IPL auction 2014 February 12, 2014

Yuvraj hits the jackpot on day of smart spending

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Yuvraj Singh was the most expensive buy on the first day of the IPL 2014 auction, a relatively conservative exercise in which 70 players were bought for a total of Rs 212.35 crores (approx. $35 million). There were five million-dollar bids - for Yuvraj, Dinesh Karthik, Kevin Pietersen, Mitchell Johnson and Glenn Maxwell - but the value of some previous millionaires, including the Pathan brothers, Yusuf and Irfan, and Saurabh Tiwary, recorded a steep decline.

The overall mood was less dramatic than previous auctions, with the franchises looking at team-building over shirt-selling. The last big auction, in 2011, had yielded 15 millionaires on its first day and a total of $52.8 million spent - a marked change, even accounting for the fact that there were more teams then and different spending rules.

Yuvraj and Karthik were part of the 16-player marquee list that kicked off the auction and were fiercely contested by three franchises. Royal Challengers Bangalore made a successful bid for Yuvraj at Rs 14 crores ($2.33 million), while Delhi Daredevils bought Karthik for Rs 12.5 crores ($2.08 million).

Kings XI Punjab paid Rs 6.5 crores ($1.083 million) to snap up Johnson and Rs 6 crores ($1 million) for Maxwell. Pietersen, whose international career was recently brought to an abrupt end by the ECB, remained a favourite in the IPL as Delhi Daredevils, his previous employers, became the first franchise to exercise the right-to-match card to buy him for Rs 9 crores ($1.5 million).

In fact, Pietersen, who was once the most expensive player in the IPL along with former England team-mate Andrew Flintoff in 2009 (both were bought at $1.55m), was the costliest buy using the right-to-match card option.

Yuvraj was previously part of the Pune Warriors franchise, which had bought him for $1.8 million in 2011. Yuvraj has been out of form recently and was not a part of the Asia Cup squad, but franchise insiders had revealed, on the eve of the auction, that he was still a key player in the IPL.

As for Karthik, Daredevils raised the paddle as soon as the bidding began. Sunrisers Hyderabad competed for a bit before Knight Riders once again decided to make a late move, entering the bid after it had crossed the 10-crore mark. However, they withdrew immediately allowing Daredevils to bag Karthik.

Incidentally, it is understood that Karthik was one of the favourites likely to be retained by his previous IPL franchise, Mumbai Indians. Mumbai had bought out Karthik's contract from Kings XI for over $1 million in 2012. But Karthik eventually entered the auction and saw his value double to more than $2 million.

In contrast, both Irfan and Yusuf, who have been battling injury and patchy form in the domestic season, saw their worth plummet compared to the millions they were paid in the 2011 auction. Yusuf was the second player bought in the 2011 auction when Knight Riders paid $2.1 million. His base price in today's auction was Rs 2 crores and only Sunrisers and Kings XI made the opening bids, but withdrew easily before Knight Riders used the right-to-match card to buy him back at Rs 3.25 crores ($541,000). Irfan, who was bought by Daredevils in 2011 for $1.9 million, had listed his base price at Rs 1.5 crores. It climbed to Rs 2.4 crores ($400,000) before Sunrisers clinched him.

There were more surprises for the Indian capped contingent when franchises ignored S Badrinath, RP Singh, Munaf Patel, Praveen Kumar and Manpreet Gony. Saurabh Tiwary was perhaps the best example of how well the franchises had improvised on their buying strategy.

In 2011, Tiwary, who had just started his international career at the time, was paid a mind-boggling $1.6 million by Royal Challengers. During his stint at RCB, Tiwary managed just 487 runs from 30 innings at a strike rate of 104.8. Tiwary's base price in this auction was Rs 50 lakhs and he had few takers before Daredevils got him for Rs 70 lakhs ($116,000). Compared to 2011, Irfan, Yusuf and Tiwary had suffered a dip of approximately $1.5 million in their auction value.

But there were players who lived up to the hype. Maxwell, who was purchased by Mumbai last year for $1 million, managed to get the same price from new owners, Kings XI. The franchise also contested hard to buy Johnson, who, until last year, was with Mumbai.

New Zealand allrounder Corey Anderson, who holds the record for the fastest ODI hundred, was bought by Mumbai, who have over the years perfected the trend of buying the player of the moment. They bought Maxwell last year, and before that had purchased South Africa batsman Richard Levi and Kieron Pollard.

Although it was too early to establish any trends, availability remained an important factor in franchise calculations. Players from Sri Lanka and England, who will play a series in May, did not attract any bids. The sole exception was Sri Lanka allrounder Thisara Perera, who was bought by Kings XI for Rs 1.6 crores ($267,000). Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan remained unsold.

So far franchises have utilised eight right-to-match cards: Pietersen (Daredevils), Jacques Kallis (Knight Riders), Yusuf (Knight Riders), Faf du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings), Amit Mishra (Sunrisers), Darren Sammy (Sunrisers), Pragyan Ojha (Mumbai) and Parvinder Awana (Kings XI) were bought back by their previous IPL teams. Four franchises - RCB, Kings XI, Daredevils, Royals - have five more right-to-match cards between them.

Franchises had pointed out on Tuesday that the use of the right-to-match cards would eventually come down to run-time and how the auction went along. Stephen Fleming, the Chennai Super Kings coach, said it was a tough choice for the franchise to decide whether to use the right-to-match card for Michael Hussey or du Plessis.

"It very much came down to who came out first (for bidding)," Fleming said. "We value them both a lot, but with the way the bidding is going and the way the room is working, it is a little bit risky to leave an opportunity."

But there was also some anxiety displayed by franchises like Knight Riders, who decided to enter the bidding for South African allrounder Jacques Kallis. Super Kings were also interested in Kallis but withdrew later.

"Part of the strategy was to try and conserve the card just in case we needed it later," Venky Mysore, Knight Riders' chief executive, said. "So we said let us see how far the bid goes: we paid a little bit of a price but luckily we got everyone we would have used the card for. So we came out okay."

When asked why the franchise had stuck with Yusuf Pathan, who had a terrible three-year stint at Knight Riders, Mysore, however, pointed out that the franchise still retained the confidence in the allrounder. In three seasons, Yusuf has managed 809 runs from 48 matches, with just one half-century and taken 18 wickets at an economy rate of around seven.

"He is a one of the match-winners," Mysore said. "It is a bit unfortunate that he probably hasn't fired as many times. He has won us several games, sometimes more with the ball than with the bat. But on his day he can take the game single-handedly, so we always had him in our plans and we are happy we got him at approximately one-third the price we got him for the last time."

Rahul Dravid, the Royals' coach, stressed that the franchise was not worried about buying too many big names. Among their foreign purchases on the opening day, Royals invested in Steven Smith, Kane Richardson, Tim Southee and Ben Cutting, and bought back Brad Hodge.

"Steven Smith was really important for us because our two key batsmen Shane Watson and Brad Hodge," Dravid said. "Hodge is 39, Watto has few injury issues. So we wanted to back it up with a class player who can play spin pretty well, who has proven leadership potential. He was definitely one of the back-ups for Watson and Hodge, looking at the the future."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 12, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    KXIP had one of the best auctions today (their best ever) although I believe they missed out on Shami, they could've pushed delhi since they had the purse, but oh well...Maxwell was a pleasant surprise although with the Mohali pitch, a pace all rounder like Neesham (especially at 100) would have been a bargain. Now all Punjab needs to do is buy back some good players like Mandeep, Hurkeerat and Sandeep Sharma. They need at least one proper spinner with Maxwell and Sehwag as covers. Nadeem has been in good form and Karn Sharma and Abdull have done well in the past. They also need a couple of decent Indian seamers to exploit the Mohali/Sharmashala (or foreign) pitches depending on where the IPL is held. Siddharth Kaul shows immense promise and can bowl close to 140K too. Rishi Dhawan can be useful as an all rounder. Finally, some good Indian hitters to provide lower order impetus, maybe Kedhar Jadhav. Saha and Gurkeerat could do the job too though.

  • soumyas on February 14, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    Did anybody rope in Donald who was a bowling coach for PUNE ?

  • soumyas on February 13, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Taylor, Philander, White, Hogg, Tsotsobe are great players to have in the team... Taylor is marquee player, Indian fans love to see Taylor playing IPL. he brings X-factor like Gayle... Now franchisees don't have much money left. he will go UNSOLD.

  • India_boy on February 13, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    6. miscellaneous factors - Teams also choose not to fetch certain players so that their prices go down next day, this is the same way forward markets work in stock exchange, wait for the stock price to fall down and then grab them. Some of the time, one or the other factors take precedence over other factors, for eg. Anderson may have been exceptional lately but NZ players havent set Indian pitches on fire, this is the same as Kohli or Yuvi not getting big amounts if it was a NZ T20 tournament. For the same reason Guptill and all wont fetch much. And as for SL players not getting picked, the reason is clear - they aren't going to be available for more than half of the tournament, so why would they be picked, even though they are clearly the crowd's favorites! Hope I have been able to impart some clarity on the issue here. Let the games begin! cricinfo pls publish!

  • India_boy on February 13, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Everyone who is wondering how the IPL auctions work and how come best players are not picked, must know a lot of certain factors that work here in tandem. We, as fans, consider only the rankings and last T20 WC whereas IPL franchises and their consultants consider the following: 1. adaptability - whether Indian pitches suit his play 2. Popularity - In India, fans care more about popularity & explosive batting than style & technique of play, no wonder SRT was more popular and sellable than RD even though latter was a far more technical & reliable batsman. Same is the case with Yuvi, BMac, Gayle, Sehwag etc. 3. Availabiility - is the player available for the whole tournament, what is his injury history, can he sustain his form for almost 20 games and 2 months? 4. All round performance - does he bat as well as bowl, is his fielding good, is he a captain of his national team? 5. Most recent performances - how did he do in the last 10 T20s/ODIs etc....contd... cricinfo pls publsh

  • on February 13, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    So losing all and sundry for the 'Team India' hardly matters at home where come I PL the non performers( of which the highest purchase is a prominent one and he simply cannot fathom quick stuff) are hailed by our maddening fans for one month till May as champs! Absolutely no sense of any remorse amongst neither the purchasers nor the fans.

