Today was the Judgement Day and all people were glued to their television sets . All people in the media and country were so focused towards the man in the top seat of the Room . The room was so tensed up, making all the oxygen in the room easily burnt . People have been waiting for this judgement for over an year now. The Fate Of many People were hanging based on this Judgement. The Auction for IPL has arrived . Wait….What?….2G….NO! NO! NO! Who cares about it.
The Auction was announced to be held today(03-Feb-2012), KTK and PWD oops..sorry! PWI were added as new additions to the IPL last season and so increasing the strength from 8 to 10 franchises and guess what? still CSK triumphed ! CSK Rocks! Whistle Podu! . Okay! Okay! coming back to the Topic , KTK Franchise was thrown out because of some misconduct or non-compliance with agreement reason and Poor Mallu fans are again forced back to support CSK. In My Opinion,This auction was actually like a garage sale where the left-overs of the previous auctions , no-where-to-go KTK players and some newbies were up for sale . The list of players who were up for the auction mostly consisted of over-ambitiously priced England ,some Windies, Few Indians and some going to be-unsolds . The Auction was going to be underway and already a storm has hit it, Yes! it was the desert storm of the Sahara India Pariwar withdrawing it’s sponsorship with Indian Team and also withdrawing it’s IPL team and the news spread like wild-fire except for those at BCCI (They sure are fire proof!). The PWD (oh! not again), sorry The PWI did not also participate in the Auction . The statement released by The Sahara Group http://www.espncricinfo.com/india/content/current/story/552060.html was one of the most touching things i have read in a while . Even, Salman Khan is asking directors down south to make a film out of it ,so that he can remake it in Hindi. Anyways,PWI (Yeh! i got it this time) not participating in the auction was not mandatory (only the time-outs are!) and so The Auction started with the top players coming up in the 1st lot and Guess what Ravindra Jadeja who was supposed and considered the hottest piece of Cake lived upto the expectation and the Mighty CSK crew came with plan like they usually are and grabbed Jaddu boy with both hands and he did not come easy DC and CSK emptied their purses for him and a Tie-Breaker secret bidding was done and CSK won it.I think CSK would have written “Srini Rules” in the enclosed Bid and so sealed the bid. Then so many bids came in and went, too many were left unsold and the proceedings went on and on until….
Ah! I forgot to mention , This time around Bhajji was among the MI bunch in the bidding process and gave all his inputs thoroughly. “I now know what he did this Winter ” “Home Alone”, He was all along helping Nita Ambani raise the baton Up and Down in the bidding process. Coming back to the moment of surprise ,awe and shock!. The moment that nobody expected came up VVS Laxman was not picked by any franchisee (shock!), and in another Low-Key news in the Auction was that Vinay Kumar was picked for 1mn $. Yes, the red color shoe bowler .Yes,that scorching fast bowler. yes, yes, you guessed the reason rite! RCB crew was seriously boozed off during that part of the bidding as they thought they were selling him for that price (Poor fellows!).Actually, there was a glitch during this particular process,Vinay Kumar was auctioned from the fast bowlers lot and i hear and read some say he was visibly upset hearing that. After the V.Kumar fiasco came sreesanth, the fiasco himself and i must admit i was seriously afraid of the thought that he might be going for more than V.Kumar but then came the Royal Force of rajasthan and bid him at base of 400,000 $ and i immediately understood the meaning for what Ravi shastri always says “Paying a Heavy Price for the Bad….” .
Speaking of the Auction ,If PWI(eh!once again got it rite!) issued a emotional statement that almost dissolved rock solid hearts ,RR did something very much more ,they bid successfully for brad hodge,brad hogg and they might as well took VVS if not for the auctioneers fast reflexes , They now act as the foreign sanctuary for old-aged,retired,semi-retired,drop-outs . Such Noble Royals they are. Then came the Spinners, the last lot of players to be auctioned and guess who jumped and stepped up their bidding’s ,It was the MI ably supported by Bhajji ,MI desperately wanted Sunil Narine and almost won him before letting him go after bhajji received an anonymous tweet that he is not an Indian and lest settled for Robin Peterson. While every team was bidding for players to fill in their weak spots KXIP took a different direction and filled spots for carrying Drinks and Ness wadia further upped the ante to nullify the claim that his team lacks balance by successfully bidding for Ramesh powar to add balance to the weaker side of the platform . DD who had a terrible IPL last time up came in with a thoughtful strategy of buying foreign talents . might be to promote GMR’s international Terminal , New Delhi Airport(may be!Who knows?).DC was the most active team of the day, they competed for almost all bids and there was also this instance when rajiv shukla was called twice by the auctioneer to catch his attention and DC mistook it for a bid and raised the baton and almost bought Rajiv Shukla . Oh ! i forgot to mention KKR, SRK came and slapped nobody. To finish it off CSK sat on their corner enjoying their special Degree coffee with their Hindu paper all along .
The Best Highlight of this auction was that No England Players were picked by any of the IPL team and many say this was because of their tight international schedule and some believe it was because of that 4-0 mauling they did to India, but I strongly believe the reason is “Spin and England cannot co-exist”.
P.S : By The Way – All gilli-danda , kancha, kite-flying players contact Sahara India Pariwar for sponsorship. You too might get an emotional contract.