If Graham Onions is in IPL auction, he should choose his reserve price on the basis of per kg. He stands to make a lot more that way :-). Well this there are not only more players than before but there are now 10 Franchisee as well. All of them will be fighting out at Bangalore on this weekend to bag the players of their choices.
The franchisees had the option to retain the four players of their choice but the team like Kolkata Knight Riders, Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab decided not to use this facility. But the other teams used this option.
Mumbai Indians: Sachin Tendulkar, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, & Harbhajan Singh
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Warne and Shane Watson
Delhi Daredevils: Virender Sehwag
Royal Challengers: Virat Kohli
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Murali Vijay, Albie Morkel
Well, some would say that MI should have retained Zaheer Khan but they could not as the teams had the option to retain 4 players only but they would be trying desperately to buy back Zaheer Khan. RR surprises everybody by not retaining T20 specialist and a superb performer in IPL Yusuf Pathan. That decision doesn’t look understandable to anyone. Daredevils also retained Sehwag only and did not retain captain Gambhir and inform A.B.Devilliers. Royal Challengers also surprised by not retaining the likes of Ross Taylor, Kallis, Kevin Pieterson and Dale Steyn. They have retained only Virat Kohli who might become the captain of the RCB as well. Chennai could have retained Muralitharan but they decided to retain Albie Morkel as he could have become and expensive. KKR, the only IPL team which is yet to make it o the semi-finals of IPL did not retain any player of the team. Well, Kolkata is a city which is driven by Sourav Ganguly may not support KKR if Dada doesn’t play in the team. SRK must be knowing this after IPL-2 fiasco. I personally think that KKR would buy Sourav Ganguly but it might be not as costly as 4.11 crores of rupees and Sourav Ganguly wont be a that costly buy. They also did not retain the players like Chris Gayle, McCullum, David Hussey and Angello Matthews. Deccan Chargers also did not retain players like Gilchrist, Gibbs, Symonds and Rohit Sharma. While Kings XI Punjab did not retain the players like Sangakkara, Jayawardene, and more importantly Yuvraj Singh.
There are many players for whom the top businessman would not hesitate to give any amount of money. These players are like Brendon McCullum, Chris Gayle, Dale Steyn, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, James Anderson, Mitchell Johnson, A.B.Devilliers, etc. Few of the teams would also be interested in buying the players like Sourab Ganguly, Jaques Kallis, Rahul Dravid and Brain Lara who is set to play in the IPL at the age of 41. I feel that Sahara Pune Warriors may show their interest in Sourav Ganguly because of his relationships with the top management of SAHARA Group. All the teams except Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Superkings will be looking to buy the players who can be effective leaders as well. Going by that the players like Ganguly, Graeme Smith, Gautam Gambhir, Kumara Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Daniel Vettori, etc will be in demand. T20 is not only about hitting 4s and 6s but it also requires technique so the players like Dravid, Collingwood, Styris, Kallis,etc will be in demand.
There is a total salary cap of USD 9 million (Rs. 45 crore) per team. But the teams that have retained any player(s) will have that limit reduced based on the price of players retained. So that means only Deccan Chargers, Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab, along with new entrants Pune and Kochi, can do a full monty.
The magnetism associated with cricket's biggest domestic extravaganza is set to have a newfound pull in the form of Caribbean charisma called Brian Lara. The 41-year-old batting legend has decided to mesmerize cricket lovers once again by being part of one of cricket's most captivating events. And what more, the West Indian run-machine is among 21 players having the highest base price of USD 4,00,000.
USD 4,00,000 base price
Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, James Anderson, Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Graeme Smith, AB de Villiers, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Brian Lara, Chris Gayle, Sourav Ganguly.
USD 3,00,000 base price
Zaheer Khan, Yusuf Pathan, Jacques Kallis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Andrew Symonds, Shaun Tait, Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews.
USD 2,00,000 base price
Gautam Gambhir, Michael Hussey, Doug Bollinger, Dirk Nannes, Eoin Morgan, Robin Uthappa, Sanath Jayasuriya.
USD 1,00,000 base price
Tamim Iqbal, R Ashwin, Morne Morkel, Ben Hilfenhaus
My Darkhorses or Underdogs:
Alviro Pieterson, Dirk Nannes, David Hussey, Aaron Finch, Dwayne Bravo, Graeme Swann, Eion Morgan, Tamim Iqbal.
The live telecast of the auction will be on SET MAX from 10 am.