January 19, 2010

The IPL Player Auction Round Up

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There was a lot of drama today during the player auction and there were many surprises in store for everyone. So many unexpected twists happened and here is a summary of the auction.

Kings XI Punjab : They started the bid with a budget of $675,000 as they had already brought the West Indian batsman Adrian Barath outside the auction. They went hard to get Keiron Pollard and Kemar Roach. But they had to give up once the bids went outside their budget. At the end, they brought Yusuf Abdulla for the base price of $50,000 and then out-bid Bangalore to purchase Mohammad Kaif.

Delhi Daredevils : They started of cautiously and in fact didn’t bid for any player in the first pool. When the second round started, they straight away fought for Wayne Parnell. They competed with Deccan Chargers and out-bid them to buy Parnell for $610,000. Parnell is the third costliest South African player. Delhi Daredevils tried getting Kaif for the remaining amount, but they were out-bid by Bangalore.

Mumbai Indians : They started aggressively and went on to buy Keiron Pollard after the tie-breaker. They brought him for an undisclosed amount which is estimated at about $3 million. They had competition from Chennai, Bangalore and Kolkatta. They later brought the U-19 Indian player Harshal Patel. Nita Ambani admitted that it was a plan to rope in a batting all-rounder and thats why they went all out.

Chennai Super Kings : They went into almost all the top bids but found themselves out played by the other franchises. It was pretty clear that they were searching for a replacement for the injured Andrew Flintoff. They tried bidding for Shane Bond, Kemar Roach, Keiron Pollard and also Eoin Morgan. But they got none. They finally recalled Justin kemp into the bid and got him for a base price of $100,000 and then also signed up Thissara Perera for $50,000. There were no competitors for these players.

Deccan Chargers : They were very calculative with their bidding. They tried hard to secure players like Shane Bond, Keiron Pollard and Wayne Parnell. But they didn’t succeed. They successfully got Kemar Roach after keeping Chennai and Punjab at bay. They brought hime for $720,000. This left them with $30,000 in the budget and they never took part any further. They finally brought the Indian U-19 player Harmeet Singh who was a part of their team the last time around. He was brought for 800,000 INR.

Kolkatta Knight Riders : They were another team who was playing the waiting game. They had earlier released Ricky Ponting to free up a slot for foreign player. They tried hard to secure Keiron Pollard but lost him in the tie-breaker. They pressed hard and went on to secure Shane Bond by ousting their competitors in the tie-breaker. Since they ran out of budget, they never took part further.

Bangalore Royal Challengers : They played a rather subdued hand. They intially tried hard for Pollard, Bond, Parnell and Roach. But then they slowly gave up before out-bidding Chennai to sign up Eoin Morgan for $220,000. Then they tried to secure Kaif but failed. They got a chance to choose an U-19 player first and they picked up the U-19 skipper Ashok Menaria for 800,000 INR.

Rajasthan Royals : Just like the bidding in the first year, they played very slow. They had bought Rob Quiney which left a spot open. They never went in for any big names on the list. Rather byt he time they placed their first bid, most of them were out of budget. They later went on to sign-up ex-Australian cricketer Damien Martyn for a base price of $100,000 and then also bought Adam Voges for $50,000. They didn’t go for any other options and left $600,000 unused.

THE SHOCKERS!!! – None of the Pakistani players were signed up by the franchises. Even Afridi wasn’t picked up. Doug Bollinger also never got a bid despite some good performances in the recent times. Same thing applies to Phil Hughes. I also expected bids for Graeme Swann who also went unsold.

March 16, 2008

The Doosra – The Unexpected Twist

Posted in Cricket tagged , , , , , , , at 3:18 pm by techtwist

What are you supposed to do in order to represent your nation? Play well and keep performing consistently so that you keep improving your game. Here I’m going to talk about two Cricketers who did exactly this and yet found themselves out of their National colors. They are Shane Bond of New Zealand and Andre Nel of South Africa.

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Let me start of with Shane Bond. He’s, without doubt, one of the best fast bowlers that we’ve ever seen. He had it in him to consistently hit the 150 kmph mark and more so with the swing that he produces could spell danger for opponents. He had one problem though. He used to frequently get injured and hence not be able to serve his Nation as much as he wanted to. But I think NZCT took a wrong decision to not give him a contract. Instead they could’ve made him play key matches and try to get the best out of him for their team.

Just look back at what they’ve done. Rather they cut his career by atleast three years if not more. He went and joined the rebel Indian Cricket League or ICL which means he can’t represent his National Team anymore. Rather ICL ( or even IPL for that matter ) was the right place for Shane Bond as he would not have to play Cricket for a long duration.

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The next in this list is Andre Nel. He has been one of those bowlers who has been performing consistently well in any given condition. It is every bowlers dream to play in India. If they wanted to rest him, they had a better way of telling him rather than to axe a bowler who has moved to No.6 in the ranking and worst of it, won a match for you just a couple of days ago.

This has sparked him and even he’s planning to follow Shane Bond’s foot steps. This might be a disaster as he has it in him to serve for a longer period. His team mates and the boards are trying to set everything right. Let’s see where this heads.

Personally I also feel that both these players of very high calibre should have been a little more patient and should have done accordingly so as to make sure that they get back into the main frame. But the main reason for such debacle seems to be their respective Boards.