IPL auction 2013

What the franchises did to bolster their squads

A total of 37 players were bought at the 2013 IPL auction in Chennai for a cost of $11.89 million. Here's what the teams did during the auction and how they stack up

George Binoy

February 3, 2013

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Chennai Super Kings


Jason Holder appeals, Australia v West Indies, 1st ODI, Perth, February 1, 2013
The imposing figure of Jason Holder will be part of the Chennai Super Kings dressing room © Associated Press
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Chennai Super Kings did not bid for a single batsman. They picked up five bowlers instead, which Gurunath Meiyappan, who was part of the Super Kings auction team, said was their sole objective. They failed to buy seamers RP Singh and James Faulkner; and could not buy allrounders Abhishek Nayar and Thisara Perera either. Dirk Nannes was their first buy, but their most surprising purchase was South Africa's bowling allrounder Chris Morris for $625,000, an amount that was more than 31 times his base price. Soon after getting Morris, Super Kings went after the Sri Lankan spinner Sachithra Senanayake too, but lost him to Kolkata Knight Riders.

Towards the end of the auction they picked up Australian seamer Ben Laughlin, Sri Lankan spinner Akila Dananjaya and the towering West Indian quick Jason Holder, all at base price. They also contested for Australian quick Kane Richardson but were outbid.

By buying five overseas players, Super Kings exhausted their quota of 11 foreigners. They have 11 slots available for Indian players.

Players bought: Dirk Nannes ($600,000), Chris Morris ($625,000), Ben Laughlin ($20,000), Akila Dananjaya ($20,000), Jason Holder ($20,000).

Updated squad: MS Dhoni, M Vijay, S Anirudha, Suresh Raina, Wriddhiman Saha, S Badrinath, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shadab Jakati, B Aparajith, Vijay Shankar, Michael Hussey, Ben Hilfenhaus, Faf du Plessis, Albie Morkel, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dwayne Bravo, Dirk Nannes, Chris Morris, Ben Laughlin, Akila Dananjaya, Jason Holder. (Players bought today in italics)

Delhi Daredevils

Delhi Daredevils entered the auction with only $1.4 million in their purse and three slots remaining for overseas players. They spent about half that on filling those vacancies. Johan Botha and Jeevan Mendis, who was bought at base price, bolstered a weak spin attack, and Jesse Ryder could provide cover for when Kevin Pietersen and Ross Taylor leave for Test duty.

Daredevils also bid for the Indians Abhishek Nayar, Jaydev Unadkat and Pankaj Singh but fell away because of budget constraints. They have seven slots left for Indian players.

Players bought: Johan Botha ($450,000), Jesse Ryder ($260,000), Jeevan Mendis ($50,000)

Updated squad: Virender Sehwag, Irfan Pathan, Naman Ojha, Ajit Agarkar, Yogesh Nagar, Umesh Yadav, Shahbaz Nadeem, Varun Aaron, Unmukt Chand, Pawan Negi, Manpreet Juneja, Kedar Jadhav, Siddharth Kaul, Sujit Nayak, Venugopal Rao, Mahela Jayawardene, Ross Taylor, David Warner, Roelof van der Merwe, Kevin Pietersen, Morne Morkel, Andre Russell, Gulam Bodi, Johan Botha, Jesse Ryder, Jeevan Mendis

Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab were the least active franchise at the auction. They bid for two players and got them: Australian batsman Luke Pomersbach, who played for them in previous IPL seasons, and Indian medium-pacer Manpreet Gony, who comes from Punjab. Going into the auction, they had $6.9 million left in the purse to fill slots for eight Indians and four foreigners. They spent only $800,000 and bought one of each.

