Dinesh Karthik sold for a whopping Rs 12.5 crore in the IPL 7 auction © IANS
Day One of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 auction took place on Wednesday. A total of 70 players were sold to the eight teams. There were a few surprises along the way as some well-known names went unsold and some went for a higher price than expected. Arunabha Sengupta highlights the action on Day One of the IPL 7 auction with limericks.
Mendis had waited for the day
During the auction to make hay
Sadly was he told
In a voice stone cold
’Tis cricket not carom that we play
Luteru Poutoa Lote Taylor Ross
With a name such uniformly gross
The franchises thought
He ought not be bought
Even with the coin for the toss.
Dinesh Karthik the ’keeper was sore
Dhoni meant he was needed no more
He could still hit the ball
But scarcely had the gall
To think he would fetch 12.5 crore.
Thirty seven wickets in the whitewash
Add to that the great loopy moustache
But, when came his turn
Just a month after the urn
Johnson went for just a little cash
Muralitharan with the smile on his face
Quiet Bedi – he’s an absolute ace!
But when up came his name
So dripping with fame
The price never rose above the base.
(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)