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PHOTOS: 10 hottest buys of the Indian Badminton League

July 24, 2013 09:31 IST

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India’s ace shuttler Saina Nehwal was elated on being picked by Hyderabad Hotshots for the Indian Badminton League.

The London Olympics bronze medallist and world No 1 Lee Chong Wei fetched whopping prices of US $120,000 and $135,000 respectively, while unheralded Pradnya Gadre and K Maneesha received unexpectedly high bids.

The money splurged at the inaugural Players' auction, though, was nowhere near cricket’s Indian Premier League. However, for a sport like badminton it was a huge step.

-IBL auction: Saina in Hyderabad, Lee Wei goes to Mumbai

Rediff.com presents the best buys of the IBL.

Player: Saina Nehwal (India)

Team: Hyderabad Hotshots

Base price: $50,000

Player bought: $120,000


Image: Saina Nehwal of India
Photographs: Michael Regan/Getty Images

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Player: Lee Chong Wei (Malaysia)

Team: Mumbai Masters

Base price: $50,000

Player bought: $135,000


Image: Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia
Photographs: Koki Nagahama/Getty Images

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Player: Juliane Schenk (Germany)

Team: Pune Pistons

Base price: $50,000

Player bought: $90, 000


Image: Juliane Schenk of Germany
Photographs: Koki Nagahama/Getty Images

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Player: PV Sindhu (India)

Team: Lucknow Warriors

Base price: $50,000

Player bought: $80, 000


Image: PV Sindhu
Photographs: OGQ

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Player: P Kashyap (India)

Team: Banga Beats

Base price: $50,000

Player bought: $75, 000


Image: P Kashyap
Photographs: Bazuki Muhammad/Reuters

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Player: Hu Yun (Hong Kong)

Team: Hyderabad Hotshots

Base price: $50,000

Player bought: $50,000


Image: Hu Yun of Hong Kong
Photographs: Koki Nagahama/Getty Images

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Player: Boon Hoeng Tan (Malaysia)

Team: Delhi Smashers

Base price: $25,000

Player bought: $50,000


Image: Boon Hoeng Tan of Malaysia
Photographs: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

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Player: Kien Keat Koo (Malaysia)

Team: Delhi Smashers

Base price: $25,000

Player bought: $50,000


Image: Kien Keat Koo of Malaysia
Photographs: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

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Player: Sai Praneeth (India)

Team: Delhi Smashers

Base price: $15,000

Player bought: $40,000


Photographs: Courtesy: Sai Praneeth/Facebook

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Player: Guru Sai Dutt (India)

Team: Lucknow Warriors

Base price: $25,000

Player bought: $40,000


Photographs: Courtesy: Guru Sai Dutt/Facebook

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