From spending big to spending smart

The player-acquisition strategies of the franchises have changed over the years the IPL has been in existence

Nagraj Gollapudi

April 1, 2013

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Kane Richardson took five wickets for South Australia, South Australia v Victoria, Ryobi Cup 2012-13, Adelaide, February 9, 2013
Kane Richardson: was in the wishlist of several franchises despite being only a promising talent © Getty Images
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In a couple of days, the first match of the sixth IPL will be played, but the buying strategies at the auction in February are already coming under scrutiny.

Glenn Maxwell, the Australian allrounder, was the only million-dollar buy. Today, after his less than impressive debut Test tour (39 runs at 9.75 in two Tests, redeemed somewhat by seven wickets), the question that might be asked of Mumbai Indians, the franchise that bought him, will be whether they spent too much.

Maxwell, Kane Richardson ($700,000, Pune Warriors), Chris Morris ($625,000, Chennai Super Kings) and Sachithra Senanayake (also $625,000, Kolkata Knight Riders) fetched jaw-dropping sums. Not many outside their countries had heard about the talent and skills of these players, but IPL franchises were willing to gamble on them.

The four players above were on the radar of many franchises, who did active research on them, and other players, over 2012. Local coaches in various countries acted as scouts, relaying information on these and lesser-known players, and some of the franchises' own coaches travelled or kept a keen ear to the ground on the progress and performances of these cricketers.

Delhi Daredevils team director TA Sekar and his assistant coach Aashish Kapoor, the former India offspinner, made repeat trips to Australia to scout for local talent, where they spotted Maxwell in 2012. This is part of a trend where franchises have moved from chasing big names to looking for untapped but promising young talent.

Take the case of Richardson. The South Australian, recently turned 22, was the third-most expensive player at the 2013 auction, bought by Pune Warriors India. The former South Africa fast bowler Allan Donald, who is the Warrriors' bowling coach, saw Richardson play in the Ryobi Cup and was hooked. "The thing that excited me about Kane was his death-bowling skills," Donald said. "He is completely left-field, he brings something completely new, and not a lot of people know about him."

Equally left-field was Morris, who was sold for $625,000 after having his base price set at $20,000. "I have never seen this much money in my life," he said. Apparently Morris was on the wishlists of more than one franchise on auction day. Donald believes Morris has a good "heavier ball", which, along with his pace and attitude, will serve him well.

According to Venky Mysore, Knight Riders' chief executive, his franchise could have happily returned empty-handed from the auction, but having perceived a couple of gaps in the side during their pre-auction analysis, they decided to bid for Senanayake, who Trevor Bayliss, Knight Riders' head coach, had watched play in the Big Bash League. Bayliss, who is also the coach of Sydney Sixers, hired Senanayake in the BBL first and recommended him to Mysore.

"He [Senanayake] is a very interesting mystery bowler. If you look at his stats, he has done a very good job in the shorter version of the game especially. He has the variations and he can bowl with the new ball, in the Powerplay, [and is] someone who batsmen have found difficult to counter." That was enough for Mysore to pay over half a million dollars for Senanayake.

Over the years Knight Riders have continued to be bold at auctions. In the 2011 auction, the first big one after 2008, they spent $4.5 million on buying Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan, and $1.1 million on Jacques Kallis - $5.6 million out of an auction purse of $9 million. Too many eggs in one basket, seemingly, but a year later, with the same core of players, Knight Riders won their first IPL crown.

Under Mysore the emphasis has been on keeping the squad lean. "Everybody has become conscious that player costs are going up and clearly it is not sustainable from a franchise point of view," he said. His biggest priority has been on getting value for money. Last year he released four Indian domestic players, including the left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat, who had been signed for $250,000. That money and the sum left over from the previous auction purse, was used to buy Senanayake this year.

In the first two seasons nearly all the franchises adopted the high-risk strategy of building teams around big names. "Everybody came bleary-eyed to the auction table," said an official who attended the first auction. "A few said they had done overnight mock auctions. However, nobody had a clue about how to distribute the money, how many Indians to buy, how many overseas players to buy, considering only four could play." The auction purse for the inaugural auction was $5 million per franchise. Except for Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers and Rajasthan Royals, the rest of the franchises had icon players, who would be paid 15% more than the most expensive player they bought at the auction.

