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IPL 2014 player auction as it happened: Day 1


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Follow live updates of Day 2 of the IPL 2014 Auctions here.

04.56pm

Before signing off, here’s a recap of the major events of the day:

Yuvraj Singh fetched a whopping 14 crore, while Dinesh Karthik went for a similarly jaw-dropping 12.5 crore. Kevin Pietersen was expected to be the highest-grossing overseas player and the franchises didn’t disappoint, with Pietersen going for 9 crore. Mitchell Johnson took home 6.5 crore and Glenn Maxwell rounded out the top five with a 6 crore pay packet.

The major surprises among players going unsold were Ross Taylor and Praveen Kumar, but they could be picked tomorrow. Some franchises might fancy themselves as better placed than others, some might rue retentions that ate into their budgets, and some might wonder at bidding for a player they could have got for a lesser price by simply using their Right to Match cards.

But then what’s an auction without its share of ‘how did that happen’ moments? And as the saying goes, well begun is only half done. It’s on to tomorrow then.

04.49pm

Here’s how the teams look like heading into Day 2. The big guns have been fired, but it’s the whole team that matters, like Rajasthan and Hyderabad showed so well last season.

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma, Samuel Badree, Ben Hilfenhaus, Matt Henry. Budget left: 2.9 crore. Squad Strength: 13. Overseas Players: 7.

Delhi Daredevils: M Vijay, Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, JP Duminy, Manoj Tiwary, Quinton de Kock, Mohammad Shami, Rahul Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jaydev Unadkat, James Neesham. Budget left: 8.6 crore. Squad Strength: 13. Overseas Players: 5.

Kings XI Punjab: David Miller, Manan Vohra, Virender Sehwag, Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhaman Saha, Thisara Perera, Glenn Maxwell, L Balaji, Parvinder Awan. Budget left: 14.2 crore. Squad Strength: 12. Overseas Players: 6.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Morne Morkel, Piyush Chawla. Budget left: 9 crore. Squad Strength: 10. Overseas Players: 4.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Michael Hussey, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Corey Anderson, Josh Hazlewood. Budget left: 5.15 crore. Squad Strength: 10. Overseas Players: 5.

Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Brad Hodge, Steve Smith, Abhishek Nayar, Ben Cutting, Kane Richardson, Tim Southee. Budget left: 12.1 crore. Squad Strength: 11. Overseas Players: 7.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh, Parthiv Patel, Albie Morkel, Mitchell Starc, Ashok Dinda, Ravi Rampaul, Muttiah Muralitharan, Nic Maddinson, Varun Aaron. Budget left: 1.8 crore. Squad Strength: 12. Overseas Players: 7.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Dale Steyn, David Warner, Darren Sammy, Amit Mishra, Aaron Finch, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Brendan Taylor, Moises Henriques, Venugopal Rao, Jason Holder. Budget left: 8.4 crore. Squad Strength: 13. Overseas Players: 7.

04.46pm

Day 1 of the IPL 2014 auctions is over. A list of the unsold players from today will be sent to all franchises, so that if they want to reconsider some of them, they can do so tomorrow after the uncapped players have been dealt with.

The auction will start at 10 am on Thursday (February 13). Wednesday ended with franchises sleepwalking through the last hour, clearly holding on to their dwindling budgets for the uncapped Indians, some of whom are likely to find good demand.

It’ll be interesting to see how Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Unmukt Chand, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rishi Dhawan and the like go tomorrow, where we’ll bring you live updates once again.

 

04.43pm

We’re back to normal form now. Tino Best, Jade Dernbach, Sheldon Cottrell, Jerome Taylor, Kyle Mills, Juan Theron, Nuwan Kulasekara, Simon Jones all go unsold.

The final set of today’s auctions has more fast bowlers, but that just means there’ s more pacers to go unsold. No bids for Shaminda Eranga, Hamish Bennett, Ian Butler, Rory Kleinveldt, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Aavishkar Salvi, Isuru Udana.

That’s that for today’s auctions.

04.36pm

No bids for Dilruwan Perera, Mohammad Mahmudullah, Grant Elliot, Rayad Emrit, Elton Chigumbura, Garey Mathurin, Angelo Perera, Danza Hyatt or Rikki Clarke.

Rinse, repeat for the next lot of Lonwabo Tsotsobe, VRV Singh, Krismar Santokie, Sudeep Tyagi, Kemar Roach, Marchant de LangeMitchell McClenaghan, Ben Laughlin.

And here’s something against the grain. Chennai buy Matt Henry, the New Zealand pacer who took a four-wicket haul on his ODI debut, for 30 lakh.

 

04.28pm

So we’re back, and Madley says there are two more sets to go. I’m betting this is going to be very quick, with no bids. There are lots of uncapped Indians tomorrow, who will be worth waiting for.

 

04.19pm

The next lot is unlikely to attract any interest, though they’ve all been fine batsmen.

Expectedly, no bids for Mohammad Kaif, Chamara Kapugedera, Adrian Barath, Rob Quiney, Hemang Badani, Jehan Mubarak, Justin Ontong, Wasim Jaffer, Dilshan Munaweera or Callum Ferguson.

04.13pm

Doug Bollinger attracts no bids, so that one shot of Suresh Raina almost destroying his new hairdo is the only one we’ll have. The talented, but injury prone Pat Cummins also has no takers at a 1 crore base price, and neither does Jackson Bird for 50 lakh.

Pankaj Singh, who had a good domestic season for Rajasthan and took a six-wicket haul for Rest of India in the Irani Cup that concluded today, also finds no takers. Hard on Pankaj possibly, but that’s the way it goes. Ryan McLaren’s base price of 1 crore could have possibly been a deterrent and he goes unsold too, as does Dirk Nannes, who once kept Glenn McGrath out of the Delhi side for the entire 2009 season.

I’d have thought Abhimanyu Mithun would break the unsold sequence, but no takers for him too. Wonder why. Adam Milne, Shaun Tait and Wayne Parnell suffer the same fate.

 

04.08pm

Not much enthusiasm for the next lot of players classified as allrounders either.

Samit Patel, Vernon Philander, Jacob Oram, Christopher Barnwell, Farveez Maharoof, Dimitri Mascarenhas, David Wiese, Jeevan Mendis find no takers.

Some fast bowlers up next, which a few franchises might be interested in.

04.05pm

Right, the process is going to be speeded up now.

Richard Levi, Colin Munro, Lahiru Thirimanne, Phil HughesVaughn Van Jaarsveld, Dean Elgar, Travis Birt, Kieran Powell, Luke Pomersbach and Neil Broom all go unsold.

It strikes me that they could take a break and if franchises aren’t interested, maybe there won’t be any need to continue with today’s lot. But we’re moving on.

