IPL auction 2014

Big bids for R Dhawan and Karn Sharma

Nagraj Gollapudi in Bangalore

February 13, 2014

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Karn Sharma exults after Sunrisers' win, Trinidad & Tobago v Sunrisers Hyderabad, Group B, Champions League 2013, Mohali, September 24, 2013
Karn Sharma was the most expensive buy of the morning session and will play for Sunrisers Hyderabad again © BCCI

Railways legspinner Karn Sharma and Himachal Pradesh allrounder Rishi Dhawan became the two most expensive uncapped players on the second day of the IPL player auction. Karn, who played for Sunrisers Hyderabad last season, was bought back for a startling Rs 3.75 crores (US $625,000) while Dhawan went to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 3 crores ($500,000). It's been a good few months for Karn as this payday comes on the back of his being named the under-25 Indian player of the year for 2012-13.

A total of 84 players were bought by franchises today making it an aggregate of 154 across the two-day auction. Today, franchises spent Rs 50.25 crores ($8.38 million) taking the total spend to Rs 262.6 crores ($43.8 million).

The second day of the auction saw most franchises contest fiercely for the lesser-known Indian domestic players to build their squads after they had bought the core of the team on Monday. Maharashtra batsman Kedar Jadhav (Delhi Daredevils, Rs 2 crores), South Africa fast bowler and top wicket-taker in this season's Ram Slam T20 Beuran Hendricks ( Kings XI Punjab, Rs 1.8 crores) Delhi allrounder Rajat Bhatia (Royals, 1.7 crores), Karnataka opening batsman Mayank Agarwal (Daredevils, 1.6 crores), MP and India fast bowler Ishwar Pandey (Chennai Super Kings, 1.5 cores), Punjab batsman Gurkeerat Singh (Kings XI, 1.3 crores), Gujarat fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah (Mumbai Indians, 1.2 crores), Mumbai seamer Dhawal Kulkarni (Royals, 1.1 crores) and Karnataka opener KL Rahul (1 crore, Sunrisers Hyderabad) were the biggest earners in the morning.

This is was the first time uncapped players were brought into the auction - a move welcomed by all franchises who said it provided a level-playing field for everyone in the wake of the controversies in the past seasons when teams would lure players with under-the-table deals and offers.

Karn was the last name to come out of the first set of uncapped spinners. Last year he had picked 11 wickets at an economy rate of 6.60 and had listed his base price Rs 30 lakh. Super Kings and Daredevils were the first in queue but the latter opted out once the bid reached Rs 70 lakh. Super Kings followed suit after Kings XI entered the bidding at Rs 75 lakhs. Sunrisers then joined the bidding and raised it to 1 crore which was doubled in less than a minute as both franchises refused to budge. Despite having assembled a good squad, Kings XI did not have any spinners in their line-up at the time and were desperate.

Sunrisers wanted Karn back at any cost as they raised the bid to 3 crores. Kings XI made that 3.5 crores, which ended up as their last offering. A visibly satisfied Sunrises table heaved a sigh as they had Sharma for Rs 3.75 crores.

It was the second-most eventful bid of the morning after Dhawan's. He nearly went unsold as the auctioneer received no bids before a late entry by Sunrisers. Mumbai, for whom he has played for before, took the bid to Rs 40 lakh before they quit. Daredevils jumped in but quit at Rs 70 lakh. It was now time for Kings XI's entry. The bidding crossed the crore-mark before Sunrisers decided to quit.

If Kings XI appeared happy and convinced they had Dhawan, the most successful bowler this Ranji season with 49 wickets, they were in for a surprise as Rahul Dravid, Royals' coach, raised the paddle when the bid was at Rs 1.2 cores. As it crossed the 2-crore mark , both teams started to negotiate before deciding to raise the bid. Finally Dravid signaled Royals were out once Kings XI had raised the bid to Rs 3 crores.

There were two overseas players also sold this morning. Dutchman Ryan ten Doeschate, was bought back by his former IPL employer Kolkata Knight Riders for the base price of Rs 1 crore and West Indies allrounder Kevon Cooper went back to the Royals for a base price of Rs 30 lakh.

