IPL auction on day one saw a lot of entertainment. While Indian veteran Yuvraj Singh was bought for 14 crores by the Royal Challengers Bangalore, wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik too sealed a huge deal when Delhi Daredevils bought him for a whopping 12. 5 crores.
Kevin Pietersen was bought by the Delhi Daredevils after Kings XI Punjab had made a final bid of Rs 9 crore for the stylish right-hander. Australia’s Mitchell Johnson and New Zealand’s Corey Anderson were signed for Rs 6.5 crore and Rs 4.5 crore respectively by Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians.
The Preity Zinta part owned franchise also made a winning rebid and retained opener Shaun Marsh and retained the player at Rs 2.2 crore. KXIP’s another big win was landing the bid on Aussie T-20 skipper George Bailey for Rs 3.50 crore.
When asked during the press briefing whether she would prefer Baily as captain, Preity said it was too early to say and it was only the first round of the auctions that are up. I am satisfied with the way auction had proceeded.
However, the shock of the first round was former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene, who had a base price of Rs two crore, going unsold. However, the batsman can hope to get a good bid when his name would be put once again tomorrow for bidding.
The other prominent players who came under the hammer included Kevin Pietersen, who was recently sacked by the ECB from the England’s team, was roped in Delhi Daredevils for Rs nine crore. He had played with the Delhi side during the previous season.
The two players who were being watched with interest were young South African wicket keeper Qinton De Kock, who has been in brilliant form and he was lapped up by DD for Rs 3.5 crore.
South African veteran Jacques Kallis was retained by Kolkata Knight Riders, while Australian hard hitting opener David Warner will now move to Sunrisers Hyderabad from Delhi Daredevils. SRH bought him for Rs 5.50 crore.
RCB owner and liquor baron Vijay Mallya said he was happy to add Yuvi in his side as his exploits were well known in T-20 games.
“We were very keen on him. I am somewhat worried we have to spend some much money, but it is a good buy. Now we have good batting (with Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle already retained) and now he would look forward to get some good bowlers under his wings,” he said.