03.58pm

Right to Match cards left:

RCB have 1 (but a budget that won’t allow them to use it most likely), KXIP have 1, Delhi have 2 and Rajasthan have 1. Otherwise, the teams look like this now:

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma, Samuel Badree, Ben Hilfenhaus. Budget left: 3.2 crore. Squad Strength: 12. Overseas Players: 6.

Delhi Daredevils: M Vijay, Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, JP Duminy, Manoj Tiwary, Quinton de Kock, Mohammad Shami, Rahul Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jaydev Unadkat, James Neesham. Budget left: 8.6 crore. Squad Strength: 13. Overseas Players: 5.

Kings XI Punjab: David Miller, Manan Vohra, Virender Sehwag, Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhaman Saha, Thisara Perera, Glenn Maxwell, L Balaji, Parvinder Awana. Budget left: 14.2 crore. Squad Strength: 12. Overseas Players: 6.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Morne Morkel, Piyush Chawla. Budget left: 9 crore. Squad Strength: 10. Overseas Players: 4.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Michael Hussey, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Corey Anderson. Josh Hazlewood. Budget left: 5.15 crore. Squad Strength: 10. Overseas Players: 5.

Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Brad Hodge, Steven Smith, Abhishek Nayar, Ben Cutting, Kane Richardson, Tim Southee. Budget left: 12.1 crore. Squad Strength: 11. Overseas Players: 7.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh, Parthiv Patel, Albie Morkel, Mitchell Starc, Ashok Dinda, Ravi Rampaul, Muttiah Muralitharan, Nic Maddinson, Varun Aaron. Budget left: 1.8 crore. Squad Strength: 12. Overseas Players: 7.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Dale Steyn, David Warner, Darren Sammy, Amit Mishra, Aaron Finch, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Brendan Taylor, Moises Henriques, Venugopal Rao, Jason Holder. Budget left: 8.4 crore. Squad Strength: 13. Overseas Players: 7.

03.53pm

Specialist spinners haven’t really started bidding wars in this auction. And there aren’t takers for anyone among Devendra Bishoo, Ashley Nurse, Fawad Ahmed, Nikita Miller, Nicky Boje, James Muirhead, Sohag Gazi.

Madley says he can see that all franchises are saving up for the uncapped players tomorrow. I think he’s right. But the ones who have bid smartly today will have a much better chance of making really solid squads with the uncapped players – many of whom will be worthwhile buys at bargain prices.

Meanwhile, Neesham’s pretty happy to join Delhi Daredevils.

03.47pm

No bids for Fidel Edwards, but Ben Cutting is bought by Rajasthan Royals for 80 lakh. Manpreet Gony goes unsold.

Kane Richardson, on whom Pune splurged a fair bit in 2012, finds buyers this time too. It’s Rajasthan again, and they get him at this base price of 1 crore. Chennai enter the auction to buy Ben Hilfhenhaus, who was with them earlier, for his base price of 1 crore.

No takers for Joginder Sharma, however, and the man who bowled the final over of the inaugural World Twenty20 in 2007 goes unsold. Clint McKay suffers the same fate.

CSK seem to want most of their past players and bid against Hyderabad for Jason Holder. Hyderabad win this one, with a 75 lakh bid. Chennai are also unsuccessful in bidding for Tim Southee, with Rajasthan bagging him for 1.2 crore.

Mumbai buy Josh Hazlewood for his base price of 50 lakh.

03.36pm

The allrounders have generally found greater favour with franchises than the one-skill men.

Johan Botha and James Franklin find no buyers however. But James Neesham, who showed his prowess with bat and ball during the Champions League Twenty20 last year with Otago Volts, has got the almost somnolent room active again. Neesham – base price of 30 lakh – is sold for 1 crore to Delhi Daredevils. They do seem to like their pacers stables.

Sachithra Senanayake, whom Kolkata bid big bucks for in 2012, goes unsold however. Andrew McDonald, John Hastings, Roelof van der Merwe share the same fate as does Jesse Ryder, which is a bit of a surprise.

03.31pm

We’re on to the next lot, with batsmen up now. The franchises aren’t interested. Neil McKenzie, Chris Lynn, Herschelle Gibbs, Ben Rohrer, Farhaan Behardien, Henry Davids, Adam Voges, Upul Tharanga, Hamish Rutherford all go unsold. The two Indians at the tail-end of the lot, Venugopala Rao and A Mukund prevent it from being completely unsold.

RCB attempt to buy Venugopala, but can’t go too high. Hyderabad get the local boy for 55 lakhs, with Delhi declining to match the price with their card after some consultation. Mukund, however, remains unsold.

03.22pm

There’s another lot of spin bowlers coming up. No bids for Suleiman Benn or Rangana Herath, but Samuel Badree, an under-rated but effective Twenty20 bowler attracts an opening bid from Chennai Super Kings and goes to them for 30 lakh.

Neither of Imran Tahir, Nathan Lyon, Suraj Randiv or Ramesh Powar. Brad Hogg, part of Australia’s World Twenty20 squad, comes in at a high base price of 1.5 crore, and no franchise is interested in buying him either. Akila Dananjaya also goes unsold – it’s not been a very happy auction for Sri Lankan players.

03.12pm

Here’s how the squads look right now. RCB have only 1.8 crore left. RR have 15.1 crore, but they’ve never been ones to spend the entire salary cap in any case. Delhi have 9.6 crore and Hyderabad have 9.7 – so expect those two to fight hardest for any big names remaining.

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma. Budget left: 4.5 crore. Squad Strength: 10. Overseas Players: 4.

Delhi Daredevils: M Vijay, Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, JP Duminy, Manoj Tiwary, Quinton de Kock, Mohammad Shami, Rahul Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jaydev Unadkat. Budget left: 9.6 crore. Squad Strength: 12. Overseas Players: 4.

Kings XI Punjab: David Miller, Manan Vohra, Virender Sehwag, Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhaman Saha, Thisara Perera, Glenn Maxwell, L Balaji, Parvinder Awan. Budget left: 14.2 crore. Squad Strength: 12. Overseas Players: 6.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Morne Morkel, Piyush Chawla. Budget left: 9 crore. Squad Strength: 10. Overseas Players: 4.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Michael Hussey, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Corey Anderson. Budget left: 5.65 crore. Squad Strength: 9. Overseas Players: 4.

Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Brad Hodge, Steven Smith, Abhishek Nayar. Budget left: 15.1 crore. Squad Strength: 8. Overseas Players: 4.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh, Parthiv Patel, Albie Morkel, Mitchell Starc, Ashok Dinda, Ravi Rampaul, Muttiah Muralitharan, Nic Maddinson, Varun Aaron. Budget left: 1.8 crore. Squad Strength: 12. Overseas Players: 7.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Dale Steyn, David Warner, Darren Sammy, Amit Mishra, Aaron Finch, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Brendan Taylor, Moises Henriques. Budget left: 9.7 crore. Squad Strength: 11. Overseas Players: 6.

