Mumbai Indians decided to spend $1 million (Rs.5.3 crore) for Aussie all-rounder Glenn Maxwell in the 6th edition of IPL players’ auction, even as cricketing big names, including Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting, failed to generate much interest among team owners.
Clarke was picked by Pune Warriors and Ponting was purchased by Mumbai Indians at their base value of $400,000. In contrast, Mumbai Indians outbid Hyderabad Sunrisers to hire Maxwell.
“We wanted a young all-rounder. He is a great fielder. It will be Sachin Tendulkar’s and the team’s decision on who will be captain,” said Nita Ambani, the owner of Mumbai Indians.
Of the 108 players up for auction to the 9 IPL teams, only 37 managed to find purchasers.
South African all-rounder Christopher Morris, who’s played just 1 Twenty20 international, fetched $625,000 after starting at a base value of $20,000. The 25-year-old Morris was purchased by Chennai Super Kings after a three-way bidding war together with Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The unconventional pattern continued with little-known Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake getting much beyond his base value of $50,000. Kolkata Knight Riders decided to spend $625,000 to Senanayake, outbidding Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.