IPL auction 2014 February 12, 2014

The millions earned and lost

A look at the big numbers from the first day of the 2014 IPL Auction

212.35 - Rupees in crores spent in the auction today. Delhi Daredevils, the only team not to retain any players ahead of the auction, spent Rs. 51.40 crore, nearly one-fourth of the total money spent.

70 - Number of players sold in the auction. Delhi Daredevils led this list too, buying 13 players including the prize catches of Kevin Pietersen and Quinton de Kock.

14 - Rupees in crores that Royal Challengers Bangalore paid for Yuvraj Singh - the highest winning bid in today's auction. Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik was the next highest in this list with Daredevils shelling out Rs. 12.5 crore for him.

5 - Number of players that attracted bid prices of over a million dollars - Yuvraj, Karthik, Pietersen, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson.

8.5 - Number of times his base price that Kolkata Knight Riders paid for Piyush Chawla - the highest multiple earned by any player in the auction. Yuvraj was next in this list, going at 7 times his base price.

146 - Number of capped players who went unsold today. These included 18 India players and 128 overseas players. There were few takers for India fast bowlers with ten out of 22, including Praveen Kumar, RP Singh and Munaf Patel, going unsold.

2 - Overseas spinners bought, out of a total of 19 on auction today. Only Muttiah Muralitharan - bought by Royal Challengers - and Samuel Badree - a bargain at Rs. 30 lakh for Chennai Super Kings - found takers.

8 - Right-to-match cards used by teams today, with Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad using the two cards that were available to them. There are five more cards left, two with Daredevils and one each with Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers and Rajasthan Royals.

5 - Number of India players who saw their prices fall by a million dollars or more since the 2011 auction. Virender Sehwag's was the most glaring pay cut of the five. The Pathan brothers, Irfan and Yusuf, suffered pay cuts of approximately USD 1.5 million each. The others were Saurabh Tiwary and Robin Uthappa.

62.15 - Purse remaining in crores of Rupees among the teams. Teams have to buy at least 34 more players to make up a minimum of 16 players per team. They have spent Rs 417.85 crore on buying or retaining 94 players so far. Royal Challengers are the team with the least money remaining. They only have Rs. 1.8 crore and they still need four more players to complete their squad.

Shiva Jayaraman is sub-editor (stats) at ESPNcricinfo.com

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  • Karthik on February 13, 2014, 8:03 GMT

    Can some plz explain about the auction amounts.. is it money paid to the player per year or for 2/3 years? It is not tax-free, right?? I also heard something like for champions trophy the player will be paid some 5% extra..

  • Andre on February 13, 2014, 7:02 GMT


    You might as well ban all sports and the building of cinemas, theatres, dance clubs, or anything which is just for entertainment. You could also ask Bill Gates to give his entire fortune to charity instead of the few billion he has already given.

    DD definitely got more than their money's worth in Quinton de Kock. A record 3 hundreds in a 3 match series against INDIA should make him worth more than that. I believe he is better than Adam Gilchrist as a batsman at least.

  • Sinhhalaya on February 13, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    Panem et circenses. What could have been done with this money invested in clean water, sanitation, health services or education in rural areas or urban slums? No "panem" for them. Unfortunately this is South Asia where tamashas are valued over the teeming millions. Perspective and priorities escape our policy makers and "leaders". Just as long as Gayle makes a 25 ball century, who gives a damn!!

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2014, 4:09 GMT

    IPL opens opportunity for uncapped players with them being auctioned

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    All the franchises had done a very calculative purchase with KXIP being winner. In tomorrow's auction Ross Taylor will be the best buy when the 2nd oppertunity will come.

  • Dummy4 on February 12, 2014, 17:18 GMT

    Looking forward to see how franchisees react to JK All-Rounder- Parvez Rasool, who has been in stupendous form since last Ranji Trophy.

  • Himanshu on February 12, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    The top buys in tomorrow's auction among the domestic players will surely be KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav, Vijay Zol, Manish Pandey and Rishi Dhawan. Kedar Jadhav could be an interesting one since most teams have already got their top order batsmen figured out and they would need some quality middle order batsmen, and few fit the bill as perfectly as Kedar Jadhav. His strike rate in all formats of the game is what would make him an attractive proposition for a few franchises, unless they don't have the purse to buy him.

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