Sportsdesk | February 4, 2013
The auction for the sixth staging of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament took place yesterday with 37 players being bought and a total of US$11.89 million (Dh43.6m) being spent.
Here’s our guide to the top five most expensive foreign players signed in the league:
The Mumbai Indians have forked out $1m for the services of the 24-year-old all-rounder, who demonstrated what he could do during Australia’s tour of Pakistan in the UAE last summer, most notably hitting an unbeaten 56 to inspire victory in the one-day game in Sharjah in September.
The Pune Warriors were the big spenders at the auction, signing three players for more than $600,000 each, with Mendis, the Sri Lanka spin bowler, being the most expensive at $725,000. Pune beat off the challenge of the Kolkata Knight Riders, who Mendis had previously played for, to get the 27 year old’s services.
The Australian fast bowler has concerns over his follow through after being told off by various umpires for running on the wicket, but that did not stop Pune from paying $700,000 to sign the 21 year’s old for the coming season.
New franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad made the Sri Lanka all-rounder their main signing as they spent $675,000 on him. The 23 year old has previously played in the IPL for the Chennai Super Kings and the Kochi Tuskers Kerala.
The 25-year-old South African all-rounder proved very popular as the Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore got in a bidding war before Chennai’s bid of $625,000 prevailed for a player who has only one international T20 appearance to date.