Wednesday, April 1, 2009


Pietersen, Flintoff and Duminy are the hottest picks in this IPL auction 2009. Totally 6 rounds were conducted to pick up the foreign players. At the end of round 1,Rajasthan Royals bought Australian bowler Shaun Tait for $375,000. Mumbai Indians bid $950,000 for South African batsman Jean-Paul Duminy. Chennai Super Kings bid a record price of $1.55 million for England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff. And the Bangalore Royal Challengers bid $1.55 million for former England captain Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen and Flintoff have now become the costliest players ahead of  MS Dhoni in the IPL. In round 2, Deccan Chargers buy West Indies bowler Fidel Edwards for $ 150,000. Delhi Daredevils buy England batsman Owais Shah for$275,000. Delhi Daredevils buy Paul Collingwood for $275,000. In round 3Rajasthan Royals buy South African all-rounder Tyron Henderson for $650,000. King's XI, Punjab buy England all-rounder Ravi Bopara for$450,000. Chennai Super Kings bid $140,000 for Sri Lankan bowler Thilan Thusara. Bangalore Royal Challengers buy New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder for $160,000. Mumbai Indians buy New Zealand bowler Kyle Mills for $150,000. Suprisingly at the end of this round no takers for Phil Jaques, Ashwell Prince,Andre Nel, Luke Wright, Nuwan Kulasekara. Then in round 4, Deccan Chargers buy West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith for$100,000. In round 5 unfortunately all players in this pool were unsold. The list includes Tamim Iqbal, Bryce McCain, James Franklin, Adrian Blizard, Ramnaresh Sarwan, Michael Klinger, S Weeraratne,Prasanna Jayawardene, Dominic Thornely. In the final round KKR bid $600,000 for Bangladesh bowler Mashrafe Mortaza. Chennai Super Kings buy Australia's George Bailey for $50,000. At the end of this round no takers for Yusuf Abdullah, Daniel Harris, Kemar Roach, Aaron Bird. At the end of the six rounds of bidding, only two teams Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab had a slot each for an overseas player. Each team can have a maximum of ten foreign players. Atlast Kings XI Punjab asked for West Indies bowler Jerome Taylor  at his base price of $150,000, while Mumbai Indians get Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful for $75,000. And that is the end of the IPL auction for the second season. Now, the action beckons! Lets see in action..



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