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.


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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.


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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

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

Now if any team want to buy any player can they buy with the remaining purse??

Posted by DingDong420 on (February 13, 2014, 10:40 GMT)

KXIP looks to have a good team as do RCB

Posted by rajcl on (February 13, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

1) gayle 2) parthiv / ? 3) virat 4) yuvi 5) abd 6) ? 7) albi 8) starc 9) varon 10) ? 11) ?could u get better batting line up than this first to last are all dangeros

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 9:42 GMT)

The worst buy - Yuvray by RCB

Posted by npc_cricketlover on (February 13, 2014, 9:25 GMT)

i feel KingsXI have done a very decent job.... as usual RCB is burnt their pockets

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 8:50 GMT)

munaf and rp should be purchased by EITHER RR OR SRH IAM THE FAN OF RD AND SRH...... GOOD BOWLERS...

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 8:49 GMT)

Ohh Priety, u made pretty investment. KXI-Punjab for the title !!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 8:25 GMT)

I think this year's kings XI team is going to be by far the most balanced and yet lethal team with respect to their previous few years' squads. Marsh +Miller+Maxwell......Boom

Posted by Kashi0127 on (February 13, 2014, 8:24 GMT)

I do not understand what this excitement is all about with regard to auctions. espncricinfo is not a business site why such a coverage. As for sport is concerned - there is no sport here. It is all make believe like WWF and no real game. If RCB is winning, it is already determined in advance. If sixers are hit they meticulously planned for in a pure business sense..Only spectators are made fool of with the sponsors and players(?) end up making big bucks without doing anything

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 7:52 GMT)

I don't understand Delhi's logic to buy Murli Vijay...Delhi owner must learn some basics from others before buying guys like M.Vijay. He is not genuine ODI or T20 format player. He is only material of Test. Sunrisers and Kings Xi learn lots more from their previous mistakes. They choose good players in very economic budget.

Posted by dhoni_sachin_fan on (February 13, 2014, 7:40 GMT)

Ashish Nehra was a poor buy from CSK...Happy with the rest...CSK could have saved the 2cr and bid vigorously for Manish Pandey as an opener....Now that they have Ishwar Pandey, their bowling looks complete too.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 7:11 GMT)

sunrisers are going to dominate with finch and warner at the top...

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 6:47 GMT)

Finally a season of balanced teams!

Posted by priceless1 on (February 13, 2014, 6:45 GMT)

it was a surprise that Sunrisers did bid for T .Perera this year, he was the only reason that SRH did well in the last season ( Steyn was with them in previous seasons when Team hit the rock bottom consistently )

Posted by SridharKalyan on (February 13, 2014, 5:58 GMT)

CSK - why Ashish Nehra? The chap cant even train regularly and is a clear non-conformist. If they wanted an indian medium pacer to share the workload with Mohit Sharma, they could have gone back to M Gony or even a L Balaji!! So thats it....I am no longer a die-hard CSK fan...cant be one with a team that thinks Nehra is good for them. My next best - The RRs - are now the favourites for IPL 2014.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 5:07 GMT)

MDKJ Perera is a good attacking player as well as a wicket keeper i think when CSK,KKR or RCB will buy him as a batsman or a keeper

Posted by Sachit1979 on (February 13, 2014, 5:02 GMT)

It would be interesting to see if Jayawardene, Dilshan, Mathews, DHussey and Cameroon White finds buyers today. All of them have lot of value to add but the question is who wants it.

Posted by joza on (February 13, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

Chennai lost both its openers. Who will now open?

Posted by vin13 on (February 13, 2014, 4:22 GMT)

no IPL is complete without Eoin Morgan, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler & Stuart Broad

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 3:39 GMT)

guys CSK camp will be looking at anirudh srikanth and baba aparajith and few indian ranji bowlers and at the end if they have fund of 1 Cr they might even buy badri back.. but they surely need two indian batseman that too an opener to complete the playing 11

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 3:36 GMT)

SRH should target on Keeper Naman Ojha Spinner Karan Sharma Uncapped Unmukth Chand, Vijay Zol Finishers Ross Taylor, Luke Wright & Jacob Oram

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 3:26 GMT)

DD might have bought some match winners in their team only KP cant win game for them. MI also gonna suffer a lot this season they forgot how Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile & Maxwell played a big role in winning the last season and as well as Champions League. Even they missed out specialist Wicket keeper batsman DK. They don't have a match winning bowler. Perfect team till now is SRH, CSK & KXI.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 3:08 GMT)

Looks like DD would again be fighting for the wooden spoon!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 2:55 GMT)

CSK has the winning team both on the field and off the field. They will win, Srinivasan and Meiyapan will ensure that.

