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Sunday, 3 February 2013

IPL 6: Millionaire Glenn Maxwell emerges the richest from auction

he Australian allrounder Glenn Maxwell emerged the biggest buy at the 2013 IPL auction in Chennai, fetching a whopping bid of $1 million from Mumbai Indians, but the biggest surprises were the low-key pair of Chris Morris and Sachitra Senanayake bagging $625,000 each and rookie fast bowler Kane Richardson being valued at $700,000. It was a big day of spending, with $11.89 million spent on 37 of 101 players in less than five hours of bidding.

Maxwell, who has played nine ODIs and Twenty20 internationals, saw his value raise the most and was the biggest draw of the day. Mumbai opened the bidding for Maxwell at his base price of $200,000 and soon found themselves in a keen tussle with new entrant Sunrisers Hyderabad that stopped at a whopping $1million. Mumbai also forked out big bucks for the uncapped Western Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile ($450,000) whose base price was $100,000 while adding Ricky Ponting and Phillip Hughes to their squad.
After the initial round of bidding, of which Ajantha Mendis ($725,000), Abhishek Nayar and Thisara Perera ($675,000) and (Dirk Nannes ($600,000) were the most valued players, 20 additional players went under the hammer. Of these, South African allrounder Morris' name drew much interest from Mumbai, Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore and from a base of $20,000 the 25-year-old - who has played just one Twenty20 international - went to Chennai for a huge $625,000. Senanayake, a 27-year-old offspinner with seven ODIs and two T20Is under his belt, was snapped up by Kolkata Knight Riders for $625,000 after seeing his stock rise from $50,000 in a hurry. Richardson, a 21-year-old fast bowler from Adelaide who made his ODI debut last month, found himself valued at $700,000 by Pune Warriors India from an original $100,000.(CricketNext)

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