Pietersen and Flintoff rule the world
Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff today emerged as the world's most expensive cricketers after being sold for a whopping USD 1.55 million (approx Rs 7.35 cr) in the IPL auction, surpassing Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
In an auction telecast live by most channels, it was Pietersen and Flintoff -- both former England captains -- who were expectedly the most sought after exceeding their base prices by huge margins.
The hard-hitting Pietersen was bought by Bangalore Royal Challengers while Flintoff went to Chennai Super Kings at the auction, which had its share of glamour with Bollywood stars Preity Zinta, Shilpa Shetty and Juhi Chawla in attendance.
Bangalore Royal Challengers spent most of their total amount of USD 1.95 million on the highly talented Pietersen who had a base price of USD 1.35 million.
Flintoff, another former England captain, expectedly got a good bidding and will now feature in the same team as Dhoni who is the captain of Chennai Super Kings.
Flintoff and Pietersen, like all other English players, will be available for just 21 days for the second edition of the high-profile Twenty20 league although their contracts are for two years.
Upcoming South African batsman Jean Paul Duminy (USD 950,00), Bangladesh paceman Mashrafe Mortaza (USD 600,00), unheralded South African all-rounder Tyron Henderson (USD 650,000) triggered surprise bidding wars among the eight franchisees.