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Styris goes cheap

February 20, 2008 19:00 IST

When you club names like Ajit Agarkar and Joginder Sharma with the likes of Shaun Pollock and Scott Styris and try to sell them off as all-rounders, shouldn't someone be able to call your bluff?

The bidders in the Indian Premier League players' auction disappointed, as Styris ended up being sold for an embarrassingly cheap $175,000. But the New Zealander need not hang his head in shame. Instead, it should be the seven teams that remained silent and let Hyderabad walk off with the all-rounder for his base price.

The Pathan brothers were snapped up for $925,000 (Mohali) and $475,000 (Jaipur) respectively.

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    But if the Aussie national discard turns out to be a fraction of what he is supposed to be, Dr Vijay Mallya can consider his $500,000 well-spent.

    Chennai returned to its splurging ways and picked Albie Morkel for US $675,000. Shah Rukh Khan, who we called the shrewdest bidder only a few hours ago, paid US $350,000 for Ajit Agarkar.

    At the end of six rounds of bidding Chennai ($4 million), Bangalore ($3.8 million), Mumbai ($3.5 million) and Mohali ($4 million) have the lightest wallets and not enough money to spend on 9, 10 and Jack.

    Delhi spent $3.2 million on Maharoof, Dilshan, Karthik, de Villiers, Shoaib Malik, Asif, and Vettori. Hyderabad spent the exact same amount on Gilchrist, Symonds, Gibbs, Afridi and Styris. Beat that.

    Jaipur has spent $1.7... On what? We do not know!

    Shah Rukh Khan still has half his $5 million to splurge and might easily end up with a million to spare. But, then, that still was not good enough reason to select Agarkar.

    Krishnakumar P in Mumbai
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