An Indian Premier League (IPL) player agent has reportedly revealed that one of the biggest secrets to making his players a fortune at the IPL auction is starting his players on a low base price, thereby providing the best chance of franchises starting a bidding war and greatly inflating their price.
As the first day witnessed some of the star players signing multi-crore deals, the second-day too saw some unexpected bidding for uncapped players who went up for grabs at the IPL auction which resumed in Bangalore`s ITC Gardenia Hotel here on Thursday.
After the first session of IPL auctions ended here, Kings XI Punjab – who are yet to win an IPL tournament, have already become a force to reckon with.
Before the start of the Indian Premier League auction, all eyes were on sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen and New Zealand`s mighty all-rounder Corey Anderson to emerge as the high-profile players in the seventh edition of lucrative IPL.
Days after he was sold for a whopping sum of Rs 14 crore in IPL 7 auction, Kingfisher Employees Union have appealed the southpaw not to play for the Vijay Mallya owned franchise.
The Hyderabad-based franchise bought 22 players during the two-day auction, having already retained Shikhar Dhawan and Dale Steyn. Of these 22 new players, David Warner, Brendan Taylor, Moises Henriques, Aaron Finch, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma and Darren Sammy are already established names.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, who was the second-costliest buy at Rs 12.5 crore in the IPL auction at Bangalore earlier this week, is keen to play under Delhi Daredevils coach Gary Kirsten in season 7 of the T20 tournament starting April 9.
Yuvraj Singh has come out as the costliest player in Indian Premier League-7 auction. The left-hander has been bought by the Bangalore franchise, Royal Challengers Bangalore at a whopping sum of Rs 14 crore.
It is safe to presume that the seventh edition of Indian Premier League will be held in South Africa. Like the second edition, this time too, the super-rich cricket league will coincide with India`s General Election.
IPL team owners appear to have realised that success does not come along by spending more in IPL auction and made judicious decisions to pick right players to strike right balance in their teams.
Royal Challengers Bangalore co-owner Vijay Mallya might have filed an official protest over the auction of Yuvraj Singh but IPL auctioneer Richard Madley on Thursday stood by his decision, describing the bid as fair and right decision.
Little-known Railways all-rounder Karn Sharma hit the jackpot at the IPL players` auction, becoming the costliest buy among the uncapped players by fetching a startling Rs 3.75 crore deal with Sunrisers Hyderabad, while Rishi Dhawan also fetched a stunning Rs 3 crore bid from Kings XI Punjab here on Thursday.
If Yuvraj Singh was the most expensive player on Day 1, Karn Sharma earned 3.75 Crores to became the highest paid uncapped player on Day 2. The Railways all-rounder will turn up for Sunrises Hyderabad in the seventh edition of the super-rich cricket league.
Indian Premier League`s costliest player Yuvraj Singh feels that Royal Challengers Bangalore is a team where he can express himself in the company of start cricketers like Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle.
Controversial batsman Kevin Pietersen, whose England career came to an abrupt end after a disastrous Ashes campaign earlier this month, on Thursday expressed desire to lead the Delhi Daredevils in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League.
"Hope he gets more games," was the reaction of Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, shortly after Parvez Rasool became the lone cricketer from the state to get a buyer in the high-profile IPL auction today.
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