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'It's a blow to my chest' - Badrinath

Nagraj Gollapudi

February 14, 2014

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S Badrinath scored 34, Chennai Super Kings v Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2013, Chennai, April 13, 2013
S Badrinath refuted that his base price of Rs. 1 crore was too high © BCCI
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S Badrinath, the Tamil Nadu and India batsman, has made public his disappointment at not being bought by a franchise at the IPL player auction. Badrinath, who went unsold on the first day of the auction, was brought back for bidding again on Thursday as part of the unsold lot, but for the second time none of the eight franchises, including his previous owner Chennai Super Kings, showed any interest in the middle-order batsman.

"I am 100% disappointed. It's a blow to my chest. I really don't know how to react," Badrinath told The Hindu. "I was optimistic about being picked up at least the second time because initially teams generally have different options and go for them."

Badrinath, 33, played for Super Kings in the last six seasons of the IPL, scoring 1441 runs at an average of 30.65 and a strike rate of 118.89. However, in the last two years, Badrinath came lower down the batting order and that had an impact on his numbers. Last year, his average dipped to 17 and he had a strike rate of 102.47 in eight innings.

"I have played 90-odd games for CSK and I have a good record in the IPL," Badrinath said. "I am not blaming CSK because they might have had something else in mind. I was disappointed because I didn't receive a single bid from any franchise."

Some of the franchises have empathised with Badrinath's situation. Rajasthan Royals' chief executive, Raghu Iyer, said he was surprised none of the franchises had picked the batsman.

"Badri is a class act. He is one of the most consistent players in the IPL," Iyer said. "In our scheme of things, he did not fit in for the position he bats at. We had a different plan as far as Indian batsmen go and hence we did not go for him. I am also surprised nobody picked him up."

Venky Mysore, Kolkata Knight Riders CEO, agreed with Iyer: "Badri is a team man. A very solid cricketer. But in Chennai, he had a very specific role - he was a floater. That does not fit into every team's strategy."

According to a Super Kings insider, it was difficult to accommodate Badrinath in the middle order since the team had a lot of allrounders, which had increased its batting depth.

One of the franchise coaches pointed out Badrinath's style of batting did not suit every team's needs. "He is not an impact player. He does not force an opponent to change his plans, at least in this format. He might have played some influential knocks but there were times when Chennai were in trouble early and needed him to re-build the innings and he was not convincing," the coach said.

What may also have worked against Badrinath was that by the time he was brought into the auction a second time, most teams, including Super Kings, had virtually exhausted their purse. Ironically for Badrinath, Super Kings bought Delhi batsman Mithun Manhas, another seasoned domestic player, for a bargain price of Rs 35 lakhs. The coach pointed out the senior players like Badrinath and Praveen Kumar (Rs 2 crores, approx $330,000) suffered for keeping their base prices high.

"A guy like L Balaji, who was a bigger impact player than Badrinath last season, put his base price at Rs 50 lakhs ($83,000)," the coach said. "He was bought for Rs 1.8 crores ($300,000)."

Badrinath denied that his base price of Rs 1 crore ($166,000) was too high.

"I don't think it's a factor," Badrinath said. "I had based it on my experience, my contribution and records."

However Iyer pointed out the base price could have been a factor in addition to the fact that many franchises were keen on buying uncapped Indian players for a lesser price, especially during the second half on Thursday.

"Badri at Rs 1 crore is fine. But if a guy is desperate and definitely wants to play, then he should put his base price low," Iyer said. "Then, if you are really good enough, franchises will pay big money."

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by santhoshg016 on (February 21, 2014, 11:38 GMT)

very sad he didnt pick in the csk team.. badri is a player he can bat in any situation specially when team lose early wickets.. his age may be 33 but he fielded like 20 year boy.. i still remember the direct hit when jacques kallis run out in kolkata and in bangalore play offs against mumbai where he played brilliant innings.. csk will miss him as a batsmen and fielding.. i dont know why bcci didnt give him chance to play in TEST or odi even against bangaldesh or zimbabwe.. he is a team player.. BCCI should give more chances to this type of players.. we lost lot of solid palyers especially who can perform good in test jaffer, badri, uthappa, kaif, these are the players who still playing their Ranji matches.. so BCCI should give more chances to this players rather than giving opportunity for star players..

