IPL 2015 Auctions – Yuvraj Singh – Rs 16 Cr to Delhi. Dinesh Karthik – Rs 10.5 Crores to RCB


An action-packed day in Bengaluru saw 67 players being auctioned ahead of season 8 of the Indian Premier League on Monday, with franchises combining to spend Rs 87.6 crore that included 23 overseas players. Here are a few of the highlights from the auction that lasted nearly eight hours.

Biggest buys

After being released by Royal Challengers Bangalore after attracting the highest bid in 2014, Yuvraj Singh was expected to attract a lower amount but RCB threw everything they could to retain him, but Delhi Daredevils eventually broke the bank to snap up the 2011 World Cup winner for Rs 16 crore, more than the price he fetched last year, setting a new IPL auction record. The modest Yuvraj said he was glad to have been purchased by DD, where he reunites with former India coach Gary Kirsten.

Dinesh Karthik, who along with Yuvraj Singh and Kevin Pietersen was one of the costliest players in the 2014 auctions but was released by Delhi Daredevils, attracted a Rs 10.5 crore bid from Royal Challengers Bangalore, becoming the second-most expensive buy of the day. RCB were looking to add a wicketkeeper to their ranks after letting go of Parthiv Patel during the transfer window in 2014.

Delhi Daredevils, who had let go of as many as 13 players after finishing at the bottom of the points table last season, bought Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews for Rs 7.5 crore. Mathews would be expected to lead the side after the franchise let go of Kevin Pietersen and Karthik, and form a strong middle order along with Yuvraj.

Another high-profile buy from the Delhi franchise came in the form of Indian pacer Zaheer Khan, who had initially gone unsold. The second round of auctions in the post-lunch session saw Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians engage in a tussle but MI eventually had to give up the pursuit for their former spearhead as DD closed the deal for Rs 4 crore.

New Zealand speedster Trent Boult was the next big purchase on Monday, as from a base price of Rs 50 lakh he went to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 3.8 crore. Boult joined an already-impressive line-up including Dale Steyn, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma.

Delhi Daredevils’ spending spree continued as they also snapped up former Sunrisers Hyderabad legspinner Amit Mishra for Rs 3.5 crore. Mishra, who is the most successful Indian bowler in the IPL, played for DD in the early stages of the tournament.

Two more players attracted Rs 3 crore-plus price tags, with Aaron Finch, who was released by the Sunrisers, going to Mumbai Indians for Rs 3.2 crore. India opener Murali Vijay, who was also part of the Delhi Daredevils player-shedding programme, was the first player to be auctioned on the morning, going to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 3 crore.

Surprise picks

While well-known international and local players went unsold, some unheralded names made waves after bidding wars ensued between franchises. Shreyas Iyer, the 20-year-old batsman who made his first-class debut for Mumbai this season and was priced at Rs 10 lakh, was eventually picked up by Delhi Daredevils for a whopping Rs 2.6 crore. Once again, it was Mumbai Indians who were engaged in a bidding battle with DD as his price soared to dizzying levels.

Shreyas Iyer made waves after having a breakthrough domestic season, but little-known KC Cariappa’s purchase defied logic. Without any top-flight experience, Cariappa, whose base price was Rs 10 lakh, fetched Rs 2.4 crore as he went to Kolkata Knight Riders, who fought off stiff competition from Delhi Daredevils. Talking to Cricbuzz, Cariappa said his success in the local Karnataka Premier League brought him to the attention of KKR, who had invited him for trials last year, where he impressed the management. Speaking after the auctions, Ricky Ponting likened him to an ‘Indian’ Sunil Narine.

Mumbai’s Sarfaraz Naushad Khan, all of 17, became the youngest player to be bought at the 2015 edition of the IPL auction when Royal Challengers Bangalore snapped him up for Rs 50 lakh.

Along with Zaheer’s capture, Delhi Daredevils bolstered their bowling ranks by picking up India-born Australian Gurinder Sandhu for Rs 1.7 crore. Sandhu, who made his limited-overs debut for Australia in the recent tri-series, has had a lot of success in the Big Bash League, and his Indian heritage promises to attract new fans.

South Africa pacer David Wiese, who picked up a five-wicket haul against West Indies in a T20 match recently, went to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 2.8 crore, up from his base price of Rs 30 lakh.


