IPL auction 6: Glenn Maxwell gets million-dollar deal

Glenn Maxwell

The 25-year-old Morris was bought by Chennai Super Kings after an intense three-way bidding war with Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The unusual pattern continued with little-known Sri Lankan off-spinner Sachithra Senanayake going much beyond his base price of USD 50,000.

The franchise that initially bid on him were Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings before Kolkata Knight Riders entered the fray to raise his price tag to USD 625,000 (Rs 3.3 crore) and snatch him from CSK.

Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile was put on sale at a base price of USD 100,000 but went for USD 450,000 to Mumbai Indians, who outbid the Rajasthan Royals.

The 25-year-old is yet to make his international debut and currently turns up only for Western Australia and Perth Scorchers in his domestic circuit.

Another uncapped player who triggered a bidding war was promising Australian pacer Kane Richardson. The 21-year-old, whose base price was USD 100,00, was ultimately bought by Pune Warriors for USD 700,000 (Rs 3.7 crore).

Among the Indians, Jaydev was bought for USD 525,000 (Rs 2.7 crore) by Royal Challengers Bangalore, much higher thanhis base price of USD 100,000.

Pankaj, on the other hand, was taken by the same franchise for USD 150,000, a massive jump from his base price of USD 50,000.

Mumbai all-rounder Abhishek Nayar, who performed consistently in the domestic arena, went to Pune Warriors for USD 675,000 (Rs 3.5 crore), a huge improvement on his base price of USD 100,000.

Another Indian pacer who managed to get a good deal was Manpreet Gony, who went for USD 500,000 (Rs 2.6 crore) to Kings XI Punjab.

As the auction progressed, there were more surprises in store as the likes of Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis and forgotten Australian pacer Dirk Nannes triggered bidding wars which fetched them price tags much more than their base prices.

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