Yuvraj Singh fetches record 16 cr in IPL Auction
Yuvraj Singh set a new record as he emerged as the costliest ever buy in the Indian Premier League by getting sold for a whopping amount of Rs 16 crore to Delhi Daredevils. Surprisingly, there were no takers for South African opener Hashim Amla after the first round of bidding for marquee players in the IPL auction here on Monday.
In a relatively low key auction, Yuvraj triggered an unexpected bidding war with four teams competing for the 33-year-old cricketer’s services before Delhi clinched the deal for a record price. Indian wicketkeeper Karthik and legspinner Amit Mishra, also gained huge amount in the auction. Karthik was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for an eye-opening Rs.10.5 crore. Mishra went for Rs.3.5 crore to Delhi Daredevils.
“I think we learnt from last year, and that if we want a player we need to push hard for him. Hence we were prepared to go all the way with Yuvraj and it’s great for the player as well,” Delhi coach Gary Kirsten said justifying the record bid for Yuvraj.
Sacked England batsman Kevin Pietersen was grabbed by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs.2 crore while Australian batsman Aaron Finch, who scored a superb match-winning century against England in the World Cup on Saturday, was bought by Mumbai Indians (MI) for Rs.3.2 crore.
Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy went to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for Rs.2.8 crore. The auction process intensified when a bidding war broke out between Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Daredevils, who brought Yuvraj for that big amount.
Several other famous cricketers, who found no takers when their names went under the hammer included Sri Lankan batting trio of Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene. Indians Irfan Pathan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel, West Indies’ wicket keeper Denesh Ramdin and allrounder Marlon Samuels and Australia’s batting duo of Cameron White and Brad Hodge all went unsold.
They will all again be presented for auctioning later.