While some players found many takers, there were some big names who didn’t attract any bids from franchises. South Africa’s Test captain Hashim Amla, who was the first name on the auction table, found no takers and went unsold in the next phase as well, as did Sri Lankan stalwarts Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene and Tillakaratne Dilshan. Sangakkara, who was brought back twice for auctions, went unsold each time. New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor, too, didn’t attract a single bid.


Unsuspecting names being picked up for hefty price tags while promising local and international players being snapped up for bargain-basement prices became a trend at the auctions on Monday. Kevin Pietersen, who attracted an eye-catching Rs 12.5-crore bid last year, sold for his base price of Rs 2 crore when Sunrisers Hyderabad bid successfully for him. Pietersen will partner Eoin Morgan at Sunrisers, who picked up the current England captain for just Rs 30 lakh.

Sean Abbott had been in the news for all the wrong reasons last season, but his rise in cricket circles continued when Royal Challengers Bangalore picked him up for Rs 1 crore, a bargain for the talent he possesses. He will join up with fellow Australian Mitchell Starc to front the RCB pace attack.

Pragyan Ojha was recaptured by Mumbai Indians for his base price of Rs 50 lakh, while the franchise added New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan for Rs 30 lakh to add to their pace bowling firepower. Another pacer who found a Rs 30 lakh bid was South African Kyle Abbott, who was picked up by Chennai Super Kings who needed to shore up their death bowling, while out of favour South African allrounder Albie Morkel was picked up by Delhi Daredevils at the same price.

The Inbetweeners

Some players made heads turn while others became the talk of the town. Others like Irfan Pathan, Michael Hussey, Darren Sammy and Praveen Kumar all went for decent sums of money but no one attracted more attention than that. Hussey returned to CSK where he had so much success for Rs 1.5 crore, while allrounder Irfan Pathan also went to the same franchise for the same price. Darren Sammy joined up with Chris Gayle as RCB signed up the former West Indies captain for Rs 2.8 crore, and former India pacer Praveen Kumar joined Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Dale Steyn and Trent Boult to form a formidable pace attack at Sunrisers Hyderabad.

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KKR to Play Mumbai Indians in Pepsi IPL 2015 Opener

KKRDefending Indian Premier League (IPL) champions, Kolkata Knight Riders, will kick off IPL 2015 with a home game against the Mumbai Indians on April 8, 2015.

Along with playing host to the first game, the Eden Gardens will also be the venue for the final of this year’s edition.

60 games will be played in this year’s competition between April 8 and May 24 with no addition of any new teams to the original set of eight that already exist.

However, 3 stadiums have been added to the itinerary. The Sunrisers Hyderabad will play 3 games at the ACA-VDCA stadium located in Visakhapatnam while the Kings XI Punjab will play 3 home matches at the MCA International Stadium in Pune.

The Shahid Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur, which hosted a few home matches for the Delhi Daredevils in the 2013 edition of the tournament, will again be the home stadium for the Delhi-based franchise for two matches.

Rajasthan Royals will once again play their home games at the Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad and another venue that will be confirmed shortly.

IPL Chairman Ranjib Biswal said he was really excited and was looking forward to the upcoming edition of the T20 league.

“The top players from all over the world will be seen in action this year at the Pepsi IPL 2015. I am looking forward to some exciting contests in the middle. Over the next couple of weeks, the teams will strengthen their squads in preparedness for the 2015 edition of the Pepsi IPL. I am excited to join the fans to see a lot of exciting cricket over the next three months,” Ranjib Biswal, Chairman, IPL Governing Council, said.

The Pepsi IPL 2015 Final will be played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata, on 24 May 2015.

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KKR Beat KXIP by 3 Wickets to Clinch 2nd IPL Title

Manish Pandey struck a superb 94 to lead the Kolkata Knight Riders to a three-wicket win over the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League final at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday.
KKR Beat KXIPKKR Beat KXIP by 3 Wickets to Clinch 2nd IPL Title:
Pandey’s superb knock off just 50 balls with seven fours and six sixes saw Kolkata reach 200-7 with three balls of their innings remaining in reply to Punjab’s 199-4.

The result was particularly hard on Wriddhiman Saha who had scored a wonderful 115 not out off a mere 55 balls with 10 fours and eight sixes for Punjab as Kolkata secured their second IPL title.

Manan Vohra and Saha combined for a rollicking 129-run third-wicket stand after Punjab, after being asked to bat, found themselves in early trouble as they slipped to 30-2 inside six overs with Virender Sehwag (7) and George Bailey (1) both dismissed.

