how can be he be selected when he hasn't shown the necessary form to warrant selection for tests? The response to the Maxwell knockers re: the IPL auction was based on my views on him as a T20 & List A abilities, of that there is no doubt he is on target to be stand among the best about. His selection for the test touring team is probably more left field than Doherty, he is simply not up to test standard (fielding excepted, he is outstanding at that). When guys like Doolan have delivered in the longer format & still gets ignored (don't' start me with SOK) is very puzzling to me. I will, however wait until the series, but it will be with much hope than anything else.

  • fguy on February 5, 2013, 0:23 GMT

    Kumble, Tendulkar, Bhajji, Ponting, John Wright.. Mumbai Indians assembling the 00's All Star team?

    if MI have money to burn they should just burn it. they'll get more bang for their buck from that then from hiring a 40 yr old ponting who even in his prime was a failure in t20s & in india. even he must be laughing at their folly

    one odd innings & they put down a mill for a guy (maxwell) who's not even proven himself completely in his home conditions let alone in india. they did this earlier too (richard levi) & havent learnt from their mistake. shows that money cant buy you smarts

  • wiseshah on February 4, 2013, 20:46 GMT

    mahmudullah riad could have been 100 times better option than aussie labeled maxwell, this guy didnt prove anything. riad and nasir from BD was 100 times better choice than any one from this list

  • sanjaycrickfan on February 4, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    I personally feel franchises should spend as much money as possible on home grown cricketers, so they could sustain this league with Indian cricketers alone. A lot more money could be spent on training youngsters and made into T20 specialists. Then we dont have to worry about national side players getting burned out and perhaps not doing well in tests. Its ridiculous that nobodies from Australia and SA and other countries are getting paid so much money.

  • shameerpvt on February 4, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    for me south african vernon is a good fish. he should be dependable considering his international performance.

  • landl47 on February 4, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    @Chris_P: I wouldn't dispute that Maxwell is destined to be a very good T20 player. The thing is, he's just been selected for the Australian test squad. In IPL, the kind of crazy slogging that he indulged in at Michael Clarke's request in the first WI ODI will be expected all the time. It's why he was worth so much to the owners. He's a young player trying to make himself into a test player. How is weeks of wild slogging going to help him- and more importantly, how is it going to help Australia?

    It's not a criticism but a statement of fact to say that Australia's main concern at the moment is that the young batting talent isn't anything like as impressive as the young bowlers. Maxwell could be a good young batsman, but he needs to learn the fundamentals and he won't do it in the IPL.

  • Charlie101 on February 4, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    Incredible price !!!!! . He has great potential but I would want to see some more consistant batting and bowling as there are plenty of fine young players with potential in the world . He will now have to really perform to justify the price tag and I wonder if he is good enough to open for Mumbai.

  • Aussiesfalling on February 4, 2013, 13:14 GMT

    With Australian coaches advising Indian owners to splash out on Australian cricket talent, the continuing decline of the Australian cricket team in all formats looks assured.

  • BRUTALANALYST on February 4, 2013, 10:43 GMT

    PHANGISO was the star of the CLT20 it's sad he wasn't picked up as he could cause a lot of problems similar to Narine in India, keeping it tight and there's not many other left armers out there either

  • Supervis on February 4, 2013, 10:31 GMT

    Is this the end for Herschell Gibbs?

  • satishchandar on February 4, 2013, 9:07 GMT

    People here route for Philander.. He is not a regular in shorter formats for SA and don't forget the tracks in India are not the ones in SA/Eng or the ones which will be used for test matches. Length balls can be bad against some of power hitters/sloggers almost every IPL team has at top. Philander is a very good test bowler but one dimensional bowler when it comes to shorter formats. Herath deserved a look in atleast at base price. He is probably the best spinner playing the game today across formats and i rate him more than Swann who will be my second elading spinner(My own opinion).

  • piyush_Daredevils on February 4, 2013, 9:03 GMT

    Given the performance of Phangiso in CLT20, He should have been picked . Serenyake going for too many.........

  • slappinjax on February 4, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    It's no wonder the IPL teams get rolled in the Champions League. The owners clearly have no idea.

