IPL's Big-Buy Boys

With cricketers going under the hammer in the season II auction of the DLF Indian Premier League, takes a look at some of the stars.

updated: April 15, 2009 12:46 IST
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With cricketers going under the hammer in the season II auction of the DLF Indian Premier League, takes a look at some of the stars who are expected to shine brightly in the cash-rich event.

Kevin Pietersen

When England allowed its players to participate and make some quick money in Indian Premier League, all eyes were on Kevin Pietersen. Bangalore Royal Challengers owner Vijay Mallya cleared his intentions from the very beginning saying he's not going to let go this flamboyant batsman and he didn't let him. KP was bought for $1.55 million to become the richest IPL player. Wow! Great tag! Great money!

Pietersen has played 87 One-Day Internationals and has amassed 3047 runs at an average of 48.36, his highest being 116. The team that bags this aggressive player would not just add on to the star quota but also some aggressive play.

Andrew Flintoff

He is critic's baby and for IPL, he's the perfect Twenty20 material. Freddie has style, attitude and the right approach towards the game. The bid battle for this glitzy cricketer was won Chennai Super Kings who bought him for $1.55 million. His base price was $950,000. He's will be one the most sought after players this season.

Flintoff has appeared in 138 ODI matches and has hit 3391 runs with his highest being 123. His average has been 32.60 with a superb strike rate of 89.02. IPL franchisees would definitely crave for Flintoff's mystique.

J P Duminy

J P Duminy is the new sensation of South African line-up who played a crucial role in Proteas' Test triumph Doun Under. Duminy showed eagerness to play in the star-studded Indian Premier League and he was taken with the same by Mumbai Indians. He got $950,000 which is thrice his base price $300,000.

Duminy's ODI career took off in the year 2004 and he has played 42 matches till now. He has scored 993 runs at an average of 38.19. His recent form and success factor makes him all the more desirable to be part of any franchise's squad.

Shaun Tait

Australian pacer Shan Tait can claim huge money to his name and make the heads turn unexpectedly. He has been off the field since January. He was bought for $375, 000 by Rajasthan Royals.

The quickie has bagged 38 wickets so far in just 22 matches he has played in his ODI career. He has an average of 25.28. Tait has the ability to give the best of players a run for their money. Watch out for him!

Owais Shah

England's in-form Owais Shah became a Delhi Daredevil for $275,000, which is $125,000 more than his base price.

Shah has played 52 ODI matches in total and has accumulated 1288 runs at a good strike-rate of 79.90. Franchisees would surely want a player like him in his side who's in good touch and has been consistent enough for his side.

Paul Collingwood

England's star batsman Paul Collingwood always expressed his passion for Twenty20 cricket and Indian Premier League was the best place to cash in his craziness for the format. His base price was $250,000 and it was expected that he might get much more than that. But those expectations were met with disappointment as he drew $275,000.

Collingwood has played 154 ODI matches in his career so far and has piled up 3773 runs. He has an amazing strike rate 76.19 which makes him desirable enough to be roped in the team.