Ravindra Jadeja © Getty Images
Ravindra Jadeja © Getty Images

 

By Mock Wah

 

Finally, The IPL, the so-called next BIG thing after GOD – don’t read that as Sachin Tendulkar – is back. And so are we. After all the hullabaloo, player retention controversies, team owner controversies, the IPL auction took place at Bengalooru without the ex-Kingpin Lalit Modi. There were a few good bids and a few shocking bids.

 

Listed below are a few bids classified as the Good (total value for money), Bad (a little waste of money) and the Ugly (total waste of money).

 

THE GOOD

 

1. Davy Jacobs – One of the best buy at the auction. It was one bloody hell of a steal for $190k. High stakes were expected of him considering his form in the Champs League. He is an opening bat as well as a ’keeper and an outstanding captain. Chennai almost bought him before Mumbai Indians (MI) raised the stakes and bought him. Well done, MI!

 

2. Kumar Sangakkara – A steal for $700k, considering the way money was thrown around. He can double up as a ’keeper, bat at No 3 and has brilliant captaincy skills – major utility player. Well done, Deccan Chargers!

 

3. Dan ‘The Man’ Vettori – $550k! Can you believe it!  You can’t get cheaper than that even in a clearance sale! Vettori is a world class all-rounder. Considering the fact that the matches are gonna be played in India, spin will be king. With his late-order hitting and good captaincy skills, he is surely a match winner. Well done, Royal Challengers!

 

4. Shakib-Al Hasan – Yet another steal! The Bangladesh captain, who has literally revolutionized his team, was picked for $425k. Agreed, he is a Bangladesh cricketer, but he is the No.1 in the ICC all-rounder ratings. Well don, Kolkata Knight Riders!

 

5. Scotty Styris and Dwayne Bravo – Two match winners undergoing a tough time presently. Great buy at $200k. Good job, Chennai Super Kings!

 

6. Charles Langeveldt – At $140k, a terrific buy. One of the best bowlers at death presently, but very underrated.

 

THE BAD

 

1. Umesh Yadav – $750,000. Seriously, who the hell is he, Delhi Daredevils!

 

2. Subramaniam Badrinath – Kochi sensed CSK’s desperation after their strategy became open and started chasing Badri which finally ended up at $800,000. Happy New Year, Badri!

 

3. The Pathan Bros. – $4million. Do they even know the number of zeros in it! A bad buy, for sure. 2.1 for Yusuf and 1.9 for Irfan, who haven’t shown much promise after the first IPL season. But thanks Irfan , you made sure CSK lifted the trophy!

 

THE UGLY

 

1. Joginder Sharma and Sudeep Tyagi – What a waste of $390,000! Period.

 

2. Ravindra Jadeja – What were the numbskulls even thinking? Do they even watch T20s? For $950,000, even his parents won’t buy him!

 

3. Saurabh Tiwary – Shocker! Agreed he’s a young, but $1.6million for a guy who bats at No 6! The owners must be crazy.

 

4. Gautham Gambhir – Maybe the KKR team weren’t off the hangover while bidding for Gambhir. A record buy of 2.4million for a single dimensional, injury prone player. Even Viru would be cursing him now.

 

5. Mahela Jayawardene – Again a front line batsman, overpriced at $1.5 million.

 

6. Dan Christian – Who?! Wonder what made them bid so much for him. His stats aren’t impressive. Waste of $900,000.

 

And few more players add up to each of the categories. But the thing which we have to look forward is: Does any team buy Saurav Ganguly off the auction. Overall, the teams look good.

 

The brains trust of the Kochi team seemed like scrambled eggs; they were on lookout for bowlers, forgetting T20 – especially in India – is a batsman’s game. Chennai went on going for the same players, which was the smartest thing to do, keeping their faith in their players – even Jogi and Tyagi. KKR and RCB opted for a totally new look team. Mumbai Indians look like a juggernaut on the paper. Time will tell, which owner succeeded and which owner sucked.

 

(What happens when two guys lost completely in their worlds, separated by time zone, conflicted by profession but united by passion for cricket? Simple, they start arguing about the only thing they find common. And then on a wet day in Bangalore and a dull night in San Jose one says, “Mate, we should be writing this stuff down.” That’s how an innings with no boundaries and hell a lot of running between the wickets was born. Venkat and Sid are the pair, who write under the pseudonym of “Mock Wah“)