Vinay comes home to Royal Challengers Bangalore
Bidding for Vinay Kumar began at his reserve price of $ 100,000. Heated bidding between Deccan Chargers and Kings XI Punjab followed. The Royal Challengers Bangalore entered the fray later and snagged him for $ 1 million, making him only the third player to cross the million dollar mark in the auction.
Vinay Kumar joins his Karnataka state mates Abhimanyu Mithun and Sreenath Aravind to give the RCB pace attack a local flavour.
Vinay Kumar played 33 matches for RCB from 2008 to 2010, taking 30 wickets, coming in third in the overall IPL wicket takers list in 2010 with 16 wickets. He played for the now defunct Kochi Tuskers Kerala in 2011, taking 12 wickets in 13 games. Vinay Kumar is also an integral part of the Indian national squad, making his Test debut recently in Australia.
Muttiah Muralitharan, the legendary Sri Lankan spinner was picked up by RCB for $ 220,000. With Daniel Vettori leading the team, Muralitharan’s inclusion gives RCB’s spin attack an immense boost making it one of the most lethal in the IPL.
Muralitharan has 1347 wickets in international cricket and 42 wickets in 45 IPL games as a part of Chennai Super Kings squad from 2008 to 2010 and Kochi Tuskers Kerala last year. The bowler, who retired completely from international cricket after the 2011 World Cup has been busy playing in leagues around the world, turning out for domestic teams in England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka and has also been picked up by a team in the Bangladesh Premier League.
Ravindra Jadeja attracted the highest bid at the auction with the Deccan Chargers and Chennai Super Kings both went all out for the allrounder, bidding $ 2 million before CSK emerged victorious in the secret tie breaker. Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene was the other player to breach the million dollar mark, attracting a bid of $ 1.4 million from the Delhi Daredevils.
Complete list of sold and unsold players at the auction