Players bought: Luke Pomersbach ($300,000), Manpreet Gony ($500,000)

Updated squad: Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Mandeep Singh, Siddharth Chitnis, Nitin Saini, Sunny Singh, Bhargav Bhatt, Bipul Sharma, Paul Valthaty, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Harmeet Singh Bansal, Parvinder Awana, Rajagopal Sathish, Manan Vohra, Adam Gilchrist, Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, David Miller, Ryan Harris, Dimitri Mascarenhas, Azhar Mahmood, Luke Pomersbach, Manpreet Gony

Kolkata Knight Riders


Sachithra Senanayake took out Virender Sehwag with a sharp catch, Sri Lanka v India, 4th ODI, Colombo, July 31, 2012
KKR are looking forward to Sachithra Senanayake bowling with Sunil Narine © AFP
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Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders didn't bid for anyone for more than an hour, and then they went after West Indies captain Darren Sammy, only to lose him. They bid aggressively for Ajantha Mendis too, raising visions of Mendis and Sunil Narine bowling in tandem on the spinner-friendly Eden Gardens pitches, but couldn't close the deal on him either. Only after nearly three hours and 45 minutes did they make their first buy and it was another Sri Lankan spinner Sachithra Senanayake, for $625,000. The eyebrow-raising price confirmed their desire to have another spinner to back-up Narine. Later on, they bought South African allrounder Ryan McLaren at base price, filling the gap they had intended to fill with Sammy.

Knight Riders did not bid for anyone else and their two purchases exhausted their quota of 11 overseas players. They have ten spots open for Indian players.

Players bought: Sachithra Senanayake ($625,000), Ryan McLaren ($50,000)

Updated squad: Gautam Gambhir, Manoj Tiwary, Debabrata Das, Manvinder Bisla, Yusuf Pathan, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Rajat Bhatia, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Iqbal Abdulla, Shami Ahmed, Pradeep Sangwan, Sarabjit Singh Ladda, Eoin Morgan, Brad Haddin, Brendon McCullum, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Jacques Kallis, Brett Lee, James Pattinson, Sunil Narine, Sachithra Senanayake, Ryan McLaren

Mumbai Indians

The big spenders once again splurged, filling up their quota of overseas players by buying five for a total cost of $2 million. Half of that went to securing the services of Glenn Maxwell, who was the only millionaire in this auction, for whom they made the opening bid of $200,000.

Mumbai began the bidding for the day, making a late entry to buy Ricky Ponting at base price of $400,000. They will now have the two highest run-scorers in Tests in a Twenty20 dressing room. Mumbai missed out on Pomersbach, but bought Phillip Hughes at base price immediately after. They also bought Australian fast-bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile for a surprisingly high price, considering he was the only uncapped player sold today, but got Jacob Oram on the cheap. All their purchases were from Australia and New Zealand.

The other ones that got away were Ravi Rampaul, Ajantha Mendis, Morris, and Senanayake. They have spots for five more Indian players.

Players bought: Ricky Ponting ($400,000), Phillip Hughes ($100,000), Glenn Maxwell ($1 million), Nathan Coulter-Nile ($450,000), Jacob Oram ($50,000)

Updated squad: Harbhajan Singh, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Munaf Patel, Amitoze Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Pragyan Ojha, Ambati Rayudu, Dhawal Kulkarni, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Aditya Tare, Pawan Suyal, Suryakumar Yadav, Sushant Marathe, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rishi Dhawan, Jalaj Saxena, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Aiden Blizzard, James Franklin, Mitchell Johnson, Dwayne Smith, Ricky Ponting, Phillip Hughes, Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jacob Oram.

Pune Warriors

Pune Warriors spent the most at this IPL auction - $2.5 million - on three overseas players and one Indian, bringing their squad strength to 33, the maximum number of players allowed. The bought a potential captain in Michael Clarke at base price, fought hard for Ajantha Mendis and were successful, secured the most sought after Indian in Abhishek Nayar, and splashed $700,000 on 21-year old fast bowler Kane Richardson, who's played one ODI for Australia. They also bid unsuccessfully for Botha and Nannes.