Posted by   on (February 20, 2014, 21:47 GMT)

Its a tough one for badri. Whenever Chennai lost early wickets and under pressure in comes badri to rebuild the innings and not loose wickets When Chennai are on top he wont get a chance to bat, So how can the bastman express himself freely. Its a good time to regroup and improve some skills and come back strongly. May be an opener role might suit him But he should improve six hitting skills to be in contention and prove himself.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

Great disappointment...most consistent player..IPL owners doesnt have any cricket knowledge.. CSK didnt give him the oppurtunity to bat on lot of matches. if he batted in no 4 position on all matches for CSK..the story will be different.. his average might be 40.0 and strike rate may be 150.i thought some bad performing teams (other than CSK and MI)might pick him.nobody picked him.owners want players to hit 6 every ball .. if that is there strategy it is completely wrong..every team needs player like badri in no 3 or no 4 to build partnership.it s not too late..atleast book him now..he is a genuine T20 player,good fielder. perfect player for a successful team.

Posted by   on (February 19, 2014, 8:51 GMT)

I was surprised!! If Jack Kallis can bat in T20. Why not Badri??

Posted by nainil0683 on (February 18, 2014, 17:41 GMT)

2 Crores is too much for Bardinath. He definitely is a class act when it comes to longer formats, but he should have himself understood this and had he lowered his price to lets say 20-25 Lakhs, I am sure a lot of franchises could have dived for it and eventually he might have been sold closer to the 2 Crore mark. He missed the trick this time.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 17:26 GMT)

@gaurav_92...Why most of the times CSK captain Dhoni sends Badri second down when he has so many match winning players in his team?Why CSK captain himself not went?You missed match winning player Sir Jadeja in your list.

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 14:36 GMT)

The unsung hero for CSK and Indian cricket. Deserved good chances in test team, but not recognized under the radar of selectors. What else u guys expecting him 2 prove, he deserved a chance in test team. From 2008 he is waiting for his test call up. played vs SA 2 test, scoring 50 on debut facing steyn n morkel @ 2010. Far better and potential player than rayudu, rohit. Ranji history 3 players had average of over 60 1. Pujara 2. Rahane 3. Badrinath. Two of them in team now, y not he ???

Posted by   on (February 18, 2014, 11:35 GMT)

When a Cricketer without a form can go for 14 Cr and Poor Badri played all his life for India A, Ranji and all national events cant go for 1 Cr. Insane for CSK & IPL

Posted by joe_antony on (February 18, 2014, 5:39 GMT)

To me, Badri was one of those talents totally unused due to poor planning and selection, I mean in the Indian cricket team. He was not being given chance when he was at his best, he entry to Indian team was delayed so much and he was not given enough chances to prove himself. In my opinion he should in NZ now playing for India. He is not a T20 player, but he was part and parcel of CSK's winning streak all these years, no one can take it from him.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

Badri was hurting CSK more than helping. Good riddance.

Posted by IndTheBest on (February 17, 2014, 16:09 GMT)

If not better he is definitely par with Rahane and Rayudu.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 13:03 GMT)

@Chetan Asher: By making such a comment, you have clearly given evidence that you have no understanding of the dynamics of T20 cricket. If Badrinath had an average of 30.6 and a strike rate of 118, he would be classified as a very good batsman. Maybe not the best, but it hurts your average when you don't have a fixed position in the line-up. Add to that the situations he was tossed into - the ones where you have to rebuild the innings, and you can see why his strike rate is low. Also, over the last six years, his stats are comparable to some of the batsmen considered "best" for this format. Take a look at this StatsGuru link: "http://goo.gl/4AHjex" and then look at Sachin Tendulkar (The "God"), Virat Kohli (The "Prince"), Shikhar Dhawan (The leftie Sehwag), Sehwag (no description needed), and Rohit Sharma (talented "Nohit"). Similar, right? If I were an owner, I would surely have snappped up Badrinath. He definitely deserved more than the measly crore he was asking for.

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

The Usung hero of CSK.. CSK's bad decision this season :( :(

Posted by   on (February 17, 2014, 9:24 GMT)

I say csk should have went for badri

Posted by aravabalaji on (February 17, 2014, 2:20 GMT)

@gaurav_92.. Your comments are totally contrary to facts. Every time Badri enters the crease, he will always be expected to get the team out of pressure-cooker situations and he has done that 9 out of 10 times. That speaks volumes of this cricketer. In many of their interviews, Fleming and Dhoni underlined his value being among the plethora of stars. Only in the last IPL, he was not given the opportunities that he deserved. Appreciate the guts and perseverance in the man who was always treated shabbily by the men at the helm.