A big difference between the two days of the auction was generally more teams participated in each bid, unlike Wednesday, when bidding wars saw just two teams fighting it out. But that was expected considering today it was all about stacking up the squads and getting the right kind of uncapped players. Hence, there were a lot of occasions especially in the first session where at times three, sometimes even four, franchises bid for the same player. Gurkeerat, Jadhav, Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul were some of the players that owners were keen to get on their rosters at any cost.

Another key facet was that the domestic performers were rewarded. Jadhav was the run-maker this Ranji Trophy. Rahul was No. 3 on the same list. Karun Nair, instrumental in Karnataka emerging as Ranji champions, was bought by Royals. Mumbai bid strongly for Gujarat fast bowler Bumrah and got him.

Insiders had indicated that the right-to-match card option available to them would be utilised to buy back the Indian domestic players and it proved true: Daredevils flashed the card twice to get Jadhav and Jharkhand left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, Kings XI co-owner Preity Zinta raised the card to retain Mandeep, Royals got the 41-year-old legspinner Pravin Tambe for his base price of Rs 10 lakh and Royal Challengers exercised their card to retain Haryana seamer Harshal Patel.

Players who remained unsold on Wednesday were brought back into the auction once again after lunch today. Some of the major benefactors of that move were New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, who was bought for his base price of Rs 2 crores by Daredevils, one of his previous franchises. Former Indian left-arm-spinner Murali Kartik, a feisty player, was picked up by Kings XI for his base price of Rs 2 crore.

Madhya Pradesh wicketkeeper batsman Naman Ojha, who represented Daredevils in the previous IPL seasons, was bought by Sunrisers for his base price of Rs 50 lakhs. Australia's Chris Lynn was contested by Royals and Knight Riders, who eventually bagged him for Rs 1.3 cores. Knight Riders also grabbed West Indies allrounder Andre Russell, who previously was at Daredevils, for Rs 60 lakhs.

A departure from the past auctions was franchises cutting down on the expenditure on overseas players this time; none of the eight franchises touched the cap of nine overseas players imposed by the IPL. Instead, they focused on players who could fill up a certain position. But it was evident that the franchise scouts had kept an eye on overseas Twenty20 tournaments: best examples of that being the Cobras' left-arm fast bowler Hendricks who was the highest wicket-taker in the recently concluded Ram Slam T20. Queenslander Ben Dunk, who was part of Hobart Hurricanes that won the Big Bash League and the tournament's best player, was picked by Mumbai in late bidding for just 20 lakhs. Jamaican left-arm fast bowler Krishmar Santokie, who was Caribbean Premier League's highest wicket-taker (representing Guyana Amazon Warriors), also went to Mumbai at his base price of 30 lakhs.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (February 14, 2014, 15:05 GMT)

While Karan was paid highest in the auction, uncapped players like Sanju Samson and Manan Vohra will be paid 4 cr. Woah

Posted by siddhartha87 on (February 14, 2014, 10:42 GMT)

wait piyush chawala sold for 4cr+. i always doubted that he got some kind of hypnotizing power when he was selected in INdian team again and again. Now i am sure about it

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 13, 2014, 20:13 GMT)

I feel EXTREMELY happy for our young Indian players who toiled away in first class matches this season to be justly rewarded. I am PROUD of the IPL for making this happen. For too long have our domestic players been paid peanuts compared to over hyped international players. I am very happy for Karn Sharma, a real prospect for Indian cricket in the years to come. A good leg spinner who can also bat a bit. Thank you Sun Risers for providing him with an opportunity to show case his talent. I also wish all other uncapped Indian players the very best. Guys, make use of this opportunity to shine and hopefully contribute to Indian cricket at the international level. May God bless the IPL and Indian cricket.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 13, 2014, 20:10 GMT)

@CodandChips on (February 13, 2014, 18:37 GMT) Was obviously lost on me. So what was your 11 meant to signify. The worst players to enter the auction?

Posted by CodandChips on (February 13, 2014, 19:34 GMT)

@JG2704 how's this for a T20 world XI?

