Peterson tops at IPL auction

2012-02-07 09:39

Cape Town - Proteas spinner Robin Peterson fetched the highest bid of the 29-man South African contingent that were listed in the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) auction in Bangalore.

According to The New Age website, Peterson was snapped up by the Kolkata Knight Riders for $100 000 in what turned out to be a very disappointing night for SA cricketers.

Kolkata also forked out $50 000 for youngster Marchant de Lange while veteran batsman Herschelle Gibbs was added to the Mumbai Indians’ squad for the same sum.

Early indications were that Lonwabo Tsotsobe and Vernon Philander were hot property and would easily have fetched in excess of $100 000.

Instead they joined wicketkeeper Mark Boucher in a long list of men who will be disappointed that they failed to attract any interest from the lucrative league’s big spenders.

Peterson, De Lange and Gibbs will join Albie Morkel, Wayne Parnell, Colin Ingram, Graeme Smith and Jacques Kallis who were contracted to the IPL prior to this auction.

Teams have been allowed to increase their squads from 30 to 33 and the number of foreign players from 10 to 11. However, only a maximum of four foreigners can play in any game.

This year's IPL will be played from April 4 to May 27.

List of top gainers and losers at the Indian Premier League auction in Bangalore on Saturday:

Top gainers:

Ravindra Jadeja (IND) - $2 million to Chennai Super Kings
Mahela Jayawardene (SRI) - $1.4 million to Delhi Daredevils
Vinay Kumar (IND) - $1 million to Royal Challengers Bangalore
Brendon McCullum (NZL) - $900 000 to Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine (WIS) - $700 000 to Kolkata Knight Riders
Parthiv Patel (IND) - $650 000 to Deccan Chargers
Thisara Perera (SRI) - $650 000 to Mumbai Indians
Brad Hodge (AUS) - $475 000 to Rajasthan Royals
Andre Russell (WIS) - $450 000 to Delhi Daredevils
Mitchell Johnson (AUS) - $300 000 to Mumbai Indians
Muttiah Muralitharan (SRI) - $220 000 to Royal Challengers Bangalore
Azhar Mahmood (ENG) - $200 000 to Kings XI Punjab
Brad Hogg (AUS) - $180 000 to Rajasthan Royals

Top players unsold:

James Anderson (ENG)
Graeme Swann (ENG)
Tamim Iqbal (BAN)
Ian Bell (ENG)
Owais Shah (ENG)
Venkatsai Laxman (IND)
Matt Prior (ENG)
Mark Boucher (RSA)
Lonwabo Tsotsobe (RSA)
Vernon Philander (RSA)

Steven Smith (AUS)
Ravi Bopara (ENG)
Peter Siddle (AUS)
Kevin O'Brien (IRL)
Jacob Oram (NZL)


  • colin85 - 2012-02-07 10:38

    They should increase the max foreign players per game from 4 to 6 in order to appeal more to the rest of the world and give everyone a chance to see a more global match.

      Gunner - 2012-02-07 14:44

      Boet, its the INDIAN premier league, not international...4 is enough

  • Shane - 2012-02-07 10:42

    I can't figure out why. I wouldn't really put him in the top 10 South African cricketers actually. Even looking at the spinning options Johan Botha is a better player to go for.

  • Rob - 2012-02-07 10:49

    Weird how these team bidders/owners think! Philander, Tsotsobe and even Siddle cannot get a bid yet Mitchell Johnson gets $300 000 and Perera gets $650 000!! Then inconsistent Brendon McCullum gets $900 000 while Boucher who is just as inconsistent gets nothing. Peterson can only get $100 000 and Gibbs only $50 000 while Jayawardene while in SA could not get even one 50 in all innings gets $1.4mil!!

      Vimalin - 2012-02-07 11:22

      not really weird... which 2 teams made the world cup final which was in India?

      Rahul - 2012-02-07 13:40

      @ Vimalin - that would be valid for IPL 2011 - the same year as the WC. Players forms change all teh time. And also IPL = 20 overs each. WC- 50 overs. No basis for comparison.

      brendonml - 2012-02-07 14:00

      A lot has to do with fan appeal and not playing calibre. This is a fact.

      Gunner - 2012-02-07 14:48

      It's the conditions boet...bowlers who do well in SA & Aussie conditions usually dont perform in sub-continental conditions....Philander, Lopsy & Siddle will not have the same assistance on Indian pitches

      Wesley - 2012-02-08 08:25

      its about who brings the crowds! and winning isnt the most important thing in this tourni! its the betting!

  • Bill - 2012-02-07 12:33

    Cricket, packaged as a circus. Last year the viewership in both India and across the world was down by 35% as people grow tired of the hit and giggle form of the game. Attendance at games, even in cricket mad India, was down by around 25%. After their whitewash in Australia the Indians are blaming too much T20 for their demise as a Test playing nation.

      Heiku - 2012-02-07 13:42

      They have never done well in Australia and until they start playing cricket on cricket pitches at home that will never change. Nothing to do with T20 but yes I am happy that it's losing popularity.

      Gunner - 2012-02-07 14:50

      got nothing to do with IPL...all about technique and ability to play in conditions that are foreign to them....same for England...

  • Rob - 2012-02-07 12:33

    Vimalin, was Mitichell Johnson and McCullum in those teams? And by the way, they are bidding for players, not teams! How long ago was that final!

      Vimalin - 2012-02-07 15:15

      NZ and Aus performed better than SA, hence their players who performed well would be more in demand. The final wasn't too far back. All i'm saying is that they got to see the players first hand in the world cup, that's what they probably bidding on. Out of the SA players who were available for auction, none performed that well on sub continent pitches, except Peterson.

      Ryan - 2012-02-07 22:56

      "NZ and Aus performed better than SA" Really? Who was the only team to beat the eventual champs during the world cup? Throughout the tournament, SA was better than both NZ and Aus, finishing top of the stronger of the 2 pools, but let one game go wrong at the wrong time, and people base their entire opinions on that. Which goes to show, you guys think more like drunk gamblers than logical statisticians.

  • Rob - 2012-02-07 17:04

    Vimalin, your logic still does not hold water. Aussies were in Sri Lanka before coming to SA and Johnson was a failure there. Sri Lankan after the final lost every match they played before coming to SA and need I say anything about the dismal performance of India! What about inconsistent McCullum who, by the way, is not from the sub continent!

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