Posted by gaurav_92 on (February 16, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

Firstly, his base price was exorbitantly high for a player of his calibre. I acknowledge that he has been a regular member for a winning CSK team for the past 6 years but to me he has been more of a passenger in a team of stars. With the match winning ability of Dhoni, Hussey, Raina, Morkel, Du plessis and Bravo, Badrinath has never experienced immense pressure while going into the middle. He always played second fiddle to the above mentioned players, which is the nature of his game. I envisage him as a future Test prospect, but T20 is not quite his cup of tea. He is a grafter, a player who cannot single handedly win you matches like a Dhoni or a Hussey.

IPL teams should invest in young and explosive talent, e.g Nikhil Gangta (Himachal Pradesh), Sanju Samson (Kerela). This will give them experience and opportunities to perform with and against some of the worlds finest cricketers. A stepping stone to building a strong future for indian cricket.

Posted by Mayank Holani on (February 16, 2014, 14:49 GMT)

Badri doesnt quiet deserve a base price of rs 1 cr. he can get upto 75lk. Thats what he deserves , every team is not a CSK.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (February 16, 2014, 8:46 GMT)

Badri is a player worthing a maximum of 40 Lack as base price.1 cr is too much for him.Surprised that White was not selected.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 8:27 GMT)

Guess players need to become selfish and ensure their careers are protected, rather than bother about the team or situation. If I remember right, Badri was the Man of the Match in the last T20 International he played too - and was promptly never picked again. He made the mistake of voicing his disappointments publicly earlier as well - rather than sucking up to the powers to be. End of his career for sure. Wish him the very best in whatever else he chooses to do.

Posted by   on (February 16, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

By putting such a high price for himself in IPL, Badri has clearly provided evidence that he has no understanding of the dynamics of T20 Cricket. He was probably looking for a fool somewhere. Look at his numbers - Average of 30.6, Strike rate of 118...When batting lower in the order, average of 17 & Strike rate of 102 ! Nobody with common sense would pay 1 Crore for a specialist batsman when even Specialist bowlers like Harbhajan Singh will probably have a better Average & Strike Rate combination lower down & give their employers an additional option of bowling 2 / 3 good overs.

Posted by Makreddy247 on (February 16, 2014, 7:24 GMT)

Sunrisers should have gone for him as they don't have any strong Indian batsman in the middleorder.

Posted by sivaramrayar on (February 16, 2014, 5:47 GMT)

hi i am a CSK fan and i beleive in having more TN playyers for csk,

i am very very sad that badinath is not playing this time i am sure and will pray to god to be in the team next year . hard work prvails . giving nehra 2cr and favrate CSK man 1 cr why CSK management went like this . Having Badinath in the team is like a moral booster for the fans like me . CSK should have players like dinesh karthic, balagi please to give the team a chennai flavour or else support of fans like me will certainly lost. again very sad for badrinath . only one thing to say to badri try hard for next season it will surely work out " befor every sucess some huddles happens "

Posted by TSJ07 on (February 15, 2014, 18:57 GMT)

When a player is being auctioned, the buyer looks for price and usefulness of the player being auctioned. No way buyers were happy at his base price,it was too high.Had he fixed it lower few franchises might have shown some interest and he might have fetched higher price.Now coming to usefulness, Badri is NOT A T-20 player especially when the likes of White are being unsold.Owners have gone very smart this auction and they are not ready to spend money which THEY THINK might not fetch them rewards. Now I know why likes of PK were not selected,coz of his base price and his usefulness.I am a KXIP fan from Punjab and he was with KXIP for 3 yrs. He might not have given that many runs but he hardly took wickets last season.Couple it with his fielding and suddenly owners are not finding him useful. ITS SAD BUT TRUE,the s/e of players being auctioned. But I fail to understand why Pankaj,White went unsold.A Mithun also very unattractive for owners but then why Vinay Kumar.Geez...I am confused..

Posted by aravabalaji on (February 15, 2014, 17:34 GMT)

Badri is a player who never plays for himself or for the crowd. He plays for the team and the situation. His role at CSK was unique that nobody in the entire IPL has done. In spite of playing at the tight situations, he had a decent strike rate of 120 which is commendable. Considering all these, his base price of 1 cr. is justified. When a player like Nehra, who is injury prone and will miss many matches, can go for 2 cr., why not the ever-fit Badri? Be it for selection into national team or IPL teams, Badri has been given the unkindest cut that he can only swallow. It is a shame that his talent and perseverance has never been rewarded and got wasted. It is a bad lesson to blossoming cricketers. I also feel for Pankaj Singh, who, inspite of consistent performance, has not been recognized. IPL is nothing but Reality Show!

