India captain Sardar Singh became the highest-paid marquee player at the
inaugural Hockey India League auctions as the Delhi franchise bought him for USD
78,000 (Rs 42.49 lakh), while drag-flicker VR Raghunath also grabbed quite a few
eyeballs with an intense bidding war for him here today.
Raghunath was eventually bought by Sahara Uttar Pradesh Wizards for USD 76,000 (Rs
41.40 lakh) after a lot of drama. British midfielder
The only Briton in the auction Ashley Jackson was another big gainer as he will
go home with a purse of USD 73,000 --- a good buy for the Ranchi Rhinos.
Such was the bidding war for Raghunath between UP Wizards and Delhi Waveriders
that his ultimate sale price turned out to be USD 10,000 more than UP
franchise's marquee player Teun de Nooijer, who was bought for USD 66,000 (Rs
As per rules, a marquee player will get 15 percent more than the highest-paid
player of the team and thus Raghunath's price would fetch more for De Nooijer.
Interestingly, Raghunath's base price was only USD 13,900 (Rs 7.56 lakh).
But Raghunath's senior teammate Sandeep Singh had an embarrassing day as he was
merely paid his base price of USD 27,800 (Rs 15.13 lakh) by Mumbai team.
The other highlight was young defender Rupinder Pal Singh fetching USD 56,000 (Rs
30.48 lakh) from Delhi after starting with a modest base price of USD 9,250 (Rs
5.03 lakh) in an interesting bidding war that surprised one and all.
"I am extremely delighted that I have been able to command a good price. I
wasn't aware about my price as I was a bit late in coming. By the time I reached
here, I was already sold," Sardar said with a smile of contentment after being
snapped by Delhi Waveriders.
Will the India captain and his teammates pull each other's leg about their
respective prices, Sardar replied, "Certainly. All of us won't let go a chance
to indulge into leg-pulling sessions. Already the facebook is filled with
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