The IPL player auction took place on the 6th of February as over 200 players were put on the table for Franchises to decide who they want to after and how much they wanted to spend. There were a quite a few surprises in the auction as a number of players were bought for a whole lot more than their starting price and a number of players who had a low price and a great reputation in the T20 format, never even got a bid.
The marquee players who commanded hefty prices included the likes of Kevin Pietersen and Shane Watson. Pietersen is no longer part of the England cricket team and is now a freelance T20 batsman for hire, while Watson has also retired and is only playing T20 cricket for Australia.
The marquee players at the auction commanded the best prices with Kevin Pietersen going to the Rising Pune Supergiants, a new franchise that paid out 3.5 crores for the former star England batsman. Shane Watson who recently hit a century during the 3rd T20 match down under was picked up by the Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping 9.5 crores while English wicket-keeper Jos Butler who recently scored a swashbuckling century in South Africa was bought by the Mumbai Indians for 3.8 crores.
Some of the other foreign players who had a good day at the IPL office included the likes of Aussie all-rounder Mitchell Marsh who was bought by the Rising Pune Supergiants for 4.8 crores, South African all-rounder Chris Morris who surprised everyone when he was picked up by the Delhi DareDevils for 7 crores, West Indian Carlos Brathwaite who had a base price of just 30 lakhs but in the end was bought for 4.2 crores once again by the Delhi DareDevils and fast bowler Dale Steyn who was bought by second new franchise the Gujarat Lions for 2.3 crores.
However there were quite a few foreign players who have a great reputation in the T20 format who never got a bid from any franchise even though the base price for a number of these players was reasonably low.
One of the biggest surprises was Martin Guptill, the New Zealand opener has been in great form and had a base price of just 50 lakhs. Some of the other players who were not sold include George Bailey, Hashim Amla, M Jayawardene, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Michael Hussey, T Dilshan and Darren Sammy.