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IPL 4: Uthappa costlier than Gambhir

In the IPL 4 auction,amongst bowlers,Johan Botha is most expensive on cost per wicket parameter.

Written by Ashish Sinha | January 28, 2011 2:36:49 pm

On the basis of on-field cricket performances in the last three editions of the Indian Premiere League (IPL 4),including runs scored and wickets taken,Robin Uthappa has emerged as the costliest batsman in the latest auctions and not Gautam Gambhir.

This is because the Pune Sahara Warriors have paid a whopping Rs 1.9 lakh per run Uthappa has scored so far in the previous three editions of the IPL compared to Gambhir’s Rs 1.3 lakh per run.

“Cost-per-run and cost-per-wicket are among the parameters on which teams planned their auction strategy,” a senior sports marketing executive said. And this is the reason that the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are thrilled to have got Gambhir even though he is the costliest player in the latest IPL auctions commanding $2.4 million (Rs 11.04 crore),sources said. Even the $2.1-million paycheck to Yusaf Pathan is a cost-effective deal for the KKR as his cost-per-run is Rs 1.4 lakh,much lower than Uthappa. Also,Pathan is in the select list of 11 IPL players to have scored a 100 in the tournament.

Amongst bowlers,it is the South African Johan Botha for which the Rajasthan Royals have shelled out a whopping Rs 1.4 crore per wicket that Botha has taken in his three-match IPL career. In fact,Botha is the only overseas bowler to have the shortest IPL tenure.

Compared to Botha,our own pacer and the highest wicket taker in IPL so far,Rudra Pratap Singh,seems to have got a raw deal as he is getting a meagre sum of Rs 6 lakh per wicket taken. However,Singh is an extremely good buy for team Kochi who bagged him for $500,000 (Rs 2.3 crore),experts said.

“Uthappa has played in 29 IPL matches in the last three years and batted in 27 scoring 495 runs at an average strike rate of 110%. His cost-per-run is extremely high. Also,he is not going to play the World Cup. Considering this,Pune has overpaid but that is how auctions happen,” said the sports marketing executive requesting anonymity.

But all such calculations did not play any role when it came to the auction of Sourav Ganguly,sources added. According to IPL statistics,Ganguly was among the top four players to have scored most fifties in IPL-3 and was also the fourth highest run getter. He was the third highest hitter of fours and batted in 24 out of 26 IPL matches he played scoring around 540 runs at a strike rate of 105%. “His cost-per-run at the base price would have been mere Rs 34,000 and still no one bid. There seems to be something more than what meets the eye,” an IPL insider said.

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