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04-Feb-2012 15:49:00 GMT
Indian Premier League 2012

IPL Auction - Millions for Jadeja, Vinay

New Delhi: Dashing wicketkeeper-batsman Brendon McCullum was the first to be auctioned as he was bought for $900,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders followed by the Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who was clinched by Chennai Super Kings for whopping $2 million in the tie-breaker of IPL 5 auction in Bangalore on Saturday.

Former Pakistan player Azhar Mahmood, who now has a British passport, has been sold to Kings XI Punjab for $200,000. He started with a base price of $100,000.

Australia's James Faulkner was also grabbed by Kings XI Punjab for $190,000.

Darren Bravo, who went unsold in the first time, has been bought on his base price by Deccan Chargers for $100,000 while Owais Shah remained unsold in the second time too at a base price of $200,000.

New Zealand all-rounder Doug Bracewell got lucky at the second time after Delhi Daredevils bought him for $50,000.

South African seamer Marchant de Lange, who took a seven-for on Test debut, has been bought for $50,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders.

South Australia batsman Daniel Harris, who had a base price $50,000, sold to Deccan Chargers for $70,000.

Kevon Cooper, the Trinidad & Tobago all-rounder, has been bought by Rajasthan Royals on base price of $50,000. West Indies opener Lendl Simmons couldn't attract any buyer.

Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera, who had a base price of $50,000, was snapped by Mumbai Indians for $650,000.

Sunil Narine was bought for $700,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders while Romesh Powar has been snapped up by Kings XI Punjab for $160000.

Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis went unsold alongwith compatriot Rangana Herath, Graeme Swann, Peter Siddle, Vernon Philander, Xavier Doherty, Mark Boucher, Ramnaresh Sarwan and Lonwabo Tsotsobe.

Royal Challengers Bangalore bought seamer R Vinay Kumar, who had a base price $100,000, for $1 million.

Fast bowler RP Singh, who had a base price of $200,000, was bought by Mumbai Indians for $600,000.

Jadeja, who had a base price of $100,000, was bagged in a tie-breaker between Super Kings and Deccan Chargers.

The $2 million budget cap for the auction means Super Kings have spent all their money on a single player and cannot participate in the auction any more.

Delhi Daredevils bought all-rounder Andre Russel, who had a base price of $50,000, for $450,000 while Mitchell Johnson was bought at his base price by the Mumbai Indians for $300,000.

Deccan Chargers bought Parthiv Patel, who had a base price of $200,000, for $650,000 after quite a fight with the other franchises.

Rajasthan Royal bought Bradley Hodge for $475,000. Sri Lankan master batsman Mahela Jayawardene has been bought by Delhi Daredevils for $1.4 million.

Mumbai Indians bought Herschelle Gibbs for $50,000 while Dinesh Chandimal bought by Rajasthan Royals for $50,000. Both the players have been bought on their base prices.

Muttiah Muralitharan was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $200,000 while England's paceman James Anderson was the first to go unsold in the IPL 5 auction.

Ian Bell, Upul Tharanga, Adrian Barath, Tamim Iqbal and VVS Laxman went unsold at the IPL 5 auction.

The auction got a big twist just hours before the players' auction after Sahara India pulled out from the ownership of IPL franchise Pune Warriors.

Sahara India has been denied replacement for injured Yuvraj Singh for the upcoming fifth edition of Indian Premier League.

"It was an emotional decision for us to start this sponsorship but our emotions were never appreciated and many genuine situations were not given due consideration at all," Sahara said.

Sahara India also requested BCCI to pass on Pune Warriors team to some other interested party immediately.

The franchises have a maximum of $2 million to spend at the auction as they bid to strengthen their line-ups ahead of the tournament which will be played between April 4 and May 27.

The auction has been conducted by Richard Madley, a professional auctioneer from England who has conducted each of the previous IPL player auctions.

Highlights of IPL auction

  • Vinay Kumar has been prolific in Indian domestic cricket but does not command a permanent spot in India's XI. He was certainly not considered a candidate to hit the million-dollar mark.
  • Sunil Narine was the mystery bowler of the 2011 Champions League T20. But a player who has played only three internationals going from a base price of $50,000 to being one of the top-five most expensive buys was not on the radar.
  • Last year Thisara Perera was bought by Kochi Tuskers for $80,000. This year the allrounder went from a base price of $50,000 to $650,000 - the sixth biggest buy at the auction.
  • Tim Southee came into IPL 2011 as CSK's replacement for an injured Jacob Oram, and impressed with his death bowling, especially against KKR. That, coupled with his big-hitting ability down the order, make his going unsold a huge surprise.
  • For a team that looks to have one of the weaker combinations in the league, KXIP made bizarre buys, none more so than little known Tasmania allrounder James Faulkner.

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