  • KK_Cricket on February 4, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    Maxwell deserved not more than 200,000 which was his base price but the franchises get carried away and buy the players based on the slots they want them to fill in but Travis Birt would have been a better buy compared to Maxwell for Mumbai and if the weight was given to bowling, Maxwell's off spinners wont be troubling anyone in India especially in T20 games.. And yes, Morris definitely would be difficult to get away and will be handful down the order and RR should have gone for a player like this and may be RR could have had a look at David Weise, who can hit the ball and can bowl medium pacers... but K Perera was a steal at 20K for RR.. KKR could have bid for Herath instead of Senanayake as Herath brings experience to the table...

  • Saqib_Sheraz on February 4, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    well BCCI really missing a trick here not inviting Pakistani Players. Indian crowed is a big fan of Pakistani Player, last series has proved that. PS It will also increase the viewership of IPL. So the business point of view, not a wise decision by BCCI.

  • Haleos on February 4, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    Mumbai did not buy Nayar. Quality allrounder. Spend a million on Maxwell. Ridiculous.

  • soumyas on February 4, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    i think this auction was Based on some HIDDEN talents rather than real performances.

  • saifur.raffael on February 4, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    The performance in the Bangladesh Premier League seemed to have made a telling effect for some players in the Indian Premier League auction. Fidel Edwards got a place in Rajasthan Royals after his impressive performances with Rangpur Riders in BPL, eight wickets in five matches. Sylhet Royals' Dirk Nannes went to Chennai Super Kings, he took seven wickets in five matches for Royals. Poor BPL performance cost Ravi Bopara a team in the IPL, Bopara made just 101 runs in seven matches at 16.83, which surely went against him. It clearly suggested that the IPL teams clearly followed their performance in an identical Bangladesh condition.

  • Sanjana_p on February 4, 2013, 4:28 GMT

    lol out of all the comments on how max is over rated, he is good, he isnt, etc etc, not one comment saying a simple thanks or a good gesture when we see that many overseas players are given a financial helping hand by the ipl. Everybody loves to be jealous or love negative aspects of ipl or bcci but not once are they grateful for their country's players being given a helping hand(finance,thats the only meaningful thing here other than the entertainment, not talent or cricket as we all know t20 doesnt help real test talent) What a shame! at least from my side, my respects to you bcci and ipl for doing something!(though it wasnt a deliberate action, yet thankyou!)

  • on February 4, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    why IPL is paying this huge money to Sachithra Senanayake,,haven't they learned the lesson from A.Mendis,Murali slow leg spinner Kulasekra ..they cannot take wickets in Indian Condtion,they can play only in colombo..better take some bangladesh cricketers who are better spinners than SL

  • wellrounded87 on February 4, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    To those that doubt Kane Richardson look up his performance for the Adelaide strikers vs the Brisbane heat in this year's BBL season. Outstanding speed and accuracy 2 overs for 3 runs every ball right in the blockhole and in the high 140's. The kid is a star in the making.

  • oneupnowuv on February 4, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    why didnt delhi buy rangana herath if they wanted a spinner??

    i hv always wanted mumbai to lose now with ponting in thr it gets bigger .

  • Meety on February 4, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    @Chris_P on (February 03 2013, 21:04 PM GMT) - fair assessment, I find his career List A S/Rate of 115 another indicator as to why he is a good T20 pick. I know it is a different format, but doing that with an of almost 30 suggests, he can sustain some serious bursts. I think in the IPL he is worth $1m, one of tha Pathans is on $2m! !

  • captain70 on February 4, 2013, 1:46 GMT

    He is an upcoming youngster," Nita Ambani, owner of the Mumbai Indians, said. "He can bat, bowl and I think he is a great fielder

    LOL u think hes a great fielder. just shows these owners really have no idea about who they r splashing out on

  • x-sl-boy on February 4, 2013, 0:46 GMT

    Maxi has to stand up and deliver consistently to prove this is not one-off deal

  • on February 3, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    I think Maxwell bought himself.... he is the only person in this world who would think he is worth $1m.

  • Captainman on February 3, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    IPL is so unrealistic. Chris Morris is an ordinary player who played below ordinary in T20 Tri series involving weak teams Zimbabwe and Bangladesh and struggled against them. Players like Maxwell etc will struggle on these slow low surfaces.

