At 10 AM this morning, his base price was just Rs 30 lakhs. In just an hour, his value spiralled to a whopping Rs 8.5 crore. He is the new record-setting ‘most expensive’ Indian cricketer for the next IPL-9 season in terms of his rate. Pawan Negi, the Delhi player was that lucky star and he is the second highly-paid star after Shane Watson, the Australian all-rounder who fought valiantly in the T 20 series with India, who was bought by Royal Challengers-Bengaluru for Rs 9.5 crore.
The IPL auction was held in Bengaluru and as many as 351 players were available for the next season. The Delhi cricketer was named for the next month’s ICC T 20 world Cup and Asia Cup tourneys only on Friday. His fate turned and Delhi Daredevils preferred him to Yuvaraj Singh who was bought for a mind-boggling Rs 16 crore in the last season. Yuvy failed to live up to the expectations in the last two seasons and his rate has dropped to Rs 7 crore this year as Hyderabad Risers has bought him for that price. This means Yuvy’s rate has fallen by fifty per cent.
Negi, who has earlier played for suspended IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings, is a left-arm spinner and hard-hitting left-hand batsman. He has so far played 56 T20 matches with an average of 19.16 with the bat at a strike-rate of 134.92 and has taken 46 wickets at 26.28.
Other major players who were preferred by the franchises at the IPL auction were: Mohit Sharma (Rs. 6.5 crore-Punjab Kings); Ashish Nehra (Rs 5.5 crore- Hyderabad Sun Risers); Ishant Sharma (3.8 crore); Chris Morris (Rs 7 crore-Delhi Dare Devils); Kevin Peterson (3.5 crore-Pune); Sanju Samson (4.2 crore-DD); Dinesh Karthik (2.5 crore). No body evinced interest over Mike Hussey, Aaron Pinch, Osman Khaja, Mahela Jayawardene, Brad Huddin.