1.Finch 2.Hales 3.Pietersen 4.Guptill 5.McCullumi 6.Maxwell 7.Anderson 8.Kulasekera 9.Narine 10.Ajmal 11.McClenaghan

Needs a bit of work. No Indians was a mistake. Alarming lack of quality T20I seamers in world cricket methinks.

Posted by CodandChips on (February 13, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

@JG2704 Did you not notice the irony?!? You know I dislike Bopara, Wright. Dernbach and Sharna to bowl. Tanvir bowled many wides and no balls while at Hants. Charles has a first class average of 18.

Posted by trolllord666 on (February 13, 2014, 17:51 GMT)

earlier i saw people wondering whats all the noise about for karn sharma....last year he consistently bowled very tight spells. [econ 6.6].he beautifully complemented mishra's drifting googlies with accurate leg breaks. on slow pitches, rasool, mishra and karn sharma are must haves. overall id say srh hais a balanced squad but the middle order is untested save rahul.

Posted by Dysan25 on (February 13, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

Good to see Ranji Players bagging good contracts .. and kudos to Dravid for raising Dhawan's bid, I hope he can make it count .. Pankaj Singh should have been picked as he is one of the few Decent Indian Fast Bowlers around .. RCB not having any players from Karnataka wasn't surprising anyways .. they seem to prefer players with the 'oomph' factor, which (thankfully!!!) no one from Karnataka has (and had) .. but a pleasure to watch Gayle though ..

Posted by CricFanKrish on (February 13, 2014, 16:07 GMT)

This is the most interesting auction I saw till date. There was everything - retained players, franchises buying back their previous players, major purchases (Yuvraj, DK etc.) unsold players, ... you name it. I think Delhi Daredevils, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab have the best balance. RCB may have overspent on Yuvraj. Though they have Ravi Rampaul and Mitchell Stark, their Indian bowling resources are scant. Chennai made a couple of good picks, but giving up Hussey and Vijay may not work in their favor. Yet Dwayne Smith is a very good alternative.

It will be interesting to see who all actually get a chance in the playing 11 of the different franchises. Now the teams will strategize on optimizing their resource utilization.

Good luck to all teams! May the best team win the IPL!

Posted by aravabalaji on (February 13, 2014, 15:53 GMT)

CSK has ditched its saviour Badrinath, who has played so many crucial knocks for them. He was a core professional and always risen up for the team, unmindful of being shuffled up and down the order, a role that nobody has done better. It is really baffling that rare breed went unrecognised by anybody. Ultimately, money rules IPL where cricket takes back seat. Pankaj Singh, another war horse, who went unrecognised even by its own state franchise. It does not augur well for future of the cricket as hardwork has no place.

Posted by Arun_Mathew on (February 13, 2014, 15:34 GMT)

the team to look out are RR nd SRH.. the most balanced squad has to be RR, wow they have retained most of their players, good to see hodge, tambe, cooper, all returning to RR. this means they have the same core as last season, ( watson, rahane, sanju, binny, faunker,hodge, tambe and cooper) and have done strategically well to complete their squad, chand, steven smith, bhatia, all are smart buys. They have the maximum number of players and yet have the heaviest purse left. Well done Dravid and Co. Dravid the strategist to the fore, hope they lift the title this season. playing X1 for the initial games should be: rahane, chand, watson, sanju, hodge/smith, binny, nayar/bhatia, faunker, cutting/cooper, tambe, dhawal

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 15:21 GMT)

If the youngsters are offered huge sum at the very beginning of their career, how they will put in effort to raise their skills. Ex: Karun Nair, immediately after his 1st Ranji season, is offered 85L from RR. Rahul KL with 1 Cr for SRH. Both are 20-21 years old. This will definitely make the players to think that they achieved great in their career. Robin Uthappa is a clear example for "spolit-child".

Another aspect is: RCB, Dravid from RR, Kumble from MI have every information about the Karnataka Ranji team players. But they did not show any interest to pick up the players. Exception is Karun Nair. A.Mithun, Appanna, Ganesh Satish, A.Sreenath were not picked up any franchise. Surprisingly RR closed the auction with 5.5 Cr remaining in their purse. What could be the reason? Not to have any clash with KSCA/RCB??

