Thirty-six Australians went under the hammer in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League auction yesterday, with nine lucky men bought by five different clubs.
Australia T20 captain Aaron Finch was the big winner amongst the Aussies, signing with Ricky Ponting’s Mumbai Indians for AUD$662k.
— Aaron Finch (@AaronFinch5) February 16, 2015
But Finch’s impressive haul didn’t come close to the record total India’s Yuvraj Singh was sold for, with the 33-year-old walking away with an incredible $3.3 million after being snapped up by the Delhi Daredevils.
Brad Hogg continues to defy Father Time, contracted to the Kolkata Knight Riders for $103k at the ripe old age of 44.
Sydney Thunder captain Mike Hussey will be donning familiar colours when he returns in the bright yellow of the Chennai Super Kings in 2015. Hussey last played for CSK in 2013 before spending a year in Mumbai last season, and will be joined by Perth Scorchers’ death-bowling specialist Andrew Tye.
Hussey’s Thunder teammate Gurinder Sandhu will take the pool party to India after being one of three Australians signed to the cashed-up Daredevils, alongside young guns Marcus Stoinis and Travis Head.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will feature three magenta men after Virat Kohli’s side added Sean Abbott to their impressive squad that already includes Sixers pair Mitchell Starc and Nic Maddinson.
And like Hussey, swashbuckling batsman Aiden Blizzard returns to an old club in Mumbai to work under Ponting and combine with Finch and fast bowler Josh Hazlewood.
Who went where?
While nine Australians earned contracts, 27 missed out.
Victorian trio Cameron White, Brad Hodge and Matthew Wade all went unsold, as did IPL regulars Ben Hilfenhaus and Doug Bollinger.
Veteran allrounder David Hussey missed out on a contract for the first time, but he could find his way into the tournament like he did last year as a replacement player for Dwayne Bravo at CSK.
After topping the BBL|04 run-scorers list, Scorchers opening batsman Michael Klinger failed to garner any attention from the eight franchises.
Spinners Nathan Lyon, Michael Beer and Cameron Boyce won’t get the opportunity to ply their trade on the turning Indian wickets, while express paceman Shaun Tait and Dirk Nannes were also overlooked.
Who missed out?
Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni, Ravi Ashwin, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Ashish Nehra, Mohit Sharma, Ishwar Pandey, Samuel Badree, Matt Henry, Mithun Manhas, Ronit More, Baba Aparajith, Pawan Negi, Mike Hussey ($310k), Rahul Sharma, Kyle Abbott, Ankush Bains, Irfan Pathan, Pratyush Singh, Andrew Tye ($41k), Eklavya Dwivedi
Delhi Daredevils: Mohammed Shami, Quinton de Kock, Manoj Tiwary, JP Duminy, Kedar Jadhav, Mayank Agarwal, Shahbaz Nadeem, Saurabh Tiwary, Jayant Yadav, Imran Tahir, Nathan Coulter-Nile ($879k), Yuvraj Singh, Angelo Matthews, Amit Mishra, Jaidev Unadkat, Gurinder Sandhu ($352k), Shreyas Iyer, GM Gautam, Travis Head ($62k), Srikar Bharat, Albie Morkel, Marcus Stoinis (52K), Zaheer Khan, KK Jiyaz, Domnic Joseph
Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey ($672k), David Miller, Manan Vohra, Mitchell Johnson ($1.34m), Glenn Maxwell ($1.24m), Virender Sehwag, Rishi Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Shaun Marsh ($455k), Beuran Hendricks, Thisara Perera, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Axar Patel, Parvinder Awana, Shardul Thakur, Anureet Singh, Shivam Sharma, Karanveer Singh, Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Yogesh Golwalkar
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautum Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn ($269k), Pat Cummins ($207k), Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Veer Pratap Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Jimmy Neesham, Brad Hogg ($103k), Sumit Narwal, Sheldon Jackson, Aditya Garhwal, KC Cariappa, Vaibhav Rawal
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Corey Anderson, Aditya Tare, Jasprit Bumrah, Josh Hazlewood ($103k), Marchant de Lange, Pawan Suyal, Shreyas Gopal, Lendl Simmons, Aaron Finch ($662k), Pragyan Ojha, Mitchell McClenaghan, Abhimanyu Mithun, Aiden Blizzard ($62k), Akshay Wakhare, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad, Hardik Pandya, J Suchitch
Rajasthan Royals: Shane Watson ($2.2m*), Stuart Binny, James Faulkner ($1.7m*), Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith ($828k), Rajat Bhatia, Tim Southee, Dhawal Kulkarni, Abhishek Nayar, Kane Richardson ($207k), Ben Cutting ($166k), Karun Nair, Deepak Hooda, Dishant Yagnik, Vikramjeet Malik, Ankit Sharma, Rahul Tewatia, Pravin Tambe, Chris Morris, D Salunkhe, Juan Theron, Pradeep Sahu, Barinder Saran, Sagiar Trivedi
*reportedly retained for that sum
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Mitchell Starc ($1.03m), Nic Maddinson ($103k), Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, Harshal Patel, Vijay Zol, Abu Nechim, Sandeep Warrier, Yogesh Takawale, Yuzvendra Chahal, Rilee Rossouw, Iqbal Abdulla, Manvinder Bisla, Mandeep Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Subramaniam Badrinath, Darren Sammy, Sean Abbott ($207k), Adam Milne, David Wiese, Sarfraz Khan, Jalaj Saxena, Shishir Bhavane
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Shikhar Dhawan, Dale Steyn, David Warner ($1.14m), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Moises Henriques ($207k), Lokesh Rahul, Parveez Rasool, Naman Ojha, Ashish Reddy, Ricky Bhui, Chama Milind, Karn Sharma, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Kane Williamson, Ravi Bopara, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Trent Boult, Praveen Kumar, Hanuma Vihari, Prasanth Padmanabhan, Siddarth Kaul