The IPL auction for top players begins on Monday in Bangalore with Indian left-hander Yuvraj Singh bought by the Delhi Daredevils for a whopping Rs.16 crore, while there were no takers for South African opener Hashim Amla in the the first round of bidding.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction was held in Bangalore ahead of the eighth season scheduled to be beld from April this year. The bidding war was mainly between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the Daredevils and that too for Yuvraj, whose price went sky-rocketing.
Finally, the Delhi franchise has opted for the jugular and bid Rs.16 crore for the batsman, who was left out of the India squad for the World Cup that is being held in Australia.
Incidentally, Royal Challengers Bangalore had let go of Yuvraj, the most expensive buy of the last IPL auction, after buying him for Rs.14 crore last year as the price went too high for him.
Delhi Daredevils have scored to their credit another major player Sri Lankan ODI captain Angelo Mathews for Rs.7.5 crore.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener during the 2014 IPL season Murali Vijay with a base price of Rs.50 lakh was snatched by Kings XI Punjab for Rs.3 crore this year. It may be noted that King XI Punjab were the second most-successful team in the IPL last season.
Surprisingly, South African opener Amla, with a base price of Rs.2 crore, was the first player to go under the hammer but remained unsold as the price was too high.
Amla, is currently plaaying the World cup for South Africa in Australia and he has an verage of an incredible 55.93 in all 108 One-Day Internationals (ODI) he played so far, with 19 centuries and 27 half-centuries, besides a highest score of 153. He has also experience of playing in 23 Test centuries with an average 52.78 in the longest format of cricket.
Amla will be presented later in the second round.
(With inputs from IANS)