THE IPL 7 AUCTION CHRONICLES
Cricket is religion in India. And IPL is that festival which brings everyone in this religion under one roof for a yearly dose of fanfare, camaraderie and celebration. The festivities start months in advance with the auctions, and this year was no different.
In any game, a fan has the maximum right over team. They support them, give them unconditional love and pray for them during crucial moments and it is only fair that the fan be given a chance to be involved in player selection.
Royal Challengers Bangalore left no stone unturned in keeping the fan engaged before and during the auction. The RCB Game Plan ensured, in phase 1, that the fan told us who they thought were the players to be retained. In Phase 2 they told us what the RCB strategy should be, making contributions to the list of players they would want to see in the team. This process started early in January and ended days before the auctions which took place on the 12th-13th of February.
The last 2 days saw every Indian glued to their television sets or social media in an attempt to catch the latest bid. The stakes were high and every team ensured that they got the right mix of players. ITC Gardenia in Bangalore was abuzz with activity since the morning of 12th February and this continued to the sluggish afternoon hours of 13th Feb.
RCB was the team to have made the biggest purchase in the history of IPL. All-rounder Yuvraj Singh was picked up for a staggering Rs 14cr. This purchase added to the mighty trinity of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle. Yuvraj with his impeccable record as a T20 player will add a streak of power to an already talented side. Albie Morkel was the next all-rounder to be purchased. A fine hand with the bat, Albie is an equally suave bowler. One that RCB needed the most at this hour, as suggested by our fans.
Wicket-keeper and opener Parthiv Patel completed the the power hitting slot with fellow wicket-keeper batsman AB de Villiers. Yogesh Takawale added the final touch to the wicketkeeper batsman trio. Young Vijay Zol, who has had a brilliant year as an U-19 captain and more so with the bat , having scored centuries down under, has found his way back into RCB and deservedly so.
Young guns, batsman Nic Maddinson and bowler Mitchell Starc were initiated into RCB. Having ample experience in other T20 leagues, Maddison and Starc will be able to bring a varied school of thought to the team. Fast bowler, Ashoke Dinda, with his rich experience in Ranji matches and previous IPLs, came on board promising some major fireworks along with Ravi Rampaul, Varun Aaron and spin king Murali.
Returning to this glitzy bowling line-up are the very talented Harshal Patel and Sandeep Warrier, whose records are impeccable. Sachin Rana, Y Singh Chahal and Abu Ahmed, will strengthen the bowling brigade of RCB and Goan Shadab Jakati will don the RCB jersey for the first time.
The other major players who were auctioned were Virender Sehwag, who found a new home in King’s XI Punjab. The much-awaited auction of this year, Corey Anderson was picked up by Mumbai Indians. Where Kolkata used their Right to Match card to retain Yusuf Pathan, Brendon McCullum was bought by Chennai Super Kings. Rajasthan Royals clinched Steve Smith and Sunrisers acquired Aaron Finch.
The auctions were only a trailer to the blockbuster that will release in April! Here’s to great times ahead.
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