IPL auction 2014, 1st day

Sunrisers, Kings XI make smart buys

George Binoy

February 12, 2014

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Here's what the franchises did on the first day of the 2014 IPL auction in Bangalore, what their teams look like, and what they need on the second day.


Mitchell Johnson celebrates having Joe Root trapped lbw, Australia v England, 2nd ODI, Gabba, January 17, 2014
Mitchell Johnson was bought by Kings XI Punjab © Getty Images
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Chennai Super Kings


Players bought: Faf du Plessis (right to match card), Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Ben Hilfenhaus, Samuel Badree, Matt Henry, R Ashwin (retained), Suresh Raina (retained), Dwayne Bravo (retained), Ravindra Jadeja (retained), MS Dhoni (retained).

Purse spent today/Right to Match cards used: INR 18.1 crore ($2.9m)/one

Minimum number of players still needed: Three.

Purse remaining/Right to Match cards left: INR 2.9 crore ($0.46m)/zero

Most expensive buy: Faf du Plessis (INR 4.75 crore/ $0.76m)

Bargain buy: West Indies legspinner Samuel Badree for INR 30 lakh ($48,318). He has a Twenty20 economy rate of 5.10.

Players that got away: M Vijay, Kevin Pietersen, Jacques Kallis, Mitchell Johnson, Ashok Dinda, Umesh Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Jimmy Neesham, Jason Holder, Tim Southee

What they need on day two: Indian batsmen, including someone who can open.

Kings XI Punjab


Players bought: Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey, Virender Sehwag, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, Cheteshwar Pujara, L Balaji, Thisara Perera, Parvinder Awana (right to match card), David Miller (retained), Manan Vohra (retained)

Purse spent today/Right to Match cards used: INR 29.3 crore ($4.7m)/one

Minimum number of players still needed: Four

Purse remaining/Right to Match cards left: INR 14.2 crore ($2.2m)/One

Most expensive buy: Mitchell Johnson (INR 6.5 crore/ $1.04m)

Bargain buy: Virender Sehwag (INR 3.2 crore/ $0.5m)

Players that got away: Kevin Pietersen, Yuvraj Singh, Amit Mishra, Dwayne Smith, Quinton de Kock, Yusuf Pathan, Mohammed Shami.

What they need on day two: Spinners - Indian or foreign - another wicketkeeper and an allrounder.

Kolkata Knight Riders


Players bought: Jacques Kallis (right to match card), Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Yusuf Pathan (right to match card), Vinay Kumar, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine (retained), Gautam Gambhir (retained).

Purse spent today/Right to Match cards used: INR 29 crore ($4.6m)/two

Minimum number of players still needed: Six

Purse remaining/Right to Match cards left: INR 14.2 crore ($2.2m)/zero

Most expensive buy: Jacques Kallis (INR 5.5 crore/ $0.8m)

Bargain buy: Morne Morkel (INR 2.8 crore/ $0.4m)

Players that got away: Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Rampaul, Saurabh Tiwary, Laxmi Ratan Shukla.

What they need on day two: A wicketkeeper, more batsmen - Indian and foreign.

Royal Challengers Bangalore


Players bought: Yuvraj Singh, Mitchell Starc, Albie Morkel, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, Parthiv Patel, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ravi Rampaul, Nic Maddinson, AB de Villiers (retained), Virat Kohli (retained), Chris Gayle (retained).

Purse spent today/Right to Match cards used: INR 28.7 crore ($4.6m)/zero

Minimum number of players still needed: Four

Purse remaining/Right to Match cards left: INR 1.8 crore ($0.2m)/one

Most expensive buy: Yuvraj Singh (INR 14 crore/ $2.2m)

Bargain buy: Muttiah Muralitharan (INR 1 crore/ $0.1m)

Players that got away: Darren Sammy, Amit Mishra, Zaheer Khan, JP Duminy, Brad Hodge, Dwayne Smith, Thisara Perera, Ishant Sharma, Rahul Sharma, L Balaji, Venugopal Rao,

What they need on day two: The Yuvraj buy destroyed RCB's purse. They now need to find at least four players within a budget of INR 1.8 crore ($0.2m), which means an average price of INR 45 lakh ($72,477) per player. They need at least two more Indians to make up the seven needed for a XI. An Indian spinner and an Indian batsman would be ideal. They have a right to match card but cannot use it for players whose bids break their budget. Their batting line-up, though, is dripping with match-winning players.


