IPL 2014 February 14, 2014

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


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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  • Santhosh 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..

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 on February 19, 2014, 8:51 GMT

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

  • Nainil 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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 ???

  • Dummy4 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

  • Joe 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.

  • Dummy4 on February 17, 2014, 17:39 GMT

    Badri was hurting CSK more than helping. Good riddance.

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