Chennai, Feb 3: Kolkata Knight Riders bought unheralded Sri Lankan spinner Sachithra Senanayake (with a base price $50,000) for $625,000 at IPL 6 auction on Sunday and skipper Gautam Gambhir said he was pretty happy with the buy.
"We always had this strategy in mind where we wanted mystery spinners and now we have Senanayake as well. It would be good to have Senanayake and Sunil (Narine) bowling together for us," he said.
"We've always believed the smaller the squad the better it is to maintain. We're pretty happy, we've just bought one guy in the last two hours. Very happy with it."
"We always knew we were going to go for him, and Chennai, because of the conditions there. As I said, Senanayake and Sunil bowling in tandem is a good option for me," he added.
Chennai Super Kings bought five players and mentor Stephen Fleming said the focus for them was to add a new dimension to their bowling.
"We wanted to add another dimension to our bowling. We looked for players who have an X factor and can be competitive and who can develop to their potential. We wanted to get some young generation of players and we are happy."
Priety Zinta, co-owner of the Kings XI Punjab which bought two players in Manpreet Gony and Luke Pomersbach, said, "It's been a little slow but it's been good for us. Luke Pomersbach is an old Kings XI boy and he's back in the lions den. Gony is from Punjab but hasn't played for us. He'll be good on our tracks and we are looking to have a good season with him. Hopefully we do much better this year."