IPL Auction 2016 in Bangalore went through an enterprise involving rupees 136 Cr. as 94 players were negotiated on the day. The event was not a surprising one as player auctions has been always a venture that draws in big money. Yet, the auction this year went through quite a mysterious twist when players like Martin Guptill, Usman Khawaja, Michael Hussey and even Mahela Jayawardene remained without a single bid on their way. On contrary, players from lesser known domestic arena like Dhawal Kulkarni, Karun Nair, Paras Dogra and the likes bagged heavy sums. In the auction, Indian cricketers, mostly from the domestic circuit seem to weigh out the others.
Among top actioned players, all-rounder Pawan Negi is successful to hold a high position. The spinner cum batsman who is recently included in Indian squad for T20 World Cup walked away with a price of 8.5 Cr., more than a million dollars. GRM Group owned IPL franchise, Delhi Daredevils bought the player with one of the heaviest amounts in the auction. The same team also had Chris Morris, the all-rounder player from South Africa for 7 Cr. The player was tagged with a base price of only rupees 50 lakh. The three teams, Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Night Riders and Daredevils fought over for the player in the bid.
For Yuvraj Singh, the season did not bring much sheen as that of last year’s. The highest bid for the player was rupees 7 Cr., which was from Sunrisers Hyderabad shunning his prize of rupees 16 Cr. last year. The bid was not as surprising as that of Guptill and Khawaja, who received no bids at all. Another players who were unable to gain a traction were Cheteshwar Pujara, Hashim Amla and Mahela Jayawardene. Ironically, these players are among the most reputed international cricketers. The veto of these players have raised eyebrows over the auction. The underlying reasons defining the queer selection of players by IPL franchisees leaves a lot for speculation.
This IPL season would see a number of new players that broke into the auction by seizing bigger buys. Karun Nair from Karnataka was negotiated for rupees 4 Cr. by Delhi Daredevils. With a base price of 10 lakhs, the player went through bids of Rising Pune Supergiant and Gujarat Lions. Other players like Deepak Hooda, Nathu Singh, Sanju Samson and such cricketers were bought for high prices that ranged till crores. These players are exclusively from the domestic cricket and Class A tournaments within the country.
The next group of players breaking into the IPL circle is from Under 19 group. Ishan Kishan, the 17 years old skipper of the team was bought for 35 lakhs by Gujarat Lions. Similar was the instance of Rishabh Pant, who was snapped by Delhi Daredevils for 1.9 Cr. Mahipal Lomror, the all-rounder from Under 19 international team is another player aligned with the IPL crew.
Selection of players in the recent auction highlights a unique turn towards Indian players. Clearly, the franchisees are bent over new Indian players from Class A cricket bringing up more prospects to young cricketers of the nation. While top international players are left out without a bid on their names, domestic players are being pulled up to the big show. Following such instance, it is certain that more Indian cricketers will be on the formation. This will ultimately bring better prospects for new players and will assist in creation of better cricketers in the country.
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