Those first player contracts were worth three years, and most franchises learned from their mistakes over that period. In 2009, Super Kings picked up a young George Bailey at his base price. He was playing for Tasmania and had yet to make his international debut, but former India selector VB Chandrasekhar, who was then with Super Kings, was tempted to try Bailey out, having watched his penchant for hitting sixes.

By 2011, only Chennai retained most of their original squad, as they believed they had invested a lot in these players and the returns had been fair. Knight Riders disbanded their entire set-up, bringing in a new coach, new captain, new players, and a new ethos. In 2008, Royal Challengers Bangalore resembled a Test squad full of old warhorses. Three years later, only one player, Virat Kohli, the first draft pick in 2008 as an Under-19 player, was retained.

Frugal does it
How much money did Rajasthan Royals, the inaugural IPL champions, spend at the first player auction? $3.6 million. And over the years the franchise has continued to remain the most parsimonious.

"People are not spending stupid money, as in the past auctions. They are now going for high-impact players," Raghu Iyer, the Royals' CEO, explained. For Iyer and his team the strategy at the auction is to "outthink the opposition". The franchise spent $6.2 million (out of the available purse of $9m) in 2011, $1.1m (out of $2m) in 2012, and $630,000 ($1.5m) at this year's auction, where they bought three players.

Kings XI Punjab have also shown that being sparing with cash can be an effective way of making profits while retaining a healthy position on the points table. In the 2011 auction, Rajasthan Royals spent $6.2 million and Kings XI $6.9 million; the other seven franchises each spent more than $8 million of their $9 million.

Aravinder Singh, the CEO of Kings XI, said being cautious has not hurt the franchise. This year the side bought only two players: Indian fast bowler Manpreet Gony ($500,000) and Australian batsman Luke Pomersbach ($350,000). "In 2012 we missed the playoff by just one win. We won against both KKR and Chennai, the finalists last year. Chennai has not beaten us in two years; in 2012 they lost both home and away games. We beat KKR in Kolkata. So it is not that we are lacking anything by not spending big money."

In 2011, Kings XI purchased Abhishek Nayar, a quality Indian alllrounder, for $800,000. "Michael Bevan, our coach then, wanted a quality left-handed Indian batsman. So we got Nayar. Unfortunately it did not click, so we released him, thinking it is better to try somebody else," Aravinder says. Punjab played the uncapped pair of Siddarth Chitnis and Gurkeerat Mann, who were paid about $18,000 apiece and who, Aravinder said, fit in nicely.

"Over a period of time we have realised that names are not as important as much as the value a particular player brings in the specific role that you are looking for him to perform," he said.


Dinesh Karthik made a run a ball 32, Mumbai Indians v Pune Warriors India, IPL, Mumbai, April 6, 2012
Franchises are making money out of their investments, like Kings XI selling Dinesh Karthik for $1 million to Mumbai © AFP
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Iyer said it is not business but cricket that drives the decision-making. "We firmly believe that the squad we pick has the ingredients to win the IPL. Our aim is to win consistently. Over the five years our win percentage is pretty healthy."

Apart from saving money at the auctions, Rajasthan Royals have been smart traders. "For a league to be healthy, trading should exist," Iyer said. In 2011 the franchise bought Ross Taylor, the New Zealand batsman, for $1m, and before the 2012 tournament they sold him for $2.3m to Delhi Daredevils. "We had discussions with Taylor and spoke to him about him not having the kind of impact we thought he could have had." They got Owais Shah as a replacement for his base price, $200,000.
 Kings XI too, showed a similar eye for a deal when they sold Dinesh Karthik for more than $1 million to Mumbai last year.

There may be no major trends in the auction game so far, and ego and adrenaline can overpower the best-laid plans, but on the whole franchises are getting smarter with experience.

"The IPL is a very young league and it will take some more years to stabilise," Sekar said. "Owners have become prudent compared to 2008, but it can still get better."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (April 2, 2013, 17:26 GMT)

Chennai and KKR have done well to maintain their Indian captain for the 6th and 3rd year consecutively. Also, they have maintained their nucleus very well. Teams with foreign captains will always find it difficult to win consistently as they miss out on picking key foreign players best suited for specific pitches. There is additional pressure on foreign captains to perform because they themselves have to battle for 1of the 4 spots. The competition from the other foreign bench warmers is top class. However, Indian captains can be assured of their spot as they are competing for 1 amongst 7 spots in the playing 11. Also, the competition from Indian bench warmers isn't that fierce as most of the good ones are already in the playing 11. Pressure on Ricky Ponting, Angelo Matthews, Adam Gilchrist will be immense. They'll be constantly be haunted by the combinations of either of Dwayne Smith/Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch/Ross Taylor and David Hussey/Azhar Mahmood from across the boundry line.

