Mahela Jayawardene not being purchased by any of the IPL franchises came as the biggest shock of IPL 7 Auction © AFP
Mahela Jayawardene not being purchased by any of the IPL franchises came as the biggest shock of IPL 7 Auction © AFP

 

Thursday saw Day Two of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 auction. Again, there were a few surprises along the way as some well-known names went unsold and some went at a higher price than expected. Arunabha Sengupta continues to provide highlights of the auction action through the unique medium of limericks

 

The O’Brien Brothers – unsold

 

Two Irishmen (not Pat and Mike)

Were subject of a joke they didn’t like

Thought all would be ravin’

About brothers Niall and Kevin

But both were told “go ’n take a hike”

 

 

Karn Sharma – 3.5 crores

 

An unheralded young man called Karn

Seldom had made many a head turn

To buy him the Sunrisers

Proved they were not misers

Big holes in their pockets did they burn

 

 

Mahela Jayawardane and other Sri Lankans

 

Mahela that great man from Ceylon

Did not sell and hence set the tone

Many from his isle

Couldn’t make a pile

But were happy that none did so alone

 

 

Kuldeep Yadav – the young Chinaman bowler

 

An Indian bowling Chinaman is odd

A five-for versus Nepal team slipshod

But if you had the fear

That he’s too peculiar

KKR thinks he’s precious gift from God

 

Shilpa Shetty’s absence

 

The South Africa Australia Test

Was cricket at its absolute best

Yet, to see auction we willed

And ended unfulfilled

Shilpa didn’t turn up with that waist

 

(Arunabha Sengupta is a cricket historian and Chief Cricket Writer at CricketCountry. He writes about the history and the romance of the game, punctuated often by opinions about modern day cricket, while his post-graduate degree in statistics peeps through in occasional analytical pieces. The author of three novels, he can be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/senantix)