Rahul Dravid on auction action: Steven Smith is very important for us from the perspective that our other two key batsmen, that is Shane Watson and Brad Hodge … Hodge is 39, Watson’s had a few injury issues. We wanted to back it up with a class player who can play spin really well, who has proven leadership potential.

We have our players. We retained (Shane) Watson, (James) Faulkner, Sanju (Samson), (Ajinkya) Rahane, (Stuart) Binny – they are our marquee players. Obviously when you retain five players, it reduces the budget that you’re working with. Incidentally, some of the prices these (marquee) players went for, it was not possible for us to go for them.

There are a lot of uncapped players in this list. It’s not really a great secret that our strategy is to go for players under the radar who we think we can get the best out of, who fit into our environment and fits into our culture. That’s not going to really change too much.

Rahul Dravid on IPL’s credibility crisis:  A lot of work has to be done behind the scenes and on it as well. Obviously, there were a lot of controversies, it is a big tournament, and there are going to be controversies as well. And it’s a challenge for everyone involved, but I believe there a lot of good people in the system and there’s a lot of good that comes out of the IPL as well.

 

03.07pm

Brendan Taylor happy to be part of the Sunrisers family.

 

02.57pm

Mohit Sharma up now, and Delhi are going for him too. But Chennai, for whom Mohit did so well last season, are determined to get Mohit and they get him for 2 crore.

Munaf Patel has a base price of 50 lakh, but attracts no bids even at that low base price. That does it for the current lot of fast bowlers.

02.56pm

Parvinder Awana finds favour with Chennai for 65 lakh, but Punjab exercise their right to match the bid and Awana stays in Preity Zinta’s team.

Jaydev Unadkat has a base price of 1 crore, and Delhi make the opening bid. Rajasthan are also interested in Unadkat. He took a five-wicket haul in the last IPL and has done well in intermittent appearances for India since then too. Delhi buy him for 2.8 crore. RCB have a Right to Match card, but they don’t have the funds to match that bid.

02.51pm

Varun Aaron, on the comeback trail from injury, attracts a fair few bids. The Sunrisers and – incredibly enough RCB – both in the fray even though the price hits 2 crore. RCB buy him for 2 crore, and Delhi – once again – don’t exercise their Right to Match card. RCB have only 1.8 crore left.

How on earth will Mallya make the minimum squad of 16? I’ve no idea, but more importantly, does he?

02.48pm

Ashish Nehra has set himself a base price of 2 crore. Not too many takers initially, until Chennai make an opening bid, and – as it turns out – the closing bid too. Delhi decline the opportunity to match the price and Nehra has a new IPL team.

02.46pm

L Balaji, the man with the wide smile and big heart, is up next. Bidding across several franchises for the Tamil Nadu pacer. It’s Vijay Mallya against Preity Zinta for the moment, though Gary Kirsten at the Delhi table seems interested too. I don’t see how Mallya can afford to go so high – does he remember he’s getting close to exhausting his budget?

In any event, Balaji goes to KXIP for 1.8 crore.

02.42pm

There’s another lot of fast bowlers up now. RP Singh, the leading wicket-taker of IPL 2009, finds no takers this time. He could be back tomorrow of course.

Brett Lee has a base price of 2 crore. Is that too high for a man who’s already retired? It appears so. No bids.

Nathan Coulter-Nile, on the other hand, has a 1 crore base price and age on his side. Rajasthan and Delhi are both interested in Coulter-Nile. The hammer comes down with Delhi having bid 2.2 crore, but Rahul Dravid appeared to have been holding up his paddle for a bid too, which Madley didn’t see.

The bidding continues, with Madley happy to take Dravid’s word. Madley’s trust in Dravid provides a heart-warming moment in the mostly cold business of setting prices, and also makes Coulter-Nile a rich man. Delhi eventually get him for 4.25 crore.

02.36pm

Moises Henriques, who is with the Australian Test squad in South Africa right now, goes to Sunrisers Hyderabad for his base price of 1 crore. Royal Challengers Bangalore could have, in theory, exercised their Right to Match card, but I don’t think they can afford to splurge on overseas players now or on those who have a larger than 50 lakhs cap.

02.34pm

Abhishek Nayar has been a domestic giant, but not made as much of a hit in IPL. However, Rajasthan Royals continue to defy conventional wisdom, shelling out 1 crore for the Mumbai allrounder.

No bids for Daniel Christian, Ravi Bopara or Luke Wright.

02.30pm

Will Corey Anderson get enough games in the Mumbai line-up that's already stacked with big names? © Getty Images

Will Corey Anderson get enough games in the Mumbai line-up that's already stacked with big names? © Getty Images

And here’s Corey Anderson, the owner of the world’s fastest ODI hundred, and possibly the man who franchises were waiting for, to splurge big one final time.

Mumbai Indians are in, as are Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Daredevils. The bids are flying thick and fast from his base price of 1 crore. Sunrisers Hyderabad enter and the bidding crosses 4 crore, but Mumbai land the prize catch with a 4.5 crore bid. Will Corey Anderson get enough games in the Mumbai line-up that’s already stacked with big names?

02.26pm

Kolkata Knight Riders are quite keen on Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Bengal’s old hand. But Delhi Daredevils win this round, getting Shukla for 1.5 crore.

02.24pm

It’s the allrounders now and this should perk things up a bit. Or will it?

No bids for Andre Russell, but Glenn Maxwell, the million-dollar man of 2012, is in demand this time around too. The first name to attract consistent bidding after lunch. Delhi are in the race, as are Mumbai. Neither team is letting up, with extensive consultations between bids. Delhi drop out, but Punjab enter at 5 crore. And they finally get the player they want at 6 crore, roughly the same million-dollar price Maxwell got last time around.

He’s highly rated by the franchises for sure.

02.17pm

It’s another lot of wicketkeepers now. None of Tim Paine, Kaushal Silva, Andre Fletcher, Dane Vilas, Denesh Ramdin or Prasanna Jayawardene find any buyers.

Brendan Taylor however, finds favour with Hyderabad, who get him for his 30 lakh base price. No bids for Johnson Charles, Luke Ronchi.

Surprisingly few bids for keepers.

02.10pm

S Badrinath is the second capped Indian to attract no bids. Surprisingly, even CSK stay out of this one. Badrinath remains unsold.

Not so surprising is Ian Bell going unsold. The English batsmen haven’t been very popular with IPL franchises, and Bell isn’t a T20 dasher either. Tamim Iqbal also remains unsold, as does Martin Guptill. It’s been a slow start post lunch.

Lendl Simmons also goes into the pool of unsold players.

02.07pm

Marlon Samuels’s match-winning knock in the World Twenty20 final of 2012 appears to be too far back for most franchises to remember. He remains unsold at his 2 crore base price.

