Yuvraj Singh Gets Record Price for Second Year in Succession at IPL Auction
The 2015 IPL auction took place today at the ITC Gardenia in Bengaluru and Yuvraj Singh once again proved that he is the most in-demand player among franchisees in the IPL Auction. Yuvraj was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore after paying an astronomical sum of Rs. 14 crores for him last year at the auction. RCB said that they released Yuvraj in order to exhaust the purse of other competing franchisees.
This year’s IPL auction was a low key affair and Yuvraj was the only player to have triggered a huge bidding war amongst four teams. He was finally picked up by Delhi Daredevils for a record Rs. 16 crores. Despite Yuvraj being left out of the 2015 World Cup squad, he has been having a ball at the domestic cricket competitions and this might be the reason for Delhi to pick him in their team.
The other surprising bidding was for the uncapped and less known spinner K C Cariappa. He was bagged by the defending champion team Kolkata Knight Riders for a surprising amount of Rs. 2.4 crores, which is 24 times his base price. KKR has seen something in this uncanny 20 year old leg spinner to have bid for him for such a huge price.
Dinesh Karthik was another player who was bought for a huge price of Rs. 10.50 crores by RCB. Sunrisers Hyderabad who let go West Indian Darren Sammy was pouched by RCB for Rs. 2.80 crores. SRH bought England bowler-batsman Ravi Bopara for Rs. 1 crore, Kevin Pietersen for Rs. 2 crores, current England ODI captain Eoin Morgan for Rs. 1.5 crores, price catch Kane Williamson for Rs. 60 lakhs and Praveen Kumar for Rs. 2.2 crores.
Delhi who entered this auction with the maximum purse amount of Rs. 39.75 lakhs also bought Angelo Mathews for Rs. 7.5 crores. They also spent heavily and bought players like Amit Mishra for Rs. 3.5 crores, Zaheer Khan for Rs. 4 crores, Shreyas Iyer for Rs. 2.6 crores and have now a good mix of foreign and Indian players.
RCB had retained most of their 2014 IPL players and spent money on Sean Abbott Rs. 1 crore, 2.8 crores on all rounder David Wiese and Rs. 70 lakhs for bowler Adam Milne apart from shelling more money on Dinesh Karthick.
The Mumbai Indians highest bid of the auction was for Aaron Finch for Rs. 3.2 crores and they spent their money to get a lot of Indian players in their team.
Kings XI Punjab bought Murali Karthik for Rs. 3 crores while KKR invested their money safely on all rounders Jimmy Neesham, Bradd Hogg and Indian all rounders Aditya Garhwal, Sumit Narwal and Vaibhav Rawal.
Lesser known international and domestic players were notched up by Rajasthan Royals at this year’s auction and Mike Hussey, Rahul Sharma, Irfan Pathan and Kyle Abbott now are part of the Chennai Super Kings team.