What they did not do, however, is bid for a wicketkeeper-batsman - and they had variety to choose from - which means Robin Uthappa will continue doing a makeshift job in a specialist's role.

Players bought: Michael Clarke ($400,000), Ajantha Mendis ($725,000), Abhishek Nayar ($675,000), Kane Richardson ($700,000).

Updated squad: Robin Uthappa, Ashish Nehra, Murali Kartik, Rahul Sharma, Ashok Dinda, Manish Pandey, Yuvraj Singh, Raiphi Gomez, Mithun Manhas, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ali Murtaza, Harpreet Singh, Anustup Mazumdar, Krishnakant Upadhyay, Mahesh Rawat, Shrikant Wagh, Dheeraj Jadhav, Eklavya Dwivedi, Ishwar Pandey, T Suman, Udit Birla, Angelo Mathews, Alfonso Thomas, Wayne Parnell, Marlon Samuels, Luke Wright, Mitchell Marsh, Steven Smith, Tamim Iqbal, Michael Clarke, Ajantha Mendis, Abhishek Nayar, Kane Richardson.

Rajasthan Royals

Towards the end of the auction Rahul Dravid, who was at the Rajasthan Royals table, said they wanted bowlers who could bowl at the death, because that discipline had been a problem area the previous season, and were happy with the fast men they had bought: Australia's James Faulkner and West Indian Fidel Edwards. They had also bid unsuccessfully for RP Singh, Nayar, Jaydev Unadkat and Coulter-Nile. Rajasthan's only other buy was Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kushal Perera at base price, which was a little odd considering they had released another Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal in November.

They had $7.7 million left in their purse and spent only $630,000, the least among all the franchises. They have slots open for eleven Indians and one overseas player.

Players bought: James Faulkner ($400,000), Fidel Edwards ($210,000), Kushal Perera ($20,000)

Updated squad: Rahul Dravid, S Sreesanth, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Menaria, Stuart Binny, Siddharth Trivedi, Ankeet Chavan, Shreevats Goswami, Ajit Chandila, Harmeet Singh, Dishant Yagnik, Shane Watson, Shaun Tait, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Kevon Cooper, Owais Shah, Samuel Badree, James Faulkner, Fidel Edwards, Kushal Perera.


Ricky Ponting applauds as Sachin Tendulkar is adjudged Man of the Match, India v Australia, 2nd Test, Bangalore, 5th day, October 13, 2010
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Royal Challengers Bangalore

Before the auction, Royal Challengers Bangalore had eight players in their squad who could bowl various kinds of seam. Yet, they felt the need to stock up in that department and bought seven more seamers - four specialists and three allrounders. At one stage they had bought three quicks in a row - Unadkat, Pankaj Singh and Ravi Rampaul - and could have had a fourth had Kings XI not outbid them for Manpreet Gony. The other players Royal Challengers bid for unsuccessfully were Nayar, Thisara Perera, Ryder and Morris.

Their most left-field pick was West Indian bowling-allrounder Christopher Barnwell, and they also managed to get Dan Christian at base price. In all, Royal Challengers bought the most players at the auction - seven - and have slots left for one more Indian player and one more foreigner.

Players bought: RP Singh ($400,000), Moises Henriques ($300,000), Jaydev Unadkat ($525,000), Pankaj Singh ($150,000), Ravi Rampaul ($290,000), Christopher Barnwell ($50,000), Dan Christian ($100,000).