02.06pm

Alex Hales has gone with a base price of 2 crore. Finds no bids, with franchises having already spent large chunks of money on the marquee players that came up first.

Saurabh Tiwary, who fetched a whopping $US 1.6 million from Bangalore in 2011, has a base price of only 50 lakh. There’s some bidding for him, with Delhi and Kolkata interested, and Delhi eventually bag him for 70 lakh. No Right to Match from RCB.

02.03pm

And the first batsman of the afternoon is Cameron White. He’s been with Hyderabad and Bangalore in the past, but no bids for him this time at the high base price of 1.5 crore. Unsold.

Another Australian, Nic Maddinson, with a 50 lakh base price, has better luck. RCB have the opening and closing bid for the base price.

Darren Bravo has a base price of 50 lakh, but finds no takers. Unsold.

01.58pm

We’re about to resume action. Here’s what Venky Mysore, TA Sekar and Ranjib Biswal had to say on strategies, the Mudgal report and else:

Venky Mysore, Kolkata Knight Riders

A part of the strategy was to try and conserve the (Right to Match) card just in case we needed it later. We could have paid a little bit of price for using cards earlier, but luckily, we got everyone (Jacques Kallis and Yusuf Pathan) we would have used the card for. I think we came out okay.

We just wanted to make sure we had sufficient (bowling) options and somebody (Morne Morkel) who had the pace and could be effective as a strike bowler in all conditions, whether it’s at home or on the road. We’ve also got Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar – a very smart bowler – apart from Morne. We also have three spinners, so I think the bowling is quite strong.

The general view going around among the cricket community is that he (Yusuf) is one of the match-winners. It’s just a bit unfortunate that he probably hasn’t fired as many times.

TA Sekar, Delhi Daredevils

It’s (the cautious approach) a management decision, we had a strategy in place and we’re going according to it. It has nothing to do with what happened last year. In my opinion, I don’t think any team will buy 27 players this time. It’ll be anywhere between 20 and 24. Everyone is shrinking their teams to buy players.

Ranjib Biswal on the Mudgal report

That’s untrue that names of players have been mentioned. Mr Mudgal has also clarified that. Your guess is as good as mine, because the matter lies with the Supreme Court and they’ll take a view on March 7.

Ranjib Biswal on possible relocation of the IPL

We’re waiting for election dates. If it’s not possible to hold all the matches in India, then we’re looking at a few possible venues where we can host the game, and bring back the IPL at a later date.

01.21pm

Some pointers for the coming session. RCB, of course, are out of the big-ticket race, with the least budget left. They’ve got a top order of Kohli, Gayle, AB de Villiers and Yuvraj – enough to guarantee a fair few wins, but a lack of depth in the squad and little money remaining. Both KKR and SRH have built a stable of fast bowlers. KKR have Umesh, Vinay, Morne Morkel, with Kallis as back-up. SRH have Steyn, Ishant, Bhuvneshwar and Irfan Pathan, with Sammy also in the mix. RR, MI and CSK have had the least to spend, and it has shown. CSK, though, have shown good Twenty20 nous by using the Right to Match card for Faf du Plessis, though their purchase of Brendon McCullum and splurging on Dwayne Smith could be questioned. MI used their Right to Match card for Pragyan Ojha, a good option, but probably miscalculated in not using it for Mitchell Johnson. RR have acquired only Hodge and Steve Smith, both solid purchases, but need to add more. KXIP and DD have built remarkably stable looking squads so far.

But as they say in the movies, this is just the interval. There’s lots more to come. Stay tuned.

01.13pm

The squads as of now:

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith. Budget left: 8.5 crore. Squad Strength: 8. Overseas Players: 4.

Delhi Daredevils: M Vijay, Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, JP Duminy, Manoj Tiwary, Quinton de Kock, Mohammad Shami, Rahul Sharma. Budget left: 18.85 crore. Squad Strength: 8. Overseas Players: 3.

Kings XI Punjab: David Miller, Manan Vohra, Virender Sehwag, Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhaman Saha, Thisara Perera. Budget left: 22.65 crore. Squad Strength: 9. Overseas Players: 4.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Morne Morkel, Piyush Chawla. Budget left: 9 crore. Squad Strength: 10. Overseas Players: 4.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu, Michael Hussey, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha. Budget left: 10.45 crore. Squad Strength: 8. Overseas Players: 3.

Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Brad Hodge, Steve Smith. Budget left: 16.1 crore. Squad Strength: 7. Overseas Players: 4.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh, Parthiv Patel, Albie Morkel, Mitchell Starc, Ashok Dinda, Ravi Rampaul, Muttiah Muralitharan. Budget left: 4.3 crore. Squad Strength: 10. Overseas Players: 6.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Dale Steyn, David Warner, Darren Sammy, Amit Mishra, Aaron Finch, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Budget left: 11 crore. Squad Strength: 9. Overseas Players: 4.

12.33pm

Rahul Sharma has made headlines in the IPL. For a good economy rate first up, for a rave party off the field, and for being hit by Chris Gayle for five sixes in an over. Delhi Daredevils bag the legspinner for 1.9 crore.

Robin Peterson, who brings left-arm variety and a handy bat lower down the order, remains unsold at his 1 crore base price.

The legendary Muttiah Muralitharan is the last player to go under the hammer before the lunch break. At 1 crore, he might be worth a bid, in spite of his advancing years. RCB make the opening bid, and that will remain the closing bid.

That concludes a hectic morning session. The auction will resume at 2 pm, India time.

12.29pm

Murali Kartik has been an IPL nomad of sorts. He’s got a base price of 1 crore. He’s got the skill still, but no franchise seems interested. Kartik goes unsold.

Nathan McCullum, also with 1 crore as his base price, goes unsold too. Perhaps the franchises are saving up for when Corey Anderson comes on the block?

12.27pm

Ajantha Mendis was bid for fiercely in the 2012 auction. Not so much interest now. Unsold, even though his base price was 50 lakhs. No market for Sri Lankan players in this auction.

12.26pm

Chennai and Delhi seem quite interested in Piyush Chawla. KKR also enter the fray. He has had a fair amount of success in past IPLs with KXIP. CSK drop out of the race early, but the other two continue to raise their paddles, and Chawla goes to KKR for 4.25 crore. KXIP aren’t going to exercise their Right to Match card.

Pragyan Ojha is up next among the spinners. Mumbai and Sunrisers, both jump in, as do Delhi. Delhi’s strategy of no retentions is serving them well, and they still have some budget left and they win the bid at 3.25 crore. But Mumbai request some time to see if they want to match the bid, and after some deliberation opt to use their lone card. They’ve lost Mitch and Dinesh Karthik, but get back Ojha.

