Indian Premier League mega auctions created a lot of buzz. Ricky Ponting explains why veterans like Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh didn’t get many bids.
Among Indian veterans, while there were not many players who went unsold, what was surprising for the fans, was the fact that the likes of Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh were bought cheaply.
Gambhir, who wasn’t retained by Kolkata Knight Riders, was bought by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 2 cr and 80 lakhs. On the other hand, while Yuvraj went to Kings XI Punjab at his base price of Rs 2 crore, Harbhajan was also bought at his base price (Rs 2 crore) by Chennai Super Kings, possibly as a replacement for Ravichandran Ashwin, who was also bought by KXIP.
The mindset was clear for the franchises, which was to spend more money on youngsters. It was evident as Jaydev Unadkat (Rs 11.5 crore to Rajasthan Royals), Manish Pandey (Rs 11 cr to Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Lokesh Rahul (Rs 11 cr to Kings XI Punjab) remained to be the highlight of the player auctions.
Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting, who has been appointed as the new coach of Delhi Daredevils, explained his logic as to why many of the senior Indian players were bought cheaply at the auctions.
Lasith Malinga and Chris Gayle, who has been an integral part of their respective franchises over the years, also didn’t find many bidders. Kings XI Punjab bought Gayle for Rs 2 crore at a time when it looked like the swashbuckling left-hander would remain unsold at the auctions.
Malinga, who remains to be the highest wicket taker in IPL’s history, couldn’t get a suitor.>