Posted by Nouz on (February 15, 2014, 17:21 GMT)

Leave IPL. Why Badri was not given enough chances in tests? while he has been one of the best in domestic. His stats in First class is far better than almost all current Indian batsmen (Raina, Dhawan, Yuvraj, even Kohli). Perhaps, it's some people's specially Dhoni's hatred toward south, particularly towards Tamil Nadu. Now Badri's time is over. Same thing is happening to Abhinav Mukund now. He was part of CSK for 2/3 years, but Dhoni kept him in bench without giving chance to prove him self. Now, Mukund was not picked for even 30 lack, while some ordinary indian players who does not have even half of Mukund's average in First class and List 'A' went for crores. See, this Dhoni will do the same to Baba Aparajit too. This young talent also will suffer the same fate as Badri and Mukund. I was praying that Aparajit should not be in Dhoni's team. Dhoni has been celebrated by Tamils. But, he spoils Tamil talents

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 14:23 GMT)

There were other players like cameroon white and luke wright, their base prices were too high

Posted by RK.Chandru on (February 15, 2014, 14:13 GMT)

First of all, Badrinath only has to blame himself rather than blaming everyone else. Everyone knows he has limited range of strokes and can only help in steadying the ship in case of fall of quick wickets and stem the slide. Had he set a lower base price or himself say, Rs. 50 lakh or so, who knows? the competitive bidding could have taken his value even much more beyond Rs. 1 crore mark as in the case of a few lesser known, lesser talented batsmen.

CSK has lost its Chennai flavour and I really doubt if the team can attract crowds as it'll be difficult to identify ourselves with Jaddus, Mohits and Nehras. I believe more than the team owners, it's MSD who influenced the buying and the team's composition. It's time CSK gets rid of MSD and gives chance to more TN players and wears a real CHENNAI look. Now that everyone knows IPL is a farce, hiking the ticket prices only would kill the goose that lays golden eggs for the owners and make them bankrupt. It's time to lower the ticket prices

Posted by TRAM on (February 15, 2014, 13:25 GMT)

The key point people dont realize is Badri's strike rate is only slightly inferior to Dhoni !!!! Badri lost his identity because of Dhoni's total mismanagement (or should we call mistreatment). He would have been a solid #3 or #4 batsman in any other team, but Dhoni sent him either when the conditions suited bowlers OR when all hitters were out, thus Badri could not establish himself nor could he boost his average. In fact even Albie Morkel was sent ahead of Badri many times. Dhoni also is responsible for Badri not in the Indian squad as well. Badri was South Zone captain. So, may be Dhoni thought he was a potential captaincy threat.

Posted by Batmanindallas on (February 15, 2014, 13:09 GMT)

Pankaj singh also did not get a single offer which was strange too. I was thinking RR would pick him

Posted by binu.emiliya on (February 15, 2014, 12:50 GMT)

Chennai is going to loose this time

Posted by balajik2505 on (February 15, 2014, 12:27 GMT)

ROX_xxx Badri has possibly accepted that the chance of an India call-up is gone. He is in his 30's, maybe has a couple of years left and wants to cash in. What is wrong with that? He was born maybe 7-8 years early.

Posted by thinkgood on (February 15, 2014, 11:35 GMT)

Badri's agent must be blamed for this partially. His base price of 1cr is too high and there was no way Badri would have been bid on day 1 along with the likes of Dinesh Karthik and Yuvi. Its all about money. L. Balaji was smart to ask 50L as base price and he is worth 1.3 cr . Its all about money. Loyalty and fair play are rare commodity these days .

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 11:19 GMT)

i always felt, you should play in england country cricket. now bcci has ignored you, you shld leave them and start playing in england, aus, SAF n bangadesh T20. you will be a hot cake. if i had talent like you, i would do this. all the very best.

Posted by Fan1969 on (February 15, 2014, 11:00 GMT)

Nice to see many fans follow Badri. He is an excellent domestic player but did not have the x-factor for international cricket especially in shorter formats.

I did not see him fit into IPL especially with 8 and not 9/10 teams.

Just one point, if Pujara at age 25 and in excellent form barely got bid for 1.5 cr when he is a regular Test batsman and now in ODI side for Asia Cup, I cannot see why people get emotional about Badri not getting 1 cr base bid. He was unrealistic.

Posted by A.Ak on (February 15, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

Very unlucky. He is great players, but its very unfortunate that people gave no place in IPL and more frustratingly on the national Test side. They gave so many chances to Raina, Yuvi or RSharma, but only one chance to him. Very unfair.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

Funny...dude is sorry not being selected for IPL. He should be sorry for not being selected to the Indian team.

