IPL Auction 2014: Picking the Best-Value Bargains on Day 1

Richard MorganContributor IFebruary 12, 2014

IPL Auction 2014: Picking the Best-Value Bargains on Day 1

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    Money, money, money: Day one of the 2014 IPL auction was full of surprises ...
    Money, money, money: Day one of the 2014 IPL auction was full of surprises ...Associated Press

    Day one of the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction took place in Bangalore on Wednesday and, as usual, there were a number of bargain buys available for the eight franchises to snap up among the 514 players up for sale.

    Now, of those Twenty20 (T20) stars on display, 219 were fully capped internationals from 10 different countries, with just Pakistani players of the Test-playing nations missing from the auction, while Netherlands all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate was the only representative from the associate nations.

    And with a maximum base price (starting bid) for any player of 20m rupees (£195,400), these were the five best-value bargains on day one in Bangalore...

David Warner

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    International team: Australia

    IPL franchise: Sunrisers Hyderabad 

    Price: $916,000

    No wonder the big-hitting Aussie opener could be seen with a huge smile on his face on day one of the 1st Test against South Africa at Centurion on Wednesday after he was bought by the Sunrisers for a fee of just under $1m, making the 27-year-old the sixth-most expensive player on the opening day of the auction.

    However, while on paper that may seem like a hefty fee, in actual fact Hyderabad have got themselves a real bargain, especially when you consider some of the far larger sums splashed out on players such as Dinesh Karthik ($2,083,000).

    Also don't forget that the swashbuckling left-hander has an impressive T20 strike-rate for Australia of 138, during which time he has also clobbered 57 maximums in just 46 internationals.

    Aaron finch and Dave Warner in same IPL team... Watch out!!!

    — Sean O'Connor (@ockerschitchat) February 12, 2014

Corey Anderson

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    International team: New Zealand

    IPL franchise: Mumbai Indians

    Price: $750,000

    Mumbai have managed to pick up the exciting young Black Caps all-rounder for what looks, on paper at least, a cut-price $750,000.

    The 22-year-old from Christchurch currently holds the record for the fastest-ever one-day international (ODI) hundred, which gives you some idea of just what type of middle-to-late-order batsman Anderson is.

    And with the Indians having a happy knack of unearthing the Player of the Tournament in the auction phase, do not be surprised either to see the Kiwi follow in the footsteps of previous IPL breakout stars such as Glenn Maxwell, Richard Levi and Kieron Pollard.

    Scared of watching my IPL auction, says Corey Anderson http://t.co/ceyf6fzIod

    — CricketNDTV (@CricketNDTV) February 11, 2014

Aaron Finch

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    International team: Australia

    IPL franchise: Sunrisers Hyderabad 

    Price: $666,000

    There can be few more destructive and clean-hitting batsmen in world cricket at present than the right-handed Victorian, which is why Hyderabad were more than happy to lavish almost three-quarters of a million dollars on the opener in Bangalore in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

    Finch, 27, has been in devastating form with the bat for his country in the limited-overs form of the game in recent weeks against England, while his T20 strike-rate of 170 for Australia is simply mind-boggling.

    And consider just for a moment that the Sunrisers have landed a player who hit a world-record T20 score of 156 against England last summer for almost $200,000 less than what Kolkata Knight Riders paid for Robin Uthappa.

    Mike hussey sells for more coin than Aaron finch in ipl auction... Sorry what?? #IPLauction

    — Benny Mc (@bennymc7) February 12, 2014

Brendon McCullum

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    International team: New Zealand

    IPL franchise: Chennai Super Kings 

    Price: $541,000

    Chennai will be more than happy to have snapped up the hugely experienced T20 player for an extremely reasonable figure on day one of the 2014 IPL auction.

    This is, after all, currently one of, if not, the most destructive batsmen in the world in this shorter form of the game, with the 32-year-old having previously blitzed two international T20 centuries for his country.

    So no wonder Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming was so delighted to have landed his compatriot for more than $100,000 less than what the Rajastan Royals shelled out to buy Australian batsman Steve Smith.

    Irony Of IPL Auction: Dinesh Karthik > Mike Hussey + Brendon McCullum + Virender Sehwag..!! #IPLAuction #PepsiIPLAuction

    — Drunk Monk (@HighOnDrunk) February 12, 2014

George Bailey

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    International team: Australia

    IPL franchise: Kings XI Punjab

    Price: $541,000

    Anyone who watched the Tasmanian star in Australia's ODI series in India last year will not only know that the 31-year-old likes batting in the subcontinent but that he can also hit the ball a very long way indeed.

    Which teams appear to have done the best business so far? George Bailey to #KXIP could be a steal after what he did to India over there #IPL

    — Disc Cricket Outlet (@DiscountCricket) February 12, 2014

    The middle-order finisher recently made an unbeaten 60 from just 28 balls to help beat England in a T20 international at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, while the right-hander also hit a record-equalling 28 runs off a James Anderson over in the 3rd Test against England in Perth last December.

    And so for the Kings XI Punjab to be able to secure Australia's T20 skipper for less than what the Sunrisers forked out to get West Indies all-rounder Darren Sammy is quite some coup indeed.