Bangalore: Indian allrounder Ravindra Jadeja is the biggest catch, going for a whopping $ 2 million to the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League auction for season five, at the ITC Royal Gardenia Hotel here on Saturday.
New Zealand's Brendon McCullum was the first player to be sold in the auction. He was taken by Kolkata Knight Riders for $ 900,000. McCullum had also started his IPL stint with the same franchise in its inaugural season.
Mahela Jayawardene was bought by the Delhi Daredevils for $ 1.4 mn, while his Sri Lankan teammate Muttiah Muralitharan was picked up by the Royal Challenges Bangalore for $ 2,20,000. England paceman James Anderson remained unsold among the five marquee players put up for sale in the first round of the auction.
Classical Indian batsman VVS Laxman was left unsold in the second list of players put up for sale. Veteran Australian batsman Brad Hodge was bought by Rajasthan Royals for $ 4,75,000, while another South African veteran Herschelle Gibbs was sold to Mumbai Indians for $ 50,000.
Players who remained unsold in the batsmen's list are: Tamim Iqbal (Bangladesh), Adrian Barath (West Indies), Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies), Ian Bell (England), Owais Shah (England) and Upul Tharanga (Sri Lanka).
In the wicketkeepers' draw, Parthiv Patel was bought by Deccan Chargers for $ 6,50,000. Young Sri Lankan glovesman Dinesh Chandimal was pocketed by Rajasthan Royals for his base price of $ 50,000. Meanwhile, Matt Prior (England), Brendon Taylor (Zimbabwe) and Mark Boucher (South Africa) remained unsold.
In the allrounders' list, West Indies' Andre Russell was picked up for $ 4,50,000 by the Delhi Daredevils, while Australian Mitchell Johnson was bought by Mumbai Indians for $ 3,00,000. The other allrounders who remained unsold were Justin Kemp (South Africa), Marlon Samuels (West Indies), Arul Suppiah (England), Steven Smith (Australia), Ravi Bopara (England), Luke Wright (England) and Dwayne Smith (West Indies).
Kevin O'Brien of Ireland, who made ripples in the World Cup last year, too surprisingly remained unsold.
In the pace bowlers' draw, Indian medium pacer R Vinay Kumar was bought for a whopping $ 1 mn by Royal Challengers Bangalore, while RP Singh was taken by Mumbai Indians for $ 6,00,000. Kerala pacer S Sreesanth was sold to Rajasthan Royals for $ 4,00,000. Bowlers who didn't seek any buyers were Lonwabo Tsotsobe (South Africa), VRV Singh (India), Vernon Philander (South Africa), Fidel Edwards (West Indies), Ravi Rampaul (West Indies), Peter Siddle (Australia) and Tim Southee (New Zealand).
In the spinners' section, West Indies' Sunil Narine was surprisingly bought for $ 7,00,000 by KKR. Australian Brad Hogg, Indian Ramesh Powar and South African Robin Peterson were picked up by $ 1,80,000 (Rajasthan Royals), 1,60,000 (Kings XI Punjab), 1,00,000 (Mumbai Indians) respectively.
Spinners who remained unsold were Graeme Swann (England), Rangana Herath (Sri Lanka), Ajantha Mendis (Sri Lanka), Stephen O'Keefe (Australia) and Xavier Doherty (Australia).
Based on the preference of various franchises, a total of 34 players were shortlisted for the auction after lunch. Former Pakistan allrounder and now the a British citizen Azhar Mahmood was sold to Kings XI Punjab for $ 2,00,000.
Hard-hitting Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera was bought by Mumbai Indians for $650,000. South Australian batsman Daniel Harris was sold to Deccan Chargers for $ 70,000, while Australian all-rounder James Faulkner was bought by Kings XI Punjab for $ 1,90,000. Kevon Cooper, the Trinidad & Tobago allrounder who performed impressively in the Champions League, was picked up by Rajasthan Royals for $50,000.
Marchant de Lange, who took a seven-for on Test debut for South Africa, was bought for $ 50,000 by KKR.
There were no bids for Michael Klinger (Australia), Richard Levi (South Africa), Alviro Petersen (South Africa), Lendl Simmons (West Indies), Jacob Oram (New Zealand), Farveez Maharoof (Sri Lanka), Nicky Boje (South Africa), Ben Laughlin (Australian), Ryan McLaren (South Africa), Moises Henriques (Australia), Alistar McDermott (Australia), Andy McKay (New Zealand) and Michael Neser (Australia).
Darren Bravo became second time lucky as the classy West Indies batsman was sold to Deccan Chargers for $ 1,00,000 when the players, who remained unsold in the morning bidding, went up for sale again. Doug Bracewell went to Delhi Daredevils for $ 50,000.
Team owners of all the franchises, excluding the Pune Warriors India, were present at the auction. Sahara India withdrew its sponsorship of the Indian cricket team and Pune Warriors on Saturday hours ahead of the auction.
"The season five of the IPL is coming up with some innovative ideas which will glitter the tournament," Rajiv Shukla, the chairman and commissioner of the league said before the auction got going.
The auction saw 144 players, including several former Kochi Tuskers Kerala players, went under the hammer. These players, picked according to a combination of their valuation and star worth, were put up for the auction.