Posted by Prats6 on (February 15, 2014, 8:55 GMT)

His base price was too high and the need for him too low. Either of them had had to be better for Badri to get a bid. Its not that he is not a god player, but he is not ideally suited for T20s. He is good as a floater but only CSK could have gone with him and they simply did not have enough money. Would have loved Vijay, Badri and Hussey in CSK.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

Sorry to Badri. He played some fantastic innings for CSK. He has been misguided the auction. He should have been fixed for the base price of 50L then he should have got 150L. Basic error is the base price. Even though he is worth for his base price, the people sitting in the auction want more not seven runs in six balls.

Posted by ramli on (February 15, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

Certainly a lower base price would have worked in his favour ... Ok Badri ... you had your time ... now relax and let others take the stage ... thank you for your contribution so far ...

Posted by ROX_xxx on (February 15, 2014, 7:49 GMT)

so pathetic ,you should be disappointed that you were unable to get select to the national team.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

I think Indian test team also think about badri not only test Odi team also he is 100* time better then murli sharma rahane ambati and shikhar... I think badri 80% full fill the dravid roll.. our Indian team must required player like badri..Only virat and Ishant what they can do.. i don't know why dhoni trust on jadeja and ashwin.. I think pragyan is better oprtion for dhoni.... and Irphan pathan.. He is also a god bowler not only bowler he is a good all rounder.. and What about yusuf he is 1000* time better then raina... He is a blind hiiter and good spinner... Indian selecter think about him.. And sehwag and gambhir is 10000000000000000* time better then dhawan and sharma and ambati...Like Our opener Sehwag and gambhir then Kohli then badri then Yusuf then dhoni then irphan then bhuvi then ishant then pragyan then sami.. OR jadega and zaheer and rp singh and ashwin or sharma or dhawan .. Like that... and same replace yusuf by pujara or rahane for test team.. like that type of team

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 7:33 GMT)

Sorry for Badrinath ! Born in the wrong generation and often the crisis man for his state in domestic cricket but never received enough chances jn India colors despite possessing the technique and temperament for the game at the highest level. T20 was never his game although he did play some useful knocks for CSK but that was two seasons ago. It's tough to face the bitter truth of life. Everyone has to one day. But time to stand up and at least acknowledge his contributions. Cheers Badri.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 7:23 GMT)

Badri i think he is better then Raina.. And i don't know why no one franchises picked him.. I dont know know why. I never expected this One of the most experienced IPL player unsold? I think Kxi Or sunrises Hyderabad think about this player...

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

There should have been a ninth team .Lot of wrongfully unsold players would have got a chance

Posted by nikkam on (February 15, 2014, 6:44 GMT)

age is not a deciding factor in IPL..team strategy is..the core of CSK is made of aggressive indian batsmen like any successful t20 team. In fact none of the other teams used a floater as less number of overs means nobody can be shielded for a long time. For past two seasons CSK batting has been slow to start and they rectified this by taking mccullum. Both Vijay and Badri were ignored as they did not help in scoring fast consistently. if dravid, laxman, sanga and mahela did not find many takers, the same applies to badri also. But his service to CSK will not be forgotten as he was a loyal team man.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 6:08 GMT)

Now compare his strike rate of 115 vis-a-vis his base price of 1 cr. That's something any franchisee would find hard to stomach. Badri should have been smart the moment CSK released him. He totally misjudged the auction thinking that he would strike gold. The owners are into eight season and they are pretty smart this time around. They are businessman and they know how to bid. They deliberately rise the bid for some players (Yuvaraj for eg) to outsmart other buyers. In the process, players who are lucky would really gain. Badri @33 overestimated himself at this version of the game. Even a batsman of Pujara's caliber did not attract enough bidders.

Posted by Sekhar_S on (February 15, 2014, 6:01 GMT)

If any player who is currently playing international cricket and is picked for the IPL, gets injured what are the rules for replacement? I hope Badri gets in as a replacement for some injured player.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 5:46 GMT)

I never expected this :O One of the most experienced IPL player unsold? You gotta be kidding me :/

Posted by barryrichardsfan on (February 15, 2014, 5:22 GMT)

Played 90 odd games. so he has had his share. This time teams looked to rectify their weak links in the squads, no team likes to have a player who is just capable of scoring a run a ball, especially in top 6. IF DRAVID CAN ADMIT HE WAS NOT AS GOOD AS OTHERS IN THIS FORMAT, SO SHOULD BADRINATH, THERE IS NO POINT COMPLAINING. IT IS HORSES FOR COURSES GAME THESE DAYS.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 5:06 GMT)

Badri is the victim of commercialization, Discarded when he is no longer of any use. He has always been an excellent batsman (outstanding fielder too) who was used for the team's cause. Shuffling his position up and down, CSK ensured that the Flat Track Bullies always scored runs while Badri had to guard, assist and make way for them. Now he should look for English county opportunities, as a BCCI Test cap is a nonexistent one, With Dhoni backing Raina and Rohit Sharma, The probability of a non IPL player making way into BCCI team is remote. Or at 33, this is the right time to retire from this circus and focus on other things in life. He is young enough to pursue other activities. If BCCI\IPL turns its back on Badri, he should return the favor.

