IPL auctions: English players strike it big

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Regardless of the fact that the English team lost badly to India in the three series’ played recently, English players were snapped up by Indian Premier League (IPL) teams at the player auction held on Monday. The IPL is the T20 league played by teams from eight Indian cities each summer.

During the auction, IPL teams bid for players and the team willing to pay the highest for a player gets him. For in-form players, severe competition can drive prices very high indeed.  At this auction, the English players got such high bids. Meanwhile old timers such as pace bowler Ishant Sharma remained unsold.

Much of the action centered around bowlers who attracted the highest bids. For the first time players from Afghanistan also participated in the auction and were selected by teams. Relatively less known players from India, some of whom have never played for major Indian teams, also made it big in the auction, including T Natarajan from Tamil Nadu. The pace bowler, who belongs to a poor family but came up due to talent for the game, was snapped up by  Kings XI Punjab.

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Note: Price refers to the amount to be paid to the player per season