New Delhi: Australian cricketers ruled the charts amongst foreigners after most of them made through at the Indian Premier League auctions held in Bengaluru on Saturday.
13 Australia players were bought at the auctions to highlight why they are at the top of their game. No wonder they are the mighty Aussies!
All-rounder Shane Watson was definitely the buy of the day for a whooping Rs 9.5 crore by the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Watson who played seven season for the suspended Rajasthan Royals, had a fantastic Big Bash League campaign followed by impressive performances against India in the Twenty20 series last month. That helped him being the million dollar man.
Behind him was star sensation Mitchell Marsh who was fetched by Rising Pune Supergiants for a staggering amount of Rs 4,80,00,000. Marsh is another all-rounder who has been performing well for the Australian team and was thus rewarded with this mega offer.
World No. 1 Twenty20 batsman Aaron Finch was bought by new team Gujarat Lions for Rs 1,00,00,000. The side will feel they have got their man at a very decent price.
The auctions gave us the indication of pace bowlers and all-rounders being preferred at large and that's where Australia had a strong hold. Also the Big Bash League helped these players to make an impression.
India's tour of Australia saw the hosts field several youngsters and new comers in the side and interestingly all of them had a say at the auctions.
Even the 30-year-old John Hastings who made a comeback to the side was rewarded. He starred for Australia in the second ODI win against New Zealand on the same day of the auctions.
Hastings was a classic buy for the Kolkata Knight Riders for a bargain deal of 1,30,00,000. Also Kane Richardson who starred against India in an emphatic manner got a good price.
The likes of Scott Boland, Joel Paris and Andrew Tye too made the cut to highlight Australia's strength in their pool of players.
Here is the complete list of Australian players who saw themselves being bought.
Shane Watson (Royal Challengers Bangalore): Rs 9,50,00,000
Mitchell Marsh (Rising Pune Supergiants): Rs 4,80,00,000
Aaron Finch (Gujarat Lions): Rs 1,00,00,000
John Hastings (Kolkata Knight Riders): Rs 1,30,00,000
Joel Paris (Delhi Daredevils) Rs 30,00,000
Andrew Tye (Gujarat Lions): Rs 50,00,000
Marcus Stoinis (Kings XI Punjab): Rs 50,00,000
Scott Boland (Rising Pune Supergiants): Rs 50,00,000
Peter Handscomb (Rising Pune Supergiants): Rs 30,00,000
Adam Zampa (Rising Pune Supergiants): Rs 30,00,000
Kane Richardson (Royal Challengers Bangalore): Rs 2,00,00,000
Travis Head (Royal Challengers Bangalore): Rs 50,00,000
Ben Cutting (Sunrisers Hyderabad): Rs 50,00,000
But several missed the cut too and the surprise miss was Usman Khawaja. Also the Hussey brothers, Brad Haddin, Shaun Tait alongside Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon missed the bus.