12.19pm

After the latest round of bidding, here’s how the teams stand.

Chennai Super Kings
Retained: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, R Ashwin
Bought: Faf du Plessis, Brendon McCullum, Dwayne Smith

Mumbai Indians
Retained: Rohit Sharma, Harbhajan Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Ambati Rayudu
Bought: Michael Hussey, Zaheer Khan

Kolkata Knight Riders
Retained: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine
Bought: Jacques Kallis, Robin Uthappa, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Morne Morkel

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Retained: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers
Bought: Yuvraj Singh, Parthiv Patel, Albie Morkel, Ashok Dinda, Mitchell Starc, Ravi Rampaul

Kings XI Punjab
Retained: David Miller, Manan Vohra
Bought: Virender Sehwag, Mitchell Johnson, George Bailey, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha

Delhi Daredevils
Retained: None
Bought: M Vijay, Kevin Pietersen, Dinesh Karthik, JP Duminy, Manoj Tiwary, Quinton de Kock, Mohammed Shami

Sunrisers Hyderabad
Retained: Shikhar Dhawan, Dale Steyn
Bought: David Warner, Darren Sammy, Amit Mishra, Aaron Finch, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Rajasthan Royals
Retained: Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny
Bought: Brad Hodge, Steven Smith

12.17pm

And up comes Morne Morkel. Delhi’s hero in 2012, and inexplicably left out of their qualifying match against Chennai and then used sparingly in 2013. He may not contribute much with the bat, but Morne is more than a handful with the ball, and well worth the interest he’s generating. KKR bag him for 2.8 crore, again to KKR, who are also adding a fair few fast bowlers. Delhi don’t use their Right to Match card, a good thing perhaps, because they didn’t use Morkel in the best manner possible either.

12.14pm

Praveen Kumar is up next, and he has a 2 crore base price. Unsold. That’s another surprising call by the franchises. Praveen can be handy with the bat and reliable with the ball.

Birthday boy Vinay Kumar, who has led Karnataka to the Ranji title a fortnight ago and the Irani Cup just minutes earlier, attracts a fair bit of interest. No bids from RCB, and they decline to Right to Match too, with KKR bagging him for 2.8 crore.

12.10pm

The quickest Indian bowler, Umesh Yadav, first came to prominence in the IPL with Delhi Daredevils. He’s generating a fair bit of interest from Chennai and KKR, but CSK drop out after the 2 crore mark, at which point Hyderabad enter. The Sunrisers might be looking to build a stable of fast bowlers with a pace-friendly pitch. But KKR win out with a 2.6 crore bid after Delhi opt to not exercise their Right to Match card.

12.07pm

RCB haven’t used any of their Right to Match cards, will they do so for Ravi Rampaul? They open the bidding for him at 50 lakh, but strangely continue bidding for him against KKR, driving the price up. Vijay Mallya continues to hold the paddle up and they get Rampaul for 90 lakhs. As far as I can recall, the first sub-crore buy of this auction.

12.05pm

Mohammed Shami, ex-KKR and currently India’s most promising pacer, goes up on the block. It’s between Delhi and Kolkata, and given how Shami has bowled, it’s unsurprising that he’s attracting a fair bit of interest. Kolkata don’t have any Right to Match cards left. Punjab make a late entry, but Delhi win in the end with a 4.25 crore bid. Shami and Bhuvneshwar have gone for the same price, to different franchises though.

12.02pm

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is another one of the Indian names who was likely to have attracted widespread interest. Hyderabad are interested, and so are Kolkata, but they drop out when the bidding crosses 2.5 crore. Delhi are in it though, and battling with Hyderabad, who continue to hold strong. Bhuvneshwar will join Steyn and Ishant at Hyderabad for 4.25 crore.

11.59am

Ashok Dinda has had a decent domestic season. CSK open the bidding for him, but its RCB again who add to their stable. Dinda goes for 1.5 crore to the Bangalore franchise.

Ishant Sharma, recently dropped from the Indian team, is up next. He did well for Hyderabad in the last season, but perhaps his recent international travails have counted against him. The bidding isn’t fast and furious, but then, people might say Ishant’s bowling isn’t as fast and furious as it used to be either, when KKR bought him for $US 950,000 in 2008. RCB enter the fray belatedly, but Hyderabad seem to want Ishant back and keep the new-ball combination with Steyn alive. They get him for 2.6 crore.

11.55am

Mitchell Starc can swing it and provides variety with left-arm pace. KKR and DD both in it, but RCB also enter. Are RCB keeping track of their budget? I’m not too sure they are. But they bag Starc for 5 crore. They don’t have too much money remaining.

11.48am

Tillakaratne Dilshan has a high base price of 2 crore. He’s been largely disappointing for RCB in the last three years, and goes unsold. Three Sri Lankan stars with the 2 crore base price have gone unsold now. Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews and Dilshan.

Azhar Mahmood, with a 1 crore base price, also goes unsold. Did his age count against him? His performances in the past two years have been good.

The final name of this lot is Shakib Al Hasan at a 1 crore base price. KKR are bidding for their old player against Delhi. Steady and quick bidding between the two, and it concludes with KKR winning back their player for 2.8 crore.

11.45am

Angelo Mathews, with a high base price of 2 crore, also doesn’t find a buyer. He didn’t have much success with Pune Warriors, and the high base price was no doubt a deterrent.

Irfan Pathan’s bidding is opened by Rajasthan Royals. Will he get more than Yusuf, who went for 3.25? He doesn’t, goes for 2.4 crore to Sunrisers Hyderabad. Delhi don’t use their Right to Match card either.

11.42am

Albie Morkel is in the auction, and that might be a novel experience for him. He was retained by Chennai in 2011, but his stock has since fallen. Delhi open the bidding at 1.5 crore, but RCB bag Albie’s services for 2.4 crore.

David Hussey, who attracted nearly double of what his brother Michael had in 2008, doesn’t find a buyer this time around. Goes unsold.

11.38am

Thisara Perera, a handy Twenty20 player who’s given fantasy league players plenty of points, starts off surprisingly slow. Kings XI and RCB start the bidding for him from a 50 lakh base price. KXIP get him for 1.6 crores – good value for money.

Preity Zinta: Very satisfied so far. Let’s see what happens, there is quite a bit of the team left (to build). (Shaun) Marsh is back, which is big positive. Mitchell (Johnson) will be very good on the sort of tracks we have, and he fits into our plan of things.

Stephen Fleming: It was very much a stance of who came out first (choosing du Plessis over Mike Hussey). We valued them both, but the way the bidding is going and the way the room is working, it’s very risky to leave opportunities. We’d have loved to have Michael Hussey back in the side, but since he came up after Faf, we just had to go with that.