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 14:54 GMT)

CSK selections baffling as they have to, kind of, rebuild the team, with Hussey not being there. Yes Vijay was / is a liability for CSK. Looks like DD & Kings XI have done better home work, as of now, on paper. Got to wait & see

Posted by navneethp on (February 13, 2014, 14:51 GMT)

poor Pankaj Singh went unsold. What has he done wrong ?? can't any franchise spend 30 lakhs on Pankaj ??? Is he anyway inferior to Dinda or Piyush Chavla or Ashish Nehra ..He is on the top 3 wicket takers this season. I have lost respect for IPL frachises.

Posted by gladiatorgannicus on (February 13, 2014, 14:48 GMT)

wow RCB does not have a single Karnataka player inspite of notching 7 wins in ranji and also winning irani trophy.and Uthappa,Manish ,Mayank nd KL Rahul are very aggressive players.cant believe not a single player from home team??

Posted by linguboy on (February 13, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

@zzby: If you really care about cricket why not you go and watch test cricket played by Pakistan. Ofcourse people will pay to watch players with flair rather than grinders. IPL is for entertainment. There's nothing wrong in that. perhaps T20 too. If you want to watch skills go and watch test cricket. Remember its INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE not world league so the teams will build squads for Indian public not the other way around. @Diaz54: If you think Pakistan's position is due to India's your argument falls flat. One hand you guys keep harping about IPL being equal to WWE and its corrupted to the core but on the other hand you guys blame IPL for not allowing your players to participate. What double standards!!!!! Why are you suddenly caring so much for Gayle??? Did he told you that he is being paid less than Yuvraj?? Why can't you guys from Pakistan leave IPL alone? gimme a break.

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (February 13, 2014, 14:07 GMT)

@teju4cricinfo KXIP bought more foreign players so that they have backups. Perera is probably going to leave half way tour for the SL v ENG. Besides, he is probably only there in case we really need to balance the team. With Dhawan in, I dont think that should be a problem. I think, T20 wise, Bailey (capt), Johnson and Miller are a must for every game. Maxwell is more of a utility player than Marsh. He can bat anywhere in the order and bowl too. But Marsh can be used to cover for injuries and when the others need rest. Hendricks is another terrific buy. Great cover for Johnson, and if KXIP feel really gutsy, they can unleash both Johnson and Hendricks on the Mohali pitch. Overall, the extra foreigners just provide back up and variety. Having them is an asset. This is something MI almost missed out on till they bought Hazelwood and Dunk.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 14:05 GMT)

For all the non indian fans cribbing..pls note this Indian Premier League, not world league..Ppl have the right to chose uncapped Indians. LOL these r the same guys who were cribbing abt BCCI plan in ICC saying they shud be boycotted and left to play IPL. #doublestandards

Posted by ideal123 on (February 13, 2014, 13:56 GMT)

Interesting fact - Whichever team Brendon McCullum has been sold to (Kochi, Pune) they have shut down. So is CSK going to be the next one in line?

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

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

Posted by Diaz54 on (February 13, 2014, 13:40 GMT)

What this shows is that it is a charade! How come Gayle is not the highest paid, tell me? He should be more than is all bias and unfortunately IPL is a fraudulent charade, real,disgrace and very bias,,politically!!

Posted by zzby on (February 13, 2014, 13:38 GMT)

in IPL owner are buing popular players as thinking behind is more poeple will come to watch them. As it is circus they are thinking in the right direction but they are forgetting that people come to watch cricket to see winners.

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

IPL teams like RR, SRH do not have experienced men with proven captaincy skills ... they will spend weeks to unearth one ... this time, most IPL teams look very fresh on appearance with new faces

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

It is quite ironic that Pankaj Singh was left unsold when he has been amongst the top 3 domestic bowlers in the current season and Indian bowlers are such a necessity for all teams.Quite happy that domestic uncapped players like Rishi Dhawan, Karan Sharma, Gurkeerat, Parvez Rasool got good deals for their hardwork. For all the Big Bash fans complaining everywhere that their stars were not picked -With 8 teams and a rule of maximum 4 players out of playing 11, the franchises could not have bought every handy performer of BBL and this year there is one team less(Pune).Wrong expectations have been set by the past examples of paying huge sums for Maxwell,Kane Richardson to just sit on the bench without any possibility of making the team.25-odd Australians out of total 50 foreign players is a huge number so don't cry for inclusion of every uncapped little AUS talent.This is the Indian premier league and foreign players need to be restricted in number for the benefit of Indian domestic plyrs