Opening batsman Vohra more than played his part in the partnership as he helped himself to 67 runs off 52 deliveries with six fours and two sixes before he was caught and bowled by legspinner Piyush Chawla in the 18th over.

Glenn Maxwell (0) was dismissed in the same over but the double-strike did little half Saha’s onslaught with the right-handed batsman bringing up his first T20 century off 49 balls.

Punjab had looked behind in the contest as they scored just 58 runs off the first 10 overs of their innings but Saha and Vohra upped the ante when the hammered 19 runs off 14th over, bowled by mystery spinner Sunil Narine, and 20 runs off the 15th over, bowled by Morne Morkel.

Chawla ended with 2-44 while Narine had a match to forget as his four overs cost 46 runs.

Kolkata’s run-chase did not begin particularly well as they lost the in-form Robin Uthappa (5) early.

But Gautam Gambhir (23) and Pandey steadied the innings with a second-wicket stand of 53 before Pandey and Yusuf Pathan bludgeoned 71 runs off 7.2 overs for the third-wicket.

Pathan smashed 36 off 22 balls before being caught at long-on off the bowling of legspinner Karanveer Singh.

Karanveer ended with four wickets but his success came at a price as he conceded 54 runs off his four overs.

Kolkata then lost wickets at regular intervals but Pandey kept them in the hunt before he was dismissed within sight of his second IPL century when he was caught in the covers off the bowling of Karanveer off the last ball of the 17th over.

Kolkata were left needing five runs to win off the last over and Piyush Chawla sealed the victory by slicing the third ball, bowled by seamer Parvinder Awana for four behind point.

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IPL 2014 Final Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab

IPL 2014 Final Preview: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab:

The final of the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League features 2012 champions Kolkata Knight Riders against first-time finalists Kings XI Punjab, clashing for the second time in a week.
IPL 2014 Final Preview
While Punjab were the best side in the group stage, winning 11 out of 14 fixtures, they faltered against Kolkata in the first play-off game, but fortunately had another go, beating Chennai Super Kings by 24 runs.

Both sides feature impressive batting line ups, with Kolkata boasting the tournament’s top run getter in Robin Uthappa, who has gone 10 games in a row with scored of 40 or more, four of which were half centuries.

Their form picked up after a poor start in the earlier stage of the tournament in the UAE, getting better once they dropped veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis, whose pace with the bat was holding the side back, sacrilegious as that is to say.

Since then they have won eight games in a row, and feature the tournament’s most effective all-round bowling attack. Sunil Narine continues to baffle batsmen, while Umesh Yadav and Morne Morkel have been impressive of late.

For Punjab, they are unlikely to drop Glenn Maxwell just in case he comes off though his form in the latter half of the event has been poor. Still, his presence is a threat, alongside Virender Sehwag, David Miller and George Bailey.

This is the KXIP’s first final, with their best being a semi-final place in the first edition, and since then they have not really impressed. They didn’t even make the play-offs last year, but spend huge money on Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson and it’s paid off.

Key Players
For Kolkata, their key weapon, aside from Sunil Narine, is their opening pairing with the bat. Uthappa has managed to bat himself back into the India team over the past six weeks, as has Gautam Gambhir. If they fail, they have Shakib-al-Hasan to call on, who always does better here than for Bangladesh.

Punjab’s key players are the same ones they’ve been relying on all tournament: Sehwag, Maxwell and Miller. While Maxi has dropped off, Sehwag comes into the final on the back of the tournament’s top score and only its second century this season. Miller has been consistent throughout.

Previous Meeting
Their most recent meeting was just a few days ago, in the first Qualifier. Kolkata won the match to reach this final straight away, while Punjab had to play again, against Chennai, to advance.

Kolkata had scored what seemed to be a below-par 163, but Punjab’s fearsome batting line up failed for once, making only 135. Neither Glenn Maxwell nor David Miller reached double figures as the Kolkata bowlers triumphed.

Likely Playing XIs
Kolkata Knight Riders: Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey, Shakib-al-Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav

Kings XI Punjab: Manan Vohra, Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, George Bailey (captain), Wriddhiman Saha (wicketkeeper), Akshar Patel, Mitchell Johnson, Rishi Dhawan, Karanveer Singh, Parvinder Awana

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Vintage Sehwag takes KXIP to maiden IPL final despite Raina`s blinder

Turning the clock back, Virender Sehwag showed his vintage best with a power-packed century as Kings XI Punjab humbled Chennai Super Kings by 24 runs to reach the IPL final for the first time, on Friday.
Sehwag takes KXIP to maiden IPL finalVintage Sehwag takes KXIP to maiden IPL final despite Raina`s blinder:
Sehwag flattened the CSK attack with a 58-ball 122, which propelled his side to an imposing 226 for six after being invited to bat on a batting paradise at Wankhede stadium.

