Panaji: England's dethrorned captain Kevin Pietersen and all rounder Flintoff have become the costliest players in IPL as they were sold for a record price of $ 1.5 million. ( Rs 7.35 crores)
The prize catch of flambouyant batsman Kevin Pietersen was $1.55 million and won by Vijay Mallya"s Bangalore Royal Challengers. His compatriot all-rounder Adrew Flintoff was bought for the same amount by Chennai Super Kings.
Kevin Pietersen started at $1.35 million, his base price, and was bid for by Bangalore Royal Challengers. There was a delay before Rajasthan raised the bid. Bangalore, however, raised the bid again and bought Pietersen at a cost of $1.55 million dollars, the same price as Andrew Flintoff.
In the first round, Chennai bid $1.5 million for Mahendra Singh Dhoni while Australia all-rounder Andrew Symonds got a $1 million contract from Hyderabad.
Mumbai Indians made a successful bid for South African JP Duminy at USD 950,000 while Aussies pacer Shaun Tait was lapped up by Rajasthan Royals for USD 375,000.
New Zealand all-rounder Jesse Ryder was bought for 160,000 dollars by Bangalore Royal Challengers while Kiwis cricketer Kyle Mills was taken by Mumbai Indians for 150,000 dollars.
Australian opener Phil Jaques alongwith South African batsman Ashwell Prince and another Australian Luke Wright went unsold. South African paceman Andre Nel remained unsold.
Delhi DareDevils brought England all-rounder collingwoood for 1.34 crores.
Another South African Tyrorn Henderson was won by Rajasthan Royal Challengers for an amount of 3.18 crores.
Deccan chargers picked up West Indian Fidel Edwards for his base price of $150,000.
Meanwhile English player Ravi Bopara was brought by Kings 11 Punjab for a cost of 2.20 crores.
Chennai Super Kings grabbed fpr Sri Lankan Tilan Tushara 68.6 lakhs.
New Zealand bowler Kyle Mills bought by Mumbai Indians for $150,000.
Deccan Chargers bought Dwayne Smith, the West Indian allrounder, at his base price of $100,000.
Kolkata Knight Riders made a successful bid for Bangladesh allrounder Mashrafe Mortaza at $50,000.
Kings XI Punjab picked pace bowler Jerome Taylor at his base price of $150,000.