Updated squad: Vinay Kumar, Arun Karthik, Karun Nair, S Aravind, Mayank Agarwal, Vijay Zol, Abhimanyu Mithun, KP Appanna, Virat Kohli, Harshal Patel, Syed Mohammad, Cheteshwar Pujara, Zaheer Khan, Saurabh Tiwary, Abhinav Mukund, Sandeep Warrier, Sunny Sohal, P Parameswaran, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Muttiah Muralitharan, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Daniel Vettori, Andrew McDonald, RP Singh, Moises Henriques, Jaydev Unadkat, Pankaj Singh, Ravi Rampaul, Christopher Barnwell, Dan Christian.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

"Great result at @IPL auction, thrilled with player selection for @SunRisersIPL, filled all slots as planned," said Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody on Twitter soon after the player auction.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, who replaced Deccan Chargers in the IPL, were in an auction for the first time. They had retained 20 of the old Chargers, and had slots open for 13 players (eight Indian, five overseas). They focused on beefing up their bowling attack and picked up three allrounders and two specialist quicks, bidding high for Thisara Perera and Darren Sammy and buying the others at base price. The ones that got away were RP Singh, Maxwell, Nayar, Gony, Edwards and Morris, all of whom were bought for high prices by other franchises.

Players bought: Thisara Perera ($675,000), Darren Sammy ($425,000), Sudeep Tyagi ($100,000), Nathan MCullum ($100,000), Quinton de Kock ($20,000), Clint McKay ($100,000)

Updated squad: Abhishek Jhunjhunwala, Akash Bhandari, Akshath Reddy, Amit Mishra, Anand Rajan, Ankit Sharma, Ashish Reddy, Bharat Chipli, Biplab Samantray, Dwaraka Ravi Teja, Ishant Sharma, Parthiv Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Veer Pratap Singh, Cameron White, Chris Lynn, Dale Steyn, Rusty Theron, Kumar Sangakkara, Thisara Perera, Darren Sammy, Sudeep Tyagi, Nathan MCullum, Quinton de Kock, Clint McKay.

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Posted by rosh280 on (February 5, 2013, 8:30 GMT)

I feel as they missed out lot of players of great standard like Alex hales, mitchel starc, kyle myers, Christopher barnell,paul stirling, d pretorious, p j vanbiljon, du plessis, d j white, c munro of nz, j d ryder, j k fuller, k d mills, d a warner of au,dailey, d a warner, hopes, Dighton. These foreighn players may rock. The indian players like abhishek nayar, bhuvanesh kumar, jalaj saxena, manish pandey, mayank agarwal, sandeep warrior, amitoze singh, gurkeerat will rock definitely in matches.We really missed out players like sarul kanwar, rahul dewan, i d singh of jammu, murtuja vohra, kaustubh pawar in the teams. they are the potential players i feel may rock with great shows.

Posted by Viraj_Asanka on (February 5, 2013, 7:26 GMT)

PWI has lots of quality players. But I am afraid they will repeat the last year's performance. The kind of squad they have, it suggests only M Samuels can be guaranteed a permanent overseas players slot, unless his form sinks really badly. They should not give their big guns i.e. Clarke,Mendis,Mathews starting XI places for granted. They should not expect too much from them like last year either. Rather should rotate the places between Wright,Tamim,Smith,Marsh. I would prefer Tamim ahead of Wright and any other overseas for the opening slot only because he is from subcontinent and he can cope up with the pressure to perform as he will surely have some anger and something to prove to PWI management for last year's chaos with him. In the bowling department B Kumar and A Thomas looks to be the main weapon along with Dinda and R Sharma. If Yuvaraj can return to his best and the players are well managed they can certainly have a very good chance of winning the IPL like Deccan did in 2009.

Posted by FairGameFan on (February 4, 2013, 23:40 GMT)

As expected more armchair cricket selectors bashing players. Stick to your day jobs people.@ jimbond if other sloggers like Pollard and Maxwell et al can get contracts so can Sammy.

Posted by NavinKumar on (February 4, 2013, 14:26 GMT)

CSK Playing Eleven :

M Vijay, Michael Hussey, Suresh Raina, S Badrinath, S Anirudha, MS Dhoni, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Albie Morkel, Dwayne Bravo, Chris Morris.

