Melbourne, Jan 13: Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who was picked by Mumbai Indians for $1 million in last year's Indian Premier League (IPL), feels the Player Auction is "just a bit of a lottery".
The seventh edition of IPL's (IPL 7) Player Auction will be held in Bangalore on February 12 and 13. Once again, Maxwell will be one of the big cricketers who the franchises will be aiming for.
Maxwell, who was not among the five retained by defending champions Mumbai Indians, said Sunday (January 12), his Australian team-mate and big-hitter Aaron Finch deserves more money this time around.
Finch played for the now defunct Pune Warriors last year. He captained the side and had impressed with the bat. The right-hander had gone unsold in IPL 6 auction.
"The IPL auction's just a bit of a lottery basically. If you go you go. Finchy (Aaron Finch) didn't go last year, which still astonishes me," Maxwell was quoted as saying in "The Australian" in Melbourne Sunday.
"And then some nuffy gets picked up for a million," he added referring to his price-tag in 2013.
According to Maxwell, it was important for a player in IPL to just enjoy those two months.
"If you're lucky enough to go, just go and enjoy the two months while you're there," he said.
The right-hander compared Finch with Chris Gayle, who has been a big star of IPL with Royal Challengers Bangalore.
"He'd be up there with (Chris) Gayle as a power hitter. And he's a smart batsman as well. He gets hundreds not by slogging but by good cricket shots.
"He's just growing as a cricketer. Hopefully he can turn that into some solid Shield form as well and become a three format player for us," Maxwell said.