Posted by nothingnew on (February 13, 2014, 2:41 GMT)

who will buy MDKJ Perera ? He is in good form in T20s . He scored 3 fifties in his 4 T20 matches . he will be key player for anyteam .

Posted by nothingnew on (February 13, 2014, 2:39 GMT)

Still malinga is key bowler for Mumbai . His depth overs make really comfortable for MI .

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 2:27 GMT)

changes in many teams was looking good. RCB may be favorite of IPL 7. RCB Team very strong on paper. lets see what will going to happen on field... :)

Posted by sasmit_cricket on (February 13, 2014, 2:22 GMT)

As an outsider, It is very hard to pick a team this season. I picked MI for the previous seasons. But this season, the only team I dislike is KKR.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 2:21 GMT)

KXIP and SRH were the best buyers

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 2:06 GMT)

Loving that Delhi Daredevils have picked up Neesham and will be supporting them (as will a few Kiwis) in the IPL 2014. If they are playing Neesham and Pietersen in the starting eleven (in many games) and four internationals are allowed, I would suggest they go for one more VERY good international opener like Cameron White or Luke Wright or Alex Hales. From there they can use Duminy as their overseas spinner but it might be prudent to pick up Brad Hogg or Nathan McCullum. From there a back-up pace bowler (overseas or Indian) to back-up Coulter-Nile from the bench..? Then a good team starts to take shape for Devil's fans:

1. Vijay 2. White/Hales/Wright? or Quentin De Kock 3. Pietersen 4. Karthik 5. Shukla 6. Neesham 7. S. Tiwary 8. Coulter-Nile 9. 10. M. Shami 11. Unadkat or Sharma

Therefore grabbing that overseas opener is crucial as is signing some elite Indian players to offer spin and batting options (at 5 and 7 for instance) and pace reserves. 2nd day of auction important!!

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 2:04 GMT)

Like the way some of the players have moved around though most clubs have retained their core players but surprised and utterly shocked at Yuvi got the highest bid at INR 14 crore/ $2.2m. That seems totally absurd. Glad he went to RCB and not CSK ...

Posted by drinks.break on (February 13, 2014, 1:55 GMT)

@GrindAR, Sammy and Maxwell are both pretty handy batting at the death. SRH looks to me one of the most intelligently put-together and balanced squads so far.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 1:42 GMT)

I think sunrisers should buy bisla,pravin tambe

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 1:09 GMT)

william porterfield....Ireland captain should be picked. Maybe RR will notice him.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 0:48 GMT)

KKR or Royals may need Marlon Samuels or Ross Taylor .

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 0:32 GMT)

if CSK can buy S. Badri & Praveen Kumar (if not injured) at their base price and they can buy Bollinger their problems will be solved. Badri can open with Faf(orMac), Raina at No.03, Mac(Faf), Dhoni, Bravo, Jadeja, Ashwin, Nehra, Hilfy & Mohit will very good competitive team. D. Smith is very expensive buy but he can open if Faf or Mac not in form. Hussey is big loss but i think CSK didn't buy coz of his age and can play max 2 season. They should look at players like Baba, Varund Sood, Ishwar Pandey, Rajat Bhatia, Gautam and other fast bowlers..

Posted by ODI_BestFormOfCricket on (February 13, 2014, 0:11 GMT)

dwayne smith could never replace hussey. Badree and matt are not a t20 players. I think gurunath could have selected good team than fleming.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 0:06 GMT)

SRH made a good move finally with local bowlers, and pinch hitters... need a desi keeper batsman, one good finisher like perera

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 23:43 GMT)

It all seems strange, I wonder why Rajasthan were able to get Hodge so cheaply, it would be interesting to see how they would big if they were allowed to play 5 or 6 Internationals.

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (February 12, 2014, 23:42 GMT)

I don't get why people are crying over Hussey....Yes he is an amazing player, in amazing form but he is really old. I'll be surprised if he can replicate his recent performances for the next two years. CSK were thinking ahead when they retained Faf. He can serve them for longer and since they got Smith and McCullum, they don't need more openers.

Posted by wapuser on (February 12, 2014, 23:04 GMT)

RCB Buy the kusal perera as well and put with gayle. This is for all, dont get chandimal even for free. I think he is going to do more batting practice this year too.

