IPL 6: 37 cricketers, $11.89m... Who did your team buy?
And that, readers, cricket fans and sports lovers is the auction for the Indian Premier League Sixth edition - IPL6 - done.
Thirty-seven players were bought for a total of $11.89 million - over six hours.
Royal Challengers Bangalore bought 7 players, Hyderabad Sunrisers bought 6, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians bought 5 each.
Next was Pune Warriors with 4 players, Rajasthan Royals with 3, Delhi Daredevils with 2, and Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab, also 2 each.
All players unsold can only now be bought as a replacement if a player on the team roster is injured who has some other issues which the tournament organisers will have to clear in terms of them not being able to play the IPL.
Chennai Super Kings
Christopher Morris All-Rounder $625,000
Dirk Nannes Bowler $600,000
Ben Laughlin Bowler $20,000
Akila Dananjaya All-Rounder $20,000
Jason Holder Bowler $20,000
Johan Botha All-Rounder $450,000
Jesse Ryder All-Rounder $260,000
Jeevan Mendis All-Rounder $50,000
Kings XI Punjab
Manpreet Gony Bowler $500,000
Luke Pomersbach Batsman $300,000
Kolkata Knight Riders
Sachithra Senanayaka All-Rounder $625,000
Ryan McLaren Bowler $50,000
Glenn Maxwell All-Rounder $1,000,000
Nathan Coulter-Nile Bowler $450,000
Ricky Ponting Batsman $400,000
Philip Hughes Batsman $100,000
Jacob Oram All-Rounder $50,000
Pune Warriors India
Ajantha Mendis Bowler $725,000
Kane Richardson Bowler $700,000
Abhishek Nayar All-Rounder $675,000
Michael Clarke Batsman $400,000
James Faulkner All-Rounder $400,000
Fidel Edwards Bowler $210,000
Kusal Janith Perera Wicket Keeper $20,000
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Jaydev Unadkat Bowler $525,000
Rudra Pratap Singh Bowler $400,000
Moises Henriques All-Rounder $300,000
Ravi Rampaul Bowler $290,000
Pankaj Singh Bowler $150,000
Daniel Christian All-Rounder $100,000
Christopher Barnwell All-Rounder $50,000
Thisara Perera All-Rounder $675,000
Darren Sammy All-Rounder $425,000
Sudeep Tyagi Bowler $100,000
Clinton McKay Bowler $100,000
Nathan McCullum Bowler $100,000
Quinton De Kock Wicket Keeper $20,000
BIG NAMES NOT SOLD
Suleiman Benn, WI, $20,000
Doug Bollinger, $200,000.
Ravi Bopara, 100,000 USD
Matt Prior 200,000 USD
Martin Guptill opens at 100,00 USD
Herschelle Gibbs opens at 200,000 USD
Adam Voges opens at 100,000 USD
Last player is Matt Prior who starts at $200,000 remains unsold.
Kushal Janith Perera from Sri Lanka to the Rajasthan Royals for $20,000.
John Hastings opens at $200,000. Unsold.
Ryan Mclaren for $50,000 goes to KKR.
Another bunch of players go unsold. Jason Holder next at $20,000. And... Chennai Super Kings bid and win.
Hyderabad get Clint Mackay for $100,000.
Chennai Super Kings pick up Dananjaya from Sri Lanka at $20,000.
Martin Guptill also goes unsold.
A couple of more players go unsold as does Doug Bollinger whose starting price was $200,000.
Matthew Wade starts at $200,000. And remains unsold.
Dan Christian starts at $100,000 and gets RCB to pitch. Sold to Bangalore.
Quentin de Kock opens at $20,000 and Sunrisers Hyderabad kick in. And they get de Kock at asking price.
Ravi Bopara goes unsold at $100,000.
Mumbai Indians open for Oram and get him.
Right, here we go for the final session. Ravi Shastri to make the final draw. And we start with Jacob Oram at $50,000.
Delhi and Pune have maxed their foreign player quota. There are 13 foreign players and one Indian player left to be auctioned.
Another quick break to give teams a chance to strategise.
The Aussie quicks must come highly recommended because they did see some pretty fast bidding.
Kane goes to Pune for $700,000.
Pune and Chennai in a frenzy over Kane. $300,000 is bid. And now $525,000 is bid.
Kane Richardson gets Pune Warriors to bid $100,000 for his fast bowling expertise... rising fast with Super Kings in the mix.
Ben Laughlin draws an opening bid from Chennai for $20,000 and they get him at the asking price.
The Rajasthan Royals pushed Nathan upto $450,000 before backing down to the Mumbai Indians.
Nathan Coulter-Nile getting pushed up by Mumbai Indians to $300,000.
Nathan Coulter-Nile from Australia will get the pace boys going. Mumbai and Rajasthan push it to $200,000.
Fast bowlers on the short-list next.
Jacob Oram now - and he starts at a modest 50,000 USD. And remains unsold.... for now.
Kevin O'Brien, the next all-rounder up gets a pass.
Chris Barnwell from South Africa for 50k USD. And because he is an all-rounder he is sold.
Let's get some all-rounders back please.
Rilee Rossouw at just 20k USD. Come on surely someone wants this South African. And.... no.
Ben Rohrer next at USD 50k. No.
Henry Davids now, from South Africa, opens at a low $20,000. And if you are not an all-rounder, it seems you might as well go home.
Some batsmen now. Travis Birt first up at $100,000. And... nobody.
Even Clint Mackay cannot draw a bid.
Fast bowlers up now, but after all that action over the all-rounders, seems no one wants any fast bowlers, or can't afford to want them. Two Aussies go unsold.
Senanayaka's stock rising, and how. KKR@575,000 USD. Chennai push some more and KKR have to fork out $625,000 to close deal. That is Kolkata's first buy of the auction.
KKR suddenlly jump in just as Chennai were to close the deal. Mumbai out now. KKR vs Chennai and nearing $500,000 again.
Super Kings push it to $350,000.
Once again Mumbai Indians versus Chennai for Sachithra Senanayaka. Up to $260,000 now. He is an all-rounder, in case you are wondering.
Sachithra Senanayaka, SL, opens at $50,000 and begins to see some action.
Chennai Super Kings get Morris at $625,000.
Action hotting up for this all-rounder. Chris Morris up to $400,000 for Chennai.
Chris Morris starts at $20,000 but is the first player to see some action in the afternoon. Chennai vs Mumbai for Morris.
Jeevan Mendis, SL, $50,000 gets the action going after there are no takers for F Mahroof. Delhi Daredevils get Mendis for 50k USD.
Ok, the latest news is that the auction has been further pushed back by 30 minutes. Obviously in the true spirit of cricket, a big lunch is never amiss.
Though, the real reason might be teams need some time to strategise? Or, wheel and deal away from the camera? Or, badger the organisers? Take your pick.
We will keep you posted.
Several franchises still have their quota of international players unused and several players as you can see below have gone unsold.
Organisers of the auction are right now briefing the teams on what they are calling a fast-track mode.
The auction will break for lunch giving teams (and you and us as well) a breather.
The fast-track mode, if used, will see each team get a sheet on which they will put down preferred players.
This way these players can be moved right up on the block saving time.
The second session of bidding saw teams staying away spinners but going for fast-bowlers.
Bangalore stocked up on fast-bowlers, while Hyderabad were going for what seemed like every other player.
When the real quality players came up for grabs – Dirk Nannes, Ajantha Mendes – teams like KKR, Chennai and Mumbai got involved.
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