Posted by mayoo123 on (February 15, 2014, 4:32 GMT)

Don't worry badri. everyone knew y r the class player. you will be picked for more in mid season / next auction

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 3:58 GMT)

my sources said that he was offered by CSK for a low base price wen he was brought back into the auction for the second da... but the offer was put down... but i am sure CSK will be looking to get him in the next auction

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 3:54 GMT)

i think CSK were out of money thats the problem and also the base price of Badri.. that is y CSK went for mithun manhas... their initial idea was to get Badri at a low base price... but it was utter nonsense to say that he didnt no deleiver... he is CSk;s go to man in crisis... and he always delivers... hope CSK get him next year...

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 3:07 GMT)

Who gets picked, who attracts what bid in the IPL is anyone's guess. Yuvraj is in the worst form of his career and he gets the highest bid. Badri is ignored as is Munaf Patel. Its like a lottery. The prize is as big and the winner could be anyone. I can understand Badri's frustration. But he was employing the wrong strategy. With teams having already exhausted most of their cash, he should have lowered his reservation price. Its more important to be playing than sitting it out. Fans have a short memory and one who sits it out runs the risk of being forgotten. If I were in Badri's shoes, I would have cut my reserve price by 50 percent. It would be for the love of the game and not the almighty RUPIYA. The important thing is to be in the news; be in the swing of things.

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 3:05 GMT)

HI Badri, ur base price is way too high .. Rs1 cr..omg how do u justify that price?.. ur strike rate in T20 is at 100 most of the times , ur an easy wicket for opponents, ur not a threat at all, when u came in to bat opponents gave the ball to their weakest bowlers to get through their overs.. always remmber to get a START is difficult in anything .. look at ur team mate balaji .. his price was half ur price so teams just tried and but unexpectedly went up.. thats the beauty of auction..

Posted by keerthitommy on (February 15, 2014, 2:48 GMT)

Chennai had little money left.If badri's base price was 35-60 lakhs csk would have bought him. Feeling very sorry for badri

Posted by   on (February 15, 2014, 1:37 GMT)

It is all about networking, imagine yuvi getting 14 crores, it is not as if auction finds out the true worth of a player, it should be the case, but here you see, networing networking, coteries etc. etc. CSK ruined Badris stats buy sending him up and down and not giving him enough balls to play, the same thing was done to badri in test matches also, he would be in the team but not given games and ultimately dropped for the likes of raina and yuvi. Everybody else saw it coming but unfortunately badri didnt, they have killed his career , finished him off, what is chennai about CSK without Badri, Dhoni, Raina, Jadeja is this CSK???

Posted by CbeCricket on (February 15, 2014, 1:14 GMT)

Badri is more suitable for Test Cricket. Bad that India did not give him much opportunities. Sharmas and Rainas were given chances to prove, but they prove to be very inconsistent. Badri had only few chances. Bad Luck. I am sure if he was in any other country other than India he would have played lot of test cricket.

Posted by mshyder on (February 15, 2014, 0:38 GMT)

Last year it was Maxwell who was highly over priced and this year it is Yuvraj who has been paid at least times what he is worth for, based on his current form and performance. A lot of money could have been saved and used for acquiring players like badrinath. Badri should try to get a county contract this season which will partly compensate his financial loss and also provide him an opportunity to improve his game further, specially in alien conditions.

Posted by gvarun1975 on (February 15, 2014, 0:18 GMT)

cant blame franchises too here.It was lack of funds and also many teams looking for only hatd hitters.class players like badri may not get chance sometimes.He should also have been think a bit before quoting his base price to a crore when many domestic players available for less than 50L.

Posted by vbv.ganesh on (February 14, 2014, 23:05 GMT)

Cont..d. And I can think of atleast two teams that could have badly used his services in this IPL. SRH could have and in my opinion. should have slotted him at No.4. He would have been the perfect stop-gap between the amazing top-order(Warner, Finch,Dhawan) and the explosive late order(Sammy.Irfan). Plus MI could have really used his stability. He could have easily protected the likes of Pollard and Corey till the 12-13th over. The best thing about him is no matter what the situation is, he's a complete team man. He will make sure that he gets out if he realizes that there are ppl following him who can accelerate at a better rate. Plus at 33, he fields like a 20 year old. So so so heartbroken for this man. Will truly miss watching this unsung legend in CSK colours at the chepauk.