  • Patchmaster on February 3, 2013, 21:59 GMT

    The fact that Maxwell sells for a million, personifies the circus that is the IPL, Maxwell wouldn't get picked in the ENG, SA or SL sides, yet sells for a million, even though he was useless at the T20 World Cup. Hilarious.

  • Gaganaut on February 3, 2013, 21:40 GMT

    I think Pune thought it was the other Kane. The Williamson kid. And they got the Richardson kid instead. I am from Pune and we are as good with English surnames as Warne and Ryder are with staying away from controversy.

  • Chris_P on February 3, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    @oze13 to you and others asking the question of Maxwell, let me try to answer. First of all, I have little to no time for this format, I don't like playing it, nor watching it, but certainly appreciate the talents needed for it. Maxwell has a career strike rate of 144 in this format, something very few can match. The thing is, he has scored these mainly on the large Australian grounds, clearing the pickets with ease. Is he inconsistent? Yep, but when he is in, he scores runs very fast. His fielding is top drawer, one of the best in Australia, catching, throwing, even running. His bowling is very average, but he can roll an arm. Is he worth a million? Probably not. Is he one of the first you would select in a T20 team? Sure is, in mine anyway, just for his dynamic batting & electric fielding. Pollard announced himself to the world stage a couple of years ago, the same could be said about him, inconsistent, but still, very, very dangerous with the bat.

  • ygkd on February 3, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    Must have heard of literally thousands of players in my time but Chris Morris is not one of them. For the price he got he must be good. But then Glenn Maxwell got even more. The IPL auction - what a joke.

  • More.blocks.than.a.leggo.box on February 3, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    Why anyone pays this kind of money for IPL is beyond me. I find it amusing that bidders are justifying their purchase based on fielding. Has anyone even watched the IPL? There is almost zero commitment in the field. It's not serious cricket at all. The previous IPL champions were trounced by the Auckland Aces... so yeah, calling this tournament anything but an advertisers wet dream is probably too flattering.

  • oze13 on February 3, 2013, 20:05 GMT

    How this fella has been paid $1M for playing cricket is an absolute mystery. Inconsistent batsmen and bowling that wouldn't trouble club cricketers. I honestly can't believe it!

  • MrZygon on February 3, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Martin Guptill wouldn't have been picked because he will probably have to miss the end of the IPL due to NZ's tour of England.

  • Stark62 on February 3, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    I'm not a fan of the ipl but I had to comment, due too the headline.

    First and for most, can I say............LOL!!

    Maxwell was a complete failure in WC T20 and looks mediocre at best to me but yet, he gets huge money ahead of Guptill and Philander.

    I agree with what KP had tweeted last year "Even 3rd rate Aussies are getting a gig".

  • Jay.Raj on February 3, 2013, 17:59 GMT

    atleast one of the IPL teams was able to identify the talent of sachithra senanayake who i think is the best off spinner after murali. its really sad that we dont see him test matches

  • alyasshi on February 3, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    @ Thefakebook for your kind info ..Phillip Hughes has been purchased by Mumbai Indians for $100000.....I understand the franchise going for the players is somewhat correct if not fully,the reason is clear the availability of the players for the maximum span of the IPL...remeber when first everyone saw the RR franchise ,i bet my life that nobody gave it a chance of winning the title or even reaching the qualifiers and what happened is history.When a player name comes up in auction the team looks up for were he fits in the team,whether is required or not to balance the team rather than the player scoring a century or picked up a five for .in this auction one thing was clear and loud almost all the teams were backing the depatment their respective team was weak except the SUNRISERS who are rebuliding a team.But still some players like Kevin o brien not being brought puzzles me,asa far as athe prizes are concerned it is mind games between the franchises nothing to do with quality of playr

  • binu.emiliya on February 3, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    @chrisuv Pw can go for Rohith Motwani or Uday Koul and there s Ibraheem Khaleel and Ganesh Sathish all are in good form

  • CaptainKool on February 3, 2013, 16:36 GMT

    He came in expose when he played against SL in 2nd T2o and of course 1st ODI against WI. Hyderabad has some great buys.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on February 3, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    Some aggressive buys by the Pune Warriors. Nayar was going to be the most sought after Indian player and they got him. Clarke was for the captaincy more than anything, glad he didn't go for too much. Mendis just proved that he's more than just some mystery spinner in the World T20, and Kane Richardson has the capability of being one of the more exciting T20 bowlers with his raw pace and searing yorkers. Overall, a good day for the Sahara franchise.

