The IPL Tamasha!


Well, the bidding is over, the scalps have been announced. I am reminded of the Bill Murray starrer, Groundhog Day, wherein men are auctioned to women for a one night stand. Here we are, Juhi Chawla, Preety Zeinta and the likes have won their men for several “one day sits in the shacks”…Anyway, here is the list of the winners.

 Jaipur Shane Warne (US$450,000), Graeme Smith (US$475,000), Younis Khan (US$225,000), Kamran Akmal (US$150,000), Yusuf Pathan (US$475,000), Mohammad Kaif (US$675,000), Munaf Patel (US$275,000), Justin Langer (US$200,000)

Chennai MS Dhoni (US$1.5 million), Muttiah Muralitharan (US$600,000), Matthew Hayden (US$375,000), Jacob Oram (US$675,000), Stephen Fleming (US$350,000), Parthiv Patel (US$325,000), Joginder Sharma (US$225,000), Albie Morkel (US$675,000), Suresh Raina (US$650,000), Makhaya Ntini (US$200,000), Michael Hussey (US$350,000)

Mumbai Sachin Tendulkar (icon), Sanath Jayasuriya (US$975,000), Harbhajan Singh (US$850,000), Shaun Pollock (US$550,000), Robin Uthappa (US$800,000), Lasith Malinga (US$350,000), Dilhara Fernando (US$150,000), Loots Bosman (US$175,000)

Bangalore Rahul Dravid (icon), Anil Kumble (US$500,000), Jacques Kallis (US$900,000), Zaheer Khan (US$450,000), Mark Boucher (US$450,000), Cameron White (US$500,000), Wasim Jaffer (US$150,000), Dale Steyn (US$325,000), Nathan Bracken (US$325,000), Shivnarine Chanderpaul (US$200,000)

Hyderabad Adam Gilchrist (US$700,000), Andrew Symonds (US$1.35 million), Herschelle Gibbs (US$575,000), Shahid Afridi (US$675,000), Scott Styris (US$175,000), VVS Laxman (US$375,000), Rohit Sharma (US$750,000), Chamara Silva (US$100,000), RP Singh (US$875,000), Chaminda Vaas (US$200,000), Nuwan Zoysa (US$110,000)

Mohali Yuvraj Singh (icon), Mahela Jayawardene (US$475,000), Kumar Sangakkara (US$700,000), Brett Lee (US$900,000), Sreesanth (US$625,000), Irfan Pathan (US$925,000), Ramesh Powar (US$170,000), Piyush Chawla (US$400,000), Simon Katich (US$200,000), Ramnaresh Sarwan (US$225,000)

Kolkata Sourav Ganguly (icon), Shoaib Akhtar (US$425,000), Ricky Ponting (US$400,000), Brendon McCullum (US$700,000), Chris Gayle (US$800,000), Ajit Agarkar (US$330,000), David Hussey (US$675,000), Ishant Sharma (US$950,000), Murali Kartik (US$425,000), Umar Gul (US$150,000), Tatenda Taibu (US$125,000)

Delhi Virender Sehwag (icon), Daniel Vettori (US$625,000), Shoaib Malik (US$500,000), Mohammad Asif (US$650,000), AB de Villiers (US$300,000), Dinesh Karthik (US$525,000), Farveez Maharoof (US$225,000), Tillakaratne Dilshan (US$250,000), Manoj Tiwary (US$675,000), Gautam Gambhir (US$725,000), Glenn McGrath (US$350,000)

The bidders sure did spring a lot of surprises. Most aussies went for much lower than expected. Symonds, expectedly became the first millionaire followed by Dhoni. Shocking winners include David Hussey, Yusuf Pathan and Mohd Kaif. The bidders certainly made informed decisions on the Indian youth brigade. There is quite an interesting story on how VVS Laxman gave up his “icon” status to allow Hyderabad to purchase Symonds.

Chennai looks a really strong team on paper followed by Kolkata and Hyderabad. I predict that Mumbai will not fair well, too many old timers in the side. Having said that we do not know the full team yet that will include the Under 19 folks as well.

Here’s to a crazy beginning to an Indian summer…

– Srikanth

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6 responses to “The IPL Tamasha!

  1. IPL – The Hungry Tide
    Kalyug is defined in Hindu Mythology as a phase, when man stops honoring what he promised by word of mouth. As to the exact date when it started, no one knows. Saints have stated that it started sometime during, before or after the epic of Mahabharata. With respect to cricket, Feb 20th, 2008 will go as the Kalyug day of cricket. Let me be the first to say that these numbers are a vulgar slap on the face of all those parents and teachers who prevented kids from pursuing careers in cricket, or sports in general. Secondly, I am reminded of the dialogue by Dr Ian Malcolm in response to John Hammond’s methods for controlling Dinosour reproduction in Jurassic Park, when he says “Nature will find its way”. In IPL, Capitalism has found its way.
    Things that cross my mind—
    1. I have never heard of Loots Bosman.
    2. What percentage of India’s GDP is attributed to cricket?
    3. Is ICC relevant anymore, if it was relevant in the past?
    4. After 10th board exam, you have a choice of Science, Commerce, Arts or Sports.
    5. Is Kingfisher planning to make money selling beer during the games?
    6. What is retirement in cricket, going forward?
    7. Lara, what were you thinking?
    8. Is the Monkey finally off his back?
    9. I hope Parthiv Patel has been taken as a batsman for Chennai.
    10. Why didnt anyone think of this before?

  2. Good questions Bharath.

    If Kingfisher was planning on making money from selling beer, they’ve god the most boring and dud players to appeal to a racy, young audience!

    The “Dravid, Kumble, Kallis, Boucher, Jaffer, Chanderpaul, Steyn and Bracken” combine will put even the most brazen nightclub to sleep within minutes of stepping into one!

    Zaheer Khan and Cameron White offer them beer sales hope although I am not sure Khan will want to appear in a beer commercial.

    Hmmm!

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  6. There seems to be little logic behind the bidding.Like why would one pay so much for Dravid,Tendulkar, Kumble or Ganguly for a 20/20 game when they did not even take part in the 20/20 world cup. 20/20 is a youngster sport , it is not an option for retired sportsmen.Maybe these bidders see something which I don’t.

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