He (Brendon McCullum) is a back-up keeper, but he’s the No. 2 in the world as a T20 batsman as well. His recent form has been very good, he is a leader and his relationship with Dhoni is very good, which was seen during the latest New Zealand-India series. He is a dynamic player. We’ve got two out of the three of Mike Hussey, Faf du Plessis and McCullum. Brendon is a utility player who can play up or down the order, and if Dhoni is to pick up an injury, Brendon can fill in.

11.36am

Yusuf Pathan bagged a whopping $US 2.1 million last time. Don’t think he’ll go for as much this time. In fact, he almost goes unsold, until Hyderabad start the bidding, with Mumbai also showing late interest. Mumbai drop out of the race soon, but Punjab are also interested in Yusuf now. Hyderabad seem fairly keen on him though and he goes to them for 3.25 crores. But Kolkata spring a surprise and use their Right to Match card. Yusuf stays with KKR.

11.33am

That lot of wicketkeepers is done. We’ll be moving on to allrounders. Some value buys could be in the offing. Steven Smith, who has done well with the bat, can bowl, and is electric in the field is the first name. KKR and RR start the battle for Smith at the 2 crore base price.

The Royals indicate they’re out when the bid crosses 3 crore, but Smith is evidently much in demand. They re-enter the bidding before it closes as Smith’s price continues to go up. And the Royals get Smith for 4 crore. High price, but still a good buy, I’d think.

11.29am

Craig Kieswetter has been a handy limited-overs player for England. But at a relatively high 1.5 crore base price, he has no takers. Goes unsold.

Kusal Perera is up next, and he has a 50 lakh base price. Still finds no takers.

11.27am

Parthiv Patel is drawing some interest now. RCB and MI vying for his services. He’s been in good form in domestic cricket, but not had similar success in Twenty20s. RCB bag him for 1.4 crore.

Matthew Wade at 1 crore is up next, but goes unsold.

11.25am

Wriddhiman Saha up now. As a pure wicketkeeper, he’s probably the best in India at the moment. And his batting is pretty handy too. He’s not had too many opportunities in the IPL, being with CSK for the past three years, where Dhoni has performed the wicketkeeper-batsman role like no one else can. But lots of interest for Saha now, and he goes to KXIP for 2.2 crore.

11.23am

Quinton de Kock goes under the hammer now at 1 crore. Punjab and Delhi start the bidding. De Kock hasn’t had great success in the IPL, but his recent form for franchise and country has been magnificent. The bids roll steadily on, and his price goes past 3 crore. And Delhi get de Kock for 3.5 crore.

11.21am

It’s the wicketkeepers into the action now. Naman Ojha, with a 50 lakh base price. Goes unsold. That’s surprising again. For 50 lakh, a wicketkeeper-batsman such as Ojha, who has been in good form, might have been a good buy.

11.19am

Tom Moody: We were fortunate to have retained Shikhar Dhawan and Dale Steyn, both world-class players – a batsman and a bowler. So we came into the auctions with confidence and we knew which players we wanted to target.

11.09am

Chennai have Dwayne Smith for 4.5 crore. Do Mumbai use their card? Kumble shakes his head. Smith will be a Super King. And here’s another 10-minute break. Much needed for weary fingers to whip out calculators.

11.07am

The next batsman of the lot is Dwayne Smith, with a base price of 1.5 crore. Delhi start with the bidding for the ex-Mumbai Indian player. Mumbai still have a Right to Match card, but for now it’s between Delhi and Hyderabad. But here’s Punjab also into the fray. Smith can hit the ball long and bowl a few overs. And now Chennai enter the bidding and the price goes past 4 crore.

11.05am

Manoj Tiwary comes up now with a base price of 2 crore. Delhi open the bidding for the talented batsman, who’s had the worst luck with injuries. The opening bid doesn’t remain the closing win, with Hyderabad entering the bidding at the last moment. Tiwary finally goes to Delhi for 2.8 crore. KKR do not use their Right to Match card.

11.02am

Shaun Marsh, who took the inaugural IPL by storm, is up now. Not many bids for him, but he goes back to KXIP for 2.2 crore.

11.01am

Brad Hodge, the Australian veteran who earned a recall for the World Twenty20, is up now. Rajasthan make the opening bid for their veteran. And RCB also enter the fray. Rajasthan have a Right to Match card, but they raise it to 2.4 crore, and win the bid. Hodge, who has repeatedly stressed on how much he loves the Royals, stays with them.

10.59am

Robin Uthappa to go under the hammer now. He’s another candidate for a high price. Ex-Pune player, and no Right to Match card to worry about. Rajasthan open the bidding, and KKR come in, as do Delhi. The bidding didn’t start as quickly as for some of the other marquee Indian names, but stays steady. Uthappa hits the 5 crore mark, and is sold to KKR for that sum. He’s played for a variety of franchises now.

10.56am

JP Duminy now. RCB open the bidding at 1 crore. Delhi also seem to want Duminy. And he goes to the Daredevils for 2.2 crore.

10.54am

Cheteshwar Pujara is up next. Base price of 1.5 crore. No bids for a long time, until KXIP enter. And belatedly, Delhi also jump in. Pujara’s bidding is progressing like his innings. Sedate start, and gathering more momentum. But it doesn’t hold for long, and he goes to KXIP for 1.9 crore. RCB don’t use their Right to Match card.

10.52am

Aaron Finch is up next. Delhi and Rajasthan go for him, but Rajasthan drop out at 2 crore, at which point Sunrisers enter. The bid for Finch, ex-Pune player and in no danger of being Right to Match-ed, progresses quickly. And Sunrisers get a third opener, bagging Finch for 4 crore.

10.50am

The first proper shocker of the auctions. Ross Taylor remains unsold. He’s been in form, he’s been good in IPL in the past, Indian crowds like him. Why? Who knows…

10.49am

Darren Sammy is happy to be with Sunrisers again.

10.46am

Mumbai bid successfully for Zaheer at 2.60 crore. Will RCB exercise their Right to Match card? They won’t. Zaheer goes back to Mumbai. And that concludes the second set of marquee players. Only Jayawardene remained unsold in both sets.

10.45am

Zaheer Khan is the final name in the marquee players lot. Bidding starts at 1 crore. RCB and MI enter the bidding. Zaheer, of course, was with RCB last season and they can get him with one of their cards. But here are the Sunrisers, into the fray. It’s between them and MI for now, as the price creeps up above 2 crore.

10.43am

Amit Mishra is up next. He may not have got as many chances with the Indian side as he could have, but there’s no dearth of franchises vying for his services. He’s been outstanding in the IPL with the ball and can add handy runs with the bat too. Delhi and Kings XI are locked in a bidding war for Mishra, and take the price past 4 crore. Sunrisers have a Right to Match card though.

