Little-known Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was the only million-dollar
buy in a low-key IPL players' auction where franchises opted to put their money
on unheralded names instead of established stars, most of whom went unsold here
The 24-year-old Maxwell stole the thunder grabbing a whopping USD one million (Rs
5.3 crore) deal with Mumbai Indians, while among the Indians, all-rounder
Abhishek Nayar, and pacers R P Singh and Jaydev Unadkat invited unexpectedly
high bids in the auction where only 37 of the 108 players in the fray managed to
The giants of the game who failed evoke much interest from the franchises
included Australian captain Michael Clarke and his predecessor Ricky Ponting.
Both of them were marquee players but were sold on their base price of USD
400,000 (Rs 2.1 crore) to Pune Warriors and Mumbai Indians respectively.
In contrast, there was a fierce bidding war for Maxwell in which Mumbai pipped
Hyderabad Sunrisers to clinch the player.
"He is an upcoming youngster. He can bat, bowl and I think he is a great
fielder. We had thought of some names before we came here and he was one of
them," said Mumbai owner Nita Ambani on the logic behind making such a high bid
for the youngster, who is just eight ODIs and nine T20s old in the international
Currently playing against the West Indies in an ODI series, Maxwell was
ironically out for a first-ball duck in Perth while franchises bid for him here.
India's uncapped domestic stars Jaydev Unadkat and Pankaj Singh were among the
big gainers in what turned out to be a rather bizarre buying pattern which saw
franchises opting mostly for untested players, who have not yet made a mark in
the international arena.
South African all-rounder Christopher Morris, who has played just one Twenty20
international, quite literally struck gold at the auction by fetching USD
625,000 (Rs 3.3 crore) after starting with a measly base price of USD 20,000.
The 25-year-old Morris was bought by Chennai Super Kings after an intense
three-way bidding war with Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The unusual pattern continued with little-known Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra
Senanayake going much beyond his base price of USD 50,000.
The franchise that initially bid on him were Mumbai Indians and the Chennai
Super Kings before Kolkata Knight Riders entered the fray to raise his price tag
to USD 625,000 (Rs 3.3 crore) and snatch him from CSK.
Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile was put on sale at a base price of
USD 100,000 but went for USD 450,000 to Mumbai Indians, who outbid the Rajasthan
The 25-year-old is yet to make his international debut and currently turns up
only for Western Australia and Perth Scorchers in his domestic circuit.
Another uncapped player who triggered a bidding war was promising Australian
pacer Kane Richardson. The 21-year-old, whose base price was USD 100,00, was
ultimately bought by Pune Warriors for USD 700,000 (Rs 3.7 crore).
Among the Indians, Jaydev was bought for USD 525,000 (Rs 2.7 crore) by Royal
Challengers Bangalore, much higher than his base price of USD 100,000.
Pankaj, on the other hand, was taken by the same franchise for USD 150,000, a
massive jump from his base price of USD 50,000.
Mumbai all-rounder Abhishek Nayar, who performed consistently in the domestic
arena, went to Pune Warriors for USD 675,000 (Rs 3.5 crore), a huge improvement
on his base price of USD 100,000.
Another Indian pacer who managed to get a good deal was Manpreet Gony, who went
for USD 500,000 (Rs 2.6 crore) to Kings XI Punjab.
As the auction progressed, there were more surprises in store as the likes of
Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis and forgotten Australian pacer Dirk
Nannes triggered bidding wars which fetched them price tags much more than their
See the full list of sold, usold and to-be-auctioned players here
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