Saturday, February 7, 2009

IPL season-2 auction......

The IPL fever for this season has already begun with the auction taking place at Goa.. today's auction saw the record bidding for any IPL player till date with a whooping 1.55 million $ for two Englishmen Kevin Piertersen and Andrew Flintoff beating the previous record of 1.5 million $ for M. S. Dhoni .K.P was bought by Bangalore Royal Challengers whereas Flintoff was bought by the Chennai Super Kings. Mallya owner of the Royal Challengers said in a press conference that he would have shelled out even more for KP as he adds a new dimension to the team.

The other big story of the day was Bangladesh seamer Mashrafe Mortaza being bought by Kolkata Knight Riders at 12 times above his reserve price of $50,000 for $600,000.

Delhi Daredevils picked Owais Shah and Paul Collingwood for $275,000 each while Kings XI Punjab, after an initial round of fierce bidding between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore ensured that Ravi Bopara will travel to Mohali.

Though Luke Wright and Samit Patil remained unsold, the franchises who have replacement rights can still rope them in because they are part of the initial list of 115 players made available for the auction.

Mumbai Indians picked up South African Jean-Paul Duminy ($950,000) while Rajasthan Royals took Duminy’s compatriot Tyron Henderson for $650,000.

Brad Haddin, Mohd. Ashraful, Stuart Clark, Andre Nel, Phil Jaques, Darren Powell and Dominic Thornley were some of the players who didn't go under the hammer.. the season 2 of IPL begins April 10th...