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Glenn Maxwell surprise million-dollar baby at IPL-VI auction.Ponting,Clarke go at base price

Glenn Maxwell was out for a first ball duck in Australias ODI against West Indies in Perth on Sunday but the young cricketer hit a massive century in Chennai.At the IPL 6 auction,the Victorian emerged as an unlikely star,raking in big moolah.
On a day of low-key action,the 24-year all-rounder breached the ceiling by commanding an unthinkably high price of $ 1 million,thus becoming the costliest player of the IPL 6 trading.He was grabbed by Mumbai Indians,who staved off a strong challenge from the Sun Risers.
If Maxwell was the surprise hero of the day,his illustrious compatriots have emerged poor duds of the proceedings.Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke,past and present captains of Australia,went rather cheaply for $ 400,000,bought respectively by Mumbai Indians and Pune Warriors.Particularly awful was the price of Clarke,the hottest cricketer in the circuit currently.
There were no takers for the Australia captain and when Pune Warriors made a reluctant bid,there was not a single counter bid.Clarke,thus,was landed by Pune for his base price.There was no immediate reaction from the New South Walesean but not long ago,Clarke had pulled out of the auction fearing he would not command the price worthy enough of his reputation.In the IPL II,he wanted his base price to be $ 1 million before withdrawing from the race at the last minute.
Nita Ambani,the owner of Mumbai Indians,could not stop grinning.Getting Ponting for base price was a steal and the Mumbai owner justifiably elated by her acquisitions.I cant ask for more.The team has two great icons in Sachin (Tendulkar) and Ricky, said Nita,also expressing satisfaction over the purchase of Maxwell.He is a big-hitter and a useful bowler.Were happy to have bought him, she said.The hand of Anil Kumble,the new mentor of the side,was evident in the sides purchases as the team entourage appeared to have come prepared.
The surprise acquisitions of the day were unheralded Kane Richardson of Australia,Chris of Morris of South Africa and Sachithra Senanayake of Sri Lanka.While Pune splurged $ 700,00 on a relatively unknown Richardson,Chennai spent $ 625,000 on the South African all-rounder.Kolkata Knight Riders landed the Sri Lankan ($ 625,000),a recommendation of their coach Trevor Bayliss,who had previously coached the Sri Lankan national team.
Abhishek Nayar was the costliest Indian,having attracted $ 675,000 from Pune while Jaydev Unadkat went for $ 525,000 from Royal Challengers Bangalore,who at one stage,bought three pacers in one stretch,Pankaj Singh ($ 150,000) and Ravi Rampaul ($ 290,000) being the other two.RP Singh,the lone marquee player in the list,was also roped in byRoyalChallengers for $ 400,000.
Chennai Super Kings,one of the richest teams,went for some easy signings,by roping in players like Ben Laughlin of Australia (pacer),Akila Dananjaya (spinner) of Sri Lanka and Jason Holder of West Indies,all coming for the lowest possible prices — $ 20,000.It was an attempt to give impetus to their bowling and they could not have asked for a better deal.
New comers Sun Risers,after initial reluctance,signed six players,while Royal Challengers bought the maximum seven.Rajasthan Royals were not the spendthrifts the other teams are known to be and signed three players while KKR and Kings XI Punjab were relatively calm at the auction,buying just two players each.Delhi acquired three players but they had no vacancy in the overseas category while Pune exhausted their quota of 33 players by recruiting four players.

Posted February 4, 2013 by avinash2060 in IPL

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