February 4th, 2012
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Ravindra Jadeja bought for $2 mn

jadejaBangalore: Chennai Super Kings placed the highest bid of a whopping $ 2 million to buy Ravindra Jadeja  they young Indian all rounder Ravindra Jadeja. The 23-year-old, whose base price was USD 100,000, went to Chennai after the tie-breaker clause was invoked when two teams – CSK and Deccan Chargers – bid the maximum (USD two million) for the Saurashtra player. Both the franchises were asked to bid a secret amount in the tie-breaker and it was Chennai which managed to outbid Deccan.

Indian Premier League auction for season five, began today at the ITC Royal Gardenia Hotel today. New Zealand’s Brendon McCullum was the first player to be sold in the auction. He was taken by Kolkata Knight Riders for $ 900,000. McCullum had also started his IPL stint with the same franchise in its inaugural season.

Former Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene, incidentally the KTK captain last season, was also a big draw going to Delhi Daredevils for USD 1.4 million (approx Rs 6.8 crore) and Muttiah Muralitharan was picked up by the Royal Challenges Bangalore for $ 2,20,000.

Veteran Indian batsman VVS Laxman, who was a big disappointment during the recent Test series against Australia, went unsold in the auction along with England’s James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara and Matt Prior, West Indies’ Ramnaresh Sarwan, Adrian Barath and Darren Bravo and South Africa’s Mark Boucher.


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