IPL Auction 2014: Picking the Best-Value Bargains on Day 2

Chris Teale@@chris_tealeFeatured ColumnistFebruary 13, 2014

IPL Auction 2014: Picking the Best-Value Bargains on Day 2

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    The player auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) has concluded, with all eight teams now having chosen the players who will represent them in the Twenty20 competition.

    The second day of the auction was dominated by Indian players, who made up a large proportion of the 84 to be taken by the franchises for a total of $8.38 million.

    Now the bidding is over, let’s take a look at the best second-day bargains picked up by teams as they prepare for the tournament to begin.

10. Ishwar Pandey

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    Team: Chennai Super Kings

    Price: $250,000

    A recent addition to India’s Test squad, Ishwar Pandey is highly regarded in the country’s cricketing circles.

    That the Chennai Super Kings were able to pick him up for far less than some other Indian seamers is a good outcome for them.

9. Chris Lynn

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    Team: Kolkata Knight Riders

    Price: $216,000

    The talented Australian Chris Lynn has a great deal of ability, especially in Twenty20 cricket.

    Kolkata Knight Riders will be delighted to pick up such a talented player for a low price on the second day of the auction.

8. Ross Taylor

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    Team: Delhi Daredevils

    Price: $333,000

    Perhaps one of the most high-profile players bought on the second day of the auction, Ross Taylor of New Zealand could easily have been acquired for much more money.

    The Black Caps’ premier batsman is instead valued at less than some less illustrious peers, and the Delhi Daredevils may have found themselves a superb bargain.

7. Murali Kartik

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    Team: Kings XI Punjab

    Price: $166,000

    Still a canny operator, Murali Kartik may be 37 years old but has plenty left to offer.

    His final price of $166,000 could be an absolute steal for such an experienced and talented cricketer.

6. Andre Russell

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    Team: Kolkata Knight Riders

    Price: $100,000

    A good performer in international cricket, Andre Russell of the West Indies could prove to be an absolute steal for the Knight Riders.

    He has shown a great deal of potential already across all forms of cricket and could be the next of a number of talented West Indian all-rounders in the IPL.

5. Kevon Cooper

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    Team: Rajasthan Royals

    Price: $50,000

    Retained by the Rajasthan Royals, West Indian Kevon Cooper already has enormous experience in Twenty20 despite being just 24.

    He returns to the Royals at a very low price and, after success in his domestic Twenty20 tournament, could be ready to make an impact abroad.

4. Beuran Hendricks

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    Team: Kings XI Punjab

    Price: $300,000

    The leading wicket-taker in the recent Ram Slam T20 in South Africa, Beuran Hendricks could easily have commanded a much higher price in the auction.

    He showed tremendous potential in the South African tournament and could well be a tremendous coup for Kings XI Punjab.

3. Ryan ten Doeschate

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    Team: Kolkata Knight Riders

    Price: $166,000

    A proven performer at Twenty20, Ryan ten Doeschate of the Netherlands would have expected to be selected on the first day of the auction.

    However, he was not and was picked up by the Knight Riders for a low price tag, despite his ability to perform on the biggest stages of all.

2. Pravin Tambe

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    Team: Rajasthan Royals

    Price: $16,000

    One of the best bowlers in last year’s IPL, Pravin Tambe could easily have been bought for much more than $16,000.

    Perhaps teams were reluctant to risk him because of his age, but if last year is anything to go by, he has plenty to offer in Twenty20 cricket.

1. Ben Dunk

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    Team: Mumbai Indians

    Price: $33,000

    Top of our list comes the best player from the recent Big Bash League in Australia—Ben Dunk.

    Enormously impressive in the star-studded BBL, Dunk was the highest run-scorer and could well be a very attractive proposition for the Indians at the top of their batting order.