The auction for the T20 cricket Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 revealed some interesting player sales and some surprises which were not expected. All nine franchises bid for some of the well-known players in the world but also opted for some new and emerging names in cricket.
"We tried to maintain transparency. I don't think anybody has got any complaints to make."
The sixth Indian Premier League (IPL) auction took place in Chennai, India. The affair was low key and did not have the upbeat atmosphere of the past auctions. However, 37 players were sold and $11.89 million was spent at the IPL 2013 auction in a very short span of time.
The nine franchises that took part in the auction were Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Pune Warriors India, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad.
There were expectations for England’s Ravi Bopara and Matt Prior to be bought at the auction but did this not materialise. All-rounder Glenn Maxwell from Australia was a surprise sale at the auction. He was sold to the Mumbai Indians for one million dollars (£637,000). Interestingly, the 24 year old from Victoria, surpassed his base price of $200,000 five times. He has played only eight ODIs and nine T20s for Australia.
Indian cricketer Anil Kumble who is the mentor of the Mumbai Indians said: “Maxwell is a good kid, an exceptional talent and it will be exciting to see him play. It will be nice to have him in the team.” Nita Ambani who is the owner of the Mumbai Indians said:
“He is an upcoming youngster. He can bat, bowl and I think he is a great fielder. We had thought of some names before we came here and he was one of them.”
Ajantha Mendis sold for $725,000 (£462,000) to the Pune Warriors India was the next highest sale in the auction. Australia’s captain Michael Clarke only secured his base price of $400,000 (£255,000) being bought by Pune Warriors. Mumbai Indians bought ex-Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting for his base price of $400,000. India’s bowler Rudra Pratap Singh was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for $400,000 (£255,000) and all-rounder Nayar was bought by the Pune Warriors for $675,000 (£430,000).
Bollwood actresses Shilpa Shetty and Priety Zinta were both present at the auction being owners of Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, respectively. The trend appeared in the auction where the franchises opted to buy less known names from the world of cricket compared to the established stars, who in the past attracted large monetary exchanges.
Here are the results of the IPL 2013 players auction:
Chennai Super Kings
Christopher Morris, All-Rounder, $625,000
Dirk Nannes, Bowler, $600,000
Ben Laughlin, Bowler, $20,000
Akila Dananjaya, All-Rounder, $20,000
Jason Holder, Bowler, $20,000
Johan Botha, All-Rounder, $450,000
Jesse Ryder, All-Rounder, $260,000
Jeevan Mendis, All-Rounder, $50,000
Kings XI Punjab
Manpreet Gony, Bowler, $500,000
Luke Pomersbach, Batsman, $300,000
Kolkata Knight Riders
Sachithra Senanayaka, All-Rounder, $625,000
Ryan McLaren, Bowler, $50,000
Glenn Maxwell, All-Rounder, $1,000,000
Nathan Coulter-Nile, Bowler, $450,000
Ricky Ponting, Batsman, $400,000
Philip Hughes, Batsman, $100,000
Jacob Oram, All-Rounder, $50,000
Pune Warriors India
Ajantha Mendis, Bowler, $725,000
Kane Richardson, Bowler, $700,000
Abhishek Nayar, All-Rounder, $675,000
Michael Clarke, Batsman, $400,000
James Faulkner, All-Rounder, $400,000
Fidel Edwards, Bowler, $210,000
Kusal Janith Perera, Wicket Keeper, $20,000
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Jaydev Unadkat, Bowler, $525,000
Rudra Pratap Singh, Bowler, $400,000
Moises Henriques, All-Rounder, $300,000
Ravi Rampaul, Bowler, $290,000
Pankaj Singh, Bowler, $150,000
Daniel Christian, All-Rounder, $100,000
Christopher Barnwell, All-Rounder, $50,000
Thisara Perera, All-Rounder, $675,000
Darren Sammy, All-Rounder, $425,000
Sudeep Tyagi, Bowler, $100,000
Clinton McKay, Bowler, $100,000
Nathan McCullum, Bowler, $100,000
Quinton De Kock, Wicket Keeper, $20,000
Unsold Players include:
Doug Bollinger, Bowler, $200,000
Herschelle Gibbs, Batsman, $200,000
Ravi Bopara, All-Rounder, $100,000
Dinesh Chandimal, Wicket Keeper, $100,000
Thilan Samaraweera, Batsman, $100,000
Upul Tharanga , Batsman, $100,000
Darren Bravo, Batsman, $100,000
Prasanna Jayawardena, Wicket Keeper, $50,000
Farveez Maharoof, All-Rounder , $50,000
Alister McDermott, Bowler, $50,000
Wasim Jaffer, Batsman, $50,000
Being happy with the conduct of the auction, IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla said: “We tried to maintain transparency. I don’t think anybody has got any complaints to make.”
The sixth Indian Premier League (IPL) tournament kicks-off on 3rd April 2013 and will be featuring these very players who have gone under the hammer for this unique event.
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