The IPL auction 2011 January 12, 2011

'Its been a funny afternoon'

ESPNcricinfo staff
The IPL auction brought life-changing amounts of money to some, and snubbed others who were expecting to hit the jackpot

The dust having settled, it's time to look back on two crazy days through the words of those most closely involved

"It'd be nice to earn those kind of figures in a full career. Its been a funny afternoon, to say the least."
Australian allrounder Dan Christian has his feet on the ground despite his $900,000 price tag

"I'm sure all those IPL franchises, everyone will know what I'm capable of. I didn't have anything to prove. Its unfortunate things didn't come off in the IPL, disappointed but at the same time you've got to live life and still got to move on."
Chris Gayle reacts to being passed over at the auction

"Dada is like a younger brother to me and I want to win more games together."
Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner Shahrukh Khan extends the olive branch to Sourav Ganguly, an icon of the city who was not picked up at the auction

"I am surprised because I never expected that I would be bought for an exorbitant amount of $1.6 million. I would be lying if I say money is not important, but my dream is to play for India."
Royal Challengers Bangalore splurged on 21-year-old Saurabh Tiwary, who has played all of three matches for India so far

"I played with them for three years and have several happy memories with the team. My wife is also from Chennai and she is upset with this change but it happens in the game. I will miss Chennai, my teammates and miraculous captain Dhoni."
Kochi has provided Muttiah Muralitharan 1.1 million reasons with which to placate his wife

"Definitely not 2.1, considering my performance in the previous IPL, I thought, if I was lucky, I'd go for 1.3, 1.5 or so. God's been very kind to me."
Robin Uthappa tells CNN-IBN he felt a lot of comfort and peace at the massive money spent on him as he was questioning his ability after years out of the national team

"It is a very good start to 2011. People think I am an important player. I am very pleased."
Irfan Pathan hasn't played for India in 19 months but still warranted a $1.9m salary

"I am happy to play for Mumbai Indians. I have played for Mumbai (the domestic side) for five years now. Now I am a complete Mumbaikar!"
Rohit Sharma's homecoming was sweetened by a $2m deal

"Pressure on him with huge price tag? I don't think so. Maybe in a T20 game. Dan's thrilled. He was probably as surprised as a lot of people with his bid. Talking to him before he was pretty happy to get his base price of 50k. We were sitting there watching it, he couldn't stop laughing for two hours."
Tim Paine thinks little-known Dan Christian won't be weighed down by the enormous investment on him

"A lot of good players passed by so thought I might be one of them. Repeat for CSK? Will miss all the great fans of the Chargers but I'm excited to be heading to Chennai. Better change my ring tone on phone, it's playing the chargers theme song!!!"
Scott Styris tweets after moving to Chennai Super Kings from the Deccan Chargers

"I got Rs 8 lakh (about $17,700) for representing the KKR last year. I had a feeling that domestic fast bowlers would be in demand. I was expecting a good price, but this ($250,000) was unexpected."
Indian fast bowler Jaidev Unadkat, the second youngest player to be bought, on getting a 14-fold pay hike

"If the opportunity arose then brilliant but I have plenty of others things to focus my mind. I didn't lose much sleep over it."
England spinner Michael Yardy shrugs his shoulders at missing out on a lucrative payday

"Somerset have been really good to me. My wife is English and I was very keen to move to England. Somerset gave me that opportunity, so it's not going to be a case of 'thanks very much for three years, but I'm out of here'."
The IPL isn't going to tempt South Africa-born fast bowler Alfonso Thomas into abandoning his county

"I've never met him but it will be awesome. The whole world looks at this guy. When I was a boy, he was playing Test cricket and he is still going."
South African batsman Davy Jacobs is excited at the possibility of opening the batting with Sachin Tendulkar for the Mumbai Indians

"The main reason we picked him was because he is the captain. Even if he is not at the peak of his career, I still feel as a leader he has a lot to offer."
Kings XI Punjab coach Michael Bevan explains the rationale behind paying big bucks for 39-year-old Adam Gilchrist