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

I am so happy IPL not selected 3 SL senior buggers.(Sanga,Dil,Mahela) these guys not even suitable for second level Domestic League. these guys can't exists anywhere in earth other than SL national team. Because Chief selector jayasuriya is best friend of these and even how many times these guys failures they will automatically selected for T2O team.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 12:55 GMT)

I am supporting Mumbai from last 6 years ... many star players were played and still playing but now its not as strong as it was. they did mistake on the time of retain the players .. they badly miss M johnson and D smith... there is no need to Retained Harbhajan, Raydu and Malinga .. though they are good players , but Malinga will not serve in complete IPL. harbhajan and raydu are easily available in auction. anderson is good buy but again at least one more Indian batsman should be there. again dunk is best but and he will prove his worth . hussey no words for him he is MR. cricket. Pollard is hit or miss ... rohit is too good. Zaher .. not too young and good.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 12:43 GMT)

MI -> 1.Hussey 2.Tare/Gautam/Saxena 3.Raydu 4.Rohit 5.Anderson/Dunk 6.Pollard 7.Harbhajan 8.P Ojha 9.Jasprit Bumrah 10.Zaheer 11.Malinga /Hazlewood /de Lange

KX11 -> 1.Shewag 2.Marsh 3.Pujara/Gurkeerat 4.Bailey 5.Miller/Maxwell 6.Saha 7.Vhora 8.Rishi 9.M Jhonson 10.Awana 11.Balaji/M Kartik/Akshar

DDRi 1.D kock/Ross Raylor 2. M vijay/M Agarwal 3.KP 4.D kartik 5.Dumminy 6.S Tiwari/M Tiwary 7.Laxmi Ratan/Nadeem 8.Nathan Coulter-Nile/Parnell 9.Rahul sharma 10.Unadkat 11.M Shami

KKR -> 1.Gambhir 2.Uthappa 3.Kalis/Russell/C Lynn 4.Manish Pandey 5.Sakib/Doeschate 6.Y Phatan 7.Chawla/Surya Yadav/Bisla 8.V Kumar 9.M Morkel/p Cummins 10.U Yadav 11.S.Narine

Posted by teju4cricinfo on (February 13, 2014, 12:36 GMT)

What KXIP will do with 6 top class oversees players?? They have got 1. Johnson, 2. Maxwell, 3. Perera, 4. Bailey 5. Marsh 6. Miller. There is no strategy behind taking all the top class players. May be they are stopping 2 of 6 not performing for other teams :D :D

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 12:29 GMT)

Royals XI

Rahane, Chand, Samson(wk), Watson(c), Smith/Hodge, Binny, Faulkner, Southee/Cutting, Nayar/Bhatia, Tambe/Abdullah and Kulkarni.

A brilliant fielding team, with excellent runners between the wickets, tight line bowlers and explosive batsmen, who can also play sensibly.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 12:18 GMT)

Mumbai Indians are slightly weaker than last year but still they are the strongest contenders to win this years ipl. best playing xi for Mumbai; 1.Hussey 2.Tare 3.Rohit 4.Rayudu 5.pollard 6.Corey 7.harbhajan 8.zaheer 9.malinga 10.bumrah 11.ojha

Posted by thesanthoshpai on (February 13, 2014, 12:03 GMT)

Question: Can the franchises still sign players say from club level cricket like RR did in previous years in case of Praveen Tambe and Kamran Khan for this years IPL ... Is such signings ruled out...If so its sad for such raw unnoticed talent :( :(

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 11:48 GMT)

KP the only English player thus far?

Posted by Yasi_Gee on (February 13, 2014, 11:36 GMT)

So far, there are 46 players (23 - AUS, 12 -SA and 11 -WI) from three countries. Australian coaches select Australian players. The IPL system is not fair and not a global tournament any more. All countries (except India) should be given quota.

