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In February 2014, when Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Delhi Daredevils (DD) bought Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Karthik respectively, there was a lot of debate whether the franchise owners had taken the right step. Three months later, the tables have turned and the two teams could not manage to quality for the IPL 7 playoffs. Sudatta Mukherjee looks at how teams fared compared to the money they spent during the IPL 2014 auction.
Ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014, Delhi Daredevils (DD) did not retain a single player from their previous seasons. They even released star batsmen Virender Sehwag and Kevin Pietersen. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) retained three of their big guns — Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers.
In the high-profile IPL 7 auction, RCB spent a whopping INR 14 crores and bought Yuvraj Singh, in the process becoming the richest buy of IPL history. Delhi followed RCB’s footsteps and bought Dinesh Karthik for INR 12.5 crores. Delhi also bought back Pietersen with their Rights to Match card, for INR 9 crores. Mumbai Indians (MI) were also involved in some big purchases, acquiring Corey Anderson, Michael Hussey and Pragyan Ojha.
Three months later, if one looks at the chart of how much the IPL teams spent and how much points they earned, one will get the idea that in the process, Delhi and Bangalore lost more in the gamble than Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and, the best team at the auctions, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).
|Team||Total funds||Funds Remaining||Funds Spent||Points Earned||Money Spent Per Point|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||600,000,000||0||600,000,000||10||60,000,000|
|Chennai Super Kings||600,000,000||2,000,000||598,000,000||18||33,222,222|
|Kolkata Knight Riders||600,000,000||10,000,000||590,000,000||18||32,777,778|
|Kings XI Punjab||600,000,000||41,000,000||559,000,000||22||25,409,091|
Note: All monetary figures in terms of INR.
On the other hand, Punjab, who made smart but effective buys like Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell and George Bailey, is the team to have spent INR 25.4 crores per point. Following them are Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), who went ahead and bought many Indian players, like Robin Uthappa, R Vinay Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav and stuck with Yusuf Pathan, all of them contributing big time, in the side’s IPL 7 playoff’s reach. KKR and CSK spent approximately INR 3.3 crores each per point. Moreover, Punjab, Kolkata and Chennai were still left with INR 4.1 crores, Rs 1 crore, and INR 20 lakhs in their kitty.
Chennai had bought some amazing players like Dwayne Smith and Brendon McCullum, who have contributed a lot to their success.
Delhi and Bangalore have to do a lot of thinking before the next season starts and if possible may aim for releasing some under-performing players and go for players, probably local, who can help the team qualify for the IPL 2015 playoffs.
(Sudatta Mukherjee is a reporter with CricketCountry. Other than writing on cricket, she spends penning random thoughts on her blog and produces weekly posts on new food joints at Whopping Weekends. She played Table Tennis for University of Calcutta. When she is not writing, you will catch her at a movie theatre or watching some English serial on her laptop. Her Twitter id is @blackrosegal)
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