Surprisingly, RCB enter the bid after it’s gone past 4 crore. Do they plan to have the budget to buy the minimum of 16 players? But Delhi bag him for 4.75 crore, and expectedly enough, Hyderabad use their card. Mishra stays a Sunriser.

10.41am

And Michael Hussey is sold to Mumbai for 5 crore. Well worth the price in my opinion. John Wright and Anil Kumble should enjoy having him around.

10.39am

Michael Hussey is up next. Veteran, but a proven Twenty20 performer and a wonderful man to have in your side. Mumbai and Delhi open the bidding war for Hussey. Chennai have already used up their Right to Match card for du Plessis, so Hussey will go to the highest bidder. Delhi and Mumbai take the price past 4 crore.

10.38am

Brendon McCullum is up next. CSK enter the fray at 2 crore. They’re battling with Mumbai Indians for McCullum. Waiting in the wings with a Right to Match card are KKR though. How will the bidding go? McCullum goes past 3 crore, and he’s sold to Chennai for 3.25 crore. No card from KKR and McCullum will join Dhoni and co at Chennai.

10.36am

And Dinesh Karthik goes to Delhi for 12.5 crore. The price is too high for Mumbai to use their Right to Match card. Maybe they’d have been better off buying back Mitch?

10.34am

Dinesh Karthik up now, and he’s likely to be in high demand as well, though Mumbai have their Right to Match card left. Delhi and Sunrisers are going at it fiercely, and the bid has escalated to past 8 crores in the blink of an eye. Karthik becomes the second player to breach the 10 crore mark, with Delhi, his old franchise, having the bid.

But KKR now jump in and the bidding for Karthik goes on. He was always likely to attract a huge price. And Delhi have raised it to 12.5 crore.

10.32am

Faf du Plessis up now and Mumbai open the bidding. Chennai must be clutching on to their Right to Match card. Delhi and Mumbai are going at it now, as the bid crosses 4 crore. Delhi win it at 4.75 crore, and as expected, Chennai use their lone Right to Match card for the South African Twenty20 captain. Faf remains with CSK.

10.29am

Darren Sammy now up, and Rajasthan Royals seem pretty keen on him as do Delhi. Rajasthan drop out of the race quickly though, but Delhi now have to ward off RCB’s bids. RCB have a tight budget, but they’re going for Sammy. I don’t see how they can afford to pay anything more than 2 crore for most players now, and Delhi have Sammy at 3.5 crore. Will Hyderabad use their Right to Match? Yes they do! Sammy remains with Sunrisers, and the Right to Match cards are proving quite handy for franchises.

10.26am

We’re now back for the second lot of marquee players. The first name up is George Bailey, the Australian Twenty20 captain, and all-round good guy. KXIP enter the fray at the 2 crore base price. Delhi now in, but Preity Zinta at the KXIP table isn’t going to give up that easily. And Bailey is sold for 3.25 crore to KXIP, who are building quite an exciting stable of players.

10.23am

So RCB have the least amount of money left now. Vijay Mallya, who’s at the table, says they were keen on Yuvraj Singh. None of the teams who retained five players – CSK, MI and RR – were successful in bidding for any of the first lot of marquee players, which was only to be expected given their tight budgets at the start.

Vijay Mallya on Yuvraj Singh: Very, very happy to have Yuvraj Singh as part of RCB squad. We were very keen on him, Virat Kohli, our captain, was very keen on him too. All of us are very happy. Those extra 4 crore was somewhat unfortunate, but auctioneer has sole discretion. I think everyone saw him look around the room before the hammer fell, but he chose to continue the bidding. But life must go on. Bottom line is we are very happy. We now have to address our bowling, which we will during the course of the auctions. Fortunately, there are a lot of options available. Looking strong.

Mallya on Mudgal report: Coincidentally, I asked yesterday at the briefing meeting about the so-called six players. There is no evidence to suggest there are six players, or indeed any tainted player. This is all just a bunch of speculation. What I know is do know is that the Supreme Court has permitted this auction to go ahead. So, therefore, I don’t think there should be any concern.

Stuff like that, it happens in every sport. I can say one thing for sure. All of us would not have been sitting here if we were not excited about the IPL, committed to IPL and if brand IPL was not growing in value. It’s unfortunate that there are such scams from time to time, but I think the core of IPL is sound, and we should all protect it.

Meanwhile, Jayawardene remained unsold, maybe his base price of 2 crore was a tad too high for franchises. He’s a classy player but hasn’t set the T20 world on fire. The KXIP bunch of Miller, Mitch, Sehwag and Vohra looks interesting. And how will Vijay adjust to being a Delhi player? Elsewhere, Warner and Dhawan opening the batting should be explosive as well.

10.18am

How the teams stack up after the first lot:

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo. Budget left: 21 crore.

Delhi Daredevils: Kevin Pietersen, M Vijay. Budget left: 46 crore.

Kings XI Punjab: David Miller, Manan Vohra, Virender Sehwag, Mitchell Johnson. Budget left: 34.1 crore.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis. Budget left: 32.5 crore.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu. Budget left: 21 crore.

Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson. Budget left: 22.5 crore.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh. Budget left: 16.5 crore.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Dale Steyn, David Warner. Budget left: 32.5 crore.

10.12am

The summary of how the first lot went:

KXIP have shelled out 6.5 crore for Mitchell Johnson and 3.2 crore for Virender Sehwag. KKR used their Right to Match Card to get Jacques Kallis for 5.5 crore, Delhi used theirs to get Kevin Pietersen for 9 crore and bid succesfully for M Vijay for 5 crore. RCB broke the bank for Yuvraj Singh, shelling out 14 crore, which might be the highest bid we’ll see today.

10.07am

Mitchell Johnson, the man with the moustache and massacre, is up next. Expectedly enough, he’s got the bidding going quickly. CSK and KXIP are both interested. KXIP bid 6.5 crores, which prompts Chennai to drop out. Mumbai aren’t going to use their lone Right to Match card. Maybe they’re saving it for Dinesh Karthik? As it is, KXIP have Mitch, and we have a 10-minute break after the first lot of marquee players.

10.05am

David Warner will partner Shikhar Dhawan at Sunrisers Hyderabad. © Getty Images

David Warner will partner Shikhar Dhawan at Sunrisers Hyderabad. © Getty Images

And Warner is sold to Hyderabad for 5.5 crore. Delhi are not going to use their Right to Match card, so Warner will partner Shikhar Dhawan at Hyderabad.

10.04am

David Warner is up next. Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad start the bidding for the in-form Australian dasher. The price is rising quickly, after a slightly late start. Laxman and Srikkanth at one table, Kumble and Wright at the other. Warner’s price has crossed 5 crore. Hyderabad have a higher purse than Mumbai at this auction.

10.01am

And Sehwag is sold for 3.2 crore to KXIP. A good price, but rather lower than Sehwag would have got in previous IPL seasons.