  • chrisuv12 on February 3, 2013, 15:14 GMT

    pune warriors needed a wicketkeeper batsman....they have only a part time wicketkeeper robin uthappa which affects his batting also but they didnt bought any wicket keeper today that will trouble them....

  • TripleCenturian on February 3, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Do the franchise owners know anything about cricket? Perhaps they should stick to the line of business they were successful in the first place as it appears few of them have a clue about the right value for talent in this format. The money must be burning a hole in their pockets and they can't throw it away on average players quickly enough.

  • ShashidharHundi on February 3, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    There are some ridiculous selections. Philander can do wonders in any form of the game. IPL Teams for sure missed selecting him. There are lot of comments about Abhishek Nayar's price but watchout, his performance will be much much better than Maxwell... we undervalue many of our own talent... RP Sing is a big waste for Royal Challengers but picking Pankaj Singh is a good option. RCB really need some good bowling options.

  • Al_Bundy1 on February 3, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Agrre with @Colm Mooney - When Maxwell goes for a million, and Morris for 625,000 oh and Unadkat for 525,000 it doesn't make sense anymore. I don't know much about Maxwell and Morris, but I know that Unadkat and Gony are not worth more than 50,000 each. India has a crop of much better younger bowlers in B Kumar, Shami Ahmed, Ishwar Pandey, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Imtiyaz Ahmed, etc. All of them are better than Unadkat and Gony,

  • sandy_bangalore on February 3, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Big money deals for Lankan and Aussie jorneymen type cricketers, and also a couple of Indians(nayar and abhishek) who, in the limited chances they got at international level, looked completely out of their depth. And the bloke with a T20 hundred recently against South Africa, Guptill, is unsold despite being priced low. Its so very very clear that the owners have no clue about cricket, and their so called advisors have certain vested interests in buying these players.

  • crkt4evr on February 3, 2013, 14:45 GMT

    hope they hav really done their home work cause to an outsider it looks unlike!

  • Thefakebook on February 3, 2013, 14:39 GMT

    Well Maxwell's equation is really high this time hope he can finally prove himself!One guy who I can't belive didn't make it to any team is Phil Hughes (not being funny here)

  • stormy16 on February 3, 2013, 14:38 GMT

    Dont get how this works. Some of the big ticket items hardly play consistently for their country attrack such big bills at the IPL.

  • squarepeg on February 3, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    Some silly buys, some smart deals. Maxwell, Senanayake, RP Singh, Gony, Unadkat at one end, and low or no bid for Rangana Herath, Nathan McCullum, Akila... at the other.

  • hnharsh on February 3, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    You don't need ponting and clarke level of skills to do well in ipl. These established players have nothing to prove and most probably wouldn't take the tournament seriously. What you need is a player like steven smith who is looking to make a name for himself by doing well in tournaments like ipl. These sort of young players, desperate to prove themselves, provide the best roi.

  • on February 3, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    What good does it do for IPL to sign so many Australia, Sri Lanka etc players? their countries population is very small and most people in those countries do not even watch IPL and care about cities like Chennai etc which they have no relation with.

  • KallisTheGreatest on February 3, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Seems like Mumbai didn't learn a lesson from last year's failure.They only need stars.not talent.Last year they went for Richard Levi & he flopped after first game.

  • danm on February 3, 2013, 14:25 GMT

    Maxwell must have found out that he was worth a million dollars after he made a golden duck. When he found out, he took four wickets.

  • landl47 on February 3, 2013, 14:24 GMT

    It's obvious that the buying was done not on the quality of the players but on what the buyers thought their crowd appeal was. As a result the prices are crazy- big paydays for people who have achieved nothing of note and less or no money for really good cricketers who would help sides win.

    A million for Maxwell sums up what a farce the IPL is. Cricket Australia should take note- Maxwell will be EXPECTED to bat in every game the way he did in the first ODI against the WI. Does anyone think that's the way to develop a young players' cricket skills?

