Bangalore, Jan 08 (Agencies): India's opening batsman Gautam Gambhir was the first player to be sold in the players' auction for Indian Premier League (IPL) season four, fetching a record $2.4 million by Kolkata Knight Riders. Gautam Gambhir: Bought for $2.4 million by Kolkata Knight Riders Chamara Kapugedera: Not Sold Piyush Chawla: Bought for $900,000 by Kings XI Punjab Seated eight to a table at the over 7,000 sq ft pillar-less Mysore Hall of ITC Royal Gardenia Hotel here, business leaders and film stars Saturday began picking up cricketers for the Indian Premier League's (IPL) fourth season.
Gambhir, who was part of the Delhi Daredevils for the last three years, had a base price of $200,000. The bidding for him saw intense contest between four teams - Kochi, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders.
The Kochi franchise was the first to bid for the Delhi player and were involved in a keen contest with Mumbai Indians.
Bangalore Royal Challengers almost bagged the left-handed batsman, but Knight Riders jumped in the fray at the last minute and bought him for a record amount in the IPL.
Gambhir surpassed Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff, who were bank rolled by Bangalore and Chennai two years back for $1.5 million each.
Following are the first nine players auctioned for the Indian Premier League (IPL) season four in Bangalore on Saturday.
Tillakaratne Dilshan: Bought for $650,000 by Royal Challengers Bangalore
Zaheer Khan: Bought for $900,0000 by Royal Challengers Bangalore
Yusuf Pathan: Bought for $2.1 million by Kolkata Knight Riders
Ross Taylor: Bought for $1 million by Rajasthan Royals
Kevin Pietersen: Bought for $650,000 by Deccan Chargers
Mahela Jayawardene: Bought for $1.5 million by Team Kochi
Yuvraj Singh: Bought for $1.8 million by Pune Warriors
AB de Villiers: Bought for $1.1 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore
Sourav Ganguly: Not Sold
Cameron White: Bought for $1.1 million by Deccan Chargers
Jacques Kallis: Bought for $1.1 million by Kolkata Knight Riders
Rohit Sharma: Bought for $2 million by Mumbai Indians
Andrew Symonds: Bought for $850,000 by Mumbai Indians
Kumar Sangakkara: Bought for $700,000 by Deccan Chargers
Adam Gilchrist: Bought for $900,000 by Kings XI Punjab
Rahul Dravid: Bought for $500,000 by Rajasthan Royals
Robin Uthappa: Bought for $2.1 million by Pune Warrior
Johan Botha: Bought for $950,000 by Rajasthan Royals
VVS Laxman: Bought for $400,000 by Team Kochi
Daniel Vettori: Bought for $550,000 by Royal Challengers Bangalore
Brendon McCullum: Bought for $475,000 by Team Kochi
S Sreesanth: Bought for $900,000 by Team Kochi
Irfan Pathan: Bought for $1.9 million by Delhi Daredevils
Jesse Daniel Ryder: Not sold
Herschelle Gibbs: Not sold
Mike Hussey: Bought for Rs. 1.95 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders
Shaun Marsh: Bought for Rs. 1.95 crore by Kings XI Punjab
Brian Lara: Not Sold
JP Duminy: Bought for $300,000 by Deccan Chargers
Shikhar Dhawan: Bought for Shikhar Dhawan by Deccan Chargers
Saurabh Tiwary: Bought for $1.6 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore
David Hussey: Bought for $1.4 million by Kings XI Punjab
David Warner: Bought for $750,000 by Delhi Daredevils
Graham Manou: Unsold
Parthiv Patel: Bought for $290,000 by Team Kochi
Wriddhiman Saha: Bought for $100,000 by Chennai Super Kings
Dinesh Karthik: Bought for $900,000 by Kings XI Punjab
Naman Ojha: Bought for $270,000 by Delhi Daredevils
Brad Haddin: Bought for $325,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders
Tim Paine: Bought for $270,000 by Pune Warriors
Matt Prior: Not Sold
Mark Boucher: Not Sold
Davey Jacobs: Bought for $190,000 by Mumbai Indians
James Hopes: Bought for $350,000 by Delhi Daredevils
Ravindra Jadeja: Bought for $950,000 by Pune Warriors
Luke Wright: Not sold
Shakib al Hasan: Bought for $425,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders
Stuart Broad: Bought for $400,000 by Kings XI Punjab
Abhishek Nayar: Bought for $800,000 by Kings XI Punjab
Angelo Mathews: Bought for $950,000 by Pune Warriors
Dwayne Bravo: Bought for $200,000 by Chennai Super Kings
Steven Smith: Bought for $200,000 by Team Kochi
James Franklin: Bought for $100,000 by Mumbai Indians
Dilhara Fernando: NO bidding
Ishant sharma: Bought for $450,000 by Deccan Chargers
Praveen Kumar: Bought for $800,000 by Kings XI Punjab
Ashish Nehra: Bought for $850,000 by Pune Warriors
Brett Lee: Bought for $400,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders
