Preity Zinta (left), Tom Moody, Stephen Fleming and company have to make smart buys on Day two of IPL auction © IANS
Preity Zinta (left), Tom Moody, Stephen Fleming and company have to make smart buys on Day Two of IPL auction © IANS

 

By Humjee Break-Sheikh

 

Here is where the teams stand after Day One of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction:

 

Team

Spare cash (INR)

Right to Match cards

Players in squad

Indian players in squad

Players to be purchased

Indian players that need to be purchased

Average cash left per player (INR)

Chennai Super Kings

2,90,00,000

0

13

6

3

3

96,66,667

Delhi Daredevils

8,60,00,000

2

13

8

3

1

2,86,66,667

Kings XI Punjab

14,20,00,000

1

12

6

4

3

3,55,00,000

Kolkata Knight Riders

9,00,00,000

0

10

6

6

3

1,50,00,000

Mumbai Indians

5,15,00,000

0

10

5

6

4

85,83,333

Rajasthan Royals

12,10,00,000

1

11

4

5

5

2,42,00,000

Royal Challengers Bangalore

1,80,00,000

1

12

5

4

4

45,00,000

Sunrisers Hyderabad

8,40,00,000

0

13

6

3

3

2,80,00,000

 

What the table tells us…

 

-          Having spent a fortune on Yuvraj Singh Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has probably put themselves in a precarious situation. If they have to buy even someone for one crore they will be left with a wallet of 80 lakhs for the remaining three.

-          Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals (RR), and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) cannot buy any overseas cricketer tomorrow.

-          Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) have gone slow; both can buy six cricketers tomorrow. Kolkata can actually splurge in tomorrow’s auction: they can buy three overseas players and spend 1.5 crore per player.

-          Delhi Daredevils (DD) still has two ‘Right to Match cards’, while Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Rajasthan and Bangalore have one each.

 

What the table does not tell us…

 

-          Hemang Badani, Simon Jones, Herschelle Gibbs, and Wasim Jaffer were up for the grabs.

-          Shilpa Shetty and Raj Kundra did not turn up.

-          144 players were not sold today.

-          Preity Zinta looked very happy. Richard Madley looked exhausted. Alex Hales was crestfallen. Jade Dernbach expected this.

-          It took Delhi INR 12.5 crores to get Dinesh Karthik share a dugout with Murali Vijay.

 

(Humjee Break-Sheikh eats, drinks, breathes and lives cricket. Unfortunately, he does not believe in social media.)