  • Baundele on February 3, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    If Jadeja can earn 2M, Maxwell surely deserves 1M. Calling them over rated is an under statement.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on February 3, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Neil Maxwell who??...... not any more ..... the new Bradman is here ... the greatest cricketer of all time in a few years - Neil Maxwell !!

  • Arrow011 on February 3, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Mumbai Indians led by Sachin's advices always buys an ordinary player with truck loads of money, maybe this is the way his business sense works. Knows how to waste other's money.

  • on February 3, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    haha very Funny a man got out 1st ball and had been hit for four sixes by a tailender is a million man today ridiculous and highly over rated player

  • on February 3, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    why cant these franchises hire some people with common sense to buy players for them at the auction! maxwell is going to have an avg IPL just like dan christian did, and remember Levi? smashes the fastest t20 century gets picked up at the auction and does nothing at all at the main event! it looks like all a player has to do is smash a few boundaries when the auction is around the corner and VOILA! big pay day for him.

  • on February 3, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    When Maxwell goes for a million, and Morris for 625,000 oh and Unadkat for 525,000 it doesn't make sense anymore.

    ''Most of the biggest earners were players barely known outside their home countries''

    I'm surprised Kevin O'Brien for 50,000 didn't attract any interest. Sides rather spend 6-figure numbers on 3rd grade Test born players :/

  • SyedAreYouDumb on February 3, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    I keep laughing when i see Maxwell's name in IPL, i think he will have one decent game then will be a flop. Philander definitely deserved a contract, hes an amazing bowler and can bat. Biggest waste of money: Senayake and Maxwell, ridiculous prices for those two.

  • LillianThomson on February 3, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Funny that this happened on a day when Maxwell was out first ball and was hit for four consecutive sixes by a tailender.

  • on February 3, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Highly Over rated .. Just Luck

  • Samad.Sylhet.Mitali.Raynogor on February 3, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    IPL>>What a joke>> maxwell is the highest paid overseas player i mean look at his record i can hit him anywhere i want to.

  • Samad.Sylhet.Mitali.Raynogor on February 3, 2013, 13:23 GMT

    IPL>>What a joke>> maxwell is the highest paid overseas player i mean look at his record i can hit him anywhere i want to.

  • on February 3, 2013, 13:24 GMT

    Highly Over rated .. Just Luck

  • LillianThomson on February 3, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    Funny that this happened on a day when Maxwell was out first ball and was hit for four consecutive sixes by a tailender.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on February 3, 2013, 13:47 GMT

    I keep laughing when i see Maxwell's name in IPL, i think he will have one decent game then will be a flop. Philander definitely deserved a contract, hes an amazing bowler and can bat. Biggest waste of money: Senayake and Maxwell, ridiculous prices for those two.

  • on February 3, 2013, 14:00 GMT

    When Maxwell goes for a million, and Morris for 625,000 oh and Unadkat for 525,000 it doesn't make sense anymore.

    ''Most of the biggest earners were players barely known outside their home countries''

    I'm surprised Kevin O'Brien for 50,000 didn't attract any interest. Sides rather spend 6-figure numbers on 3rd grade Test born players :/

  • on February 3, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    why cant these franchises hire some people with common sense to buy players for them at the auction! maxwell is going to have an avg IPL just like dan christian did, and remember Levi? smashes the fastest t20 century gets picked up at the auction and does nothing at all at the main event! it looks like all a player has to do is smash a few boundaries when the auction is around the corner and VOILA! big pay day for him.

  • on February 3, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    haha very Funny a man got out 1st ball and had been hit for four sixes by a tailender is a million man today ridiculous and highly over rated player

  • Arrow011 on February 3, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Mumbai Indians led by Sachin's advices always buys an ordinary player with truck loads of money, maybe this is the way his business sense works. Knows how to waste other's money.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on February 3, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Neil Maxwell who??...... not any more ..... the new Bradman is here ... the greatest cricketer of all time in a few years - Neil Maxwell !!

  • Baundele on February 3, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    If Jadeja can earn 2M, Maxwell surely deserves 1M. Calling them over rated is an under statement.