Where are tail-enders? :)

Posted by sunrisers_dktej on (February 4, 2013, 13:29 GMT)

In my opinion Hyderabad Sunrisers is the best buyer of this auction. They grabbed very good allrounders(mostly suited for T20's - perera,sammy,nathan),a perfect fast bowler(McKay - Australia's ODI Player of the year) and good young talent(Dekock). . .

Posted by cricktwins on (February 4, 2013, 12:50 GMT)

@salee.. My pune warriors 11 would be as follows.. 1. Manish pandey 2. Luke wright/Tamim Iqbal 3.Robin uthappa(wk) 4. Marlorn samuels 5. Yuvraj singh(capt) 6. Angelo mathews/steve smith 7. Abhishek nayar 8. Bhuvaneshwar kumar 9. Rahul sharma 10. Ajanta mendis/ kane richardson/ alfonso thomas 11. Ashok dinda..

Explanation: Manish pandey suits more for openning with luke wright.. Yuvi can be made as captain since he is experienced and good t20 batsmen and useful bowler.. Samuels is better player than m.Clarke (not in aus t20 squad) in t20.. Ashish nehra bowls lot of extras and hit me balls so i chose dinda who can sometimes bowl better in death.. Mathews and smith are good finishers..

Posted by jimbond on (February 4, 2013, 11:46 GMT)

With all due respect, Sammy will not justify the place as one of four overseas players. Mumbai suffers from too much riches and will fail this year also.

Posted by CricketMaan on (February 4, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

With Huss, Faf, Bravo, Alibe all available full season wonder where will the others fit in. Unless there is injury, wonder if the likes of Laughlin, Morris, Nannes or Akila will play consistently. What CSK needed was some Indian semi quicks, which they dont have. Apart from Vignesh, Yo and maybe Rangarajan..wonder where they will buy them from? Fleming..pls dont play SAHA..he does not fit into the plans. My XI for first game - Huss, Vijay, Raina, Badri, Dhoni, Bravo, Morkel, Jadeja, Ashwin, Yo, Nannes/Lauglin/Kula

Posted by usernames on (February 4, 2013, 10:50 GMT)

I guess, for CSK, this is a great lineup -- Vijay, Huss, Raina, Faf, Dhoni, Bravo, Aparajith, Jadeja, Ashwin, Nannes, Hilfenhaus.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 4, 2013, 10:10 GMT)

@ the_silent_observer - Also re Pune - I'm surprised they bough Clarke for $400k. Some silly money spent on unproven players or marquee names who are not that great at this format

Posted by CricketMaan on (February 4, 2013, 9:24 GMT)

@ramansilva - Would you say the same about SLPL or BigBash where young SL players are in demand? remember Akhila shot to limelight and was fast fwd to national colors via SLPL. In the past there have been a number of players that got fastfwded due to IPL. I too agree that young kids have to be preserved, but for that SL needs to pay them hefty sums to stay as professionals, else they need to look around to play in such leagues to keep the gas burning at home for a long time!!

Posted by baghels.a on (February 4, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

Yes certain foriegn names are missing and sometimes it defies logic like Ben Cutting not selected but player with similar skillset Nathan Coulter Nile going for many times over his base price, there are other omissions also which have been debated below.I am more intrigued by uncapped Indian players,IMO there should be more of u-23, u-19 players in the squad lists, some of the franchises are more interested in saving money and then justify it by saying smaller squads is more manageble and promotes team spirit.Two franchises in particular Kings xi and Rajasthan Royals are guilty of not spending enough money.RRin particular has lot of medicore Indian players, they could easily have bought young uncapped Indian players at a very nominal fees .

