Bangalore, Feb 4: It was Ravindra Jadeja's day in Bangalore as he attracted the highest bid of $2 million from Chennai Super Kings in IPL 5 auction on Saturday. A total of 25 were bought out of 144 players on offer for the fifth edition of IPL. Chennai emptied their entire funds on the "rockstar," the nickname given by Shane Warne to Jadeja while playing for Rajasthan Royals.
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List of unsold players
After only 17 were sold of 49 called in auction in the morning session, the teams were asked to give a wishlist for the remaining players. If there was no more than one bid for a particular player then he will go to that team at his base price. If there were two or more offers then they had to go in for a bid for that cricketer.
Darren Bravo, the West Indian left-hander, who did not have a bid in the morning, was picked by Deccan Chargers for $100,000 later in the day.
Only two Indians remained unsold in the auction. Veteran batsman VVS Laxman (base price $400,000) and paceman VRV Singh (base price $100,000) both failed to attract any of the franchises. Along with the two Indians, there were 119 others who were ignored. Among them was England offspinner Graeme Swann who had the highest base price of $400,000.
The 23-year-old Saurashtra all-rounder Jadeja was the star of the auction with a top bid of $2 million. Last year, he was bought for $950,000 by the now terminated franchise Kochi Tuskers Kerala. He will only get the same payment of $950,000 as it was his original price.
With a base price of $100,000, franchises went crazy as they started bidding for the young left-hander, who first played IPL for Rajasthan Royals under Warne. He received bids from Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Deccan Chargers (DC) and with the latter two going all out to secure him it was a tie-breaker with both reaching the top price of $2 million. And the two franchises (CSK and DC) came up with undisclosed bids to seal the deal.
Finally CSK won the tie-breaker. When there is a tie-breaker, the involved teams have to present a blind cheque to BCCI in which CSK quoted higher price than their rivals. The undisclosed amount in cheque by CSK, will go into BCCI treasury.
Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene was the second costliest player he was bought for $1.4 million by the Delhi Daredevils (DD). His base price was $300,000.
Jayawardene was captain of Kochi for IPL 4 while he had represented Kings's XI Punjab in the first three editions of IPL.
Karnataka's Vinay Kumar was brought back home by Vijay Mallya owned Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). He was in great demand after his recent good shows in the T20s against Australia. He went under the hammer with a base price of $100,000 and received bids from Deccan Chargers and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Finally, RCB bought Vinay for $1 million while he was paid $475,000 by Kochi last year.
Vinay, the Karnataka Ranji Trophy captain, was happy to relocate to his home team. He had played in the first three editions for RCB. He tweeted from Australia, saying: "Back to namma bangalore... Yeee :):) lookng forwrd 2 meet my team mets.... Its a great feelng 2 be part of RCB..."
New Zealand's Brendon McCullum was sold for $900,000 to be placed fourth in the list, as he returned to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) after having played for them in the first three editions before moving to Kochi for IPL 4.
West Indian offspinner Sunil Narine was the surprise gainer of the day. He was fifth on the highest paid list after KKR bought him for $700,000. His base price was a mere $50,000.
While other players who were bought in the morning session included South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs, who got an opportunity to play for Mumbai Indians in IPL 5, as he was picked for $50,000 while Australia's Brad Hodge was sold to Rajasthan Royals for $475,000.
Similarly, India's Parthiv Patel also went under the hammer with a base price of $200,000 received bids from Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians while Deccan Chargers increased the bid to $325,000. Later, Punjab too showed interest as they bid $600,000 while Deccan Chargers finally nail the deal with $650,000 to finally gets his services for IPL 5.
Muthaiah Muralitharan was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $220,000, while his base price was $200,000.
Aussie pacer Mitchell Johnson received only one bid, from Mumbai Indians as they nailed the deal for $300,000. Windies player Andre Russel, too got an IPL home, as he was sold to Delhi Daredevils for $450,000 while his base price was a mere $50,000.
India's RP Singh, with a base price of $200,000, was bought by Mumbai Indians for $600,000. S Sreesanth, who played for Kochi last year, was sold to Rajasthan Royals for $400,000.
The Ramesh Powar, 33, went under the hammer with a base price of $100,000 was sold to Punjab for $160,000. South Africa's Robin Peterson was bought by Mumbai Indians for $100,000. Rajasthan Royals bought Australia's Brad Hodge for $475,000, Brad Hogg for $180,000 and Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal for $50,000.
Former Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood, who holds a British passport now and was in the auction as an English cricketer, was bought by Kings XI Punjab for $200,000.
Each franchise can have a squad of 33 players with 11 foreigners.
List of the 25 sold players out of 144 (in the order of highest bid)
1. Ravindra Jadeja (India): $2 million, Chennai Super Kings. Both Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers bid for a maximum price of $2 million. It went to a tie-breaker. Chennai Super Kings bought for an undisclosed amount. That blind cheque will go to BCCI.
2. Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lanka): $1.4 million, Delhi Daredevils
3. Vinay Kumar (India): $1 million, Royal Challengers Bangalore
4. Brendon McCullum (New Zealand): $900,000, Kolkata Knight Riders
5. Sunil Narine (West Indies): $700,000, Kolkata Knight Riders
6. Parthiv Patel (India): $650,000, Deccan Chargers
7. Thisara Perera (Sri Lanka): $650,000, Mumbai Indians
8. RP Singh (India): $600,000, Mumbai Indians
9. Brad Hodge (Australia): $475,000, Rajasthan Royals
10. Andre Russell (West Indies): $450,000, Delhi Daredevils
11. Sreesanth (India): $400,000, Rajasthan Royals
12. Mitchell Johnson (Australia): $300,000, Mumbai Indians
13. Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka): $220,000, Royal Challengers Bangalore
14. Azhar Mahmood (England): $200,000, Kings XI Punjab
15. James Faulkner (Australia): $190,000, Kings XI Punjab
16. Brad Hogg (Australia): $180,000, Rajasthan Royals
17. Ramesh Powar (India): $160,000, Kings XI Punjab
18. Robin Peterson (South Africa): $100,000, Mumbai Indians
19. Darren Bravo (West Indies): $100,000, Deccan Chargers
20. Daniel Harris (Australia): $70,000, Deccan Chargers
21. Marchant de Lange (South Africa): $50,000, Kolkata Knight Riders
22. Herschelle Gibbs (South Africa): $50,000, Mumbai Indians
23. Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka): $50,000, Rajasthan Royals
24. Doug Bracewell (New Zealand): $50,000, Delhi Daredevils
25. Kevon Cooper (West Indies): $50,000, Rajasthan Royals
Note: Pune Warrriors had a fund of $1.6 million but did not take part in the auction after owners Sahara Group decided to pull out of the team sponsorship earlier in the day.