Gambhir heads million dollar cricketers’ list at IPL auction

Saturday, January 8, 2011

BANGALORE - India’s opening batsman Gautam Gambhir led the list of 12 cricketers, who were sold for more than a million dollars on the first day of the players’ auction for the fourth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here Saturday.

Gambhir, who had a base price of $200,000, fetched a record $2.4 millions from Kolkata Knight Riders. Gambhir was bought for $725,000 by Delhi Daredevils in the first edition of the IPL in 2008.

Yusuf Pathan (Knight Riders) and Robin Uthappa (Pune Warriors) went laughing to the bank as they were bought for $2.1 million each. Yusuf’s younger brother Irfan, who is not even among the 30 probables for the World Cup, was bought by Daredevils for $1.9 million.

Former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene was the most sought after overseas cricketer as he was sold to Kochi for $1.5 million.

The following is the list of 12 cricketers who crossed the million dollar barrier:

Gautam Gambhir (India) Kolkata Knight Riders, $2.4 million

Yusuf Pathan (India) Kolkata Knight Riders, $2.1 million

Robin Uthappa (India) Pune Warriors, $2.1 million

Rohit Sharma (India) Mumbai Indians, $2 million

Irfan Pathan (India) Delhi Daredevils, $1.9 million

Yuvraj Singh (India) Pune Warriors, $1.8million

Mahela Jayawardene (Sri Lankan) Kochi, $1.5 million

AB de Villiers (South Africa), Royal Challengers Bangalore, $1.1 million

Cameron White (Australia), Deccan Chargers, $1.1 million

Jacques Kallis (South Africa), Kolkata Knight Riders, $1.1 million

Ross Taylor (New Zealand), Rajasthan Royals, $1 million

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