Posted by Nampally on (April 2, 2013, 14:57 GMT)

There should be value for the money spent- a good basis for all expenses in any business to make it a success. In IPL the players are being picked at huge contract costs without proven record to justify the cost. Firstly, not all the foreign players are NOT as good as the lucrative contracts they are getting. Secondly, How is a Million dollar tag derived -basis? In 1968 Gary Sobers, the top most all rounder in the world, signed an English county contract for mere 5000 pounds for the whole 4 month season. According to cost of living index, most items have gone up by a factor of 7 since then. Even assuming ten fold increase, the same cost today would be 50,000 pounds or <$100,000. How can guys like Maxwell or Taylor with no credibility or record, earn $1 million & 2.3 Millions? Kallis is the closest to Sobers & his contract of 1.1 Million is the only justified one. Use this as the basis & derate others. IPL owners should "Get Real & act like businessmen" to avoid looming Bankruptcy!

Posted by JG2704 on (April 2, 2013, 8:40 GMT)

@sukuviju on (April 2, 2013, 2:41 GMT) I'd have thought it was a MAX of 4 overseas players allowed

Posted by   on (April 2, 2013, 5:12 GMT)

This time every squad is perfect.Why people are blaming RR for not spending too much?DOn't they have a good squad?Then why do they need to spend money? Rahane,Watson,Badree,cooper,binny,edwards,faulkner,perera,harmeet,hodge,shah,baby,samson,tait are either stars of their country,club or their local team. I know that sreesanth is not perfroming well since his return from injury but yet he can be threatening.

My line up will be:Rahane,Darvid,Watson,Baby,Sasmon,Owais shah,stuart binny,samuel badree,harmeet singh,shaun tait,rahul shukla/sreesanth

Posted by sukuviju on (April 2, 2013, 2:41 GMT)

Is a minimum of 4 foreign players mandatory for any team. If not, I have a funny feeling CSK can manage with less than 4 foreign players. They have 3 good spinners in Ashwin, Jadeja & Jakati. Raina & Aparajita can also spin. All they require is 2 good fast bowlers - they have one local in Imtihas. They might just go with a hilfenaus, bravo, duplessis & Hussey to fill in the quota of 4 foreign players in the playing XI.

Posted by   on (April 2, 2013, 1:46 GMT)

Maxwell is a great T20 cricketer Benny Laughlin will have a good IPL IMO

Posted by JG2704 on (April 1, 2013, 21:38 GMT)

the IPL auction mirrors Ebay in my mind. With Ebay - And I know from experience - that one week you may list something and there may not even be a watcher and you could relist the same item a few weeks later and all it takes is 2 buyers with an ego and more money than sense who are determined to but the item and the same item which recd no interest a few weeks ago goes for silly money. I've already commented on where I thought the smart money was spent - the overspends and the players who were criminally overlooked. Maxwell has a huge weight of expectation on his shoulders - let's see if he delivers. I actually wonder if the franchise who paid so much for his services is already having doubts - just like the Ebay buyer who paid big bucks for the 7" record I relisted after it recd no bids 1st time around?

Posted by Nampally on (April 1, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

I honestly feel that no player in the World is worth a Million dollars. How can IPL clubs be so dumb to pay high bucks for average players. Maxwell is unproven guy. This is not the first time that Mumbai has lashed out. The last big pay cheque was for Pollard. Was he really worth Million$? His fielding is the only reliable part. Rest is Media hoopla. I think there should be an upper ceiling of $ 200,000 + performance based bonuses. Is Taylor really worth more than $200 K? why does he get 2.3 Million? Develop the local talent like Chand, Rayudu, Rasool, Kaul, J.Singh instead of wasting money on these non performing foreign players. IPL Teams will be bankrupt at these high payouts.

