Maxwell hits a maximum


Flashes of brilliance

It's been just over six months since his debut for Australia, and he only has a handful of international matches up his sleeve. But Maxwell's already shown glimpses of being a clinical finisher.

His blistering performances for Hampshire during the T20 Cup in England last year — 179 runs at strike-rate of 175.49 — brought him to national reckoning. He was equally destructive in the Big Bash, recording a strike-rate of 152.63.

"For an emerging player it is big. He is an exciting player and a good catch for us. I knew him before he made his debut for Australia," said Anil Kumble, Mumbai Indians' mentor.

This will not be the first time that Mumbai have signed a relative unknown for big bucks. Last year they invested heavily in Richard Levi, and in the past have roped in the likes of Kieron Pollard too for big money.

For Maxwell though, the day that started with a golden duck took a turn for the better on the field too. The youngster went on to pick up four wickets in his team's comprehensive victory.

Who went where, for How much

All-rounders, pace bowlers and the odd mystery spinner — these were the areas that most of the franchises looked to strengthen during the IPL 2013 auction on Sunday. And thus, Glenn Maxwell became a millionaire and little-known players like Senanayake and Morris attracted similarly large sums, while Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke only fetched their base prices.

Among the teams, Pune and Mumbai splashed out over $2 million, while the likes of Rajasthan and Kolkata kept additions to a minimum.

Shamik Chakrabarty makes sense of who went where and why.

Kolkata Knight Riders

spent: $675,000

Bought: Sachithra Senanayake ($625k), Ryan McLaren ($50k).

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