  • on February 13, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    I do understand that the Pathan brothers, Tiwary etc. have seen a huge dip in value. However, to compare $ figures in 2011 auction with the $ figures today is completely incorrect and this isn't an apples to apples comparison. In 2011, the salary was quoted in $ which were converted at a fixed fx rate of 46 for all Indian players (so for Irfan Pathan, the $1.9m figure translated into INR 8.7 crores) while in 2014, all the salaries are quoted in INR & the INR has depreciated far more today (around 60-62 to a $). Hence, for Irfan, a figure of INR 2.4 crores translates into $400k. The difference between the two figures is INR 6.3 crores which at today's fx rate (of say 60) translates into $1.05m and not $1.5m as quoted in the article.

  • trigga315 on February 13, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Very surprised no one bought Taylor, Philander, White or Hogg. All four players are in good form and have proven 20/20 records.

  • StreetCricketer on February 13, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    @Will - It is demand and supply. There are seven spots for players from one country, India, while four for players from five countries - Australia, NZ, WI, SL and SA. Add to that a few Irish, English, Bangladeshi and other players, and you can see the pool of available players for four spots is much bigger than that for the seven spots. I think teams looking for specific skills also make a difference. Players who can play more than one role - Wk+batsman or all-rounder (Yuvi) - are more in demand.

  • on February 13, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    Love the high standards of IPL. If Azhar Mahmood can't be picked in any team then there should he some intelligent reason behind it.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 12, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    KXIP had one of the best auctions today (their best ever) although I believe they missed out on Shami, they could've pushed delhi since they had the purse, but oh well...Maxwell was a pleasant surprise although with the Mohali pitch, a pace all rounder like Neesham (especially at 100) would have been a bargain. Now all Punjab needs to do is buy back some good players like Mandeep, Hurkeerat and Sandeep Sharma. They need at least one proper spinner with Maxwell and Sehwag as covers. Nadeem has been in good form and Karn Sharma and Abdull have done well in the past. They also need a couple of decent Indian seamers to exploit the Mohali/Sharmashala (or foreign) pitches depending on where the IPL is held. Siddharth Kaul shows immense promise and can bowl close to 140K too. Rishi Dhawan can be useful as an all rounder. Finally, some good Indian hitters to provide lower order impetus, maybe Kedhar Jadhav. Saha and Gurkeerat could do the job too though.

  • soumyas on February 14, 2014, 10:32 GMT

    Did anybody rope in Donald who was a bowling coach for PUNE ?

  • soumyas on February 13, 2014, 7:33 GMT

    Taylor, Philander, White, Hogg, Tsotsobe are great players to have in the team... Taylor is marquee player, Indian fans love to see Taylor playing IPL. he brings X-factor like Gayle... Now franchisees don't have much money left. he will go UNSOLD.

  • India_boy on February 13, 2014, 5:28 GMT

    6. miscellaneous factors - Teams also choose not to fetch certain players so that their prices go down next day, this is the same way forward markets work in stock exchange, wait for the stock price to fall down and then grab them. Some of the time, one or the other factors take precedence over other factors, for eg. Anderson may have been exceptional lately but NZ players havent set Indian pitches on fire, this is the same as Kohli or Yuvi not getting big amounts if it was a NZ T20 tournament. For the same reason Guptill and all wont fetch much. And as for SL players not getting picked, the reason is clear - they aren't going to be available for more than half of the tournament, so why would they be picked, even though they are clearly the crowd's favorites! Hope I have been able to impart some clarity on the issue here. Let the games begin! cricinfo pls publish!

  • India_boy on February 13, 2014, 5:21 GMT

    Everyone who is wondering how the IPL auctions work and how come best players are not picked, must know a lot of certain factors that work here in tandem. We, as fans, consider only the rankings and last T20 WC whereas IPL franchises and their consultants consider the following: 1. adaptability - whether Indian pitches suit his play 2. Popularity - In India, fans care more about popularity & explosive batting than style & technique of play, no wonder SRT was more popular and sellable than RD even though latter was a far more technical & reliable batsman. Same is the case with Yuvi, BMac, Gayle, Sehwag etc. 3. Availabiility - is the player available for the whole tournament, what is his injury history, can he sustain his form for almost 20 games and 2 months? 4. All round performance - does he bat as well as bowl, is his fielding good, is he a captain of his national team? 5. Most recent performances - how did he do in the last 10 T20s/ODIs etc....contd... cricinfo pls publsh

  • on February 13, 2014, 5:14 GMT

    So losing all and sundry for the 'Team India' hardly matters at home where come I PL the non performers( of which the highest purchase is a prominent one and he simply cannot fathom quick stuff) are hailed by our maddening fans for one month till May as champs! Absolutely no sense of any remorse amongst neither the purchasers nor the fans.

  • on February 13, 2014, 4:47 GMT

    I do understand that the Pathan brothers, Tiwary etc. have seen a huge dip in value. However, to compare $ figures in 2011 auction with the $ figures today is completely incorrect and this isn't an apples to apples comparison. In 2011, the salary was quoted in $ which were converted at a fixed fx rate of 46 for all Indian players (so for Irfan Pathan, the $1.9m figure translated into INR 8.7 crores) while in 2014, all the salaries are quoted in INR & the INR has depreciated far more today (around 60-62 to a $). Hence, for Irfan, a figure of INR 2.4 crores translates into $400k. The difference between the two figures is INR 6.3 crores which at today's fx rate (of say 60) translates into $1.05m and not $1.5m as quoted in the article.

  • trigga315 on February 13, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    Very surprised no one bought Taylor, Philander, White or Hogg. All four players are in good form and have proven 20/20 records.

  • StreetCricketer on February 13, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    @Will - It is demand and supply. There are seven spots for players from one country, India, while four for players from five countries - Australia, NZ, WI, SL and SA. Add to that a few Irish, English, Bangladeshi and other players, and you can see the pool of available players for four spots is much bigger than that for the seven spots. I think teams looking for specific skills also make a difference. Players who can play more than one role - Wk+batsman or all-rounder (Yuvi) - are more in demand.

  • on February 13, 2014, 4:13 GMT

    Love the high standards of IPL. If Azhar Mahmood can't be picked in any team then there should he some intelligent reason behind it.

  • Sharath274 on February 13, 2014, 3:40 GMT

    RR should have gone for a couple of good spinners.. they don't have any spinning options.. unless they want to go back to Tambhe.. there were a lot of options, and they cud have gone for Dilshan for his all-round abilities.. very surprised that players like Dilshan, Mahela, Ross were unsold..similarly they could have gone for M.Karthik who is any day a better spinner than many who are playing for India now & a proven T20 player..but he doesnt find a place more due to non-cricketing reasons.. Also I am interested to see who will captain the following sides : DD - KP/DK ?? KXIP - Viru/Bailey/Pujara?? RR - Watson/Smith...

  • on February 13, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    Afghanistan have world class players, but they are not in the auction list, hope some of our heroes like Hameed Hasan and Mohammad Nabi should be added to the Auction list. they are match winner, I believe the franchises will not waste their investment on them.

  • cricketisagame on February 13, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    @Will Hargreaves .. I think you forgot the bacis rules of IPL. Though there are good T20 overseas players, team can field only 4 of them. They can fileld 7 Indian players which is why Indian players are trading heavily though they are discarded from National team. Y Singh and DK are good T20 players in Indian conditions and the franchise have the laxury of fielding them unlike the overseas players

  • Alexk400 on February 13, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    @Will Hargreaves problem is only 4 spots for foreign players. Even if you buy them there are better players. ICC t20 ranking is kinda flawed. Corey anderson kinda unlucky to go cheap because he was in like 4 hr after bids begins. Otherwise he would have fetched 1-2 mil easily. They need to make 5 foreign player to play make the game even. DK is best indian wicket keeper with big shot making ability. Thats huge. But yuvi is way over priced on his current form. He should have been sold at 1mil at max. I think steal of the day is sehwag at 320 lakh. Even if he play half of his potential , punjab will look great. I think he has chip on shoulder so he will play good for punjab. Because its his last chance to get back to indian team. He has to bat better than all young indian batsman to get selected. Corey anderson went to good team. He get more exposure even if he performs decent level. Also he can add some cunningness and variation to his bowling which is lacking as of now.

  • JimmyEnglish on February 13, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    @ThilankaK- Aren't grapes sour ? See, don't criticize IPL if SL players don't get selected. We Indians really like to see Mahela, Sanga, Herath and co play. They've got international fixtures with England this summer, so picking them will be a waste of money. Do you see any English player other than KP ? Isn't it obvious ? But fans like you never understand ...

  • Sudhir65 on February 13, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    Sad to see so many good players unsold. Problem is that IPL has receded when it should have expanded, after 6 years of existence. It went from 10 teams to 8 instead to 12. There is a huge market and demand for more cricket in other, usually smaller, towns of India. But IPL and BCCI's disorganization and corruption has robbed fans and players.

  • on February 13, 2014, 1:58 GMT

    RCB should have got alex hales in. That dude's all class. I am not much sure about guptill and taylor though they are good but not good enough for ipl. Dehli has an entire new team with wonderful players. They did their himework before buying players which is good. The biggest loss was hussey. Can't believe csk didn't retain him. What was stephen fleming thinking? he has consistently given csk strong starts.

  • on February 13, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    @will lol :D worlds 7th best T20 batsman !!! Even 2nd best was not picked up !!

  • padmal on February 13, 2014, 1:27 GMT

    Luke ronchi is a dangerous batsman...needs to pick him.he can be devastating...

  • on February 13, 2014, 1:16 GMT

    surprisingly travis birt remained unsold

  • on February 13, 2014, 1:09 GMT

    The reason the Indian players command such high prices (the good ones at least both past and present) while good international players are passed is simple. There is little point in having more than 5 or 6 overseas players as only 4 can take the field at any 1 time. This means alot of good overseas players with low reserves in general will be passed over for mediocre to average Indian players who in some cases will fetch more than proven international overseas based stars.

  • on February 13, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    What don't some guys who comment here get?? IPL teams need indian players more than they need foreigners, guess that's why yuvraj and karthik went for so much. I agree though their price is over the top. Most of the teams are filled with really good foreign players so whats the point in taking other foreign players those are unsold? ONLY 4 FOREIGN PLAYERS IN A TEAM.please remember that before you comment. Admin please publish

  • BRUTALANALYST on February 12, 2014, 23:46 GMT

    Chris Barnwell Jonathan Carter and Andre Russell are all very good backup players at reasonable prices I'd expect some teams to look at these West Indians considering ho well West Indians have done in the past IPL seasons. Santokie going unsold is ridiculous he is one of the best T20 yorker bowlers sad that talented West Indies platers are being overlooked.