Corey Anderson hit 44 off 17 balls, New Zealand v India, 2nd ODI, Hamilton, January 22, 2014
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Delhi Daredevils


Players bought: Dinesh Karthik, Kevin Pietersen (right to match card), M Vijay, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohammed Shami, Quinton de Kock, Manoj Tiwary, Jaydev Unadkat, JP Duminy, Rahul Sharma, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Jimmy Neesham, Saurabh Tiwary.

Purse spent today/Right to Match cards used: INR 51.4 crores ($8.2m)/one

Minimum number of players still needed: Three

Purse remaining/Right to Match cards left: INR 8.6 crores ($1.3m)/two

Most expensive buy: Dinesh Karthik (INR 12.5 crore/ $2m)

Bargain buy: New Zealand allrounder Jimmy Neesham (INR 1 crore/ $0.1m)

Players that got away: Jacques Kallis, Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, Darren Sammy, Faf du Plessis, Michael Hussey, Amit Mishra, Aaron Finch, Cheteshwar Pujara, Robin Uthappa, Dwayne Smith, Albie Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan, Mitchell Starc, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Pragyan Ojha, Glenn Maxwell, Corey Anderson, Mohit Sharma.

What they need on day two: Another solid overseas player in addition to Pietersen, the other four in their present squad don't have a similar aura. They are also missing a compelling allrounder and a second spinner. Not having retained players, Delhi began the auction with the full purse of INR 60 crore and went all out for three marquee players - Vijay, Pietersen and Karthik. However, they were conservative after that, bidding and losing on numerous players despite having the budget to push harder. Their squad at present is full of handy players, but only a few headliners.

Rajasthan Royals


Players bought: Steven Smith, Brad Hodge, Tim Southee, Abhishek Nayar, Kane Richardson, Ben Cutting, Shane Watson (retained), Stuart Binny (retained), Ajinkya Rahane (retained), James Faulkner (retained), Sanju Samson (retained).

Purse spent today/Right to Match cards used: INR 10.4 crore ($1.6m)/zero

Minimum number of players still needed: Five

Purse remaining/Right to Match cards left: INR 12.1 crore ($1.9m)/one

Most expensive buy: Steven Smith (INR 4 crore/ $0.6m)

Bargain buy: Brad Hodge (INR 2.4 crore/ $0.3m)

Players that got away: Yuvraj Singh, Darren Sammy, Amit Mishra, Aaron Finch, Robin Uthappa, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, Irfan Pathan, Morne Morkel, Glenn Maxwell, Corey Anderson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jaydev Unadkat

What they need on day two: On the first day, Rajasthan Royals made a lot of initial bids for big-name players and then dropped out of the race. They were the smallest spenders, and among the six players they bought, Abhishek Nayar was the only Indian. They need at least three more to make up the minimum of seven Indians needed to form an XI. They do not have spinners and Indian fast bowlers.

Mumbai Indians


Players bought: Michael Hussey, Corey Anderson, Pragyan Ojha (right to match card), Zaheer Khan, Josh Hazlewood, Lasith Malinga (retained), Rohit Sharma (retained), Kieron Pollard (retained), Harbhajan Singh (retained), Ambati Rayudu (retained).

Purse spent today/Right to Match cards used: INR 15.85 crore ($2.5m)/one

Minimum number of players still needed: Six

Purse remaining/Right to Match cards left: INR 5.15 crore ($0.8m)/zero

Most expensive buy: Michael Hussey (INR 5 crore/ $0.8m)

Bargain buy: Zaheer Khan (INR 2.6 crore/ $0.4m)

Players that got away: M Vijay, Virender Sehwag, David Warner, Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum, Parthiv Patel, Yusuf Pathan, Morne Morkel, Glenn Maxwell, Ben Cutting.

