IPL Auction: CSK buy Ravindra Jadeja for $2 mn in tie-breaker

Ravindra Jadeja's hard work has paid off in spades in Saturday's IPL auction. Jadeja has already regained his place in the India side, thanks in part to Yusuf's poor performances. Now he has become the latest member of the IPL's two-million-dollar club.

updated: August 18, 2014 22:23 IST
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Just about two years ago, the career of the IPL's fifth and latest two-million-dollar man hit rock bottom, with little sign of a recovery. Ravindra Jadeja, then only 21, was handed a one-year ban from playing in the IPL. His offence was to try and negotiate a deal with Mumbai Indians while still under an obligation to play for Rajasthan Royals. The "rockstar", as Shane Warne had so memorably dubbed him, had been cut off from the stage. (Live IPL Player List)

Worse was to follow. A few months later, he was one of seven players who were sent a show-cause notice by the BCCI following a brawl at a St Lucia pub shortly after India's exit from the 2010 World Twenty20. Jadeja ended up apologising to the board. Later the same year, he found himself out of the India team as well, replaced by Yusuf Pathan, and missed out on the 2011 World Cup.

Debu Mitra, Jadeja's coach at his domestic side Saurashtra, believes too much was made of the allrounder too soon - he was only 19 when Warne turned him into a star. Mitra thinks that Jadeja should have been allowed to simply get on with the business of playing cricket. But the last blow, the loss of his India cap, forced Jadeja to take stock of his situation.

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