IPL invests locally; Watson wins among overseas players








Pawan Negi got the second highest bid at Rs. 8.5 crores  

Shane Watson’s 124 in 71 deliveries in the last T20 against India at the SCG may have influenced the India Premier League’s (IPL) bidders to go for him for the highest money offered to an overseas player of 9.5 crores. The franchises, otherwise, showed much restraint and opted for local players. The Chennai Super Kings (twice winners) and Rajasthan Royals (first winner of the tournament) remain suspended for two seasons on grounds of corruption as determined by BCCI. The two franchises to take their places are Pune Supergiants and Gujarat Lions (Rajkot).

Following are some of the top bids.

Shane Watson, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rs.9.5 crores

Pawan Negi, Delhi Daredevils, Rs. 8.5 crores

Yuvraj Singh, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rs. 7 crores

Chris Morris, Delhi Daredevils, Rs. 7 crores

Mohit Sharma, Kings XI Punjab, Rs.6.5 crores

Ashish Nehra, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rs.5.5 crores

Marcus Stoinis, Kings XI Punjab, Rs. 5.5 crores

Mitchell Marsh, Rising Pune Supergiants, Rs.4.8 crores

M Ashwin, Rising Pune Supergiants, 4.5 crores

Sanju Samson, Delhi Daredevils, Rs.4.2 crores

Karun Nair, Delhi Daredevils, Rs. 4 crores

Ishant Sharma  sold to Rising Pune Supergiants for Rs. 3.8 crores

Jos Buttler, Mumbai Indians, Rs. 3.8 crores

Kevin Pietersen, Rising Pune Supergiants, Rs.  3.5 crores

Dwayne Smith, Gujarat Lions, Rs.2.3 crores

Dale Steyn, Gujarat Lions, Rs. 2.3 crores

Dinesh Karthik, Gujarat Lions, Rs.2.3 crores

Irfan Pathan, Pune Supergiants, Rs. 1 crore

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