Bangalore, Feb 4 : The Indian Premiere League (IPL) auction for the season five witnessed Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja turning out to be the major surprise at the bidding table as he was sold for a thumping $ 2 million to the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), here on Saturday.
Jadeja was clinched by CSK in a tie-breaker with Deccan Chargers. His base price was $100,000. The IPL auction was staged at Mysore Hall of the ITC Royal Gardenia Hotel in Bangalore. Apart from Jadeja, Indian fast bowler Vinay Kumar and Sri Lankan batsman Mahela Jayawardene fetched huge sums of money from their respective owners.
Vinay was sold to the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for a significant amount of $1 million. His base price was $100,000. Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for a whopping $ 1.4 mn. Jayawardhane's base price was $300,000.
Shah Rukh Khan's Kolkata Knigt Riders (KKR) bought New Zealand wicket keeper-batsman Brendon McCullum for $ 900,000 on Saturday. The hard-hitting batsman had started his career in the cash rich tournament with KKR in 2008.
Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan’s KKR also picked up West Indies cricketer Sunil Narine for $700,000 and Marchant de Lange of South Africa for $50,000. Iconic Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan was sold to the Royal Challenges Bangalore (RCB) for $ 2,20,000. Australian batsman Brad Hodge was picked up by the Rajasthan Royals for $ 4,75,000. Experienced South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs was bought by Mumbai Indians for $50,000.
Indian wicket keeper P Patel was picked up by the Deccan Chargers for $650,000. His base price was $200,000. Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson was bought by Mumbai Indians for $300,000. His base price was also $300,000. Sri Lankan Dinesh Chandimal went to the Rajasthan Royals for $50,000.
The Rajasthan Royals bought senior Australian spinner B. Hogg for $180,000. Hogg bowled well during the two T20 clashes against India in Australia. The franchise also took Indian speed star S Sreesanth for $400,000. RP Singh on the other hand went to the Mumbai Indians for $600,000. Interestingly, off-spinner Indian Ramesh Powar was sold to the KingsXI Punjab for $160,000.
Daniel Harris was bought by the Deccan Chargers for $70,000. The Rajasthan Royals on the other hand picked up Kevon Cooper for $50,000. Australia’s James Faulkner was sold to the Kings XI Punjab for $190,000. The Deccan Chargers picked up West Indies Darren Bravo for $100,000.
The auction witnessed another surprise as former Pakistan fast bowler Azhar Mahmood was picked up by the Kings XI Punjab for $200,000. His base price was $100,000. Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera was sold for $650,000 to the Mumbai Indians, though his base price was only $50,000. New Zealand’s Doug Bracewell was taken by the Delhi Daredevils for $50,000.
English fast bowler J Anderson remained unsold with a base price of $300,000. Even Indian batsman VVS Laxman was not picked up by any of the franchise. Irish all-rounder Kevin O'Brien and Bangladeshi batsman T Iqbal remained unsold.
English spinner G Swann could not find a single team to bid for him. The IPL Player Auction 2012 proceedings started at 11:00 am. The auction was conducted by Richard Madley, a professional auctioneer from England who has conducted each of the previous IPL player auctions.
A total of 144 players, 136 foreigners, went under the hammer. The opening match of IPL 2012 will take place on April 4 this year in Chennai. Bollywood biggies like Shahrukh Khan, who owns Kolkata Knight Riders, and other top guns glammed up the event.