Posted by The_Red_Cherry on (April 1, 2013, 18:35 GMT)

Why is Rajasthan so miserly when it comes to spending on players? They compete and fight hard but sometimes that's not enough. There should be a few match-winners in the team too. RR are short of at least one pace bowler to spearhead the attack and one hard hitting batsman. They won the first time because they made some smart team selections. This time too I suspect they will remain in contention till the final league matches but won't make it to the knock out stage. That won't stop me however from rooting for it.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2013, 17:42 GMT)

Pujara is nowhere near the top of teams' wishlist for the IPL, yet remains the most consistent and promising of India's new breed of batsmen. This just goes to show that the pretense of grooming Indian cricketers for test matches through IPL is a bit of a sham. IPL would do so much better by throwing open the doors to free transfer and trade of players and remove all limits on the number of international players a team can field.

The only Indian cricketers who have performed well in IPL remain poor performers at the test level. Case in point: Suresh Raina. Despite being the top run scorer in IPL, Raina is a test liability. The same can be said for people like Gony, Uthappa, Rohit Sharma.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2013, 16:44 GMT)

Glen Maxwell might have failed in recent India tests, but so did Watson. You never know, Maxwell might just be worth the money. Agreed on Chennai Super Kings - they have been the most consistent and seem to be doing their homework well.

Posted by xylo on (April 1, 2013, 14:24 GMT)

The only short-term buy that might pay off is that of Ricky Ponting. MI have always been a team of big names, but poor captains. Ponting has a reputation of handling big names and egos, and even if he does not perform well, he would easily outperform Harbhajan. MI have a good chance this year, but for two caveats - Not sure how much Ponting understands T20 as much as he is shrewd about 50 over cricket or test cricket. And, even if he is successful, I would not expect him to be around for the next version of IPL.

Posted by   on (April 1, 2013, 14:20 GMT)

I'm a CSK fan, so i'll talk about CSK. They have made smart buys at the IPL. I mean, they spent huge amounts, but come to think about it all buys were bowlers, Chris Morris, if he can prove himself in this season could be Albie Morkel's successor, the big-hitting bowler, who'll get 20 runs off an over in the death. Dirk Nannes, Ben Laughlin, Jason Holder are strong contestants for Bollinger and/or Hilfenaus's spots.They have also signed 5 uncapped players, to take up that Domestic quickie role in which Yo Mahesh failed miserably. Baba Aparjith is strong competition to Badrinath and Jadeja, but judging from current form, the latter is almost a sure pick, leaving Badrinath's spot up for grabs. Vijay, Dhoni, Ahswin,

MY playing XI : Vijay, Hussey/Duplessis, Raina, Badri/ Baba Aparjith, Dwayne Bravo, MSD, Jadeja, Albie/Morris, Ashwin, Ben Laughlin(1 foreign quickie), Imtiaz Ahmed( one indian fast-medium bowler).

Posted by ThyrSaadam on (April 1, 2013, 14:18 GMT)

IPL has a lot going for it, except for the limit of 5 players per playing XI. If they lift that and have more players available , the cost of players would go down, and then trading players would become key. It is just really stupid that the IPL is still running under the pretext of "serving well for the indian cricketing freternity by developing young players for the India national team's cause." So far only Shane Watson, and Ravi Ashwin have been able to transalate T20 form to test cricket. It is easier to adapt to T20 with good test cricketing skill, and not other way round, and that is being clearly demostrated.

Posted by vigneshvinu on (April 1, 2013, 14:17 GMT)

Having dropped Taylor and maxwell now delhi will feel the heat,with Kevin and ryder already out of the team with injuries,while jayawerdena and Jeevan mendis cant play against the CSK.They will be knocked out of the tournment easily.

Posted by landl47 on (April 1, 2013, 13:19 GMT)

This article confirms what I suspected: it's not so much an auction as a lottery.

Posted by Charlie101 on (April 1, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

On their day any of these top players can perform and influence a game - see Steven Smith in the 3rd test . However the Maxwell decision does look a long shot and I would not like to explain to the franchise owner at the end of the tournement why I had spent the money .

Posted by SurlyCynic on (April 1, 2013, 13:18 GMT)

Lots of people criticising the Sunrisers signings here, but they made a good one in De Kock I think. He's only 20, opens the batting and keeps wicket, and has topped the run-scoring in the domestic SA T20 this year at a strike rate of over 150. He smashed 127 off 60-odd balls, as well as a brilliant 97 which included 8 sixes at the Wanderers. He's so young that in a couple of years he could go for big money, so is worth a bid I think.