Posted by Cric_god_Sachin on (February 4, 2013, 9:00 GMT)

SunRisers have the weakest team and MI AND DD have the best !!WORD

Posted by salee on (February 4, 2013, 8:20 GMT)

my first 11 for pune warriors if any change pls msg me. 1.Robin Uthappa,2. Luke Wright,3.Michael Clarke,4.Yuvraj Singh,5.Angelo Mathews,6.Manish Pandey,7.Abhishek Nayar,8.Bhuvneshwar Kumar,9.Rahul Sharma,10.Ajantha Mendis,11.Ashish Nehra. pune will rock

Posted by Ramansilva on (February 4, 2013, 8:04 GMT)

SLC must be crazy to allow Akila and Sachitra to play in IPL. They should be nurtured for the future instead of pushing them into the wolves. I think IPL is ok for players like Mahela and Lasith to prolong their careers but not good for up and coming new talent. Their talents are blunted by the T20 format.

Posted by rethanjogi on (February 4, 2013, 7:57 GMT)

dhoni will go with baba aparajith instead of jakati from now as he can bat also nd morris instead of nannes. dhoni might go with 11 1. vijay 2. faf 3.raina 4.aparajith 5.badri 6.bravo 7.dhoni 8.morkel 9.jaddu 10.ashwin 11.morris. all 11can bat. he has 8bowling option with 3regular seamers nd 3spinners nd 2quality part timers. or instaed he may take an indian quik instaed of aparajith. if he does not feel comefrtable with indian quik he will go for nannes by droping faf then badri opens the inngs. so 9places will be comman vijay,raina,badri,ms.d,ashwin,jaddu,morkel,bravo,morris will be in the every match. remaing 2slots will be filled by nannes/faf nd aparajith/indian quik

Posted by valvolux on (February 4, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

Even as an Aussie, I have to agree with KP when he says he's amazed at how many very average Aussies get picked in the IPL. I agree also that playing all our test guys is just setting us up for an ashes fail. Watson and Pattinson who cant string 2 games together without injury should never have been allowed to play.

Posted by joseyesu on (February 4, 2013, 7:28 GMT)

This is my pool for CSK - (Faf/Hussey - A), (Alby/Bravo/Morris - B), (Ben/Kula - C), (Nannes/Holder/Laughlin -D) and the team of my choice Vijay,A,Raina,Dhoni,Jadeja,B,Badri/Saha,Ashwin,C,D, XXX

Posted by joseyesu on (February 4, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

CSK, almost the foreign slot is filled with choices of Faf, Hussey, Albie, Bravo, Ben, Kula, then why they went for Nannes, Morris, Holder, Ben and Akila. Without allrounders the side is weak and the team is good with spinners like Ashwin, Raina and Jadeja. Typically Dhoni wont change much with team. I would like to see Nannes and Morris to play atleast in 2 matches.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

Sachitra's a good pick...now Ajantha Mendis's mystery spin has been known to all......whereas Senanayaka's bowling s still unknown 2 sum of the players(especially the non-Indian Sub-continental players)...nd he can be another Sunil Narine too... Mclaren s a good pick....he has a decent pace...nd can bat well keeping a strike-rate above 100.... My Team :::: 1. Mcculum(WK) 2. Kallis 3. Gambhir(c) 4. Manoj Tiwary 5. Yusuf Pathan 6. Senanyake/Shakib 7. Das/Shukla 8. Bhatia9. Abdullah 10. Narine 11. Shami Ahmed/Balaji.

Posted by   on (February 4, 2013, 6:12 GMT)

Probablly RCB has done the right thing getting three ALLROUNDER who can bowl quick and few some bolwers from India which was missing for them for the last two edition,The Suad looks complete now,With Gayle Agrawal Pujara Virat Devilliers Tiwary Chritstian Vinay RP Singh Zaheer Murali

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (February 4, 2013, 5:48 GMT)

Pune Warriors really needed to fill that one Indian middle order batter slot and they did it with Nayar, so good job. Mendis can still prove to be a handful as he showed in the World T20 and Richardson is an up-an-coming young quickie who has some of the best yorkers you will ever see, which makes him perfect for this format. Clarke will in all likelihood be the captain next season.

