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IPL auction: Gambhir sold for record $2.4m

By Harish Kotian
Last updated on: January 08, 2011 15:04 IST
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The morning session of the 2011 Indian Premier League Players' Auction saw a lot of action with quite a few surprises. A whole of lot of players enrolled themselves in the millionaries' club.

Gautam Gambhir signed up for Kolkata Knight Riders for a record $2.4 million, the highest-ever paid for a player in the history of the T20 league.

The Shahrukh-Khan owned outfit also made another notable purchase in Yusuf Pathan for $2.1 million, the same amount Sahara Pune Warriors paid for Robin Uthappa.

Rohit Sharma also reaped rich rewards with Mumbai Indians securing his signature for a whopping $2million.

The most surprising pick of the session was Indian discard and the injury-prone Irfan Pathan, who was bought by Delhi Daredevils for $1.9million ahead of the likes of India's limited overs specialist Yuvraj Singh, who was bought by Pune for $1.8million.

Team Kochi also made their presence felt when they got the services of Sri Lankan veteran Mahela Jayawardene for $1.5 million, but his captain Kumar Sangakkara fetched a lower rate at $700,000 and was taken by Deccan Chargers.

Australia's Cameron White (Deccan Chargers), South Africans Jacques Kallis (Kolkata Knight Riders) and AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore) each bagged $1.1 million.

New Zealand's Ross Taylor was another notable purchase when he was purchased by Rajasthan Royals for $1m.

Set A

Gautam Gambhir: $2.4 million for Kolkata Knight Riders

Tilakratne Dilshan: $ 650,000 to Royal Challengers Bangalore

Zaheer Khan: $900,000 to Royal Challengers Bangalore

Ross Taylor: $1 million to Rajasthan Royals

Yusuf Pathan: $2.1 million to Kolkata Knight Riders

Kevin Pietersen: $650,000 to Deccan Chargers

Mahela Jayawardene: $1.5 million to Kochi

Yuvraj Singh: $1.8 million to Pune Warriors

AB de Villiers: $1.1 million to Royal Challengers Bangalore


Sourav Ganguly: UNSOLD

Cameron White: 1.1 millions for Deccan Chargers

Jacques Kallis: 1.1 million for KKR

Rohit Sharma: 2 million for MI

Andrew Symonds: 850,000 for MI

Kumar Sangakkara: 700,000 for DC

Adam Gilchrist: 900,000 for Kings XI

Rahul Dravid: 500,000 for Rajasthan Royals

Graeme Smith: 500,000 for Pune Warriors


Robin Uthappa: 2.1 million for Pune Warriors

Johan Botha: 950,000 for RR

VVS Laxman: 400,000 for Kochi

Daniel Vettori: 550,000 for RCB

Brendon McCullum: 475,000 for Kochi

S Sreesanth: 900,000 for Kochi

Chris Gayle: UNSOLD

Irfan Pathan: 1.9 million for Delhi Daredevils

RP Singh: 500,000 for Kochi


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