Morne Morkel: Bought for $475,000 by Delhi Daredevils
Ryan Harris: Bought for $325,000 by Kings XI Punjab
Dirk Nannes: Bought for $650,000 by Royal Challengers Bangalore
Dirk Bollinger: Bought for $700,000 by Chennai Super Kings
R Ashwin: Bought for $850,000 by Chennai Super Kings
Ajantha Mendis: Not Sold
Pragyan Ojha: Bought for $500,000 by Deccan Chargers
Murali Karthik: Not Sold
Amit Mishra: Bought for $300,000 by Deccan Chargers
Nathan McCullum: Bought for $100,000 by Pune Warriors
Ramesh Powar: Bought for $180,000 by Team Kochi
Aaron Finch: Bought for $300,000 by Delhi Daredevils
Brad Hodge: Bought for $425,000 by Team Kochi
Tamim Iqbal: Not Sold
Callum Ferguson: Bought for $300,000 by Pune Warriors
Manoj Tiwary: Bought for $475,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders
Cheteshwar Pujara: Bought for $700,000 by Royal Challengers Bangalore
S Badrinath: Bought for $800,000 by Chennai Super Kings
Paul Collingwood: Bought for $250,000 by Rajasthan Royals
James Anderson: Not sold
RP Singh: Bought for $500,000 by Team Kochi
Graeme Swann: Not sold
Graeme Smith: Bought for $500,000 by Pune Warriors
Eoin Morgan: Bought for $350,000 by Kolkata Knight Riders
Dale Steyn: Bought for $1.2 mn by Deccan Chargers
The IPL-4 beginning April 8 will see 10 teams and 74 matches in the shortest version of cricket. Two new entrants to this edition are Kochi and Pune Warriors.
The 10 owners have 353 players from across the cricketing world, except Pakistan, to bid for Saturday and Sunday.
Each team can have a maximum of 30 players and a minimum of 16.
There is a cap on the total amount that a team can cough up -- $9 million. However the teams like Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils have lesser amount to spend as they have retained some cricketers who played for them in the earlier editions.
The total amount bid over the next two days will be $75 million.
For the first time legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara, who played for the rebel Indian Cricket League (ICL), will be up for grabs by bidders who include liquor baron Vijay Mallya (Royal Challengers), India's richest man Mukesh Ambani (Mumbai Indians), the 'Bollywood Badshah' Shah Rukh Khan (Kolkata Knight Riders), and the glamorous Preity Zinta (Kings XI Punjab) and Shilpa Shetty (Rajasthan Royals), among others.
The auction will be a two-day affair unlike the previous ones in Mumbai where it was all over in a day.
While the team owners along with the coaches and cricket experts will be ready with a strategy to get the players of their choice, the cricketers themselves will be keenly following the action to know their fate.
The cricketers have been divided into different price bands with the highest reserve price fixed at $400,000 for the marquee players like Lara, fellow West Indian Chris Gayle, Kevin Pietersen of England, New Zealander Brendon McCullum, Australian Adam Gilchrist and Indians Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh.
The auction will be conducted by Richard Madley, a professional auctioneer from England who supervised all IPL auctions.
Base prices of some of the star players are as follows:
$400,000: Adam Gilchrist, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, James Anderson, Kevin Pietersen, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright, Michael Yardy, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Graeme Smith, AB de Villiers, Mahela Jayawardene, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Brian Lara, Chris Gayle, Sourav Ganguly.
$300,000: Zaheer Khan, Yusuf Pathan, Jacques Kallis, Muttiah Muralitharan, Andrew Symonds, Shaun Tait, Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews.
$200,000: Gautam Gambhir, Michael Hussey, Doug Bollinger, Dirk Nannes, Eoin Morgan, Robin Uthappa, Sanath Jayasuriya.
$100,000: Tamim Iqbal, R.Ashwin, Morne Morkel, Ben Hilfenhaus.
Bangalore, Jan 08 (Agencies): India's opening batsman Gautam Gambhir was the first player to be sold in the players' auction for Indian Premier League (IPL) season four, fetching a record $2.4 million by Kolkata Knight Riders.
Gautam Gambhir: Bought for $2.4 million by Kolkata Knight Riders
Chamara Kapugedera: Not Sold
Piyush Chawla: Bought for $900,000 by Kings XI Punjab
Seated eight to a table at the over 7,000 sq ft pillar-less Mysore Hall of ITC Royal Gardenia Hotel here, business leaders and film stars Saturday began picking up cricketers for the Indian Premier League's (IPL) fourth season.