Posted by him1618 on (February 4, 2013, 4:25 GMT)

Strange that CSK let go of Bolinger, hes been their lucky charm...but still the CSK lineup looks fearsome as ever...with batting till 8-9, and loads of all rounders

1. Vijay 2. Hussey/du Plessis 3. Raina 4. Badri 5. Bravo 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Collins/Morkel 9. Ashwin 10. Nannes 11. Jakati

Posted by alagu4ever_india4ever on (February 4, 2013, 3:18 GMT)

Can't wait to watch sachin & ponting playing together.... Drives vs Pulls, omg ! gonna b awesome....

Posted by fazald on (February 4, 2013, 2:51 GMT)

There's hardly any Englishmen in the squads which goes to show how serious the ECB is about winning the ashes while the ACB has released all it's test cricketers to participate in the IPL. After resting our top cricketers during the summer due to injury and the so called rotation policy the ACB don't seem to have any objections to fast bowlers like Pattinson and Hilfenhaus taking part while Watson has hardly played throughout the season and Clarke is also injury prone. By the time the tournament concludes it would be almost time to leave for the ashes and most of our players will be exhausted while Pattinson and Hilfenhaus will be nursing injuries once again and will not be available to play. This makes a mockery of the selectors rotation policy and the ACB's priorities like the "Big Bash" about Australian cricket. It was very scary to watch the Englishmen hard at practice preparing for the ashes on chanel 9 yesterday.

Posted by PadMarley on (February 4, 2013, 2:33 GMT)

There is nothing odd in releasing Chandimal yet picking Kushal Perera. Perhaps they both equally capable behind stumps. But we saw that Kushal starts seeing the ball after only few balls, where as Chandimal takes longer. Kushal is ideal to open or come at number 6. He did give a damn about Aussies bowlers in Australia and went after them and was successful. Good observation by Royal's buyers!!

Posted by Faheed on (February 3, 2013, 21:32 GMT)

Great tactics by RCB. They have 10 Indian seamers in their squad. It is obvious half of them would not get more than 1-2 games. It looks like they went with the tactic of keeping the talent out of the other teams. Indian pacers are hard to find and if one team has 10 then others will have to use their foreign quota. It would in turn put pressure on their batting and weaken their side. Smart tactics but not the best sporting attitude.

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (February 3, 2013, 21:24 GMT)

Kings 11 Punjab should buy Sandeep Sharma and another Indian batmen maybe someone like U.Kaul/R.Bist or S.Yadav now that Mumbai have got thier "amazing allrounder"Glenn Maxwell.Lol

Posted by vrn59 on (February 3, 2013, 19:04 GMT)

My top XI's: CSK: Vijay, M Hussey / du Plessis, Raina, Badrinath, Dhoni (C&wk), DJ Bravo, Morris / A Morkel, Jadeja, Ashwin, Nannes / Holder / Hilfenhaus. DD: Sehwag, Pietersen / Warner, Chand, Jayawardene (C), N Ojha (wk), Rao, Botha / J Mendis, I Pathan, M Morkel, Yadav, Nadeem / Negi. KKR: Gambhir (C), Haddin / B McCullum (wk), Bisla (wk), Kallis, Tiwary, Y Pathan, Das / Shukla, Ahmed / Abdulla, Lee / Pattinson, Narine, Balaji. MI: Tendulkar (C), Ponting, Rayudu, RG Sharma, Pollard, Karthik (W), Maxwell / Oram / Johnson, Harbhajan Singh, Malinga, M Patel, P Ojha. RCB: Gayle, Dilshan, Pujara, Kohli, de Villiers (wk), S Tiwary, Arun Karthik, RP Singh, Vinay Kumar, Zaheer, Muralitharan.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 3, 2013, 19:00 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

Posted by Sanjeevakki on (February 3, 2013, 18:43 GMT)

The worrying factor for RCB in previous edition's was 6/7 slot which will now be filled with two of three all rounders....RCB did very well in the auction.....

