In the competitive world of Indian Premier League, pennywise buyers don’t shy of taking harsh decisions. No bargain is good enough if a player doesn’t bring value to the table. That was evident as fast bowlers came under the hammer in Round VI of the IPL auction in Bangalore on Saturday.
Ishant Sharma had slashed his base price from ₹2 crores in the last auction to a mere ₹75 lakh for the IPL 2018 auction. Still, the Delhi and India speedster invoked no interest from the franchisees. So did Sri Lanka veteran Lasith Malinga (base price ₹1 cr), Australian Mitchell Johnson (base price ₹2 cr) and Kiwiw Mitchell McLenaghan (base price ₹1.5 cr) and Tim Southee (bae price ₹2.2 cr).
Bangladesh seamer Mustafizur Rehman was acquired by a jubilant Mumbai camp for ₹2.2 cr; Pat Cummins also went to the Mumbai camp for ₹5.4 cr as Delhi declined to match the bid. Umesh Yadav was allowed by the KKR to go to RCB for their ₹4.2 cr bid.
Delhi retained Mohammad Shami by match Hyderabad bid of ₹3 crore as against the base price of ₹1 crore. Delhi further strengthened their seam attack by retaining Kagiso Rabada, matching ₹4.2 crore highest bid by CSK.