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IPL 2014 Auction Day 1: What the teams look like now

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.


Delhi buy back Pietersen, Punjab get Sehwag and Johnson; Yuvi sold for a whopping 14 cr to RCB

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Recently disbanded England star batsman Kevin Pietersen was snapped by the Delhi Daredevils for 9 Crores in the Pepsi IPL auction 2014  after the the GMR owned franichise used a right to match card.  Punjab were the team to profit the most from the early stages of the auction though as they secured slashed price deals for Swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag worth just 3.2 Crores and Aussie all-rounder Mitchell Johnson worth 6.5 Crores.

The other big story from the marquee player segments was the sale of India's big hitting batting all-rounder Yuvraj Singh for Rs 14 Crore to Royal Challengers Bangalore, who have decided to go batting heavy once again in this auction. Former Mumbai wicket keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik was another big purchase at the auction for Rs.12.5 Crores by the Delhi Daredevils.


Dolphins deny the Cobras in last ball thriller to win RAM SLAM T20 Challenge

The Sunfoil Dolphins ended an eight-year wait for silverware on Sunday as they beat the Nashua Mobile Cape Cobras in a see-saw encounter to clinch the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge in front of a full house at Sahara Park Newlands.

The Dolphins had not won a franchise competition since current coach Lance Klusener captained them to the four-day title in 2005/2006, and a tearful Daryn Smit was the embodiment of the emotions that flowed in the aftermath.

Although it was captain Morne van Wyk’s innings which provided the framework for the two-run win, ultimately Robbie Frylinck was the hero for defending 14 in the final over.


Exciting Auction on the Cards Leading up to IPL Season 7

The Indian Premier League gears up for what promises to be yet another exciting auction ahead of season 7 of the summer T20 tournament that starts on the 8th of April.

Prior to the auction, which is scheduled to be held at Bengaluru on the 12th and 13 February, each of the 8 franchisees were allowed to retain upto 5 players from their previous squads. The introduction of ‘right to match cards’ this season will make for a more intriguing auction process, which includes a total of 514 players. A Right to Match card is the first right of refusal card that will allow a Franchisee to buy back one of its former players by matching the highest bid for the player after the conclusion of the customary bidding process for the player.


Mumbai Indians retain Rohit, Malinga, Pollard, Bhajji and Rayudu

Mumbai Indians, the defending IPL champions and two-time winners of the Champions League (2011 & 2013), have retained Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh and Ambati Rayudu as per the IPL’s new retention rules for the season 2014.

Mrs. Nita Ambani said, “The formidable combination of these five players – Rohit, Pollard, Malinga, Bhajji and Rayudu  - forms the nucleus of Mumbai Indians. They have exemplified the spirit of Mumbai Indians and are match-winners in their own right. With the retention of the core players, Mumbai Indians look forward to build a stronger, well-knit team and share the joy of an enthralling and entertaining performance with its ever-growing fans in the coming season.”

New IPL Rules set to favor bigger teams

Indian Premier League franchises will be able to retain upto a maximum of five players ahead of the IPL Auctions to be held on the 12th of February 2014, said the 2014 Player Regulations that were released to the media on Tuesday.

In what is clearly seen to be a move done to stroke the egos of the financial big wigs owning IPL franchises, the actual amount spent to retain each player will not be mentioned on the books. Instead the designated amounts of retaining individual players, that add upto Rs. 390 million if all five players are retained, will be the amount deducted from the franchises' spending cap of Rs. 600 million. So in this way, a given franchise can spend a lot of money in retaining one of its marquee players, but will still enter the auctions with a set purse, proving the futility of something like the salary cap.


Kohli up to the challenge of being India's new no.4

Virat Kohli completed the significant double on the opening day of the Sunfoil Test Series between India and the Castle Lager Proteas at the Bidvest Wanderers Stadium on Wednesday of scoring centuries in both his maiden Test series to Australia and South Africa.

In terms of the problems nearly all Indian batsmen have had in the past in adapting to the bouncier pitches to be found in the southern hemisphere this was a key moment both for his own career and for Indian cricket generally.

The fact that he did it on the very day that he was installed as the successor to Sachin Tendulkar as India’s No. 4 added to the significance of the achievement.


Highveld Lions sign Azhar Mahmood and Sohail Tanveer

The bizhub Highveld Lions confirmed today the inclusion of Azhar Mahmood and Sohail Tanveer in the team’s RAM SLAM T20 squad as overseas professionals.

Mahmood will join the team on 7 January for five matches during the tournament whilst Tanveer joins the team on 9 January and will partake in the majority of the competition.


Shahid Afridi joins Chevrolet Knights for RAM SLAM T20

The Chevrolet Knights today announce the newest addition to the team as Shahid Afridi will join the team in the RAM SLAM T20. Of Shahid Afridi it can safely be said that cricket never has and never will see another like him. To say he is an allrounder is to say Albert Einstein was a scientist; it tells a criminally bare story.

With a 17 year international cricket career. Variety is his calling and as well as a traditional leg-break, he has two googlies, a conventional offie and a lethal faster one, though this is increasingly rare. All come with the threat of considerable, late drift. He fairly hustles through overs, which in limited-overs formats is a weapon in itself and the package is dangerous.


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