Posted by vbv.ganesh on (February 14, 2014, 23:00 GMT)

It's such a shame that badri didn't get even a singlle bid. Like mentioned by Madhan, I can still vividly recollect Harsha Boghle calling Badri the Umbrella man in CSK (Which I think he did during the eliminator was MI in 2012). CSK was struggling at 3/2 with Raina and Vijay gone. He had an amazing partnership with the man he idolises(Hussey), they not only rebuillt the innings but also set up the perfect platform for the likes of Dhoni and Bravo to decimate the likes of Malinga later. Sadly, that game is rememebered only for Dhoni's insane helicopters off Malinga and Bravo's one-handed six over cover. I can think of plenty of innings where he's literally single-handedly won CSK games but never gotten due credit (Semifinals vs DC in 2010.. played the lone hand that helped CSK get to a competitive total. The final league match against KX11 in Dharmshala. His innings helped CSK qualify for the playoffs and ultimately led to the first title).

Posted by ashok16 on (February 14, 2014, 21:48 GMT)

Sixers and fours make more of an impact in IPL, atleast the way the format is setup. It is hard to imagine why anyone would waste a spot on a pure batsman like him in a 20 over hit-fest. Yes he did make an impact in IPL but in most of those matches where Badri's help was needed, CSK tended to lose as they would have already lost a bunch of key wickets. A couple of big hitting all rounders are most likely to make an impact. Whatever the money, I simply wouldn't have him in the team considering the way the game has evolved. A better opportunity for him is to look at English county and if he can hold his own there, he can good money for about five more years.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 20:30 GMT)

When so many other average players wer paid big money, it's a crime that Badri went unsold. The real man for crisis. IPL killing Indian cricketers too.

Posted by JBSA on (February 14, 2014, 20:25 GMT)

The Crisis man is in Crisis. I was dumbstruck about that one coach quoting Badri didn't help Chennai to re-build when it was in trouble. Ask to any CSK follower, whom the team turns upto when the wickets fall. Whom they see to when the pitch is treacherous. Who Dhoni believes most when the team is in crisis. Time and again Dhoni praised this unsung hero and underlined his mettle and worth. Even when a completely stupid comment is made by a coach, how come cricinfo publish it without double checking or giving a right explanation of his real stand. Its said that 'When the going gets tough, the tough gets going'. No matter what, Badri is probably the most toughest player the Indian Cricket seen after Dravid. Every CSKian still feels for the buys of Hastings, Nehra and Smith. All just to accomodate you Badri. CSK will not be the same without you. We always miss you. Hope you come in our team as a replacement for someone injured. You are the real deal for us

Posted by Raj12345 on (February 14, 2014, 20:14 GMT)

Dedication and honesty will pay you. wait for sometime and see people like Yuvi how he is going to make zeros.

Posted by dabbadubba on (February 14, 2014, 19:51 GMT)

CSK offered to get back badri at a lower price than 1Cr, but looks like badri overestimated and wanted more, which he thought other teams would be ready to pay for him.. thats why he mentions that he was not disapointed with CSK..

Posted by thinkgood on (February 14, 2014, 19:11 GMT)

I feel sorry for Badri. CSK owes it to him . Dhoni and Raina are ruling CSK like their own team. I am happy that Vijay went away from CSK. That's a good thing. Vijay is totally useless except as an opener. But Badri can bat anywhere. He was used by CSK for saving their ass so many times that they owe it to him that they somehow give him some role in the team - atleast as an assistant coach. This is the nature of these franchises. Loyalty is never rewarded. Its all about winning, money and brand value. Badri is worth 1 crore easily. It hurts me too to see him let down by CSK.

Posted by GrindAR on (February 14, 2014, 19:06 GMT)

Badri, take this as an opportunity. Probably, a mid season replacement bid for an expensive player... In fact MI need somebody to rely on stability after Hussey. They do lack mid order situational player... as do KKR. Sometimes this will work out better than a primary offer.... Also, it mean you can make yourself available in BBL

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 18:55 GMT)

dont worry some indian player will get injured and S Badrinath will be taken. but no matter what players should kept their base price a bit less. 1 Cr was a bit too much & many franchises didnt have left money to buy 1 cr player when u can get in 30 lakh.