  • BRUTALANALYST on February 12, 2014, 23:41 GMT

    Sad that KRISHMAR SANTOKIE has gone unsold he was the man of the tournament in the CPL for a bowler even far outperforming Narine. Santokie has been consistently one of the best bowlers in T20's and he would be a great addition to any side ! Seems like there is so many Aussies and to few other nationalities.

  • on February 12, 2014, 23:24 GMT

    I think it is misleading to compare the prices to previous auction in $. Rupee declined from 45 per $ to 62 per $. If you look at the amount spent in Rupees it was around 237 Crin 2011 (23.7 Cr per team) and it is at 212 Cr (26.5 Cr per team). So overall expenditure per team was higher than 2011. The important thing to look at is most teams used up most of their allowable budget. Granted that the teams were more careful with their spending this time but again in 2011 there were 2 more teams and hence more demand.

  • YoBro on February 12, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    The big question is: who's auditing the financial accounts of these "franchises". This is most definitely funny money. You don't expect bits and pieces players who know nothing about the game to be worth this much. What's the real worth of T20? Is it really millions of dollars? Don't kid yourself. This is almost ridiculous. If they did an honest audit, the truth will come out and like Satyam, they'll go bust overnight. People are being taken for one heck of a ride and don't even realize it. Alas, my post might not even make it.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 12, 2014, 23:16 GMT

    @Rahul Vasudev SRH actually has a pretty solid better batting orders. At least the top 5. Warner, Finch, Dhawan, Sammy, Henriques and then Bhuvi, Steyn and Mishra for their bowling. Its a well balanced team with plenty of potential. MI missed out on a lot with their retentions. They should have retained DK, Johnson and Ojha in the first place. Right now, they barely have any money left, and while all their players are good, they have no back-ups

  • CSKLion on February 12, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    Sorry Mr Fleming, I couldn't understand your strategy for getting D Smith (Poor Slow opener from MI) and BMac (When we already have our THALA MSD). Rather we should have got back our own Lions M Vijay and Albie Morkel. That would have given an opener (more importantly Indian player), a proven Allrounder and match finisher Albie. My heart feels for loosing our four lions - Vijay, Mr Cricket, Albie and our unsung Hero Badri.

  • CodandChips on February 12, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    Seeing the unsold players list inspired me to think of the following world XI:

    Johnson Charles, Kusal Perera, Raina, Bopara, Samit Patel, Bairstow, Dwayne Bravo, Sohail Tanvir, Dernbach, Ishant Sharma, Fawad Ahmad

    Perhaps one of the more useless teams around

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 12, 2014, 22:19 GMT

    @ Paul Rone-Clark: I am not at all surprised at your 'insightful' comment given how you come to IPL articles each year and spew nonsense. "Anti-English spite" ? I think the ECB are the ones who have an Anti-IPL spite. They axed their BEST player in KP because he wanted to show case his talent in the IPL along with his international career. If there is anybody with a vendetta, it's the ECB. This is why our teams DO NOT pick your players because who knows, they could be callled back after 2 weeks because the ECB wanted them to play in some useless county matches. Besides, no English player comes close to being a match winner. Only Eoin Morgan comes close but even he's Irish. Bopara, Samit Patel, Luke Wright are all mediocre. Lastly, nobody in India cares what folks in England think of the IPL. No matter what you say, the league is the most popular in the world and continues to grow strong each year.

  • on February 12, 2014, 22:02 GMT

    Wonder if Sakib Al Hassan is in the KKR plans. He played very well for them last time.

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 12, 2014, 22:00 GMT

    @ Will Hargreaves: Please use your common sense. It's the INDIAN Premier League for a reason. Quality Indian internationals are highly sought out by the franchises. Your two Kiwis are fine players but they don't fit into the dynamics of the teams. Besides only 4 overseas players can play in any starting XI. Keeping all these restrictions in mind, it's difficult to buy every single player from every country. Not to mention, the limited budget available to some teams.

  • on February 12, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    Good no srilankan players. Every match will be interesting to watch

  • on February 12, 2014, 21:35 GMT

    What were they thinking when they were bidding on yuvraj singh. A mediocre batsman who can't play short balls from even medium pacers. He is a failure aginast quality fast bowling. Now RCB is in a big problem. They have only got 1.8 crores left with four players to buy which is impossible. Even if they get someone the person will be extremely unlucky to be bought so cheaply. If they were bidding such huge amount on someone like dhoni it would have made some sense. Dhoni is a pure match winner. Hope he pays off or nobody will even buy him in the next IPL. The thing is RCB has kohli. Who can take it on all by himself.

  • krik8crazy on February 12, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    Glad to see Yuvi get the top billing. He is the man who launched 20-20 into the stratosphere of popularity with his six sixers in the first T20 world cup. Even now he is still capable of destroying bowling attacks IMO. I wish the best of luck for this entertaining matchwinner.

  • on February 12, 2014, 21:20 GMT

    Bad Deals 1.Chawla (too many spinners & no batsmen..is chawla coming at 5/6)? 2.Saha (Ppl like K Jadhav and CM Gautam are in tremendous form in Ranji) 3.Uthappa (Decent bat but sloppy keeper. Serious doubts about him standing upto the stumps to Narine &co @ Eden) 4.Yuvraj (Overpriced. shouldnt have gone above 10 crore.For RCB he's even worse coz he will be highly underutilized. Buying him as an allrounder for such hefty amount doesnt make sense) 5.K Richardson (Too many foreign seamers in RR. Shud have targeted a quality spinner like Badree/Nathan McCllum & an Indian bowler Pankaj Singh who continues to be ignored at IPL as well)

    Smart Deals: 1. Ravi Rampaul (Steal @ 90lac) 2. Every RR buy barring Richardson.Southee is a good death bowler which they had lacked in prev editions. 3.S Tiwary (Can wield the willow if given a chance. Avg. Balls faced in RCB were a meagre 11.6. those too at death) 4.Bailey+ Marsh + Perera(All in sensational form & still almost half the price of Karthik)

  • on February 12, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    Can someone please tell me how the 7th best 20/20 batsman in the world (Guptil) and the 3rd best bowler ( N Mccullum) didn't get picked up... and yet two overrated past stars in Yuvraj and Karthik get picked up for huge money.. makes the whole auction look like a joke to me!

  • yuvi_gladiator on February 12, 2014, 20:27 GMT

    ok RCB is the team i am supporting from now, i hope UV fires this year

  • ThilankaK on February 12, 2014, 20:23 GMT

    Finally thank God on behalf of SL cricket, because IPL had destroyed SL cricket !so this time we saved !No worries about Murali because he's retired & we hate Malinga, only worry is Thisara Perera & because he is out of form I don't think SL should select him for T20 world cup ! any way thank GOD !!!

  • ELECTRIC_LOCO_WAP4. on February 12, 2014, 20:09 GMT

    I wonder what is going through Pak Players mind after watching this auction? Who do they blame for not being the part of IPL? Just wondering

  • on February 12, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    i really amazed by franchises missed picking some good t20 player like alex hales C white,luke wright,Ronchi,Ross Taylor and are ready to pay 400+ lac for player like piyus chawla.

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on February 12, 2014, 20:08 GMT

    @Paul Rone-Clerk yyaawwwnnn, boohoo....why don't you just disappear from an IPL forum along with your sour-grapes? To be honest, there are only a handful of English players who catch the imagination of the Indian public - KP (a Saffa) and Morgan (an Irish) and may be Swann. So, please don't think it is anti-english spite. They just don't have it in them to build that aura and ambience around them. Most of us don't even know all the names of England's t20 players and I'm sure the franchises don't want to buy such boring players. KP is a totally different beast. Broad has no face-value in India and neither does Anderson and other bits and pieces players. Good to know that people don't care a damn about IPL in England and good to know that you found it necessary to spell it out here. Thanks but no thanks. Just move on. Cheers....

  • IndianSRTfan on February 12, 2014, 19:48 GMT

    @Posted by Paul Rone-Clarke on (February 12, 2014, 18:09 GMT): Anti English Spite?? Lol...On behalf of majority of Indian fans, I assure you it's entirely indifference. Hales has never dazzled the international scene despite his ranking and hence his non-selection.

    You think we purposefully keep out English? I wonder why would we do that? I also wonder if that was the case, how Pietersen got picked then and at a great price that he deserves. If Eoin Morgan was part of the auction he would have been picked too. Jos Butler and Ben Stokes, if they are available, would be selected. Rest of the English players are too dull for IPL.

    And 'no one gives a damn about IPL in U.K.'....we are not wondering or surprised at all. We don't give a damn whether the English fans give a damn about IPL or not

  • iamgroot on February 12, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    yuvraj singh,, man left out of indian team... WC hero... 14 crores....such a huge amount... KP ...england selectors left him out... and look who has the last laugh...overnight he has a reason to smile again... for the kind of money he is getting.. no need to worry for another 5 to 10 years.. eng selectors? well u made a terrible mistake... DK .. 12.5 crores... again another guy who is not selected in indian team.. hmmm .. but IPL hero..for MI...when it comes to their respective teams..they suffered in some way..but when it comes to IPL they are loved...

  • iceaxe on February 12, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Karthik, Singh, Peterson,... WAY over priced.

    Why Kallis fetched such a high price is also beyond me. Hasn't he retired? He performed rather poorly last IPL...

  • on February 12, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    the most expensive player on m opinion is saeed ajmal if the ipl allows pakistani players

  • on February 12, 2014, 19:06 GMT

    @gurdit singh

    Same is the case with mumbai .It is only mallinga then rest can give away runs in this format. When i talk about bowling line up understand the facts steyn economy rate 6.34 [ 4*6.34 = 25.4] B kumar 6.71 [4*6.71=26.8] Pathan 7.68 [4*7.68=30.8] I sharma 7.67[4*7.67=30.8] A mishra 6.93 [4*6.93=27.6] Overall - 20 overs average total that opposition can score of this bowling attack-141

    Now mumbai Mallinga,harbhajan,Zaheer,p ohjha and pollard.

    malling- 6.54 -----------------26.2 Harbhajan -6.76------------27 P ohja-7.18-----------------28.8 Zaheer-7.7---------------30.8 Pollard-8.27 -------------33

    Average-146

    but yeah SRH batting cannot be compared to MI

  • on February 12, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    Just wondering what would be the price of these players:

    1. Saeed Ajmal 2. Shahid Afridi 3. Mohammad Irfan 4. Junaid Khan 5. Umar Gul 6. Umar Akmal

    It is a pity that the IPL world would not pick Pakistani cricketers. The first IPL season was a hit in Pakistan because Pakistanis played in that one. The later ones could never make a mark. Even big bash or SPL got better ratings than IPL in Pakistan. Don't know why would India want to lose a fan base of 200 million people importantly, just across the border.

