Kallis fetches highest price among SA players in the IPL bidding wars

2014-02-14 00:00

BANGALORE — Jacques Kallis has fetched the highest bid of over R10 million ($916 000) among the South African players at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.

The Kings XI Punjab rewarded Beuran Hendricks for his record tally of 28 scalps during the Ram Slam T20 Challenge campaign by bidding $300 000 (R3,33 million) for him.

The supersport.com website lists the IPL dates from April 9 to June 3. The league is to be hosted in India, but South Africa’s name was mentioned as an alternative venue.

Five players — Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Kevin Pietersen, Glen Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson — bagged million-dollar contracts at the auction. Singh was purchased for $2,33 million by the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Karthik ($2,083 million) and Pietersen ($1,5 million) will be plying their trades at the Delhi Daredevils, while Johnson ($1,03 million) and Maxwell ($1 million) will be joining the Kings XI Punjab.

The Cape Cobras swing bowler Hendricks will join the hard-hitting South African middle-order batsman David Miller at the Punjab-franchise.

Bangalore have retained the world’s number one ranked Test and One-Day International batsman, AB de Villiers.

They also lured the all-rounder Albie Morkel for $400 000 (R4,4 million).

Morkel’s young brother, Morné Morkel, fetched over a R1 million more, after the Kolkota Knight Riders paid $466 000 for him.

Morné will be Kallis’s colleague at the Knight Riders. Kallis was one of the stand-out-performers for Kolkota in 2012, when they won the IPL.

The Knight Riders had to withstand the competition by the Chennai Super Kings to buy the 38-year old Kallis, who recently retired from Test cricket after 168 matches in which he scored 13 289 runs and bagged 292 wickets. Chennai retained Faf du Plessis after paying $791 000 for the South African T20-skipper.

Gary Kirsten, new coach of the Delhi Daredevils, has attracted the wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock for $583 000, while JP Duminy will join him for $366 000.

The defending IPL-champions, the Mumbai Indians, contracted the pace merchant Marchant de Lange for a bargain — $50 000, or a mere R552 775.

The Titans bowler De Lange, renowned for his express pace, captured 7-81 for South Africa on Test debut against Sri Lanka in December 2011.

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