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It was the Kings XI Punjab and the Delhi Daredevils who walked away the happiest on Day 1 of the IPL auction 2014 on Wednesday, although the Mumbai Indians, the Chennai Superkings and the Rajasthan Royals, who all retained the maximum quota of 5 players, will also be reasonably pleased with their new additions.
Delhi, who went in to the auction with the maximum purse of 60 Crores available, still have 8.6 Crores available at their disposal for day 2 after buying the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, Mohamed Shami and Murali Vijay among others. Punjab meanwhile, spent cleverly on some seasoned campaigners in Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh and Thisara Perera and still retain a 14.2 crore budget for day 2. While it is unlikely that they will use all the money tomorrow, they will hope to add some more spunk to their bowling department by beefing up their spin bowling ranks.
Defending Champions Mumbai bought the likes of Michael Hussey, Corey Anderson, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan and young Aussie quick Josh Hazlewood, which will make them a force to reckon with considering the quality of the players retained from their core from last season. It was a quiet day in the office for Chennai, whose main picks were Dwayne Smith, Faf du Plessis and Brendon McCullum but they will look to strengthen further with uncapped players tomorrow.
Royal Challengers Bangalore spent 14 crores on hard-hitting Indian batsman Yuvraj Singh and also added the likes of Mitchell Starc, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, Ravi Rampaul and hard hitting Aussie left hander Nic Maddinson to their ranks. They have a purse of 1.8 crores remaining for the auction of uncapped players tomorrow.
The Rajasthan Royals spent in their usual low key fashion brining in the likes of Steve Smith, Brad Hodge, Tim Southee and Abhishek Nayar as their biggest purchases. They still have a substantial purse of 12.1 crores remaining.
Finally the Sunrisers Hyderabad bought back 2 of their key stars from the last campaign in Darren Sammy and Amit Mishra besides buying hard hitting opener David Warner. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Aaron Finch, Irfan Pathan, Moses Henriques and Jason Holder were their other buys from the auction and they still retain 8.4 crores for tomo.
Players In: D Karthik, K Pietersen, M Shami, M Vijay, N Coulter-Nile, Q de Kock, M Tiwary, J Unadkat, JP Duminy, R Sharma, L Shukla, J Neesham, S Tiwary
Retained players: none
Purse remaining: 8.6 crores
Players In: M Johnson, G Maxwell, G Bailey, V Sehwag, S Marsh, W Saha, C Pujara, L Balaji, T Perera, P Awana
Retained players: M Vohra, D Miller
Purse remaining: 14.2 crores
Players In: M Hussey, C Anderson, P Ojha, Z Khan, J Hazlewood
Retained players: Harbhajan Singh, Rohit Sharma, K Pollard, L Malinga, A Rayudu
Purse remaining: 5.15 crores
Players In: D Warner, A Mishra, D Sammy, B Kumar, A Finch, I Pathan, M Henriques, J Holder, Venugopal Rao, B Taylor
Retained players: D Steyn, S Dhawan
Purse remaining: 8.4 crores
Players In: F du Plessis, D Smith, B McCullum, M Sharma, A Nehra, B Hilfenhaus, M Henry, S Badree
Retained players: MS Dhoni, R Jadeja, R Ashwin, S Raina, D Bravo
Purse remaining: 2.9 crores
Players In: J Kallis, R Uthappa, Y Pathan, M Morkel, V Kumar, S Al Hasan, U Yadav, P Chawla
Retained players: G Gambhir, S Narine
Purse remaining: 9 crores
Players In: Y Singh, M Starc, A Morkel, V Aaron, A Dinda, P Patel, M Muralitharan, R Rampaul, N Maddinson
Retained players: V Kohli, C Gayle, AB de Villiers
Purse remaining: 1.8 crores
Players In: S Smith, A Nayar, B Hodge, T Southee, K Richardson, B Cutting
Retained players: S Watson, J Faulkner, S Binny, A Rahane, S Samson
Purse remaining: 12.1 crores
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