Bangalore - Jacques Kallis has fetched the highest bid of $916 000 among the South African players at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, while Beuran Hendricks was rewarded for his record tally of 28 scalps during the RAM SLAM T20 Challenge campaign as he was purchased by the Kings XI Punjab for $300 000 (R3,33 million).
According to the supersport.com website, the IPL will take place in India from 9 April to 3 June.
South Africa’s name was mentioned as an alternative venue.
Five players — Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Kevin Pietersen, Glen Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson — bagged million-dollar contracts at the auction. Singh was purchased for $2.33 million by the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Karthik ($2.083 million) and Pietersen ($1.5 million) will be plying their trades at the Delhi Daredevils, while Johnson ($1.03 million) and Maxwell ($1 million) will be joining the Kings XI Punjab.
The Cape Cobras swing bowler Hendricks will join the hard-hitting South African middle-order batsman David Miller at the Punjab-franchise.
Miller was sensational for Punjab in the IPL 2013-season, and once smashed 101 off 38 deliveries against the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Bangalore has retained the world’s number one ranked Test and One Day International-batsman, AB de Villiers.
They also lured the allrounder Albie Morkel.
They purchased the 32-year old South African for $400 000 or R4.4 million.
Morkel’s young brother, Morné Morkel, was added to the Kolkota Knight Riders’ squad for $466 000.
He was awarded the Purple Cap in 2012 when he captured 25 wickets for the Delhi Daredevils.
He will be Kallis’ colleague at the Knight Riders. Kallis was one of the standout-performers for Kolkota in 2012, when they won the IPL.
Kallis captured 15 wickets in that season and scored 409 runs.
The Knight Riders had to withstand the competition by the Chennai Super Kings to buy the 38-year old Kallis, who recently retired from test cricket after 168 matches in which he scored 13 289 runs and bagged 292 wickets.
Chennai retained Faf du Plessis after paying $791 000 for the South African T20-skipper.
Du Plessis was superb as an opener in the 2012-season in the absence of Michael Hussey, and smashed 398 runs at an average of 33.16 during that season for Chennai.
Gary Kirsten, new coach of the Delhi Daredevils, has attracted the wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock for $583 000, while his South African compatriot JP Duminy will join him for $366 000.
The defending IPL-champions, the Mumbai Indians, contracted the pace merchant Marchant de Lange for a bargain - $50 000.
The Titans bowler De Lange, renowned for his express pace, captured 7-81 for South Africa on test debut against Sri Lanka in December 2011 at Kingsmead.