Mumbai:Young Indian players and all rounders ruled the roost with MS Dhoni and Andrew Symonds being the two most expensive players bought at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on Wednesday.
India's young cricketers like Rohit Sharma, Robin Uthappa and Ishant Sharma were more sought after than overseas stars by the eight franchise owners.
While Ponting and Fleming were successfully bid for, other top players including Australian bowling legend Glenn McGrath and batsman Michael Hussey had to wait for the reserve round.
Similar was the case with West Indian batsmen Ramnaresh Sarwan and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. The unsold lot of players were sent to the central pool of players to be bid for at a later stage.
MS Dhoni must be thrilled that he did not get the icon status because he has now got more money with Chennai paying a whopping 6 crore for the wicket-keeper batsman.
Andrew Symonds surprisingly came up as the second most expensive player. Hyderbad's Deccan Choricle paid 5.4 crore to get the Aussie all rounder.
Sanath Jayasuiya has just been dropped from the Sri Lankan one-day team but that did not stop Mumbai from paying out 3.9 crore for the 37-year-old.
Ishant Sharma's newfound fame rocketed him up the pecking order. He became the second highest paid Indian at 3.8 crore.
Irfan Pathan's base price for the bidding was only 80 lakh but he went for 3.7 crores to Mohali. Clearly all rounders are much sought after for this version of the game.
The ever popular Brett Lee is not only the best one-day bopwler in the world right now, he could also double up and sing the theme song for Mohali... his 3.6 crore making him the fifth most expensive player.
Jacques Kallis is certainly not considered a big hitter in the game, but he is an all rounder and that made him worth 3.6 crore for Bangalore.
Mumbai's bid to get both Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds failed, but they got one half - Bhajji the eighth most expsneive player at 3.4 crore.
And explosive West Indian opener Chris Gayle was bought for 3.2 crore by Kolkata.
Robin Uthappa might be an out-and-out Bangalore boy, but it's Mumbai who shelled out 3.2 crore to have his services, making him one of the most valuable Indian youngster.
After the eight rounds, there was a final round for reserve players who had not been picked up in the earlier rounds. Glenn McGrath (Delhi), Michael Hussey (Chennai) and Ramnaresh Sarawan (Mohali) were among the key purchases.
(With PTI inputs)