IPL Auction 2014: Picking the Worst-Value Buys on Day 1

Richard Morgan@Richiereds1976Contributor IFebruary 12, 2014

IPL Auction 2014: Picking the Worst-Value Buys on Day 1

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    Day one of the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL) auction took place in Bangalore on Wednesday and, as usual, there were a number of purchases that caused more than a few raised eyebrows

    Now, there were 514 Twenty20 (T20) stars available for the eight franchises to snap up, 219 of whom were fully-capped internationals from 10 different countries.

    Only Pakistani players from the Test-playing nations were 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 being 20 million rupees (£195,400), these are the five worst-value bargains on day one in Bangalore...

Dinesh Karthik

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    International team: India

    IPL franchise: Delhi Daredevils

    Price: $2,083,000

    So the second-most expensive player on day one of the 2014 IPL auction was none other than occasional India wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik, with the 28-year-old fetching a scarcely believable $2.08m from the Delhi Daredevils.

    Yes, this is the same Karthik who has featured in just nine T20 internationals for his country, during which time the Indian has managed a highest score of 31.

    Initially, the Sunrisers Hyderabad were competing for Karthik before the Kolkata Knight Riders then made a late play for his services after the bidding had crossed the 10-crore mark.

    But in the end it was Delhi who won the race for a player who fetched only $1m from the Mumbai Indians in last year's auction.

    Keeper/Batsman Dinesh Karthik just went for 2.2 mil in the IPL auction. He has a highest score of 31* in T20 internationals.

    — Patrick Stack (@PatrickStackFOX) February 12, 2014

Glenn Maxwell

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    International team: Australia

    IPL franchise: Kings XI Punjab

    Price: $1,000,000

    After featuring in only three matches for the Mumbai Indians last time out, it was something of a surprise to see the Kings XI Punjab splash out $1m in order to land the Aussie on day one of the 2014 auction, the exact same amount the 25-year-old fetched this time last year when people were left asking: "Glenn who?"

    The Victorian has a highest score of just 27 for Australia in T20 internationals, while he has taken only eight wickets, too. So finishing the opening day of the auction as the fourth-most expensive player is quite some surprise indeed, especially given his limp displays in this form of the game during the past 12 months.

    And one seriously wonders whether the Kings XI Punjab may ultimately come to regret spending so much money on a foreign recruit—franchises can only ever field four overseas players at any one time, remember—who tellingly was not even retained by Mumbai this year.

    Sorry but how can Glenn "the big show" Maxwell go in the @IPL auction for $1million and @CameronWhite152 go unsold. #consistent #leadership

    — Jayden Hayes (@jayden_hayes) February 12, 2014

Jacques Kallis

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    International team: Retired

    IPL franchise: Kolkata Knight Riders

    Price: $916,000

    Sure, the legendary South African is one of the greatest players the game has ever seen, but at the same time, the 38-year-old is no spring chicken any more. Kallis is hardly renowned for his explosive big hitting either, with a T20 career strike-rate of just 111.

    And so for Kolkata to blow nearly $1m to recruit the all-rounder is quite a shock, especially when you consider that big-hitting Australian opener Aaron Finch cost the Sunrisers Hyderabad almost $300,000 less to buy.

    In the end, the Knight Riders ended up using their right-to-match card in order to land Kallis as the Chennai Super Kings decided to pull out of the running for the player, rather wisely deeming the former Proteas star not worth the value.

    So should we give up on winning this year's IPL already? first Jacques Kallis, and now Yusuf Pathan. What are they thinking?

    — Well-n-Trying (@Nikandpia) February 12, 2014

Mitchell Starc

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    International team: Australia

    IPL franchise: Royal Challengers Bangalore

    Price: $833,000

    The lanky Aussie left-arm seamer was the second-most expensive paceman bought on day one of the IPL auction in Bangalore on Wednesday morning, which has caused more than a few mutterings.

    Starc has only just returned to full fitness following a recent long layoff with a stress fracture to his back, while the 24-year-old is hardly a regular either in his country's international T20 lineup.

    And so splashing out almost $1m on Starc when for almost the same amount of money Bangalore could have picked up one of the world's finest bowlers in the form of Mitchell Johnson makes this particular purchase highly dubious.

    The day Mitchell Starc gets $900,000 to play cricket is the day the world ceases to make sense. #ipl #savaus

    — Morgan Campbell (@M_Campbell23) February 12, 2014

Robin Uthappa

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    International team: India

    IPL franchise: Kolkata Knight Riders

    Price: $833,000

    The India batsman ended up being the joint eighth-most expensive player on day one of the 2014 IPL auction in the early hours on Wednesday morning, which I do not suppose too many people would have predicted prior to proceedings.

    Robin Uthappa for 5 Crores. You've got to be kidding me #KKR #IPL

    — Priyansh Bhogra (@IaManUnited) February 12, 2014

    Uthappa has not played a T20 international for his country for almost two years now, while his strike-rate of 111 for India is, by modern standards, way below par.

    And when you consider that both Mike Hussey and Murali Vijay cost the Mumbai Indians and the Delhi Daredevils respectively the exact same amount, then you have to wonder which of those trio of franchises got the worst-value purchase.