Players sold on Day 1
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Muralitharan (1 Crore), Rampaul (0.90 Crore), Dinda (1.5 Crore), Starc (5 Crore), Yuvraj (14 Crore), Morkel (2.4 Crore), Parthiv (1.4 Crore), Nic Maddinson (0.5 Crore), Varun Aaron (2 Crore)
Our take: With some heavy retentions in Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, RCB had to go heavy on bowlers. Vijay Mallya and Co. not only did that, but also got the services of Yuvraj Sigh to add more fire to their explosive batting. Rampaul, their strike bowler in 2013, is a steal at such a low price.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Vinay (2.8 Crore), Y Pathan (3.25 Crore), Kallis (5.5 Crore), P Chawla (4.25 Crore), M Morkel (2.8 Crore), Shakib (2.8 Crore), Umesh (2.6 Crore), Uthappa (5 Crore),
Our take: Plenty of slow bowlers there. With Sunil Narine already there, KKR add more options to the spin unit with smart buys in Chawla and Shakib. The surface of Eden Gadens will suit this composition. No Brett Lee seems no problem this year as they have Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav to work some decent pace, and Vinay Kumar to do a more than handy job.
As far as batting is concerned, it is likely that Uthappa will set the ball rolling with already retained Gautam Gambhir. Retired Kallis will give their side the much-needed balance.
Kings XI Punjab: Shaun Marsh (2.2 Crore), Johnson (6.5 Crore), Pujara (1.9 Crore), Bailey (3.25 Crore), Perera (1.6 Crore), Saha (2.2 Crore), Sehwag (3.2 Crore), Maxwell (6 Crore), Balaji (1.8 Crore), Awana (0.65 Lakh),
Our take: They are having a dream auction. Look a very settled unit so far. Sehwag’s reluctance to captaincy can make way for George Bailey to lead the Punjab unit. In Sehwag, they have an explosive opener and Johnson will come handy on the lively Mohali strip.
Chennai Super Kings: McCullum (3.25 Crore), Dwayne Smith (4.5 Crore), Faf du Plessis (4.75 Crore), Nehra (2 Crore), Mohit (2 Crore), Samuel Badree (0.3 Crore), Hilfenhaus (1 Crore), Matt Henry (0.3 Crore)
Our take: Quiet so far, maybe due to retention of most of their players. With Dhoni already there, McCullum, in all likelihood, is picked as an opener. Dwayne Smith gives Dhoni another batting all-rounder. The Dwaynes – Smith and Bravo – will add a lot of Caribbean flavour to the Chennai unit.
Delhi Daredevils: Duminy (2.2 Crore), Tiwary (2.8 Crore), Murali Vijay (5 Crore), Rahul Sharma (1.9 Crore), de Kock (3.5 Crore), Shami (4.25 Crore), Pietersen (9 Crore), Karthik (12.5 Crore), S Tiwary (0.70 Crore), LR Shukla (1.5 Crore), Coulter-Nile (4.25 Crore), Unadkat (2.8 Crore), James Neesham (1 Crore)
Our take: Smartly used the Right to Match card for Pietersen, and have picked a fine balance so far. Rahul Sharma can come handy on the Kotla strip, and Shami, going by his current form, will be handy in any conditions. They did leave a hole in their pocket to gain services of Karthik, but the right-hander had a top-notch IPL for the Mumbai Indians last year. Vijay, de Kock further bolster their batting, and they will now look to add some bowling options. One big miss has been a specialist all-rounder. They must go aggressively for that.
Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith (4 Crore), Brad Hodge (2.4 Crore), Abhishek Nayar (1 Crore), Ben Cutting (0.8 Crore), Kane Richardson (1 Crore), Southee (1.2 Crore)
Our take: Quiet, yet sensible. In Smith and Hodge they retain their Aussie flavour, and add more utility to the unit.
Mumbai Indians: Ojha (3.25 Crore), Hussey (5 Crore), Z Khan (2.6 Crore), Corey Anderson (4.5 Crore), Hazlewood (0.5 Crore)
Our take: With Hussey set to wear the blue jersey, Mumbai now have the finest IPL finishers in their ranks. Pollard, Rohit and now Mr. Cricket. What a squad!
Sunrisers Hyderabad: I Pathan (2.4 Crore), Amit Mishra (4.75 Crore), Finch (4 Crore), Sammy (3.5 Crore), Warner (5.5 Crore), Ishant (2.6 Crore), B Kumar (4.25 Crore), B Taylor (0.30 Crore), Henriques (1 Crore), Venugopal Rao (0.55 Crore), Holder (0.75 Crore)
Our take: Pace, pace and more pace. With Steyn already there, Sunrisers add four seamers to their ranks. In Pathan and Sammy they have utility, and Bhuvneshwar and Ishant strengthen their seam bowling attack. Looks like there will be plenty of grass in Hyderabad this year!
Right to match: ‘Right to Match’ allows a team to match the bid for one of their players (part of the squad in 2013) bought by another team. If a team uses its Right to Match, it will get the player and no more bidding will be allowed.
2014 rules in brief
– Minimum strength of each squad no less than 18 and maximum 27 of which upto nine can be overseas
– No more than four overseas players in the XI for any match
– A team must spend a minimum of Rs 36 crore at the auction.
– The salary cap is Rs 60 crore for a team in IPL 7.
– A franchise may retain no more than four capped Indian players through a combination of player retention and Right to Match cards.
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