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IPL 2012 Auction Wrap: Chennai spend $2 million for Jadeja, Delhi buys Jayawardene

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The highly anticipated Auction for Season 5 of Indian Premier League got underway on Saturday morning with high expectations. The big news at the start of the auction was the withdrawal of the Pune Warriors from the process and the announcement made by Sahara, the franchise owners, to pull out from all sponsorship of Indian cricket.

That left just 8 teams competing for the players up for grabs today, and a cloud of mystery surrounding the fate of the Pune players, who were not included in this auction.

The first set of 5 players drawn from the lot were categorized under the marquee player category. The first player under the lot was Brendon McCulum of New Zealand, the belligerent wicket keeper batsman, was sold to KKR for 900,000 dollars from a base price of 400000 USD.

Next up was the big one - Ravindra Jadeja - who was bought after an intense bidding war with the Deccan Chargers, by the Chennai Super Kings in a tie breaker after exhausting the full $2 million Quota. The all rounder, ideally suited to the short format will be of great help to the Super Kings, and being a favourite of skipper Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, will get plenty of playing time too!

England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson went unsold in the auction once again, while the Sri Lankan duo of Muttiah Muralitharan and Mahela Jayawardene were bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore and Dehli Daredevils for $220,000 and $1.4 million respectively.

Jayawardene could be a great acquisition for the Daredevils, who seem to be desperately short of experience and batting quality. Murali, despite having retired from the game could be a handy bowler in Indian conditions and therefore, must be said that RCB have pounced on a fairly good bargain.

The next segment of the auction went by in a rather sedate fashion with a lot of the proposed batsmen going unsold. The West Indian batsmen in particular, the likes of Ramnaresh Sarwan and Darren Bravo, surprisingly unsold probably owing to their lack of availability. The only players in the batsmen category to be sold were Herschelle Gibbs for just $50,000 to the Mumbai Indians and Brad Hodge of Australia to the Rajasthan Royals for a very creditable $475,000.

In the wicketkeepers category, Sri Lanka's Dinesh Chandimal was pouched by the Royals for $50,000 while Indian second choice keeper Parthiv Patel was bought for $650,000 by the Deccan Chargers. South African veteran Mark Boucher, surprisingly went unsold at first go.

The All rounders category saw some good acquisitions with prodigal West Indian talent Andre Russell bought for $450,000 by the Delhi Daredevils after a bidding war with the Deccan Chargers, while the left arm fast bowler from Australia Mitchell Johnson was pouched at a good bargain of $300,000 by Mumbai Indians. Several allrounders though like Kevin O'Brien, Dwayne Smith and Luke Wright from England remained unsold.

The next set in the lot were the fast bowlers. There were no real surprises in this section with the Indian pacers bought for significantly high prices. RP Singh, who was first up, was sold to the Mumbai Indians for $600,000. This seemed like yet another fantastic buy for the Mumbai Indians as probably an apt replacement for Zaheer Khan, who joined RCB last season. Vinay Kumar was sold for a whopping $1 million to RCB, due to his unerring consistency. Vinay Kumar was bought by his state franchisee, which could turn out to be a fruitful one considering his work rapport with their mentor Anil Kumble. Some players like Tim Southee from New Zealand and the impressive Ravi Rampaul from the Windies were ignored. S Sreesanth was the last of the Indian pacers to be picked up by the Rajasthan Royals for a decent $400,000.

The last section before Lunch was that of spinners. The Kings XI Punjab opened their account by acquiring the services of Mumbai spinner Romesh Powar yet again for $160,000. Australia's Bradley Hogg seemed to havedone enough in his comeback stint in the BBL and for Australia as he was bought by Shane Warne's old team, the Rajasthan Royals for $180,000.

The surprise element in the spin category was the sale of the mystery spinner from the West Indies, Sunil Narine, who despite possible international commitments was purchased for a heavy price of $700,000 by the Kolkata Knight Riders, leaving them with just $400,000 left in the bag.

Robin Peterson was bought by MI for a $100,000, which could turn out be yet another good bargain for this power packed side, keeping in view the South African's all round abilities. Surprisingly enough ace off-spinner from England, Graeme Swann went unsold once again this season, along with gifted Sri Lankan Spinners, Ajantha Mendis and Ranganna Herath.

Some of the Franchises like the Kings XI Punjab and the Deccan Chargers were still left with some good money in the bag that they might cash in the post lunch session.

The post lunch session in the auction saw the teams throw in all that they had one final time. The Deccan Chargers emerged the most successful in terms of players bought as they managed to pocket the likes of Daniel Harris, an exuberant opening bat from South Australia for just $70,000 along with the Darren Bravo, the stylish batsman from Trinidad and Tobago for $100,000. They also managed to add the young New Zealand all-round prospect Doug Bracewell to their squad for a mere $50,000.

The Kings XI Punjab, who spent very wisely earlier in the day bought the veteran all-rounder Azhar Mahmood for $200,000 along with Australian left arm medium pacer James Faulkner for $190,000. The Mumbai Indians too added further to their list by buying Sri Lankan all rounder Thissara Perera for a rather high $650,000.

The Kolkata Knight Riders, with very little left in their kitty owing to previous buys, managed to buy South African fast bowling prodigy Marchant De Lange for a mere $50,000.

Hence, after a riveting auction day which saw all teams pick and choose very carefully, one would imagine that the Mumbai Indians came out the happiest, having bought the likes of Herschelle Gibbs and Mitchell Johnson for fairly low prices among many other acquisitions.

Players Sold Round 1:
Brendon McCullum - $900,000 to KKR
Ravindra Jadeja - $2 million to CSK
Muttiah Muralitharan - $220,000 to RCB
Mahela Jayawardene - $1.4 million to DD
Herschelle Gibbs - $50,000 to MI
Brad Hodge - $475,000 to RR
Parthiv Patel - $650,000 to DC
Dinesh Chandimal - $50,000 to RR
Andre Russell - $450,000 to DD
Mitchell Johnson - $300,000 to MI
RP Singh - $600,000 to MI
R Vinay Kumar - $1 million to RCB
S Sreesanth $400,000 to RR
Ramesh Powar - $100,000 to KXIP
Brad Hogg - $180,000 to RR
Sunil Narine - $700,000 to KKR
Robin Peterson - $100,000 to MI

Round 2

Daniel Harris - $70,000 to DC
Kevon Cooper - $50,000 to RR
James Faulkner - $190,000 to KXIP
Azhar Mahmood - $200,000 to KXIP
Thisara Perera - $650,000 to MI
Marchant de Lange - $50,000 to KKR
Darren Bravo - $100,000 to DC
Doug Bracewell - $50,000 to DD