What they need on day two: Mumbai normally splash their cash and buy more than they need at IPL auctions but they bought only five players today, though they still picked up the flavour of the season in Corey Anderson. Mumbai need two more Indians to make up the minimum contingent of seven, and they need to be smart about spreading their budget for at least six players. They need a specialist wicketkeeper, and some Indian batsmen.

Sunrisers Hyderabad


Players bought: David Warner, Amit Mishra (right to match card), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Aaron Finch, Darren Sammy (right to match card), Ishant Sharma, Irfan Pathan, Moises Henriques, Jason Holder, Venugopal Rao, Brendan Taylor, Shikhar Dhawan (retained), Dale Steyn (retained).

Purse spent today/Right to Match cards used: INR 29.6 crore ($4.7m)/two

Minimum number of players still needed: Three

Purse remaining/Right to Match cards left: INR 8.4 crore ($1.3m)/zero

Most expensive buy: David Warner (INR 5.5 crore/ $0.8m)

Bargain buy: Brendan Taylor (INR 30 lakh/ $48,318)

Players that got away: M Vijay, Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, Zaheer Khan, JP Duminy, Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, Yusuf Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Corey Anderson, Abhishek Nayar, Varun Aaron, Parvinder Awana,

What they need on day two: Sunrisers have bought some exceptional T20 players and have also managed their budget well. They need an Indian wicketkeeper to have the option of not playing Brendan Taylor, a second spinner and some more Indian batsmen.

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Posted by Anubhav-the-Experience on (February 18, 2014, 20:27 GMT)

Delhi and Sunrisers look weak...Rajasthan once again is miserly and effective subject to management of local players.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 14:11 GMT)

CSK has the more balanced team. I heard someone say their bowlers lack international experience. Does it really matter when you half the games in india. I don't think so. It is embarrassing. They are the team to beat. They may not win the tournament for sure. But they are going to give a tough fight in the end of 50 matches. CSK picked a wise team, who survives better than anyone & can play out of skin in crunch situation. I am completely disappointing that MI lost MJ. They may loose the IPL as well. Delhi is the team has a real chance of winning this IL because they have a attacking team. If they get to Semis then opponents should forget about finals.

Semi would be 1. DD, 2. CSK, 3. SRH, 4. Punjab (If they lay as a team)/KKR RR will be the KKR of 2008.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 10:12 GMT)

Looks like SRH is more balanced team this time.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 7:31 GMT)

my fvrt csk will win this year ipl

Posted by thinkgood on (February 14, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

RCB did the same mistake that every other teams have done - paying a hefty sum for a single player. They did not have much left in the kitty after the Yuvraj burst. When will Mallaya stop doing micro management of his cricket club and let the specialists do the job ?

Posted by thinkgood on (February 14, 2014, 17:15 GMT)

I am so glad that CSK got rid of M Vijay. He is such as non-performer the past two seasons and is a liability at the top order . Hope CSK somehow gets Badrinath Subramaniam back . Loyalty should be rewarded at any cost. Hope CSK believes in some loyal players such as S Badrinath.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 10:46 GMT)

Kxip squad 1.viru(c) 2.pujara 3.man deep/g.Bailey 4.maxwell 5.d.miller 6.t.Perera/r.dahwan 7.w.sahah 8.m.jhonson 9.murli kartik 10.balaji 11.awana/Sandeep Sharma

Posted by BKMulmi on (February 14, 2014, 10:04 GMT)

Murli Vijay and Dinesh Kartik in the same team. Want to c both of them batting together :P Result will be Run Out, but who????

Posted by Easwar76 on (February 13, 2014, 15:59 GMT)

CSK XI : 1.MCCULLUM 2. FAF DU PLESSIS 3.RAINA 4.BRAVO 5.DHONI 6. JADU. 7. VIJAY SHANKAR/APARAJITH/MANHAS 8.ASHWIN 9.MOHIT SHARMA 10.HASTINGS/HENRY 11. R.MORE/PANDEY/NEHRA. This one is enough to beat any team in their day. Because it consist 8 batsmans, 8 bowlers, 2 Wicket Keepers, 3 captains. more interesting is the batting position can change according to the situations needs. CSK vs ? is the final also in this season.

Posted by Dangerplayer on (February 13, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

Please tell me guys where was alex hales today

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