Posted by soumyas on (February 13, 2014, 11:35 GMT)

RCB problems, don't have Foreign backup batsmen, don't have indian bowlers, dinda is the most expensive bowler of IPL, not a single native Ranji player, Yuvraj is a hit or miss can't rely.... KXIP and SRH teams are looking very good at the moment.... RCB is just a batting top heavy hyped team...they can't win this IPL too...They should have atleast got badrinath.

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (February 13, 2014, 11:32 GMT)

@Niraj Sharma Better XI 1) Sehwag 2) Vohra 3) Maxwell 4) Bailey 5) Miller 6) Saha 7)Johnson 8) Dhawan 9) Patel 10) Awana 11) Sandeep Sandeep Sharma is a much more promising bowler than Balaji, plus Balaji is mostly good on slow wickets, not fast one like Mohali, so we can save him for that. Awana is pretty fast, can learn from Johnson. Dhawan brings balance being an all rounder. Akshar Patel seems to be a good spinner, and can bat pretty well too. Has hit some big shots in domestic T20s. Worth a shot with such a strong squad to back him up. If he fails, we can bring Kartik in. Balaji can cover for our bowlers. Hendricks is really good and can be used if we want to rest Johnson. Maxwell is a utility player, can bat anywhere and also a spinner. So marsh misses out but he can come in for injuries or rested players. Pujara can be a stabilizing influence. He can be used on slow pitches like Kolkata. Mandeep and Gurkeerat are excellent back up options as well.

Posted by teju4cricinfo on (February 13, 2014, 11:27 GMT)

Everyone are saying that Karan Sharma's (3.75 Cr) buy is little expensive, but when you compare with Piyush Chawla's (4.25 Cr) buy, Karan is far better player. and he can bat well too at the end.

Posted by Karunk on (February 13, 2014, 11:20 GMT)

RCB has made a blunder by paying 14crore to Yuvraj. He is not in form and had a miserable season last year with Pune Warriors. RCB does not have guys like Kumble & Dravid in their panel to advise on the domestic players. Not sure on the role played by Brijesh. Karnataka being Ranji & Irani trophy champions, RCB did not bid for a single player from the current Ranji team. In their current form, Robin, Manish Padey are playing much better these days than Yuvraj. The cost of all the Karnataka players taken by other franchise is less than Yuvraj's 14 crores. Of course, if not on the ground, Yuvraj brings in lot of glamour to the parties hosted by RCB after the matches, in fashion show, cat walk & other events.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 11:14 GMT)

Kings X11PUNJAB Shewag Marsh Pujara Bailey Miller Saha Vhora M Jhonson Awana Rishi Dhawan Balaji

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

MUMBAI INDIANS 11 Hussey Aditya Tare Raydu Rohit Anderson Pollard Harbhajan P Ojha Jasprit Bumrah Malinga Zaher

Posted by AllwinJ on (February 13, 2014, 10:56 GMT)

Badrinath went unsold ?? Crazy !!!

Posted by JG2704 on (February 13, 2014, 10:38 GMT)

@CodandChips on (February 13, 2014, 9:31 GMT) What is your 11 meant to be? The best unsold players?

Sharma was sold and Bravo and Raina retained by their franchises.

Got to be honest , Only Tanvir from your side would make it into a best 11 of players not playing IPL and being that he is a Pak player I doubt he even entered the auction. Not surprised any of our players went unsold. Wright started off well in BBL but tailed off ,Hales is probably at too high a starting price and I guess watching Eng's performances in Oz , any IPL franchise would presume that any player who doesnt make it into the side is poor. I think there are still 2nd chances for many players to get a go but so far I'd say some of the best players to go unsold are Jaya,Mendis,White,Lynne,Hussey (D) , Van De Merwe , Nannes , Rutherford

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 10:33 GMT)

this ipl will be less support from home ground to home teams.bad team selection.badrinath unavailable is making so sad

Posted by DingDong420 on (February 13, 2014, 10:33 GMT)

KXIP bought Rishi not RR???