  • warneneverchuck on February 12, 2014, 18:52 GMT

    Paul rone clark who cares whether eng fans r interested in ipl or not. It's already a successful tournament and wil always be

  • on February 12, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Not fair with RCB while bidding continued after the hammer. It's not fair rule yaar..

  • on February 12, 2014, 18:44 GMT

    Huge Money on Play. But despite all its fanfare; the IPL lacks the real game twisters; which no one but only Pakistan can produce.

  • on February 12, 2014, 18:43 GMT

    Smart buy RCB & KX11..

  • on February 12, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    All the bash abt C. anderson for past weeks and not even sold for that big amount. Well MI deserve to get the big hitter in their list once agin. #MIFOREVER

  • alipk52 on February 12, 2014, 18:27 GMT

    @Rahul Vasudev you count Ishant as well in that best bowling line-up, i hope he'll not allow opposition batsman to score 100 odd in his 4 overs..with Ishant's bowling it's very much possible believe me :D

  • IndCricFan2013 on February 12, 2014, 18:24 GMT

    How about setting a cap on Player salary at $1 mil, then letting the player to choose the franchise he wants to play if there is a competition at $1 mil.This way more players get paid for their skills, not because the way and the order in which they are auctioned.

  • JG2704 on February 12, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    @nzcricket174 on (February 12, 2014, 11:59 GMT) This has to be thee daftest comment I've ever seen on here.

    Which players are England stopping playing IPL?

    And using the word starving infers that IPL is struggling because of England which in anyones book is untrue. Hell 2 of our best players put their names forward and went unsold.

  • class9ryan on February 12, 2014, 18:21 GMT

    Sunrisers, Kings XI made smart moves. CSK, RR, MI were circumspect. RCB look horribly unbalanced despite having 4 match-winners with the bat. KKR seems to have no weight in the batting department. DD dis their jobs well but a few more names have to come their way to make their team look strong. Overall, a good auction and I expect likes of Hales, Lynn to get a contract tomorrow.

  • on February 12, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    i think overseas players like samuels hales etc should have set lower base price so teams like mi rr get them best examples are corey anderson james neesham

  • on February 12, 2014, 18:09 GMT

    While Hales might not have had a brilliant Big Bash (not a bad one - just not brilliant) he's the number one rated T20 batsman in the world and unlikely to get picked to play for England in early season.

    Not picking him just seems like "Anti English" spite. of the most self destructive kind. He was dirt cheap, and one of the best, but because he's English the Indian franchise owners won't have him. And you wonder why no-one in the UK gives a damn about the IPL? There's part of your answer right there.

  • kalyanbk on February 12, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    Cannot believe CSK let Mike Hussey go without a fight while picking Brendon Mccullum.

  • on February 12, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    @rahul vasudev- apart from steyn,sometimes mishra-,every bowler gives 40-50 runs in 4 overs. sunrisers would go for plenty in slog overs. in fact, Mumbai Indians have the best bowling attack on any wicket. malinga,zaheer,corey,bhajji,ojha,pollard+ looking for 1 more bowler

  • Jwese on February 12, 2014, 17:29 GMT

    Yeah right. But what happened to the O'Brien Brothers and ten Doschate I don't see them in the team squads or in the unsold players list.

  • on February 12, 2014, 17:25 GMT

    y hales is not bought I heard he is no.1 batsmen in t20

  • remnant on February 12, 2014, 17:20 GMT

    Kallis, Yusuf and Vinay Kumar are all past their prime. Morne Morkel will be like Brett Lee on Kolkota wickets. A better option would have been Shami who singlehandedly outplayed Windies on the Kolkota pitch. I support KKR usually other than DD, but I think its batting is still 130+ runs only without any explosive induction and players have been brought without much thought to the pitches they'll be playing with some let gone due to the same reason.

  • on February 12, 2014, 17:12 GMT

    excellent auction.all teams should now concentrate on local talents

  • on February 12, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    purchased dk for above 12 crore while ignoring alex hales!wow thanks for ruining my faith.

  • on February 12, 2014, 16:56 GMT

    how many impact player dd and rcb buy they will remain choker

  • on February 12, 2014, 16:54 GMT

    According to me SRH as best bowling line up 6-7 decent bowlers and 2 fast bowling all rounders. Beat this Steyn,B Kumar,Ishanth sharma,Pathan and Sammy Amit mishra in spin department.

    Last time they lost because of batting this time its better Dhawan,finch,warner,venu,pathan and sammy

  • on February 12, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    mi strength -Mike hussey big match player and can play important role in taking mi to final

  • AjaySridharan on February 12, 2014, 16:53 GMT

    How does this work? These guys get the entire amount as one season fee/salary? So, Yuvraj gets to make $14 crores for just this one season, or is this a 3 yr deal? Or he gets a portion of it and IPL gets a cut of it as well?

  • 504429641 on February 12, 2014, 16:48 GMT

    @GoCho - agree with you. Today also he took 6 wickets in the irani trophy even though ROI lost to Kar. What is much valuable is his base price of 30 L is very less when compared to a few indian bowlers who have 200 L as base price. He is a steal at 30 L...

  • Kiyaora on February 12, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    God bless RCB, hope yuvi will deliver atleast on 50% matches, mean he will be the match winner

  • sams235 on February 12, 2014, 16:44 GMT

    $2 million for Dinesh Karthik?? Wow, Delhi made a mess of it.

    I would still bet Yuvi is going to be worth that money.

  • on February 12, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    it was good to see the Pathan brothers get their true value... but delhi outbidding 3 of Bengal's ranji team players from KKR was unexpected..!!!!

  • on February 12, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    Great to know DK got 12.5 crore and attracted second highest bid. He won games for MI early in the previous IPL and was highest run getter for some time. He has never got a reasonable opportunity in Indian team and even not selected in world T20 squad. Clubs are not biased like Indian team selectors to ignore him. They are not fools too to pay so much. I would really feel he deserve it. Common Kathik. Don't worry about Indian selection. It's loss for them not you. Enjoy your cricket. Congrats and all the best.

  • savadnkani on February 12, 2014, 16:40 GMT

    RR and Rahul Dravid, please buy Moh'd Kaif and make him your captain. It will do wonders, trust me......

  • on February 12, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    The most smartest in the auction I believe were KXIP and SRH...They had a strategy for a complete team n not only one or two key players.However being a supporter of RCB, I was little disappointed with d amount spent on yuvi n d decision 2 buy parthiv n dinda when u had AB in ur team n cud hav gone for vinay....bt lets hope yuvi bring some fortune to the team.RCB needs to get one or two indian spinners n lower order batsman for no.6 spot in playing XI from uncapped or unsold players RCB XI.... 1.CHRIS GAYLE 2.PARTHIV PATEL 3.VIRAT KOHLI 4.YUVRAJ SINGH 5.AB DEVILLIERS 6.possible(MAYANK AGARWAL/MANISH PANDEY) 7.ALBIE MORKEL 8.VARUN AARON 9.M STARC 10.possible(NADEEM/M KARTHIK) 11.DINDA(nt expecting much from him)

  • on February 12, 2014, 16:25 GMT

    KXIP really impressed everyone with their strategy though I still think they missed a trick or two.

    With 14.2 cr left they could have bought Vohra instead of retaining and used that money(4cr) to buy Shami instead of Balaji. Then they could also have bought Corey Anderson for whom no one had money and MI wouldn't have bid above 5cr.

    If this had happened they could have had 13 players - 5 Indians ( Viru, Pujara, Saha, Awana, Shami) and around 9cr left.

    But still they can buy L Rahul, P Rasool, and they should buy Pankaj Singh he is a good bowler.

    My KXIP XI: Viru, Pujara, Saha, Vohra(Other India batsman), Maxwell, Miller, Perera/Bailey, Johnson, Balaji, Awana, (SPINNER)

    They should buy Bisla or Naman Ojha they could be better than Saha in T20. For middle order batsman they have many choices from domestic players. For spinner, I would prefer Rasool, given his all-round abilities plus KXIP's relatively more money left. For Indian fast-bowler : Pankaj, .....

  • ProdigyA on February 12, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    Though Yuvi has not had a great IPL season he deserves every bit of this jackpot. He is a genuine match winner and hope he proves his worth for RCB this season. I think RCB has a really good team and they due for a championship now. Hope it's their season this time around. It better be SRH or else RCB.

  • soumyas on February 12, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    DINDA was the main reason behind PUNE Warrior's FAILURE last time, why did RCB buy him ? Last time RCB couldn't defend 200s, this time around with DINDA they will not be able to defend even 250....

  • Raja.sh on February 12, 2014, 16:07 GMT

    More disappointment about csk.. Nehra,mohit are not much worth for 2crores.. Miss Vijay,hussey.. There is not much tamilnadu players in csk..

  • GoCho on February 12, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    No takers for Pankaj Singh? What more should he do in the Ranji trophy to get selected when absolutely rubbish bowlers like Nehra, Dinda and Ishant get paid handsomely! Look at the bowling attack of CSK, RR and MI. Who in their right minds would not pick Pankaj Singh at Rs 30lakh base price?

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 12, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    KXIP (POSSIBLE) TEAM

    1) Sehwag 2) Vohra 3) Maxwell 4) Bailey* 5) Miller 6) ??? 7) Saha (wk) 8) Johnson 9) Awana 10) ??? 11) ???

    Using current players, we get this. Bailey, Johnson and Miller have to be in no matter what. Maxwell is a utility player and can be shifted around the order. He can bowl too, so Marsh misses out but he can provide excellent cover. Now KXIP needs a good middle order Indian batsmen to finish off innings like Kedhar Jadhav. Although with Miller and Saha, we could do without it. We need a proper spinner. Nadeem/Abdulla are in good nick and economical. Rasool/Aparjith can bat too and come after Saha. If so, We need more Indian pacers. Sandeep Shrama needs to be retained and Siddhart Kaul/Rishi Dhawan can be bought as backups along with Balaji. This would make a well-balanced team with 2 spin options and 4 pacers. Mandy can be bought back as the finisher or backup opener (he can do both). Gurkeerat has done well too and can provide WK cover.