Posted by Naikan on (February 12, 2014, 22:02 GMT)

While Yuvi may still prove me wrong as he has that innate ability to super shine, his IPL record is rather poor and nor is he at the moment in a any sort of form. I dont understand how RCB went all out to get him. I mean RCB pushed out Dravid long ago. A top pedigree player who after retiring still happens to figure in the top 10 IPL run getters! He had 700 runs more in IPL to his credit than Yuvi at a better average and a decent run rate. So I fail to see any real basis for Yuvi's choice except that some time ago Yuvi WAS our best T20 and one-day player at the INTERNATIONAL level. All I can hope is that Kohli is wanting to provide Yuvi a life line and hope that Yuvi takes it with all his might. It truly is a gamble.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 21:25 GMT)

kings Xi have a mighty fine looking side!

Posted by Nuxxy on (February 12, 2014, 21:19 GMT)

Everyone needs more Indian batsmen. But there aren't any more worth a damn. Five foreign players works make a hive distance. Or at least what the BPL did: 4 foreigners plus 1 alt for local or an associate player. There are some worthwhile players in Afghanistan/Ireland/Netherlands.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 21:16 GMT)

My take on Day 2 reqmt. Assumed squad str: 18 (avg) Foreign: 7/8 CSK: Need atleast 1 Indian No: 3 Batsman or Fast Bowling All Rounder; 2 more can also be young Indian batsmen or fast bowlers RCB: Need atleast 1 Indian middle order batsman and 1 Indian spinner; 2 more can be young Indian batsmen/spinner KKR:Need atleast 1 Indian middle order batsman; Can buy 2/3 foreign batsmen or fast bowlers cheap & young Indian spinner or batsman KXIP:Need atleast one Indian middle order batsman; Can buy young Indians any role and 1 foreigner DD: Can buy a top foreign fast bowler and drop Kock from 11. Can also buy top Indian batsman RR: Need atleast 2 Indian middle order batsman and 1 Indian spinner; Can buy young Indian spinners and batsmen or 1 foreign spinner MI:Need atleast 1 Indian keeper and 1 Indian middle order batsman; can buy young Indian or foreign fast bowlers SRH:Need atleast 1 Indian No: 3 batsman; Can buy young Indian batsmen or wicket keeper or fast bowlers

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 21:12 GMT)

So does this mean Nehra will soon be seen in Indian team.

Posted by GrindAR on (February 12, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

Day 2 belong to KXIP, RR, KKR. The remaining player in the pool have better buy chances than the Day 1s (other than marquees)... SH can pull in a surprise buy.. but that's it... But in the bwhole thing, RCB is in bad situation (most unbalanced team)

Posted by GrindAR on (February 12, 2014, 20:29 GMT)

Happy for Dinesh Karthik, deserves the high profile tag... Hope he shows up in Team India

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 20:26 GMT)

MI shopping list : One Indian specialist explosive opener to counter Rohit Sharma's steady batting. 3 to 6 will be Rayudu, Hussey, Andersen, Pollard. Next no 7 we need a specialist WK batsman. No 8 we need a bowling alrounder preferably a spinner. No 9 to 11 will be Harbhajan, Zaheer Khan and Malinga. To sum up we need 4 Indian players namely an opening batsman, a spinner alrounder, a specialist wicketkeeper and pace bowler as back up for Zaheer and Malinga in case if injuries.

Posted by GrindAR on (February 12, 2014, 20:22 GMT)

SRH need one good finisher of chases... they lacked that in last season... they are stilll not thinking about it.

Posted by GrindAR on (February 12, 2014, 20:14 GMT)

ok now noticed CSK got BM... an equivalent alternate given his current form and state of mind... lets see... he can pretty much do the job of 50% Hussey and 50% MVijay... Faf has to fill in though... and have to be playing all possible matches...

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 20:12 GMT)

KKR looks really imbalanced and is the weakest side in my opinion. It will behove them to make some smart picks tomorrow to fix this problem.

Posted by GrindAR on (February 12, 2014, 20:09 GMT)

so far RR & SH are the smart recruiters... Probably M Hussey being the biggest loss for his previous team (CSK), RCB will feel the pain of letting go some of its key bowlers as Yuvi might not be playing every game they are going to play. I would expect DD to return to their peak or more... CSK will feel the pain if Faf is not utilized properly... certainly Faf cannot replace MHussey.... and I doubt MHussey will get the best feeling at MI as he enjoyed with CSK.... But more than anybody he is the key contributor in whatever team he plays... atleast for MI they solve a humongous opener slot problems.... just with one bird.... not sure why CSK did not retain Hussey... a big qtn to be answered if not now.... later during this active IPL season.

Posted by Htc-Baseball on (February 12, 2014, 19:42 GMT)

@Girish Kulkarni : Wat do u mean by saying , RCB will lose fan following. Yuvraj will bring a huge fan base to the team and Vinay kumar never had a fan following.

