With the Indian Premier Leagues second auction over,Sandeep Dwivedi breaks down how the teams did in Goa
The permutations and combinations within the eight IPL teams changed rapidly during the Season Two auction in Goa on Friday. The most dramatic change was for Vijay Mallyas Bangalore Royal Challengers,who added explosive English batsman Kevin Pietersen and New Zealands Jesse Ryder in a bid to shed their tag of being a boring Test team.
Chennai matched Pietersens $1.55 million price-tag by spending as much on his England team mate Andrew Flintoff,Mukesh Ambanis Mumbai Indians got a prize catch when they secured South Africas new batting sensation Jean-Paul Duminy,while Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders chose to fight long and hard for Tyron Henderson,a domestic T20 specialist from South Africa,and Bangladeshs Narail Express Mashrafe Mortaza.
As the dust settled at the end of the bidding process for the 17 slots to be filled,new records had been set and surprises had been thrown up. Representatives of all the eight teams seemed to walk out of the hall thrilled at having strengthened their squads,but behind the plastic smiles,not everyone had reason to be happy at the way things had panned out. We take a look at those who gained and those who failed to make an early impact heading into the tournament starting on April 10.
Bangalore 2008: 7th
Owner: Vijay Mallya
Such was his excitement over signing Kevin Pietersen that Vijay Mallya was asked if he planned to make him the teams captain. Though Mallya was non-committal,he said that Pietersens presence would strengthen the team famously dubbed a Test squad by his friends. After securing Pietersen,Bangalore signed New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder (in pic). Both known for their strokeplay,Pietersen will be available for the first three weeks while Ryder will play the entire season. If nothing else,the additions will at least change the image of the team.
Chennai 2008: 2nd
Owner: India cements
They had the biggest budget at their disposal,and it didnt come as a surprise when they signed Andrew Flintoff (in pic) the most sought-after player here. Runners-up last year,Chennai now have another quality all-rounder in their ranks,apart from Albie Morkel and Jacob Oram. Adding to their pace attack will be Sri Lankan Thilan Thushara. The fact that theyve added two seamers could leave first-season hero Manpreet Gony with a fight on his hands to get into the XI,but all in all,MS Dhoni should be pleased with the problem of plenty.
Delhi 2008: Semis
They proved to be the team with the most clarity of thought at the auction. Delhi needed a couple of middle-order batsmen,and they did well to sign Englands Paul Collingwood and Owais Shah (in pic) at throwaway prices. Both Shah and Collingwood have proved their worth in crickets diet version. The buys strengthen a line-up that starts with Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir,and add their mid-season pick David Warner. On paper at least,Delhi are now a formidable line-up. After making the semis in 2008,they will hope to do better this year.
Hyderabad 2008: 8th
Owner: deccan chronicle
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