Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Kevin Pietersen, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson have kept their base price in the highest bracket of Rs 2 crore for the 2014 Indian Premier League Player Auction
New Delhi: Discarded veterans Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh have kept their base price in the highest bracket of Rs 2 crore for the upcoming auctions of the seventh edition of Indian Premier League.
There are 46 capped Indian players in the list of 208 international players who have enrolled for the auction.
The base price for capped players (in INR) are 50 lakh, 1 crore, 1.5 crore and 2 crore.
The player auction will be held in Bangalore on February 12 and 13.
New Zealand’s Corey Anderson has kept his base price at a moderate Rs 1 crore. It is widely expected that Anderson’s price will hit the roof-top after his fastest century in ODIs and his stupendous all-round performance against India in the ongoing ODI series.
While Australian captain Michael Clarke has pulled out from the auction, Ashes Hero Mitchell Johnson’s base price is Rs 2 crore.
Johnson’s Australian Test teammates Brad Haddin and Steve Smith are also in the top bracket alongside England superstar Kevin Pietersen.
In all, 10 Australians are in the top price bracket group including Brad Hodge, Mike Hussey, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc and Australian T20 skipper George Bailey.
While Sehwag, who has been horribly out of form, has kept himself in the highest bracket, two other veterans Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra are also expecting to fetch atleast Rs 2 crore or more at the auction if one goes by their decision to keep themselves in the highest bracket.
Dinesh Karthik, who was widely tipped to be retained by Mumbai Indians, has also kept a base price of Rs 2 crore.
Hard-hitting batsman Yusuf Pathan, who had three pathetic seasons with Kolkata Knight Riders is also in the highest bracket.
Swing bowler Praveen Kumar, leg-spinner Amit Mishra, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, Test opener Murali Vijay, Bengal’s Manoj Tiwary and Karnataka veteran Robin Uthappa are the other capped Indian players in the highest bracket.
Veteran seamer Zaheer Khan, Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara, talented Bhuvneshwar Kumar are in the Rs 1.5 crore bracket while fringe India players like Ashok Dinda, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohit Sharma are in the Rs 1 crore.
Delhi’s Parvinder Awana, who played a couple of T20 internationals last season has a base price of Rs 50 lakh.
Pacers Umesh Yadav has not yet confirmed his base price while Ishant Sharma’s base price is Rs 1.5 crore.
Jharkhand speedster Varun Aaron is missing from the auction list, which might be to keep himself injury free from the rigours of T20 cricket.
43-year-old Australian chinaman bowler Bradd Hogg is the oldest player at the auction with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore, while T20 freelancer Brad Hodge has kept his base price at Rs 2 crore.
Mike Hussey, who said that IPL-VI was his last edition has also included himself in the list with highest base price.
Some prominent Indian players and their base prices:
Indians (Rs 2 crore): Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Pragyan Ojha, Robin Uthappa, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Manoj Tiwary.
Indians (Rs 1.5 crore): Zaheer Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma.
Indians (Rs 1 crore): Parthiv Patel, Mohit Sharma, Ashoke Dinda, Wriddhiman Saha.