The Punjab side then survived carnage from Suresh Raina, who responded with a majestic 25-ball 87, as CSK managed 202 for seven in their chase.

The hand-eye coordination, which has got Sehwag thousands of runs in international cricket, was at work again as he punished the hapless CSK bowlers with utter disdain, smashing his way to the highest individual score of this season.

CSK skipper M S Dhoni shuffled his bowlers around but there was no stopping Sehwag, who entertained the Wankhede crowd with eight sixes and 12 fours.

Sehwag became only the second batsman this season to score a century after Mumbai Indians’ Lendl Simmons, who had scored an unbeaten 100 against Punjab only. And this is not first time Sehwag has scored a hundred in IPL, his first coming in 2011 for Delhi Daredevils against Deccan Chargers.

Punjab will now fight it out for the title with Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday in Bangalore.

No team had ever chased a 227-run target in T20 history but Raina came up with an extraordinary knock which stunned the Punjab side and turned the match on its head.

Raina raced to second fastest fifty in IPL in just 16 balls when he lifted Sandeep Sharma over covers for a six.

In six overs, CSK were unbelievably placed at 100 for two with Raina batting on 87 from 25 balls with 84 of them coming in boundaries, 12 fours and six awe-inspiring sixes.

However, Raina was run out in the first ball after the power-play overs. Brendon McCullum called for a run but George Bailey found Raina short of crease with his direct hit.
One of the most regal innings in T20s met with a tragic end but it opened up the game and Chennai were back in the match after a forgettable effort with the bowl.

Raina’s dismissal though opened up the gates as wickets starting tumbling. Brendon McCullum (11) met with the same fate as that of Raina and Ravindra Jadeja (27) was caught brilliantly by Mitchell Johnson off Parvinder Awana.

David Hussey (1) fell in that same Awana over, leaving his skipper Dhoni with an unenvious task of scoring 84 runs from 42 balls. Dhoni has been an incredible finisher for his side but today his unbeaten 42 was not enough.

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CSK crush Mumbai Indians to set up KXIP clash in Qualifier 2

The Chennai Super Kings kept their hopes of a third Indian Premier League title alive on Wednesday, while the defending champions, Mumbai, were sent crashing out as MS Dhoni’s men beat them by seven wickets in the Eliminator.
CSK crush Mumbai IndiansCSK crush Mumbai Indians to set up KXIP clash in Qualifier 2:
Chennai will now come up against the Kings XI Punjab in the second Qualifier, after the latter lost to Kolkata earlier in the day. Thus, the winner between Chennai and Punjab on Friday will advance to Sunday’s final against the Knight Riders.

Chennai won the toss and chose to field first, trusting their strong batting line up to chase down any target. Mumbai got off to a worryingly good start though, with Lendl Simmons once again showing his good form.

The West Indies opener, the only centurion in the tournament this year, went on to make a brisk half century alongside Mike Hussey, as they put on 76 for the first wicket. Mr Cricket was the first to fall, eventually bagged by Ravi Jadeja.

The India spinner also claimed Simmons’ wicket, in the 17th over, having used 44 balls for his 67 and hitting four sixes. This left Mumbai on 143 for three, having lost Corey Anderson earlier on for 20.

The wickets tumbled from there as Mohit Sharma and Ashish Nehra struck repeatedly, and only Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard were able to get into double figures, and neither past 20. In the end, Mumbai made 173 for eight.

Chennai’s chase was not as simple as they would have liked, as they got off to a good start but then lost three quick wickets within a few runs of each other. Fortunately, Dwayne Smith and Faf du Plessis had set a platform of 60 runs in the first seven overs.

Once the openers were out, both in the seventh over to Harbhajan Singh, and Brendon McCullum fell for 14, the run rate climbed alarmingly. But Dave Hussey and Suresh Raina were on hand to save the day.

The Aussie veteran wowed the crowd with three big sixes in his knock of 40 off 29 balls, while Raina showed his pinch-hitting prowess with a 30-ball half century. He ended on 54 not out as they chased the score down with eight balls to spare.

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