Scott Styris goes cheap
When you club names like Ajit Agarkar and Joginder Sharma with the likes of Shaun Pollock and Scott Styris and try to sell them off as all-rounders, shouldn't someone be able to call your bluff.
The bidders in the Indian Premier League players' auction disappointed, as Styris ended up being sold for an embarrassingly cheap $175,000. But the New Zealander need not hang his head in shame.
Instead, it should be the seven teams that remained silent and let Hyderabad walk off with the all-rounder for his base price.
The Pathan brothers were snapped up for $925,000 (Mohali) and $475,000 (Jaipur)
The way Lalit Modi heaped praise on Cameroon White, you would be pardoned for mistaking him for being the Twenty20 what Sir Garfield Sobers was for Tests -- Jack of all trades and also master of all.
But if the Aussie national discard turns out to be a fraction of what he is supposed to be, Dr Vijay Mallya can consider his $500,000 well-spent.
Chennai returned to its splurging ways and picked Albie Morkel for US $675,000. Shah Rukh Khan, who we called the shrewdest bidder only a few hours ago, paid US $350,000 for Ajit Agarkar.
At the end of six rounds of bidding Chennai ($4 million), Bangalore ($3.8 million), Mumbai ($3.5 million) and Mohali ($4 million) have the lightest wallets and not enough money to spend on 9, 10 and Jack.
Delhi spent $3.2 million on Maharoof, Dilshan, Karthik, de Villiers, Shoaib Malik, Asif, and Vettori. Hyderabad spent the exact same amount on Gilchrist, Symonds, Gibbs, Afridi and Styris. Beat that.
Jaipur has spent $1.7... On what? We do not know!
Shah Rukh Khan still has half his $5 million to splurge and might easily end up with a million to spare. But, then, that still was not good enough reason to select Agarkar.