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 19:35 GMT)

Mumbai should have retained Karthik instead of Malinga. Malinga is in poor form & fitness. He could have been bough with a right to match card @ a much lower price. Now they dont have a quality keeper plus batsmen.

Posted by sapnil2000 on (February 12, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

some one should have bought nasir hossain from bangladesh. this guy is magical fielder like jhonty rhodes plus one of the best finisher in the world plus his spin is effective. IPL should focus on player's merit than country's status. alex hales, marlon samuels, kushal perera, ryan ten doeschate, mushfiq rahim, sekugge prasanna, mahela jaywardhane should have been purchased instead of ken richardson, jason holder, josh hazzlewood, james nisham and other average aussie

Posted by Batmanindallas on (February 12, 2014, 19:19 GMT)

Dinda over Pankaj Singh-wow....

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

SRH should go for shadaab jakati spinner option

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 18:54 GMT)

RCB will lose fan base further as they did not go for Vinay and Uttappa.... shame on them.....do they think that they can win with oldi murali? M Kartik was better than M Murali......

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 18:48 GMT)

We have a very promising season ahead!!!

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 18:45 GMT)

the best leg spinner now will be shreyas gopal,punab or rr? ,kedar jadhav ll be in handy [srh ll surely target],rishi dhawan [punjab should target him]

Posted by KrikIndFan on (February 12, 2014, 18:36 GMT)

This gets better and better every year,

CSK-how did they manage to loose Mike Hussey, he's a game changer, KXIP-good buy with Johnson & Sehwag. KKR-except for ther retained players, the rest looks okay. RCB-hurray for Yuvi & Murli. DD-lets hope the new team is worth it. RR-the retains are still the best. MI-as if the number of superstar wasn't enough, Corey is in...nice. SH-that's a lot of bowlers in one team :)

Posted by Nero28 on (February 12, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

Sunrisers made the best team. All the performing dashing openers in their side now( DHAWAN, WARNER, FINCH). Liked the allrounder in henriques, got the most economy indian bowler in Bhuvi. Liked the balance of the team with purchase made and all the players. Don't like the Delhi team's selection. And Royal challenger will have to buy some underperformer home cricketer to manage the purchase which will make the team unbalanced

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

who do you think will open the batting for csk? du plessis and macullum???

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 18:25 GMT)

SunRisers had an ok day 1...not great one though..getting Mishra,Sammy,bhuvi,Warner,finch,irfan are great ones...ishant did an ok job for SunRisers...brendon Taylor is a best deal for 30 lakhs..I'm not sure why dey have gone for henriques and holder...I'm quite confused with der selection...all they need is a good middle order batsman and an Indian wicket keeper... Naman Ohja is a good buy..An Indian wicket keeper batsman..hope they rock on the second day too...

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 18:23 GMT)

Good Budget planned by Sunrisers Hyderabad

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

If RCB are looking for players that would fit their budget, why not go for Kevin O'Brien. He's played at Bangalore before, 100(50) against England. For 50 Lakh, why not go for it!

(P.S - Go Ireland!) :)

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 12, 2014, 18:18 GMT)

Mumbai will go for Adithya Thare and Kkr will go for Mavinder Bisla , DD can use RTM for Shahbaz Nadeem , SRH should buy Surya Kumar Yadav

Posted by class9ryan on (February 12, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

Sunrisers were at their best, while the likes of Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Royals and RCB ( if they get their complaint right ) won't be disappointed. Kings XI did a good job, but Sehwag I believe was a waste. The playing field will be lot more level. But something to think for the Knight Riders, do they have that star cast except for Narine and Gauti ?

Posted by Iyer_Brain on (February 12, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

RCB should have picked Neesham instead of Morkel... and not sure if Muralidharan will ever get a game! In any case, RCB needs a minimum of 3 Indian players in 2 Spinners & 1 Pacer... Then, we are good to go! :) R-C-B

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

all the best teams

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

I think all the franchise's have done their homework exceptionally well should apprecitae kxip, dd and Srh to the core everyone have done an intelligent and as well as strategical auction instead of just throwing money away I think this year ipl will have a good flavour than the previous editions :) waiting for tomorrow's auction so that we can have a complete view of all teams all the best for all the teams and hoping to have a clean and controversy less ipl :D congrats to yuvi and dk for becoming the costliest picks

Posted by   on (February 12, 2014, 17:54 GMT)

Rajasthan should get azhar mahmood n ross taylor n marlon samuels by kkr

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