TNI Bureau: The IPL 6 auction sprung a big surprise, as Australian Glenn Maxwell got the biggest package of Rs 5.3 crore, while many big guns were completely ignored. The “Million Dollar Baby” Maxwell was sold to Mumbai Indians for $1 million Rs 5.3 crore. He had a base price of $200,000.
Glenn Maxwell, an all-rounder himself, holds the record for the fastest ODI fifty in Australia’s domestic history. He scored 19-ball fifty against Tasmania in 2010-11. He recently took four wickets against the West Indies to script his team’s victory.
Sri Lankan Ajantha Mendis was also sold for a whopping Rs 3.8 crore of $725,000 to Pune Warriors. Pune also bought Kane Richardson of Australia for Rs 3.7 crore. India’s Abhishek Nayar too got a great deal. He was purchased by Pune Warriors for Rs 3.6 crore.
Other cricketers, who got the good package, included Thisara Perera (Hyderabad Sunrisers, Rs 3.6 crore), Chris Morris (Chennai Super Kings, Rs 3.3 crore), S Senanayake (Kolkata Knight Riders, Rs 3.3 crore), Dirk Nannes (CSK, Rs 3.18 crore), Jaydev Unadkat (Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rs 2.78 crore), Johan Botha (Delhi Daredevils, Rs 2.38 crore), Manpreet Gony (KXIP, Rs 2.65 crore), Darren Sammy (Hyderabad Sunrisers, Rs 2.25 crore), James Faulkner (Rajasthan Royals, Rs 2.12 crore), Michael Clarke (Pune Warriors, Rs 2.12 crore), Ricky Ponting (Mumbai Indians, Rs 2.12 crore), Nathan Coulter-Nile (Mumbai Indians, Rs 2.38 crore).
Surprisingly, cricketers like Aaron Finch, Matt Prior, Ravi Bopara and Vernon Philander could not make the cut. There will be no Pakistani players in IPL 6.