  • DD_f0rever on February 12, 2014, 15:55 GMT

    2 potential Ind bowlers are still there ----

    Praveen Kumar

    and Murali Karthik..

  • DD_f0rever on February 12, 2014, 15:53 GMT

    Just realized DD have got 2 cards.

    Most of the players are gone. One name that comes to my mind whom DD can retain, who performed exceptionally well for DD last season too is left arm spinner... NADEEM.

    I hope, DD's think tank re buy him.

    Anyone else ? May be Ross Taylor ?

    Mahela will not be bought as SL will be touring Eng during IPL matches.

    Who else is left out of Indian players ? Unmukt Chand can also be a good choice.

    Yogesh Nagar and Negi are waste ! So is Naman Joha !

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 12, 2014, 15:48 GMT

    @DD_f0rever Better Team

    1) Vijay 2) de Kock 3) KP* 4) DK (wk) 5) M. Tiwary 6) S. Tiwary 7) Neesham 8) Coulter-Nile 9) Rahul Sharma 10) Shami 11) XXX

    Duminy should be the reserve player as de Kock would partner wonderfully with Vijay. Left/Right Explosive/Calming, they can build solid partnerships. Duminy could be used on turning tracks where two spinners are needed. Or DD could buy another spinner to make it a 3 pace 2 spin bowling attack. Other options could be another pacer or use Unadkat or Shukla.

  • on February 12, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    Common KKR we have good blowers, and take good hard hitting batsman as like Cameron White,Alex hales ,Marlon Samuels etc.

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 12, 2014, 15:38 GMT

    DD went for the complete over haul and has actually emerged with one of the most promising squads. Yes, they could have retained Warner, but he was getting too pricey, and they got de Kock instead. I don't get why people have a problem with 2 keepers. Its always nice to ahve backups plus de Kock is almost a specialist batsman. DK/KP/The Tiwarys do strengthen the middle order with Vijay at the top. Shami and Coulter-Nile were smart buys. Again, Morkel could have been brought back, but maybe his last season went against him. Coulter-Nile can also bat a bit. But I believe the best buy for DD was Neesham. He has shown both his bowling and batting abilities in India during the CLT20 where he single handedly won the super over thriller (co-incidentally also involving de Kock). I personally hoped KXIP would have picked him instead of Perera, but I don't think we had enough space for him. Glad to see him in my second favorite team. I hope he actually gets games though.

  • DD_f0rever on February 12, 2014, 15:33 GMT

    Lets build a team for DD with current players..

    1) Vijay

    2) XXX

    3) KP*

    4) DK (wk)

    5) M. Tiwary

    6) S. Tiwary

    7) Duminy*

    8) Neesham*

    9) Rahul Sharma

    10) Coulter- Nile*

    11) Shami

    If they want to with heavy bating unit, de Kock can open with Vijay in that case Coulter Nile will sit and someone like Unadkat will make it to playing XI.

    Neesham and Duminy are must in the team. They give you the much needed balance with their all-round abilities.

    DD need one more bowling all-rounder. I think they can do with Rasool.

    Can't wait for 2mrw. Curious to see whom DD will purchase ! I hope Rajat Bhatia gets purchased (at least one local Delhi player)

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 12, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    @TSJ07 they thing with RCB is that they paid way too much for Yuvi. Yes, he is an impact player, and can probably be worth his cap, but the problem is that, they alrady had a batting heavy side and with only 20 overs, they can only make so many runs. Last year, they made 180-200, even if they had Yuvi, it would have been the same, because he would have had no time to get in and get going. Although, he does partially solve their spinner problem, he creates the biggest one. He has taken such a chunk out of their budget that now RCB are struggling to fill up their squad. They can get good Domestic players, yes...but with their purse, they will have to settle for the second best. This could potentially weaken their middle order and their bowling still needs more of a bite. Starc can only bowl 4 overs and Morkel is a containing bowler.

  • Arun_Mathew on February 12, 2014, 15:20 GMT

    after tomorrows auction only we can say how good the teams are,, all teams are yet to cover all bases, tomorrow Kings X1 and RR is gonna be great buyers as they both have money left, i think RCB gonna struggle to complete the quota of 16. todays biggest blunder was delhis buying of Dk even they have Quinto De Kock, two keepers?

  • CricketMaan on February 12, 2014, 15:19 GMT

    What will happen to TRPs as no SL or PAK in IPL 14? Their viewers being in same timezone means a lot of viewership gone out of window. Some may still choose to follow but not to the same extent. Will be intresting to see TV viewership outside India as Aus not in same timezone. Not many watch in England althouh SA and Windies might follow.

  • DD_f0rever on February 12, 2014, 15:18 GMT

    This newly formed DD team has no local Delhi player. All BIG names play for different teams. Viru for KXIP, Gauti for KKR, Dhawan for SRH, Kohli for RCB. But still I'm loyal to DD. This is the way I'm.

    Some ppl criticized DD's strategy but I wld say they overall they did commendable job. (yes, Yuvi could have been bought instead of DK ! bt agin DK does keep wickets, so it helps in case u might want to make de KocK sit on bench due to balance of team.)

    Just look at the Ind talent Vijay, DK, S. Tiwary, Shami, R. Sharma, LR Shukla, M. Tiwar. It is the Ind players that win you matches.

    And to support them we have got - KP, Neesham, Pacy Coulter-Nile and FInisher Duminy who can ball handy off-spinners too.

    Overall good selection. Except KP, names are not that big. But the balance of team is good with all criteria covered. Good Openers - Vijay and de Kock, Middle order - KP, DK, M.Tiwary, S. Tiwary..All rndrs - Duminy,Neesham,Shukla n Bwlrs- R. Shamra, Shami,Nile,Unadkat. Wow !

  • CricketMaan on February 12, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    Has MI settled for Rayudu as keeper? They never had a stable one until DK arrived but he too is gone. Or i suppose they may pick the Mumbai Ranji keeper who too has a good prospect. For CSK, once again thier batting will have to bail them out every single time thier bolwers get spanked. I can't see Nehra or Mohit do magic. If they play Ben then Baz has to sit out with Faf, Smith and Bravo being the other 3. Henry is for Fleming, may get a game or two but not ahead of Ben.

  • CricketMaan on February 12, 2014, 15:12 GMT

    For all DK haters: But for Dhoni's emergence and shuffling of DK in the lineup, he is our choice along with Saha for keeper (has improved keeping) and a good bat! DK and Saha have been sidelined as their careers have clashed with Dhoni. Sanju might be the luckiest if he goes on to build on his promise to grab the pole when MSD quits, if there is a gap between MSD and Sanju, maybe DK or Saha will get a look. Until then DK and Saha will be IPL or Domestic stars

  • TSJ07 on February 12, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    I cant understand ppl going against RCB strategy.They had a plan and wanted a batting heavy unit with decent bowling which they certainly got with Morkel and Starc. So they can have four foreign players,Gayle,ABVD,Morkel,Starc with India's best two in shorter format,Kohli and Yuvi. Now with Yuvi they can add 15-25 more runs they averaged last time which can be defended in T20 even with avg bowling. Last yeat they scored in the range of 180-200 and still lost due to poor bowling(Thanks to Vinay and co) but now with Yuvi they can 15-20 extra runs. And he can filed very well and bowl little bit of spin as well.RCB just needs couple of good Indian bowlers and couple of good Indian batsmen at cheap price. Still there are decent unsold or uncapped left to buy.Many would be unsold this time.

  • Assertive-Indian on February 12, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    This clearly shows that IPL in India is much more popular than international cricket. Fine example being recently concluded India-Aus test and ODI series as well as test and ODI series against West Indies. During tests, the grounds were totally empty while during ODIs they were at the most half full. But, during IPL, in Mumbai even during a random match, we get houseful. Let Eng-Aus-SA etc. play international cricket, India should mainly concentrate on IPL and perhaps start another winter league dedicated to the ODIs.

  • Assertive-Indian on February 12, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    @Dimar Levy writes: "The sooner we do away with the IPL the better international cricket will be." But the thing is that IPL is an Indian tournament, so who apart from BCCI has the right to 'do away' with it? Non-Indians, of course, can take the moral high ground, and say that they don't want to be bought and sold and devalued like this. But why don't they do such a thing? Why are they willingly participating in this? Foreign players certainly add value to the IPL, but if they decide to stay away from it, no one can force them to participate in it. But, will the love of money, allow them abstain from IPL?

  • soumyas on February 12, 2014, 14:57 GMT

    Reasons behind Yuvraj's 14 crore buy, he and sehwag were the only two Indian marquee players present in the auction list who can win the game single handedly, being Indian top order batsmen gives advantage of choosing 4 foreign players freely. Last time RCB had problems choosing foreign 4, if they wanted Muralitharan they had to drop Dilshan or vice versa, slso Yuvraj is a good bowler, can field well, has experience too. RCB were looking for good finisher, so they wanted him badly and the auction was a contest. Of Course 14 crore is costly, Lets hope Yuvraj brings the justice...

  • on February 12, 2014, 14:54 GMT

    1.GAMBHIR 2.KALLIS 3.UTHAPPA 4.YUSUF 5. 6.SAQIB 7.PIYUSH 8. VINAY 9. MORKEL 10. NARINE 11. UMESH

    1.STILL SOLID NO 5(indian) IS NEEDED. 2.Another awesome foreigner bat is required. may be like of BOPARA. he can be switched with kallis/saqib on away matches. 3. bhatia/rishi dhawan/rasool is required to replace one of piyush/vinay/Umesh to strengthen bowling.

  • srini.n on February 12, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    CSK is a "Captain heavy" side, with 4 out of the 5 international T20 captains covered in the IPL being a part of it - Dhoni, McCullum, Bravo & Du Plessis. Even the 5th (Bailey) was a part of CSK earlier.

  • wolf777 on February 12, 2014, 14:52 GMT

    If the series against Australia is any guide, Yuvraj Singh will score the most expensive runs in the thournament!!!