Signing players for T20 is always a gamble - why not gamble on young talent who are still make a name for themselves rather than old players?

Posted by cricketanand12 on (April 1, 2013, 13:17 GMT)

Well,everybody is shocked to listen that MI grabbed maxwell at a million dollar.Why not?If you want a batsman to bat 1 or 2 days,you will pay 10 times more money to miachel clarke.But if you want a batsman,who can change the game in 1 or 2 overs,maxwell is better.So he deserved that money.He is a brilliant fielder and can bowl few economical overs in between. However,I don't think kane richardson deserved that sum of money.Aaron phangiso,Morris,Nannes,Laughlin,Mendis deserved more money.Even phangiso was not sold.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (April 1, 2013, 12:51 GMT)

I'm a CSK fan. CSK has got good Indian players. But I'm worried about our foreign players. Faf is nursing injury. Hussey is retired from internationals, so lacks competitive match practice. Albie's form is declining. I haven't seen Hilfenhaus playing for Australia recently. Kulasekara and Dananjaya are not playing. Fingers crossed. Hope things work out and take them to yet another finals.

Posted by Surajrises on (April 1, 2013, 12:41 GMT)

Mumbai Indian's have not been able to win the IPL even once because there r too many stars in that list which puts loads of pressure on the youngsters to perform and hence under-perform. MI should definitely have traded some players to just clear that heavily crowded dressing room! Sunrisers hardly bought anything and I don't see the new based Hyderabad team winning! They r gonna continue losing to even the weak teams in that list. Getting Laxman & Kris Srikanth to do the decision making for the team was a HUGE BLUNDER. Test players cannot be the a good decision makers. So bad luck for the Hyderabad based team is gonna continue. I just couldn't understand how did Doug Bollinger go unsold! I really thought Pune Warriors or Sunrisers would go for him but Surprise Surprise!!! Glen Maxwell just turned out to be lucky because of that 1 match where Clarke allowed him to open the innings in One Day chasing a small total. This auction was rather very dis-appointing to be very honest.

Posted by Ram-i on (April 1, 2013, 11:51 GMT)

Have always maintained that MI are the stupidest when it comes to buys. Over the years they have always paid millions to get sensational players, but havent given a thought to where they fit in the 'team'. Last year it was 1 match sensation Levi (who has since then been discarded by SA itself).This year its Maxwell.They still have Pollard/Malinga/Franklin and host of other players. Rahane was in MI and dint get a chance since SRT always opens with another foreign national! - he moved to RR and was the sensation last year.The local talents in MI are being wasted - yes, they are with their dream player, their Icon (SRT) but what is the point if you dont get a chance?? For the local players atleast, it is better to choose a smallish team where you atleast get a chance to perform than a star-studded line up where you always carry drinks.

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (April 1, 2013, 11:27 GMT)

I have a feeling that some of the franchise owners are rather innocent about cricketers and their net worth in terms of skills. For instance Johann Botha was bought some years ago for an astronomical sum. Probably 2 million dollars. Now that can only happen if someone from amongst the decision makers thought that he was actually Botham. There are others too who I can talk about. I could not believe that Glenn Maxwell was bought for as much as he was because I had seen him play against Pakistan in the middle east in limited over games. Someone from Australia had said that he was an attacking off spinner and so he went. It surprises me that T A Sekhar was involved in scouting talent and that he had a hand in selecting Maxwell. There are other names like Barnwell in RCB. Or Laughlin in one of the teams. I am not sure what they are expected to do. In fact Cricinfo would be doing a great service to all by publishing a who's who of all the players.The Sunandas and Sonias will then know more.

Posted by sensible-indian-fan on (April 1, 2013, 10:55 GMT)

@cnksnk - Good concept but its NOT true. CSK won't be retaining any foreign players this time. I don't what is the quota allowed but it will all be all Indian players.

Why?

Because a Indian batsmen like Murali Vijay will ALWAYS go for more than a Dale Steyn or Albie Morkel or Chris Morris.

No team would give away their Indian batsmen. So its a question of which Indian player CSK would drop if the quota is 4 people.

Dhoni and Raina are sure (cos they are consistent Indian batsmen).

The candidates for the next 2 slots would be Jadeja, Ashwin, Murali Vijay (if Vijay looks in good form at that time, then he is sure too).

