More than 468 crores were spent during the IPL auction as the eight franchises get ready for another season of the tournament — but bargain buys were hardly the headline makers this time around. While that can still change — money was clearly splashed on the big names in Twenty20 cricket. Here’s a list of the players who went for the most money in this year’s auction.
Yuvraj Singh – 14 crore to RCB: Some may say he’s gone for a lot of money, but Vijay Mallya seems happy about the inclusion of another marquee T20 player who will add to the talents of Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, Ravi Rampaul and AB de Villiers. The World Cup and World T20 winner with India will add more all-round ability to the team — however, the price tag will be a burden. Getty Images KP is cricket’s latest mercenary and he doesn’t have to care about the international calendar anymore. Getty Images
Dinesh Karthik – 12.5 crores to Delhi: Proven customer in the tournament and a match-winner as he showed last season. It was slightly surprising that Mumbai Indians didn’t retain him and Mitchell Johnson or used their Right to Match card — but Karthik’s not losing out on anything — not money at least. With 1741 runs in 92 IPL games, he may be worth it too.
Kevin Pietersen – 9 crores to Delhi: KP is cricket’s latest mercenary and he doesn’t have to care about the international calendar anymore. His presence in the batting lineup is unsettling enough for bowlers — but now they’ll have to contend with a fit and available Pietersen for the whole season.
Mitchell Johnson – 6.5 crores to Kings XI Punjab: Mitchell Johnson is fast, fearsome and in insane form. Enough said.
Glenn Maxwell – 6 crores to Kings XI Punjab: He went for a million dollars last time out too and his poor showing didn’t deter Kings XI from coughing up the cash. He’s out to prove a point and justify the dollars doled out — so probably worth it. And yes, he can do everything — the perfect T20 player.
Jacques Kallis – 5.5 crores to KKR: He’s 38 but that didn’t stop KKR from knighting him again. He has a whopping 2276 runs in 90 IPL matches and a strike-rate above 100. Add to that 61 wickets. 5.5 crores? Oh yes, ka-ching!
David Warner – 5.5 crores to Sunrisers Hyderabad: Last year’s surprise package have added loose-cannon Warner to their side. They’ll be happy to see that side of him on the pitch though, rather than off it. When he’s in the mood, he can devour the opposition bowlers. Also, he had a cracking IPL 6 – scorign 410 runs in 16 matches. His strike-rate was 126.93.
Robin Uthappa (KKR), Murali Vijay (DD), Michael Hussey (MI) and Mitchell Starc (RCB) – 5 crores: Uthappa’s value has come down a bit but he’s still handy with that bat and a reliable customer. Vijay’s permanent place in the Indian team guarantees quality and we’ll go with the cliche for Huseey – Mr Dependable. As for Starc, a good fast bowler will always cost good money.