  • on February 12, 2014, 14:28 GMT

    Only 2 hitters in DD Kevin n Neesham

  • Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on February 12, 2014, 14:21 GMT

    @Fan1969 People are praising KXIP because they got quality players at very reasonable prices. Plus, they only have 6 foreign players (one less than RCB), which is not too many. 2 will just be there for cover. RCB is VERY batting heavy, yes, but they did overspend on Yuvi more than Punjab did on Vohra. RCB now is struggling to finish their squad and while I believe they can still go for some quality players tomorrow, they barely have any money left and might have to settle for some average players. Their best buy no doubt was Starc. In an otherwise lacking pace dept. with Starc and Morkel, they have covered it quite well. However, their middle order is non-existent. KXIP still have Saha, a pretty decent batsman, and enough money to fill up on a good spinner and some good batsmen. Also, Pujara was a shrewd buy. He might not be explosive, but can play fast if given the opportunity. Also, he might be useful on slow/tough pitches since his technique is impeccable.

  • Rajeshj on February 12, 2014, 14:20 GMT

    I guess this auction has thrown up lots of surprises.. But quite hard to comprehend.. Earlier the CSK team had fair amount of local players such as Vijay, Ashwin, Badrinath, Anirudh, Aparajith etc... But now, excepting Ashwin there is no local player from Tamil Nadu in the CSK squad... In spite of being from Chennai, I guess I would find it hard to support CSK this time.. I may actually even support Delhi Daredevils because it has at least two TN players (Vijay and Karthik).. Why was Badrinath left unsold??? He was a crucial player in the squad.. Why was Nehra bought, instead of L Balaji??? I think there is not much difference these days between them.. Overall I think CSK has lost its nativity by getting rid of players like Hussey, Albie Morkel, Vijay, Badrinath, Southee, Bailey etc.. I wouldn't care if CSK wins or loses from now on..

  • on February 12, 2014, 14:18 GMT

    rcb should hav gone for jhonson or morkel

  • Yasi_Gee on February 12, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    BCCI must have instructed IPL franchises not to buy any Sri Lankan players as their board opposed to ICC 3 musketeers proposals.

  • Dev23 on February 12, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    I must say that some of the bidding is beyond logic and all reasoning. I can't understand how Yuvraj, who has lost a lot of his touch can still command that sort of price, the same is true for Karthik.One could easily buy three top players for that. KKR are missing a trick or two, they are looking rather weak on paper. Even Mumbai looks a bit thin on batting. Some crucial players still remain unsold, the next round will be interesting as it will hopefully balance some of the teams.

  • on February 12, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    rcb too hav good bowling. starc rampaul and aaron.

  • on February 12, 2014, 14:11 GMT

    DD XI: vijay, karthik, kp, M. Tiwary, Duminy, S. Tiwary, Shukla, neesham, coluter nile, rahul sharma, shami. If kp not available de cock is a backup player, they need to have 2 more genuine spinners, and 3 more genuine fast bowlers addition to that, they must have three extra foreign batters to make the right mix of players, they dont have match winners but if they play as a team they can win, i think they can target players like rasool - genuine off spinner, rishi dhawan, kyle mills

  • on February 12, 2014, 14:09 GMT

    daredevils should have used joker card on sehwag and warner(at least better than vijay).they could have easily got maxwell,johnson or corey with starting purse of 60 crores. worst dd team of all time.

  • on February 12, 2014, 14:04 GMT

    Well,an even balanced auction.KXIP have finally resurrected themselves.

  • on February 12, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    CSK's umbrella (BADRINATH) unsold. amazing. may be all franchise felt there will be no rain. Hoping for him to get sold tomorrow's unsold list. White, guptill, ross taylor lynn are expecting to go under the hammer tomorrow. DD missed Morne Morkel to use Joker card

  • Fan1969 on February 12, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    RCB will win this year. Just need an Indian spinner in addition to Murali to play at locations like Kolkatta, Raipur, Chennai that favour spin. If IPL is in SA then the spin weakness will also not show thru, making them even bigger favourites.

    While they have just 5 Indian players - till now the quality is so exceptional in batting that they will pose scores that will be tough to chase and they can chase any target. With Yuvraj, Parthiv, Morkel added to the Big 3 (Ab, Gayle, VK) they can just go hammer and tongs all through the 20 overs.

    KXIP is being praised but they have overspent on Manan Vora and on too many foreign players - only 4 can play. Lack of quality in Indian players will bite them.

    SH are impressive. All round good team.

    DD looks good but they will have to recreate the team spirit and with KP at the helm, god knows...what spirit will flow.

    MI and RR have forgotten they need 7 Indian players unless SRT, Dravid decide to play again!

    CSK vs RCB final, RCB winning

  • sergio11 on February 12, 2014, 13:46 GMT

    DD nice tactics...now we know what they will do with the kotla pitch..like IPL5..if they can make it pace friendly and 4 quality domestic batsman and Shami in side they can fill the fast balling dept in the playing 11 with quality overseas bowler...Neesham is quick...can bolw at 140...so Coulter-Nile,Neesham,KP..will be sure in playing 11...i think they must a gone for one more seamer...may be Pat cumming or McClenaghan both went unsold.....White went unsold is a HUGE surprise...god...kings XI and DD begin the weaker teams last season they looking really good...

  • Blackholesun on February 12, 2014, 13:31 GMT

    Seems like Delhi Daredevil's were really pissed off with the past players. They have changed almost the whole team and also bought the reason for excuse (the team is new and players need sometime to gel with ;-D) if they don't perform well in this season too.

  • on February 12, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    DD's strategy is nice.Not too many foreign players as only 4 will be playing.But I think Jimmy Neesham at 100 lakhs is a steal and DK is too costly.DD has got good set of foreign players as well as INDIANS. Overall a good day. . . I hope some one goes for Luke Wright for a good price though he is unsold today. Luke Wright, SPD Smith, Sammy etc. are some good TEAM players.

  • ButchiReddy_TimmaReddy on February 12, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    SRH 11 are 1.Finch 2.Warner 3.Dhawan 4. 5. 6.Sammy 7.Irfan 8.Bhuvi 9.Mishra 10.Steyn 11.Ishanth They dont have Keeper and Specialist middle order batsmann. Tomorrow they may try for Indian Keepr and also for Vihari, Ashish reddy and Akshath reddy and Chipli All the best SRH

  • shrastogi on February 12, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Neither current form nor previous IPL record justifies such huge sums for Yuvraj Singh. It does say something about the management capabilities of RCB owners and it doesnt come as surprise that they have sold their profit making company to a multinational and their airline business is in doldrums. I wonder that a team which couldnt make full use of AB de Villiers hopes to make full use of Yuvraj in addition. Good luck RCB. Lets hope this electric lineup at top brings in better fortunes.

  • on February 12, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    Dimar Levy. I disagree completely. IPL is good for the cricket economy, great platform for Indian talent. Contrary to popular belief, as seen in last IPL, all major run getters used proper cricketing shots to score runs. This was mentioned time and again by all experts. Last year the mantra was keep wickets till last 5 overs and then go berzerk. This worked extremely well for MI.

  • TSJ07 on February 12, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    As a KXIP I would have loved to see Yuvi in my team but still we have good players.Chawla is good riddance,he made sure that KXIP always chased 15-20 runs more. I am not sure why ppl are aying negative things abt Yuvi coz he can bowl,bat and field well,who else can? Moreover he has something to prove as he was dropped from ODI twice recently instead of Raina,Ishant in ODI and Dhoni in tests.Infact he was not even given A grade,a shame for someone who gave one T20 WC and one ODI WC on a plate to Dhoni and India(with the support of Ghambir ofcourse). So in a way I am happy that Yuvi got (at least in the form of money) what he deserved.This is my request to RCB fans-just wait and watch and see him in action. OH btw I am happy that no SL players here.Seems to be due to BCCI's reaction to SLboard's opposition.Though Pak players would have been loved by all Indians here. Overall happy that KXIP has good players though they should have picked at least one more good capped Indian batsman.

  • Abhijeth_Manohar on February 12, 2014, 13:05 GMT

    RCB should have gone for Hussey instead of Yuvraj. They will not win the IPL this year too.

    @Ghostcall: Say what you will about Vinay Kumar, but that guy's all heart. He has led his state team into the 2013 Ranji National Champions and defeated the Rest of India team yesterday where he had a 10 wicket haul. This guy is a team player and should be valued in any team.

  • on February 12, 2014, 13:02 GMT

    @aravabalaji. Fleming mentioned that they had to use RTM for FDP as he came up for bidding first. Anyway I am happy as Hussey is a good buy for MI for two key qualities. Experience and ability to finish the game.

  • on February 12, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    Worst buy of the day was d Kartik by DD . Atleast YUVI has the ability to win u games on his own which Kartik doesn't . They dint use their purse properly . Will support DD only for KEVIN , NEESHAM and GARY KIRSTEN . SH and KXP are gonna rock this season

  • Deepak_Mallak on February 12, 2014, 12:54 GMT

    A very careful and interesting bids from Kings XI Punjab. Impressed..!!

  • aravabalaji on February 12, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    CSK has no more Chennai Super Kings. Its all Dhoni-centric and chennai-ites will have no sense of belonging.

  • on February 12, 2014, 12:53 GMT

    MI need a indian opener cum keeper n a good bowler

  • ullasjp on February 12, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Everyone is saying RCB made mistake by giving so many.. But i would say RCB is bang on.. coz 1. rcb alwayas lacking an allrounder they got one in him that too spinner..(remember world cup he produced some serious wick taking delevries 2. he is a match winner on his own he can turn matches..(remember his comeback inn against aus) 3. he is a brand in cricketing world so he brings money in off the field as well..4. finally luk at the batting line up gayle kholi yuvi abd albie it makes opp team nervous n team will believe that they can win the trophy..

  • aravabalaji on February 12, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    CSK has gone mad by not bidding for reliable Hussey and umbrella man Badrinath. Disciplined soldiers they are, they have always given their best in times of need. Instead they have wasted on Nehra.

  • on February 12, 2014, 12:47 GMT

    So many average Aussies going for so much cash. Seems kicking the dead dog of English cricket was enough to convince IPL franchise owners they were good bets.

    That reminds me of the Peter Cooke and Dudley Moore sketch where Pete interviews a one legged Dudley for the position of "runner" - and consoles him by saying that if there were no two legged candidates then Dudley may well prove to be the ideal candidate.