Posted by ullasjp on (February 14, 2014, 18:39 GMT)

Dont wary badri there is always a nxt season.. i bet you'll be picked for more than 1cr in nxt season coz teams like srh kxip kkr need indian batsmens like you.

Posted by IndCricFan2013 on (February 14, 2014, 18:29 GMT)

No worries, next year more purse, they will be looking for some one like Badri.CSK changed their strategy. You can understand when they were actually ready to leave one of Hussey and Faf and pick Mcullum instead. They also went fro Dwayne smith. They were going for, who will get more runs in the first six power play overs. Hussey is a builder, they already have Raina for that. If they leave their orange cap player then Badri does not need to figure in the list. Later they picked Manhas, who is very similar to Badri but at a lower price, since their purse is empty. CSK wanted to put the money for high impact players. CSK would have thought rather picking Badri and bench, he would serve somewhere else better and get more money, same thing with Vijay. Some players smart it did not list in auction. The reason to feel sorry for Badri is CSK kind of killed his slot and used everywhere, which screws up stats also you can not always succeed in crisis after not playing in a consistent position

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

Try big bash. Maybe that will start something new ;)

Posted by 275joshua on (February 14, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

Badri was always CSK's go to man at time of crisis as mentioned by Deepak Katte.. He used to come when CSK were 10-2 in 4th over and play till 13-14th over scoring a touch over run a ball.. And he could have actually fitted into Delhi Daredevils line up (other than CSK) caz they do not have Mahela this time around.. Another factor is the base price, if a player like Badri is keen on playing cricket at the IPL level he must decide his own price rather than letting auctioners/franchisees decide for him.. It's not the Premier League / La liga where teams fix a market price for a player.. Disappointed with the policy making of IPL players, loads of Indian talents getting ruined even though this league was started to promote it after all..

Posted by FRpunk on (February 14, 2014, 18:16 GMT)

i think adding the uncapped players in the auction cost most of the players . Franchise were more interested in the Uncapped Players for the Surprise Factor .

Its Sad that Some of the Key players like Brett Lee , Alex Hales , Luke Wright and Azhar Mahmood Missed Out . Munaf did not got a buy @ just 50 Lakhs and Martin Guptill was a Steal @ 50 Lakhs . Sucks .

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 18:15 GMT)

I have failed to learn that why has he not been given a go in this IPL !

Also, the guy has played only one t20I and was MOM in that very game !

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

It's really funny. A guy like Matt Henry who has played 14 First class games and that has no idea of Indian wickets has been selected and Badri was left stranded. I really feel sorry for Badri

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

every team has got its own strategies.but Badri has been an exceptional player.feel really sorry for him.hope he comes back next season.would be great 2 have him in RCB.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 18:03 GMT)

Badrinath, you have handled bigger disappointments in your life. Hang in there. I am sure you can cut a deal for a lower salary with franchises with money left next year.

Posted by vagee on (February 14, 2014, 17:56 GMT)

Feel very bad for Badri. I thought a team like Sun risers who do not have a good middle order batsmen could ve bought badri. They also had money. Badri did not perform well last year for CSK because he was not given consistent opportunity in the middle order. Is there any chance that any of the franchise can buy him outside the auction for a lower price ? Will be very happy if that happens. Badri s fans and badri himself want to play in the IPL more than anything else.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 17:55 GMT)

He should have brought by kings 11punjab or rajasthan royals

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 17:53 GMT)

I feel sorry for you mate...

Watching IPL/CSK, I have always felt that you were a GO TO MAN in crisis situations. You have time and again steered them out of trouble and could be counted when needed. TO see you sit out from this edition feels strange. Hang in there mate. I'm sure there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 17:49 GMT)

"but there were times when Chennai were in trouble early and needed him to re-build the innings and he was not convincing" - whoever this coach is, he has made the worst IPL observation ever. As Harsha Bhogle coined, he has been the Umbrella Man for CSK - sent out everytime there was a storm. Sad he went unsold.

Posted by kevaldedhia813 on (February 14, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

poor selection from all franchise and unnecessary bidding. I dont understand the point of this bidding when you miss out on good players like badri.

Badri just play the game of cricket , that is what you love to do and do justice to it. IPL is corrupt game.

Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 17:45 GMT)

it definitely is!! I personally felt super kings should have got him ..he is a team player and has done well for super kings, CSK do not have a solid middle order bastman whereas they have lots of bits and pieces players. I think its gonna cost CSK..their middle order is too feeble. Badri got a raw deal in international level and now in IPL too !! too bad..I feel for this guy.

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