After retaining the core Indian members, CSK would go aggressively for the rest of the CSK players. A good indian batsmen will surely cost 1.5-2 million but that's not the case with Bravo or Morkel or Chris Morris.

Posted by zagar on (April 1, 2013, 10:43 GMT)

No analysis of the Sunrisers team? Other than the high price for 1 or 2 players like Cameron who hopefully will be more settled and able to deliver this season the purchases have been very parsimonious. The reliance is very much on the locals to deliver - letting go of Ojha and Rohit Sharma was a big mistake, but then the owners were trying to liquidate the team - even Venu release was a mistake.

Posted by guppys_classmate on (April 1, 2013, 9:54 GMT)

Smart buys?? Oh Yeah... A bowler like Philander goes unsold and a bits and pieces player like Maxwell gets a million dollars...

Posted by Baseball-Sucks on (April 1, 2013, 9:53 GMT)

I think the smartest buy was made by Rajasthan Royals. They picked up The New Sri lankan Bating Sensation, Kusal Perera for $20,000 peanuts. He is an explosive opening batsman and an outstanding wicket keeper. They mus have had some help of a fortune teller. :)

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (April 1, 2013, 9:34 GMT)

Who knows who will succeed and who will not. One match success doesn't guarantee success in the next. One season success doesn't guarantee success in the next. Case in point, Yusuf Pathan. Hero in one season and zero in the next. I hope these Franchisees are earning money somewhere and if they do not spend, they will end up paying taxes. T20 is a format where Bisla can fire and Sachin will be fired.

Posted by jimbond on (April 1, 2013, 9:20 GMT)

Teams like Mumbai Indians have only one strategy- buying players so that they can be denied to the other teams- even if they dont find a place in the Mumbai Indians final 11. And the one's to do find a place are not always the best- it is difficult to understand why Franklin (one of their four foreign players) finds a spot in most matches. And buying Dinesk Karthik for 1 Million is another questionable decision- because he has not been useful for any team till now (even his home team- chennai goes with either Dhoni or Saha or Parthiv, and Delhi is much happier with Naman Ojha and Gautam).

Posted by nzcricket174 on (April 1, 2013, 9:14 GMT)

Mumbai should have bought Guptill or Ryder for the top order, not Maxwell.

Posted by Princepurple1979 on (April 1, 2013, 7:44 GMT)

Sometimes it seems if the owners are not too rich they make better decisions. Case in point RR & MI. RR has been very clever right from the start and they had moderate success also over the years. On the other hand MI has been spending millions everywhere but not getting much in return. MI's problems could entirely be attributed to management; poor auctioning, horrible captaincy (mostly from Sachin) and relying on players who are one hit wonders etc! Now currently the team is filled up with discarded and over the hill T20 players like Sachin, Harbhajan and Ponting and is doomed for another failure. If i have to put my money on one team this year that has to be CSK; the most balanced and most potent team in the fray!

Posted by   on (April 1, 2013, 7:24 GMT)

You could draw a parallel between IPL's player purchases to that of a trader picking stocks for his portfolio. There are sure bets, shorts bets, long bets, and the Shaun Marsh/Shane Watson-like ten-baggers. This is probably why people who are not just cricket-heads but also management and gambler-types are in charge of most teams.

Posted by chilled_avenger on (April 1, 2013, 7:22 GMT)

The most expensive players have usually turned out to be a no-show in IPL! Flintoff and KP were the most expensive buys in IPL 2 but neither of them played more than 6 matches and were mediocre in that IPL. Jadeja and Jayawardene,the most expensive buys of IPL 5,did nothing special last year. And the less said about the most expensive buy of IPL 4 Dan Christian,the better!

Posted by AMAZINGFAN on (April 1, 2013, 7:05 GMT)

i think this article is wrong,TA shekar was with MI in 2010 and david warner wasn't spotted in 2010 his first ipl debut was in 2009(played for DD).....cricinfo pls publish

Posted by   on (April 1, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

Let's just wait and watch!

Posted by Tal_Botvinnik on (April 1, 2013, 5:17 GMT)

Mumbai Indians have the worst decision making system ever. Glenn Maxwell struggled to Indian conditions, got taken apart by tail-enders and his batting also isn't top notch either.They should have picked guptill or Jesse given their top order problems.There bowling isn't good either because once you remove malinga they are nothing.SHould have picked a spinner like ajantha Mendis given he was the leading wicket taker in last year's ICC T20 cup.

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