Ravindra Jadeja has been the biggest buy at the 2012 IPL player auctions so far. In a two-way tie between Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers, Jadeja received USD 2 million and the tie was won by Chennai for an undisclosed sum.
Three of Jadeja’s team-mates from the now defunct Kochi franchise, Parthiv Patel, Mahela Jayawardene and Muttiah Muralitharan found takers. Jayawardene went to Delhi Daredevils was USD 1.4 million while Muralitharan was taken by Royal Challengers Bangalore for USD 220,000, with just a 20,000-dollar improvement over his base price. Parthiv was bought by Deccan Chargers at USD 650,000.
Kolkata Knight Riders made a big dash to buy Brendon McCullum, their former captain, and eventually took him for USD 900,000.
Marquee players from England, Australia, South Africa and Bangladesh remained unsold. Not surprisingly, there were no takers for VVS Laxman, who had put himself up for auction at a base price of USD 400,000.
“Laxman has been a great player for India and Deccan, but we’re looking for a younger brand of players,” said Darren Lehmann, the team coach.
“It’s a commercial decision taken with their own views in mind,” IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said, explaining the teams’ decision to not buy Laxman.
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