Probable 11 --------------- 1. Chris Gayle**Fixed For All Matches 2. Sunny Sohal/A mukund 3. C Pujara 4. Virat Kohli(c) 5. AB de Villiers 6. Mayank Agarwal 7. Moises Henriques/D Christian/Christopher Barnwell/ 8. Vinay Kumar/Harshal Patel 9. KP Appanna/Syed Mohammad/one Local Fast Bowler 10. Zaheer Khan/RP Singh 11. MuraliDharan/Vettori/Ravi Rampaul

Posted by Prem_Cricket on (February 3, 2013, 18:20 GMT)

CSK have the best side in the IPL they have strengthen their pace attack and they always have a strong batting line up. They may feel the presure in spin department as Ashwin is not in good form at the moment. Mumbai too have a good team. Not sure about RCB tactics in the auction.

Posted by EashwarSai on (February 3, 2013, 18:08 GMT)

@truebleue_cricfan: I guess you are a RCB fan jealous of CSK's success. Sneakiness..LOL. It does not matter how many wins you have in the league, it is the playoffs, the clutch games that count. For that you need to show loyalty to your players. RCB havent done that , you can see the way they treated Karnataka's own players like Dravid, Kumble,Prasad. If players are insecure they cannot do anything under pressure.

Posted by the_silent_observer on (February 3, 2013, 17:58 GMT)

I am sure RR will buy Vernon Philander outside the auction and spend more money!! He is as good a death bowler as you would ever see! I am surprised that they did not favour him over RP Sngh, Jayadev Unadkat and Nathan Coulter-Nile, especially when he came at a cheaper price and certainly has better credentials !!

Posted by the_silent_observer on (February 3, 2013, 17:52 GMT)

"Pune Warriors fought hard, but unsuccessfully for Nannes and Botha" - did not understand the logic of picking Richardson for $700,000, when the other two were finally picked at $600,000 and $450,000 respectively!!

Posted by arun_padmanabhan on (February 3, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

@truebleue_cricfan : Any logic behind having Zak, Vinay , Arvind , Mithun , RP, Pankaj , Unadkat, Harshal Patel, Sandeep Warrier, Parameshwaran (10 ) ?? How many of them do you think will get a chance in the playing eleven?

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 3, 2013, 17:38 GMT)

Ohh my god RCB has 15 bowlers seam attack, What they will do with this much number of bowlers.

Posted by truebleue_cricfan on (February 3, 2013, 16:56 GMT)

arun_padmanabhan, you seem to try extraordinarily hard to put down Bangalore. Considering CSK's sneakiness in the previous IPL editions, if there is any team that doesnt deserve to win the IPL, it is CSK. Ofcourse you cannot think of any logical reason for RCB's buys. Thats because your sense of reasoning seems to be absurd.

Posted by CaptainKool on (February 3, 2013, 16:41 GMT)

Delhi and Kolkata bought some needless players. Hyderabad has some good buys. It would be interesting to see how Ryder will fit in Delhi lineup. Can't wait to see Punter and Master Blaster play in one team!

Posted by arun_padmanabhan on (February 3, 2013, 16:14 GMT)

I am sure RCB bought all these Indian fast bowlers just to deny the other teams the services of an Indian fast bowler. I cant think of any other logical reason. Atleast half of them could have found a spot in the first-choice team had RCB not poked their nose. The franchise is causing harm to all these players. I hope they dont win the IPL.

Posted by arun_padmanabhan on (February 3, 2013, 16:08 GMT)

CSK looks the strongest team on paper. All the departments are filled. Openers, middle-order , all rounders ( both spinning and pace ) , specialist fast bowlers. And the great thing is they will have Hussey , Nannes throughout the season. Maybe even Morris and Morkel, as they are not permanent in their national team. Whoever was in their think-tank, very shrewd!!

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