    Beating a tired and demoralised England pretty much proved nothing. My local village team could probably have beaten England after the first test. But well done to the Aussie players coining it in as a result.

    Make the most of it lads. You'll get found out as the weak, one dimensional players you are this year and most of you won't get picked again.

  • on February 12, 2014, 12:44 GMT

    I think hussy is the man with golden hands , he is a match winning certificate , if any team get plyer like hussy he dont need to think abt other auction

  • PandemoniumBawa on February 12, 2014, 12:35 GMT

    KXIP did the best bidding for me.. All my favs, Sehwag, Maxwell, Bailey, Marsh.. Along with a decent buy of Perera and Johnson.. Good to have Awana as well.. Would have liked if they got Bopara or White, but well it was all good..

    RCB has a star studded line up, and they followed the trend that Melbourne Stars used.. Good more quality players.. But still they overspent a bit too much..

    Sunrisers did very well.. They look to have a smashing IPL with hitters like Warner, Finch, Sammy, Henriques.. Looking forward to Irfan's cricket.. Haven't seen him play since last IPL..

    Delhi made some big purchases.. Good to see KP.. Karthik, Vijay, Shami are decent purchases..

  • on February 12, 2014, 12:34 GMT

    Mr. Vijay Mallya should sell his team and pay his employees. that is what a true business man would do.

  • soumyas on February 12, 2014, 12:30 GMT

    S marsh 220 L, Dumni 220 L, Hodge 240 L, Sehwag 320 L, McCullum 325 L all combinedly worth 1325 L, which is less than Yavraj 1400 Lacs.... Shows how IPL team management thinks.

  • ghostcall on February 12, 2014, 12:24 GMT

    Agree that today auction didnt match upto the expectations but the team management for this year are very serious for every penny they are spending and are not willing to welcome any black sheep into the fold. But still I was baffled for below

    Adam Milne : Fastest bowler with average speed > 150 and with just base price of 30 Lakhs would have been a killer deal but no one stepped in. Probably they r afraid of him getting injured and team has to still bear the remuneration. But if you are buying Ben hilfenhaus n others for 90+ , this kid for 30 lakhs could have done no worsel. I bet 80 % of current crop of players would not be comfortable facing him unleashing 150 plus bullets

    Shaun Tait : same reasoning as for Adam Milne

    RP Singh : Once purple cap , now with no cap. Feeling pity for him as he is still a much better bowler than Vinay Kumar who never did any thing credit worthy in his career so far.

    Luke Ronchi : Restructive keeper batsman

  • on February 12, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    RR and KKR has a lot of buyinng to do tomorrow

  • Prats6 on February 12, 2014, 12:14 GMT

    No Hussey in CSK is a big big problem. MI have an absolute match winner on their hands. Great Great catch. I would pay Huss any amount over all the useless players at the auction. He is the insurance policy every team would want.

  • on February 12, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    RCB should have pick up 3 good player for the price of Yuvi...I will be a long season and I dont think he will play all game. This i think going to hurt team chemistry as he will be payed more than the retained players. i would have went for 2 solid indians and another overseas. Teams went out and pay too much for australians but the way the auction is structured they were gona get sold at higher price. The team to beat this year is K1XP but KKR looks very solid with bowling...i wonder why australians are so rated when they are not rated in T20 so over rated but the T20 world cup will show up everyone.

  • on February 12, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    uncapped indian taleted players should be paid atleast 50lkhs each in tomorrows auction

    Kedhar jadhav, manish pandey, vijay Zol, ankit bavne, karun nair, fazal, natraj behra,barath chipli, pankaj singh, etc

  • on February 12, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    Why all the interest in the money for a competition that devalues cricket and does nothing for the game other than makes one nation feel superior to every other nation?

    The sooner we do away with the IPL the better international cricket will be.

  • rajcl on February 12, 2014, 12:08 GMT

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/match/647247.html this is yuvi last t20 a confident yuvi more handy than any one in the team , he is not a sloger , a proper batsman with all kind of shots ( just lack of confidence definetly virat can bring this )

  • on February 12, 2014, 12:07 GMT

    SRH need a Indian WK/batsmen, Indian off spinner DD need one allrounder, one foreign top order batsmen KXI need 1 indian allrounder, 1 spinner MI need one Indian opener, one Indian middle order batsmen, one foreign opening batsmen RCH need one indian spinner, one indian batting allrounder RR needs indian bowlers…spinners, indian middle order bat KKR needs 2 foreign batsmen

  • on February 12, 2014, 12:05 GMT

    This auction is not fair for the players, it doesn't represent the skills of the players.

  • on February 12, 2014, 12:04 GMT

    So many good cheap players unsold. Seems like some sides have spent players to fill stadiums - not win matches. Eventually however, that will lead to failure - chasing money rather than real success always leads to failure in the end.

  • sundersingh on February 12, 2014, 12:03 GMT

    Tactics of all 8 teams for u: MI : Pick the player who is in form and famous in international cricket RCB: Had fallen in auctioning "EGO'. poor auctioning RR: If u hv to bring new players, make sure they r not part of any ipl team before KIXP: Hope this time we choose right players. SRH: All rounders can win u the matches.... KKR: suited for eden pitch CSK: Not a familiar star but a match winning star who hears what captain says. DD: Going for all proved stars and hoping they can deliver

  • soumyas on February 12, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    It is the best auction for KXIP...worst for RCB considering the amount they spent and what left in the pocket.

  • on February 12, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    Mumbai Indians is the most balanced team. my playing xi so far:- 1.hussey 2.? 3.rayudu 4.rohit 5.corey anderson 6.pollard 7.? 8.harbhajan 9.zaheer 10.malinga 11.ojha

  • on February 12, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    14Crore to Yuvi is a jackpot. But, will he be paid in King of Good times who is going thru rough weather...Yuvi's getting paid is also like his of late form.

  • nzcricket174 on February 12, 2014, 11:59 GMT

    England need to stop starving the IPL of not just their players, but the touring team's too. The IPL would be much more exciting if the English and Sri Lankans were taking part. And don't even get me started on Pakistan.

  • on February 12, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    14 crores for yuvi ! dumb from RCB. they already have so many power hitters & adding one more doesn't make any sense. Remember there are only 20 overs to bat. added to that yuvi is too inconsistent to rely on. his kind off bowling doesn't suit banglore pitch. With that sort of money they could have bought someone like Mitchell Johnson as that would have strengthened their bowling.i think KXIP did smart bidding. Mumbai already have a settled squad and they were purely looking to plug few holes like opening & death bowling. CSK will find it tough this season with their seasoned campaigner gone to MI. they did get smith though but still no match to hussey.

  • A.Ak on February 12, 2014, 11:41 GMT

    CSK shouldn't have spent on DRSmith, an overseas all-rounder, they should have spend it on an Indian bat/bowler to get the balance (or get Albie/Hussey back). MI as usual went for star players. RCB looks good as well. Last change for Yuvi. KKR wasted their money again (YPathan, Uthappa & Chawla). No solid Indian players for SRH. RR went only for more overseas players?, they will be in trouble. KIX looks good.

  • on February 12, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    Mistakes by MI. 1) Not using the RTM card for Mitchell Johnson. If they wouldnt have picked ZAK they would have been sorted 2) Using the RTM card for Praghyan Ojha 3) Not bidding for a proven performer and not using the RTM card for Dwayne Smith 4) Not bidding for Parthiv Patel or QDK as not they dont have a WK. My guess is they decided not to spend upwards of INR 5 crore or USD 800k for any player and then mop up uncapped players who may end up in a bidding war. However they need a proper keeper who will not fumble sharp chances which could be costly.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on February 12, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    I am diasspointed with csk. They let hussey, albie and badri. Matt henry and nehra are not t20 players. Where is local flavour? Tough to make into playoff.

  • malepas on February 12, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    The money they wasted on Yuvi could have used to build a hospital for poor or school for needy,, what a waste of money on the player who has passed his sell buy date around 2 years ago.

  • on February 12, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    unfortunate to see , david hussy , luke right , cameron white , cummins, Alex Hales, samuels and many ..all went unsold ...

  • MaruthuDelft on February 12, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    All 4 top Sri Lankans Sanga, Dilshan, Mahe and Matty performed very poorly between 2011 and 2013. I think Thissara Perere did well. And it is also possible Sri Lankans were intentionally sidelined. Anyways Sanga is the only classy player in Sri Lanka but he didn't compete this time.

  • TheBigBoodha on February 12, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    Australia was ranked 8th in T20s till a couple of weeks ago, yet their players go like hotcakes. Shows you what cricket people really think of the T20 rankings. Admittedly, Aus are #1 in ODIs, which is a more reliable ranking system as far more games are played and taken seriously.

  • msdhoni123 on February 12, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    where is rishni dhawan v zol and ishwar pandey gone.cant someone please tell me and also prasser razool

  • avani on February 12, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    Utter waste of money for RCB. Though I am a Karnataka supporter, I do not support RCB in IPL. It should have atleast few Kar players in the side to get my support. Yuvi will be a match loser for them. Who ever has failed to perform in the National side should miserably fail in IPL.

  • iffy187 on February 12, 2014, 11:14 GMT

    looking at the unsold players list, there could be some bargain players that can have a big impact on this tournament. vernon philander, azhar mahmood, ravi bopara, luke wright (good bbl), murali kartik, to name a few.. i think the franchises are focusing and spending too much on marquee names which doesnt always gurantee success.

  • punterdgr8 on February 12, 2014, 11:13 GMT

    sandy_bangalore,u snatched my words mate.pathetic that they don't have money 2 pay their employees and yet spend a whooping 14 crores on an individual(gr8 or no not gr8 player debate cud b conducted later).also capped players who wen't unsold will be embarrassed.seriousy,brett lee,although he bowled well in the bbl is left with an ignominious face. you've earned enough in your life and are well past your prime.save yourselves the embarrassment and don't enter the next auction.same goes for brad hogg.it's their personal choice but i derive sadistic pleasure by looking at these news.sorry!!!!!!

  • soumyas on February 12, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    Of course it is a waste of money to pay so much on single player, but considering the services of Yuvraj to Indian cricket and the way things went bad for him afterwards, somewhere some credit was due for him, it has come back in this form now.

  • iffy187 on February 12, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    the most expensive players in the IPL are usually the biggest flops. YUVI will be going the same way, he is passed it.

