The inaugural Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008 created as much news for its international player cast as it did for the exorbitant bidding amounts for these players. Season 2 of IPL is no different. The auction was held in Goa on Friday, February 6, 2009.
With the auctioning process of players over, English players like Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff have emerged as the most expensive, with both bagging $1.55 million. While Bangalore Royal Challengers successfully bid for Pietersen, Flintoff went to Chennai Super Kings. India’s captain MS Dhoni came a third in bidding amount at $1.5 million. He too was snapped up by Chennai Super Kings. Australian all rounder Andrew Symonds went for $1.35 million. He will play for Deccan Chargers.
Rajasthan Royals, the champions in the inaugural IPL tournament last year, roped in Australian fast bowler Shaul Tait for $375,000 and Tyron Henderson of South Africa for $650,000.
Mumbai Indians roped in South African batsmen Jean-Paul Duminy for $95,000 and Kyle Mills of New Zealand for $150,000.
Delhi Daredevils managed to clinch England all-rounder Paul Collingwood for $275,000 and Owais Shah for $275,000.
Kings XI Punjab bought England’s Ravi Bopara for $450,000 and West Indian fast bowler Jerome Taylor for $150,000.
Chennai Super Kings also roped in Sri Lankan Thilan Thusara for $140,000 and Australian batsman George Bailey for $50,000.
Bangalore Royal Challengers also bought New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder for $160,000.
Deccan Chargers bought West Indians Fidel Edwards for $150,000 and Dwayne Smith for $100,000.
Bangladeshi bowler Mashrafe Mortaza was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for $600,000.
In all 16 players were bought by the eight franchise teams during the IPL Season II auction, of whom five were Englishmen, three West Indians, two each from South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia, besides one each from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
Rajasthan Royals bought two players; Kolkata Knight Riders, one; Bangalore Royal Challengers, two; Deccan Chargers, two; Chennai Super Kings, three; Mumbai Indians, two; Delhi Daredevils, two; and Kings XI Punjab, two.