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IPL History: Looking back at how the first-ever player auction unfolded

  • MS Dhoni emerged as the costliest buy from the inaugural auction which saw the then 19-year old Virat Kohli going to RCB for his base price.
Anurag Guha
Modified 21 Dec 2019, 01:11 IST

Top buys by each franchise

Suresh Raina was one of the top buys of CSK
Suresh Raina was one of the top buys of CSK

Chennai Super Kings

After purchasing MS Dhoni, CSK went big for Muttiah Muralitharan, Michael Hussey and Matthew Hayden. Joginder Sharma and Suresh Raina were the two big buys on the local players front.

Rajasthan Royals

Graeme Smith, Yusuf Pathan, Shane Watson and Mohammed Kaif where the Royals' top buys alongside Shane Warne. They also signed the services of Justin Langer, Morne Morkel and Munaf Patel.

Deccan Chargers

DC went big to sign the services of ace Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds, who emerged as the costliest buy from the 2008 player auction. Joining Symonds on the foreign players front were Adam Gilchrist, Shahid Afridi, Herschelle Gibbs, Chaminda Vaas and Scott Styris.

Some of the notable India internationals who joined the Deccan Chargers in the inaugural season were RP Singh, Rohit Sharma and VVS Laxman.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

RCB broke the bank to sign the services of South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who was their most expensive buy at $900,000. Joining Kallis on RCB's list of foreign players were prominent names such as Ross Taylor, Pakistan's Misbah-ul-Haq and Dale Steyn.

Experienced leg-spinner Anil Kumble was RCB's second-biggest buy, and he was joined by Zaheer Khan and Wasim Jaffer at RCB.

Kolkata Knight Riders

Kolkata's costliest signing was Indian fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who was roped in by KKR for a big sum of $950,000. Their other top recruits were attacking openers Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum and the Pakistan trio of Shoaib Akthar, Umar Gul and Mohammad Hafeez while the Indian contingent comprised of Ajit Agarkar and Murali Karthik.

Mumbai Indians

MI used up a major chunk of their purse to sign the services of Sri Lankan all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya, who pocketed a contract worth $975,000. Prior to signing Jayasuriya, MI also spent $850,000 to land the services of Harbhajan Singh. Their other top buys were Robin Uthappa, Shaun Pollock and Lasith Malinga.

Kings XI Punjab

KXIP's most expensive buy was Indian left-arm all-rounder Irfan Pathan, who was set to partner Brett Lee and S Sreesanth in KXIP's bowling unit in the inaugural edition of the IPL. On the batting front, Sri Lankan duo of Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena were two notable purchases.


Delhi Daredevils

The Delhi Daredevils' top buy was Indian opener Gautam Gambhir. They also went big for the Indian duo of Manoj Tiwary and Dinesh Karthik, while AB de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan also earned big contracts.

Published 29 Nov 2019, 13:57 IST
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