Monday, January 10, 2011

The Big IPL Auction

Chennai Super Kings:

Master stroke in retaining Dhoni, Raina, Vijay ,Albie and retaining most of the previous players Badrinath, Ashwin, Bollinger, Hussey, Jogi(ball boy), Tyagi(towel boy). CSK and fans will definitely miss Murali(mappilai) and Balaji(Happydent smile). New players Bravo, Styris,Randiv, Kulasekara, Hilfenaus, Faf du Plessis, Saha at cheap prices . Chennai has more less retained the same team thereby saving money on uniforms. Smart. Well balanced team with each spot in the team having two players . Whistle podu !!!

Royal Challengers Banglore:

King of Good times, Mallya wanted to revamp his team and get some young guns on board. With Anil Kumble as mentor he’s heading in right direction. Young blood like Kohli, Pujara, S.Tiwary, Mithun with the international experience of AB Devilliers, Dishan, Nannes, Vettori (all Delhi previously). Zaheer Khan spearheads the bowling. They’ll definitely miss the services of Vinay kumar, Uthappa, Dravid, Kumble himself. It would be interesting to see the uncapped players they hire.

Team Kochi :

They had a pretty decent auction given that it’s their first outing. They have a formidable attack with Murali, R.P.Singh, Sreesanth. Vinay kumar, romesh Powar, Jadeja. Mahela, Laxman, Mccullum and Hodge will bring experience in their batting line up. Their batting looks really thing on paper and need to sign in top talents from uncapped Indian Pool. Half the time kochi wasted on talking to their other partners on phone.

Deccan chargers:

One more team looking thin on Indian Talent except Ojha, Dhawan, Ishant, Mishra and Gony. Indian contigent is without Rohit Sharma, Venugopal Rao, RP Singh; hence T.Suman, Monish Mishra might be signed from uncapped. Sanga, KP,Steyn, Duminy, White are all good deals. Interesting price paid for Daniel Christian(who’s he). Sanga/White looks to Captain the team. Boy this team needs to play at home, Paavam da. Good tat no one bid for their team owner !!

Kolkata knight Riders:

One team to have set the agenda clear from the start and leave the past experiences behind to make a difference in next season. Gauti, Yusuf(so much money) , Kallis, Shakib, Morgan, Brett Lee, Haddin all are real T20 match winners on their day. They have retained Tiwary, Unadkat(their discovery) and got Balaji. Still their bowling looks weak as injury prone Lee will lead the attack. At the end of the day, not bidding for Dada was a big call they had to make.

Delhi Daredevils:

What the hell are you doing with the money. They have lost all major players from their previous years. Team heavily relied on Sehwag , warner, Venugopal rao and Bowling on Umesh yadav, Dinda. How can one pay so much for Irfan Pathan(not even fit). Their Sangwans ,Rajat Bhatias, Mithun Manhas are all very much need for this star to perform atleast decently. Van Der Merwe and James Hopes are great match winners in their side. But still get think-tank ready. Bad outing.

Rajasthan Royals:

Warne’s team can definitely surprise everyone with the local talent and the amount of unknown players they sign in. Rahul Dravid and Pankaj singh will their mainstay at batting and Bowling. Ross Taylor, Watson, Tait and Collingwood are excellent T20 players. Botha was a bizarre buy. They need the services of Jhunjhunwalas, Asnodkars, Sid Trivedis.

Sahara Pune Warriors:

First time at IPL was not bad for these men. Very satisfactory performance. Yuvraj Singh and Uthappa are perfect T20 game changer, With seasoned pros Ashish Nehra and Murali Karthik . Ferguson, Mathews, N.Mccullum, Jesse Ryder are all pretty good buys at reasonable costs. Mitchell Marsh will play under his father Geoff Marsh(coach). Smith provides the fire at the top order. In all sense, Yuvi is likely to lead.

Mumbai Indians :

Batting Bolstered by the new signings of Rohit Sharma and Symmonds, with Davy Jacobs opening with Sachin and Pollard to finish things. Bowling Department will be heavily dependent on Bhajji and Malinga, with Munaf patel and Clint Mckay. The most interesting factor would be Bhajji-Symmonds combo of Maaki Monkey fight fame, will be playing in same jerseys. Man, I would have if Sreesanth was also there.

At the end of the day, when all the owners sit down for a small meeting, CSK owners can say"Malai da.. AnnaMalai"

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