  • 1ofakind_testcricket on February 12, 2014, 10:56 GMT

    chris lynn is a gun and thought he woulda got picked up at a bargain price - match winner for sure but there are only so many people who can be selected and some much better players will also miss out.

    does anyone know how much tax these players will have to pay on their cash? cheers

  • on February 12, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    mike hussey only 5 crore yuvi 14 crore the no of runs scored by yuvi in all IPL season would be equal to runs scored by hussey in one season

  • TheWayCrciketShouldBePlayed on February 12, 2014, 10:52 GMT

    Its so borning to watch second half of auction. Better they should have removed some players from list whom none of teams were going to pick!

  • allabouttheoak on February 12, 2014, 10:48 GMT

    Urgh RCB! I support this team every year, it's not their batting which is the issue its's their poor bowling. Come on Vinay Kumar and Zac as your lead pacers??? the former was a serial match loser, and the latter on the verge of break down. Why oh why did they not go for Johnson!?!?! did they not see how destructive he was for MI last year?? and not to mention over the ashes.

    This really doesn't bode well for the future of team India if this was Kohli's idea, i think he just wanted to do his mate a favour, no cricketing sense behind this decision. Im sorry but Yuvraj is easly the biggest waste of money in the IPL, he does so little, and on top of that he's lazy, just look at his record for goodness sake.

    Why didn't they save money and actually buy a player who would help their campaign...

    and last season they left dirk nannes on the bench for the whole tournament, seriously this team has more money than sense

    Great team. Stupid management.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on February 12, 2014, 10:29 GMT

    I did think Ian Bell would struggle to attract bids. In a selfish kinda mind-set, I am relieved! I think he his too important for national service in tests to be involved in the IPL. I know there's till time yet, and there are some surprising names left there on the 'Unsold list' (e.g. David Hussey! Isn't he awesome in 20:20's?) - but I wouldn't be surprised if Bell (and indeed most of the other England players) are left unsold.

    I thought KP was expected to make much more than that?

  • TYSON9699 on February 12, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    What a waste of money on yuvi.........

  • Alexk400 on February 12, 2014, 10:09 GMT

    Buying yuvi is absolute waste of money. He is not even 1/4th worth. I still do not undertsand how murali vijay fetched more than sehwag. But this is good for sehwag. He can use launch pad for selection for india or fade away.

  • on February 12, 2014, 9:40 GMT

    This was what i would fear the Australian going to fill the IPL, guess what no room for others lets so what happen of day two...thought the clubs would spread the players from around the world hope this dont water it down and lost of interest from worldwide viewers

  • on February 12, 2014, 9:30 GMT

    nehra csk...lol

  • WannaBeRusta on February 12, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    I'm not surprised with the low interest for SL players given that they are touring England during the IPL window. As Sanga did it would have been a great idea for SL players to skip the auction this time and make themselves available next year. On another note I seriously think Yuvraj has passed his use by date and it was a sheer waste of $2.3M

  • Metro-ant on February 12, 2014, 9:17 GMT

    Now watch Jayawardene tell everyone that he isn't playing because he wants to focus on international cricket like Chandimal did. Fortunately Sanga spared himself the embarrassment by pulling out earlier. Could be a blessing in disguise though. We need players to say that I am not interested domestic t20 leagues until our team improves on the global stage. We need players that show it's not a right to play for our country but a privilege.

  • fwd079 on February 12, 2014, 9:16 GMT

    Silly question but would appreciate the answer if anyone knows please. If Yuvraj is sold at $2.33 million, then how much will he actually get? Many thanks in advance.

  • Prakashtnair on February 12, 2014, 9:11 GMT

    Where is Corey Anderson...

  • sandy_bangalore on February 12, 2014, 8:54 GMT

    Gross wastage of money on the staggeringly overhyped Yuvraj Singh! And esp when the owners KF is going through a crisis and employees are unpaid. And they give 14 crore to a player. Unbelievable to say the least

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    Anyway I think Sri Lankan players must move away from IPL. They should give priority for their mother country not for IPL.

  • jimbond on February 12, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Delhi needs to spend their remaining cash with more sense. They have already invested in two duds like Karthik and Vijay, while they have foolishly refused to use the right to match card for Morne Morkel. Hope they get some of the bright local boys like Chand and Bhatia. I wonder what the logic was in going for Karthik when they already were planning to invest in DeKock.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:31 GMT

    @!~Yuvi deserves it!!! He is a real champion and big match winner!~ His recent form does n't matter. He have the potential to beat any opposition. RCB -> Yuvi is a great choice! Kholi -> Future captain for india,Who knows well about his team player's skills.

    Even before World cup 2011, Yuvi was out of form and all people criticized about his form. But he played as a real champion for india to win World cup 2011. RCB's Challege is only about the bowling! need to get a great bowler too!

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    What about indian fast bowlers unsold ??

  • LongLiveTestCricket on February 12, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    Think now Mallya would always be remembered for the 2.3 Million dollar joke for buying Yuvraj when his team had major problems in bowling all these years. They were struggling to defend 200 odd run totals last time and he's again splashed it all on Yuvraj just because "Kohli wanted it". His bowling is nowhere to help as an allrounder and coming at No.5 behind Gayle,Kohli, AB won't have much to do. I mean seriously he could have bought Mitch,Shami, Bhuvi/Pankaj all with that amount. Good luck to RCB fans with this decision otherwise story would remain same as last edition. Kings XI have been the star of the day so far with Mitch,Bailey,Marsh,Sehwag, Saha Pujara at cheap pricing to add to Miller, Vohra and still have a huge purse left.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    GOod buy by the RCB, the batting is strong!!!!

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    I am very happy that SL players apart from Murli and Perera were ignored. After SLC tried to screw BCCI its only fair. We can live with SL fans not watching IPL. Its a shame because I love the SL cricket team, people and country.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    Its a crime to pay more than USD million for any player. Yuvi is not going to justify that kind of Investment. Nobody can although Yuvi is bat, bowl and field. DD were foolish to buy DK especially since they have QDK. Why do they need 2 Keepers!

  • KrisDonald on February 12, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    victortrumpet, the teams can only play 4 foreigners. There's no use buying Tim Paine, because it wouldn't be worth using one of the four spots for him

  • anton_ego on February 12, 2014, 8:21 GMT

    RCB is unbelievable. What a waste of money in Yuvraj. And ended up buying Dinda, Murali and Rampaul..?? Thank god SRH outbid RCB for Ishant. Otherwise I would have given up hope even before the tournament starts. What up now RCB? Buy Nehra for a million?

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:20 GMT

    SL players can play only for 2 weeks in this IPL, hence the drop in auction. Anyway they don't seems to do good in IPL anyway but perform well in international stage.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on February 12, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    KXIP is easily in the best position so far. They've got some excellent players already and they've still got a huge purse left. They should get a few more quality overseas players and a the best domestic players.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Yeay! Steve Smith in RR! We got our base covered, time for some domestic bowlers! Rahane, Sanju, Binny, Watto, Faulkner, Hodge (the Finisher) and Steve Smith Superman fielder with some serious hitting ability.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    It is a known fact that many of the Sri Lankan players will not be available for the full IPL season this year however they could have bid for them so that they could keep them for the next three years. By not bidding for players like Mahela, Angelo Mathews and Asantha Mendis is surprising. Dilshan already retired from Test Cricket and he could have been considered by the Franchises. It is really surprising in the way they are working out. Even Murali did go for only 100 Lakhs on his base price and earlier he was paid over a million dollars.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    No matter how exciting the auction is, tournament is getting boring with too much matches. If the tournament is to be shortened, at least making it only 1 match between 2 teams, thing would be much exciting. But I don't see they will go for such option because they earn more money by more matches.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Why no jayawardena. IPL had turned their sporty look to a political look after icc commitee. Bt they shoud know they will loose sri lnkan fans.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    RCB and KXI Punjab did a good job.. Delhi looked awkward with so much in their kitty... total direction less.

  • victortrumpet on February 12, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Delhi never seems to spend wisely - Karthik! It seems ridiculous. They could have got Tim Paine for 1/10th that price and gotten a far better player. And KP is way past his prime, he looked like an amateur in the recent Ashes.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on February 12, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    SL players are out of form, so no surprise. But why CSK let ALBIE, HUSSEY and VIJAY?

  • on February 12, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Yuvraj being brought for that much? Mistake like Yusuf Pathan.

  • on February 12, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    robin and vinay should have in rcb

  • on February 12, 2014, 7:43 GMT

    robin and vinay should have in rcb

  • on February 12, 2014, 7:47 GMT

    Yuvraj being brought for that much? Mistake like Yusuf Pathan.

  • ODI_BestFormOfCricket on February 12, 2014, 7:59 GMT

    SL players are out of form, so no surprise. But why CSK let ALBIE, HUSSEY and VIJAY?

  • victortrumpet on February 12, 2014, 8:00 GMT

    Delhi never seems to spend wisely - Karthik! It seems ridiculous. They could have got Tim Paine for 1/10th that price and gotten a far better player. And KP is way past his prime, he looked like an amateur in the recent Ashes.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    RCB and KXI Punjab did a good job.. Delhi looked awkward with so much in their kitty... total direction less.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:09 GMT

    Why no jayawardena. IPL had turned their sporty look to a political look after icc commitee. Bt they shoud know they will loose sri lnkan fans.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    No matter how exciting the auction is, tournament is getting boring with too much matches. If the tournament is to be shortened, at least making it only 1 match between 2 teams, thing would be much exciting. But I don't see they will go for such option because they earn more money by more matches.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    It is a known fact that many of the Sri Lankan players will not be available for the full IPL season this year however they could have bid for them so that they could keep them for the next three years. By not bidding for players like Mahela, Angelo Mathews and Asantha Mendis is surprising. Dilshan already retired from Test Cricket and he could have been considered by the Franchises. It is really surprising in the way they are working out. Even Murali did go for only 100 Lakhs on his base price and earlier he was paid over a million dollars.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Yeay! Steve Smith in RR! We got our base covered, time for some domestic bowlers! Rahane, Sanju, Binny, Watto, Faulkner, Hodge (the Finisher) and Steve Smith Superman fielder with some serious hitting ability.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on February 12, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    KXIP is easily in the best position so far. They've got some excellent players already and they've still got a huge purse left. They should get a few more quality overseas players and a the best domestic players.