10.00am

Virender Sehwag up next. Will he attract as much interest as Yuvraj Singh? A late first bid by KXIP at the 2 crore base price. Mumbai Indians jump in now and the bidding picks up. But Sehwag is not building up as much steam as the other marquee players – other than Jayawardene – did. Delhi haven’t entered the bidding, but they could come in and get Sehwag anyway with one of their cards. Bid has crossed 3 crore.

09.57am

And Kolkata Knight Riders use their Right to Match card and buy Kallis for 5.5 crore.

09.56am

Jacques Kallis, recently retired and therefore fully available is up next. Chennai enter at the 2 crore base price. Delhi enter the fray once again, and KKR also jump in for their former stalwart. Kallis’ stock is picking up pace, with the bid between Chennai and KKR and past 5 crore.

09.54am

Teams are willing to break the bank for Yuvraj. Proven Twenty20 match-winner, mega-star and loved all across India, so it’s not surprising. RCB have raised it to 14 crore. Going once, going twice… And sold. RCB have a top-order from T20 heaven in Gayle, Kohli, Yuvraj and AB de Villiers.

09.52am

Confusion in the auction room. Madley declares Yuvraj sold to RCB for 10 crore. But the KKR table says they had raised their paddle. Someone is sitting in front of the KKR table, obscuring the view. The bid is held to be genuine. Yuvraj is still in play. 10 crore and counting, between KKR and RCB.

09.50am

Madley mentions Yuvraj Singh and before the bidding can open, KXIP have already raised their paddle. Ness Wadia seems particularly keen to get the hometown hero back to his old franchise. Rajasthan jump in now, and the bidding is between these two. Both seem happy to go on. KXIP have a higher purse than RR in this auction. Bid’s up to 3.2 crore and RCB jump in.

RCB have taken it up a notch. Yuvraj’s bid stands at 10 crore and is with RCB now. KXIP’s enthusiasm seems to have waned at this high price.

09.48am

And yes, Delhi have it. They use the first of their Right to Match cards. Delhi have spent less on Kevin Pietersen than they would have lost if they had retained him. Smart play. Pietersen remains a Delhi boy.

09.47am

Hyderabad jump in for KP now, and the bidding is escalating. Chennai take it to 7.5 crore, Hyderabad aren’t stopping. They’ve gone up to 9 crore. Will Delhi jump in at the last moment with their Right to Match card?

09.45am

Kevin Pietersen is up next. This is likely to be a fierce bidding war. Chennai open the bidding. KXIP jump in and right now both franchises going at it against each other. Within seconds, the price has gone past 4 crore

09.44am

Mahela Jayawardene is up next. Base price Rs 2 crore. Remains unsold. That’s rather surprising, even with the high base price. Any unsold players can be brought back into the auctions tomorrow afternoon.

09.43am

And M Vijay is sold to Delhi Daredevils for Rs 5 crore. The franchise with the biggest purse, bags one of the key marquee Indian players. Vijay will have a new IPL home.

09.42am

The first player under the hammer is M Vijay. Base price: Rs 2 crore. Chennai Super Kings open the IPL 2014 bidding for Vijay. Delhi Daredevils jump in at 2.2, Chennai raise to 2.4 and Mumbai in with 2.6.

Delhi up the ante to 3 crores, they have the highest purse at this auctions. And here’s the Sunrisers Hyderabad who enter at 3.2.

Delhi and Hyderabad locked in fierce battle. Will Vijay go to his old franchise or join his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan? Chennai seem to have dropped out of the race, their purse strings are tight with five players retained.

 

09.38am

Sundar Raman, the IPL CEO, reminds everyone that the auctions will be in Indian Rupees and Richard Madley, the auctioneer, will once again be the man wielding the hammer. “If he says pounds, or dollars, just assume it’s rupees,” says Raman.

Unlike most solemn meetings and flights, cellphones and mobile devices do not have to be switched off in this room. As is well imaginable, all teams will require constant access to the internet. Raman holds up the new ‘Right to Match’ cards. It will be interesting to see how they are used and for whom. Madley hammers the desk, and we’re all set.

09.35am

We’re live now. All the franchise personnel are in place. Rahul Dravid, John Wright at the Rajasthan and Mumbai tables. Ranji Biswal, the IPL chairman, says IPL 7 will be grander and more popular for fans and franchises. D Shivakumar, the chairman and MD of Pepsico, the title sponsors, also says a few words. Biswal leaves with, “Good luck and let the games begin.”

09.26am

The backroom staff and coaches have arrived at the ITC Gardenia in Bangalore. Gary Kirsten, back to coaching in India after a three-year gap, arrives with other Delhi Daredevils personnel. Anil Kumble is also in.

A quick look at how the teams stack up, going into the auctions:

Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo. Budget Rs 21 crore.

Delhi Daredevils: (no players retained, budget of Rs 60 crore).

Kings XI Punjab: David Miller, Manan Vohra. Budget Rs 43.5 crore.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine. Budget Rs 38 crore.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Ambati Rayudu.  Budget Rs 21 crore.

Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, James Faulkner, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson. Budget Rs 22.5 crore.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers. Budget Rs 30.5 crore.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Dale Steyn. Budget Rs 38 crore.

09.21am

And finally, here’s a ready reckoner that has the details of each team’s list of retained players, their auction purse left, the number of Right to Match cards they have, and who they might be tempted to use those on.

A quick recap then. 514 players are under the hammer, set to go in 53 lots, with two sets of marquee players up first and players divided on the basis of skills – batsman, bowler, allrounder, wicketkeeper – after that. This will be the first IPL auction in Indian Rupees, and the highest base price for players is Rs 2 crore.

09.14am

How have these eight franchises performed in previous auctions? Manoj Narayan has a selection of who their biggest hits were and who their forgettable misses were after decisions taken at the auction table in Part I and Part II.

Elsewhere, Shamya Dasgupta has the low-down on what each franchise’s building blocks are during an IPL auction, and particularly for this one. An earlier piece looks at what possible team strategies could be adopted at the table, and who is likely to go for what.

08.56am

Welcome to the live, blow-by-blow coverage of the 2014 Indian Premier League player auctions here on Wisden India. This is set to be the biggest ever auction in terms of the number of players that can potentially go under the hammer, but even as franchises calculate budgets, form strategies, and zero in on players in the hope of building the ideal Twenty20 team, everyone will have one eye on the possible repercussions of the Mudgal Report, that was submitted on Monday.

The report indicted M Gurunath, former Chennai Super Kings team principal, of betting and passing on information and was fairly damning of several aspects that fell under its broad ambit. What will its implications be for the Chennai franchise? Or for Rajasthan Royals? Or, indeed, for the IPL itself?

Those are questions that will be answered another day though. For now, it’s the action of the auctions that will reign supreme.


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