The player auction for the 2014 Indian Premier League brought some surprises, with a number of players commanding enormous fees ahead of the world’s top Twenty20 competition.
However, some players returning to the league have seen their stock drop somewhat, particularly compared to the last major player auction in 2011.
This can be for a variety of reasons, but it is noticeable just how many established stars went for less money than in previous editions.
Read on for five players who were sold at auction for much less than before.
All fees in U.S. Dollars ($)
2011 fee: $400,000 (Pune Warriors)
2014 fee: $166,000 (Kings XI Punjab)
A highly experienced cricketer and still a canny bowler, Murali Kartik may be 37 but will still make his return to the IPL this year with Kings XI Punjab.
However, his fee was vastly reduced relative to where it was in 2011 when he was acquired at auction by the Pune Warriors for $400,000.
Kartik was bought for just $166,000 this year by the Kings XI, who will see this as a real bargain, especially considering his fee has gone down by a massive 58.5 percent.
Time will tell if he is able to see much playing time this year.
One of the biggest surprises from the first day of this year’s auction was New Zealand’s Ross Taylor going unsold, having been bought for $1 million in 2011 by Rajasthan.
He was finally acquired on the second day by the Delhi Daredevils, but his fee was markedly down from when he was last up for auction.
It is somewhat understandable, given that teams preferred to spend less on international players as a general rule compared to previous years.
However, Taylor is one of the world’s better batsmen in all forms of the game, and you would have thought the New Zealander would have gone for a little more.
The Daredevils have therefore picked up possibly the bargain of the tournament.
2011 fee: $1.6 million (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
2014 fee: $116,000 (Delhi Daredevils)
Remember Saurabh Tiwary, who was acquired for a staggering $1.6 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2011 at the start of his international career?
He has played just three one-day internationals since 2010 and was incredibly poor with the Royal Challengers, having previously impressed with the Mumbai Indians.
As such, teams were reluctant to pay much more than his base price of $80,345, meaning he has lost almost $1.5 million in value since 2011.
At the age of 24, Tiwary may still come again in the IPL and international cricket, but this vast cut in fee shows just how lightly he is regarded as a prospect for the tournament.
2011 fee: $1.9 million (Delhi Daredevils)
2014 fee: $400,000 (Sunrisers Hyderabad)
Difference: $1.5 million
Having been bought in the 2011 auction for nearly $2 million by the Delhi Daredevils, Irfan Pathan is another who has seen his form dip markedly in the last three years.
Pathan has not played an international game for India since 2012, which shows how disappointing he has been in recent seasons after being touted as the country’s next top seamer.
To compound the misery, he has also struggled with his fitness to the extent that Sunrisers Hyderabad were only prepared to pay $400,000 for his services in this year’s auction.
It is a vast reduction in value for such a talented individual, and while he still has time on his side, it shows just how things can change in such a short space of time for cricketers.
2011 fee: $2.1 million (Kolkata Knight Riders)
2014 fee: $541,000 (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Another to see his value drop tremendously is Irfan’s brother, Yusuf Pathan, who has also struggled for form domestically and has also not played an international in nearly two years.
Pathan was the second player bought in the 2011 auction after Gautam Gambhir, but he has failed to live up to the promise he showed at that time.
His fee of $2.1 million that was paid by the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011 never looked in any danger of being matched this time around.
Only Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab showed any interest in Pathan, before the Knight Riders used their right-to-match card to bring him back for just $541,000.
It is a reduction of $1,559,000 from his previous fee. That is a decrease of an incredible 74.24 percent.
That is indicative of just how far Pathan has fallen in the estimations of many in Indian cricket.