Kolkata Knight Riders Bag a Formidable Combination

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Robin Soderling

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Kolkata Knight Riders Bag a Formidable Combination

With players being sold at hefty prices in this year’s IPL auction, it is hard to say whether the big (and costly) names will really be able to perform up to the expectations.

KKR or the Kolkata Knight Riders have never been among the top teams of the IPL event, however, they have always been ending up being the high-profile bidders in the auctions. Just like the way they did in 2008, they proved to be rather quick in eyeing the big fishes which left their purse half gone.

While going on its toes to have Gautam Gambhir in the team, the franchise offered him US $ 2.4 million. While it offered US $ 2.1 million to Yusuf Pathan and $1.1 million to Jacques Kallis to make them a part of its squad. Though a lot of money had been spent, but the threesome has formed a formidable combination which no other team dared to acquire in the event.

Was the investment worth it? Only the time will decide.

The flow of big bucks did not stop at Gautam and Pathan as the two other players – Rohit Sharma and Robin Uthappa, who, despite of being juniors, stole the limelight. Sharma, who had been back home after having not a very good year at international level, got a cheque of US $ 2 million from Mumbai Indians to be a part of the team. On the other hand, Uthappa, who has barely got a chance to represent the national team, surprisingly ended up the auction with bagging US $2.1 million offered by Pune, the new-comers in the event.

Irfan Pathan, the formidable bowler, ended up getting US $ 1.9 million from the Delhi Daredevils, while the inspiring and reliable hitter Yuvraj Singh received a gift of US $ 1.8 million from Pune. According to the critics of the sport, it still remains to be seen whether both Irfan and Yuvraj justify the huge prices they have been paid.

Besides offering handsome prices to the cricketing stars from around the world, the gone by weekend in Bangalore witnessed a great demand of the Indian cricketers. The way prices of the players went up, it seemed all the franchises had already had their plans in place, and they were ready to go to any length to have their favourite players into the respective teams.

Moreover, another important point which was observed during the auction was the professionalism depicted by the franchises. Instead of going for the mere favourites, the buyers looked over the performances of the players before tagging them with final prices. This year, unlike the foreign players like Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff and Kieron Pollard, they were Gambhir, Sharma, Pathan brothers and Uthappa who made the most out of the event.

During auction, though it was surprising to see Gambhir reaching at the mind boggling figure, but it was rather predictable as KKR have always had wide purses for the players.

While KKR was astonishing in terms of offering high prices, Royal Challengers Bangalore proved to be the most professional in forming their team. The team’s strategy to have the veteran bowler Anil Kumble as a mentor was rather inspiring. Moreover, they went on paying US $ 1.6 million to have the young Saurabh Tiwary in the team who has been regarded as the most promising young star in the Indian cricket.

Another calculated decision of the RCB was to have AB de Villiers, the real performer in the team. Being a proven customer, Virat Kohli’s selection in to the side did not bring any surprise either. Finally, having Tilekaratne Dilshan, Daniel Vettori and Zaheer Khan provided the franchise a combination which any other team will hardly claim to have.

On an objective outlook, all of the teams have made rather rational and potential choices; however, since “Costliest” players have rarely proven to be the “best” one, only time will decide to what extent the franchises were right on going through a cut throat competition in acquiring the players many of whom have not given reliable performances in the past.


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