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Viru and Yuvi get top base price

Manoj Tiwary

New Delhi: Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh have kept their base price in the highest bracket of Rs 2 crore for the upcoming auctions of the seventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).

There are 46 capped Indian players in the list of 208 international players who have enrolled for the auction. The base price for capped players are Rs 50 lakh, Rs 1 crore, Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 2 crore, respectively.

New Zealand’s Corey Anderson has kept his base price at a moderate Rs 1 crore. It is widely expected that Anderson’s price will hit the roof-top after his fastest century in ODIs and his stupendous all-round performance against India in the ongoing ODI series.

While Australian captain Michael Clarke has pulled out of the auction, Ashes hero Mitchell Johnson’s base price is Rs 2 crore.

While Sehwag, who has been horribly out of form, has kept himself in the highest bracket, two other veterans Yuvraj and Ashish Nehra are also expecting to fetch at least Rs 2 crore or more at the auction if one goes by their decision to keep themselves in the highest bracket.

Dinesh Karthik, who was widely tipped to be retained by Mumbai Indians, has also kept a base price of Rs 2 crore.

Hard-hitting batsman Yusuf Pathan, who had three pathetic seasons with Kolkata Knight Riders is also in the highest bracket.

Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, Murali Vijay, Manoj Tiwary and Robin Uthappa are the other capped Indian players in the highest bracket.

Zaheer Khan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Bhuvneshwar Kumar are in the Rs 1.5 crore bracket while fringe India players like Ashoke Dinda, Wriddhiman Saha and Mohit Sharma are in the Rs 1 crore. Delhi’s Parvinder Awana, who played a couple of T20 internationals last season has a base price of Rs 50 lakh.

Pacers Umesh Yadav has not yet confirmed his base price while Ishant Sharma’s base price is Rs 1.5 crore.

Jharkhand pacer Varun Aaron is missing out from the auction list which might be to keep himself injury free from the rigours of T20 cricket.

Brad Hogg, the 43-year-old Australian bowler, is the oldest player at the auction with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore while T20 freelancer Brad Hodge has kept his base price at Rs 2 crore. Mike Hussey, who said that IPL-VI was his last edition, has also included himself in the list with highest base price.

The biggest England name in the list is Kevin Pietersen who is a free agent again after Delhi DareDevils opted not to retain any players.

Players at maximum base price

Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Ashish Nehra, Pragyan Ojha, Yusuf Pathan, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Robin Uthappa, Murali Vijay, George Bailey, Brad Haddin, Brad Hodge, Michael Hussey, Mitchell Johnson, Brett Lee, Shaun Marsh, James Pattinson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Alex Hales, Samit Patel, Kevin Pietersen, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Jacques Kallis, Tillekaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Marlon Samuels