Bangalore: Saurashtra all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Karnataka medium pacer R Vinay Kumar became the newest additions to the millionaire club when Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore bagged them for $2 million (Rs 9.8 crore) and $1 million (4.9 cr) respectively.
At least those are the figures each of them will get every year for the next two years with Jadeja advance swelling the already-overflowing coffers of the BCCI, after he was concerned in a tie-breaker between Chennai Super Kings and the Deccan Chargers, both offering the total purse of $2 million for Jadeja.
The tie-breaker that had the hostile teams present an unrevealed amount was won by CSK, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla showing the relevant bids to the two team owners.
Shukla later confirmed that Jadeja and Vinay would get the full amounts bid for them in the open auction and that their previous signings with Kochi Tuskers Kerala would have no bearing.
Laxman was by no means the merely big name to remain unsold on a day when a simple 25 of the 144 players up for sale were taken. Pakistan all-rounder Azhar Mahmood who was picked up by Ness Wadia’s Kings XI Punjab for $200,000 (Rs 98 lakh).
Amongst the foreigners the other big buys went on expected lines with Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardena also infringe the million-dollar mark after a strong fight between the Daredevils and Chargers, the former bagging him for $1.4 million (Rs 6.9 cr) in the end.
On the other hand, Muthiah Muralitharan (Rs 1.1cr), was a steal for Royal Challengers Bangalore , who paid just $20,000 over the spin king’s reserve prize of $200,000.