Posted by nursery_ender on (February 13, 2014, 10:29 GMT)

As long as the IPL overlaps the English domestic season, counties and the ECB will be unwlling to release their contracted players for the full period. Which in turn makes the players less attractive to the IPL sides.

Posted by JG2704 on (February 13, 2014, 10:28 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster on (February 13, 2014, 10:10 GMT) lol at your 1st line

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

Welcome to another Season of the League, that is actually Killing the Gentleman's Game !!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 13, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

I would also like to register here that I am appalled at RCB's lack of Karnataka state players who became Ranji champions this first class season. I know it doesn't matter much in club/franchise cricket however, that Karnataka connection is missing which could irritate some folks in the Garden City.

Posted by soumyas on (February 13, 2014, 10:18 GMT)

RCB team..... Gayle, Parthiv, Kohli, ABD, Yuvi, Albie, Starc, Harshal, Jakati, Nechim, Aaron

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (February 13, 2014, 10:10 GMT)

I am a cricket fan first before being an 'Indian' fan. I would have liked to see English and Pakistani players in the IPL. I can understand the Pakistani absence (no thanks to politics), however I cannot understand the English absence. Clearly, players like Wright, Hales etc were worth a try. I think all of this has to do with the attitude of the ECB. Even though the ECB are in bed with the BCCI from the ICC stand point, they are still reluctant to accept the realities of the IPL by not permitting their players to feature in the tournament for the entire duration of 6 weeks. As IPL fans, we would love to see Ian Bell, Anderson, Broad etc play in the IPL. Hopefully this situation changes the next year. For now, IPL fans will love to see KP in action.

Posted by kricet_fan on (February 13, 2014, 9:56 GMT)

no karnataka team player in RCB. I am not going to support RCB this time as there ia not even a single local player. Really disappointed with their team selection. Hope KKR wins this time

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 9:46 GMT)

Yuvi shouldn't have cost that much but RCB still has a great batting line up. Gayle, Virat, AB, Yuvi and Morkel low down. Arguably the best batting line up. Only problem I see with them is that most of the bowlers are out and out fast bowlers. Little one dimensional.

Posted by CodandChips on (February 13, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

Kings XI look very strong. RR look very clever as well.

Interesting the amount of mediocre aussies picked such as Hastings, Henriques.

Luke Wright "We could do with some English coaches". While I am amazed at no bids for Hales, Luke Wright needs to learn how to bat, as do Bopara and Kieswetter, while Patel and Dernbach are just laughable. All of these listed English players have poor international records.

Yesterday the unsold players list inspired me to think of the following world XI:

1.Johnson Charles 2.Kusal Perera 3.Suresh Raina 4.Ravi Bopara 5.* 6.Samit Patel 7.Dwayne Bravo 8.Sohail Tanvir 9.Jade Dernabch 10.Ishant Sharma 11.Fawad Ahmad

*A Pakistani batsman other than Misbah or Umar Akmal

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 9:31 GMT)

RCB doesn't have a single local talent. Why not call them RCNB - Royal challengers Non Bangaloreans.

Posted by   on (February 13, 2014, 9:22 GMT)

Rajasthan Royals as always, sneaked in and built a solid squad.

Posted by AltafPatel on (February 13, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

RCB and KKR wasted their money for Yuvi and Karthik.

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (February 13, 2014, 8:30 GMT)

Delhi Daredevils will have a bit of a hard time figuring out what their middle order will be. They have Dinesh Karthik, Saurabh Tiwary, Manoj Tiwary, Kedar Jadhav, Quinton de Kock and Ross Taylor. Who do they leave out?

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (February 13, 2014, 8:26 GMT)

KXIP bought Dhawan, not Rajasthan Royals

Posted by Alexk400 on (February 13, 2014, 8:10 GMT)

I see rishi dawan do good . Not sure on karn sharma. Sometime people buy for internal commission i think.

Posted by stormer1980 on (February 13, 2014, 8:08 GMT)

as a Saffa and Cobra fan , im very excited about Beuren Hendricks playing alongside Mitchell Johnson ... This kid is good and can only learn from MJ ... Aweome buy for the Kings IX

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