Hyderabad bag Symonds for $ 1.35 million
Australian all-rounder Andrew Symonds got the second highest bid for Rs 5.4 crore ($ 1.35 million) in the players auction of Indian Premier League in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Hyderabad got Symonds paying only Rs 60 lakh less than Indian One-day and Twenty20 skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The controversy seems to have done no harm to Symondsí popularity, as he became the highest bid player of the third round.
Australian skipper Ricky Ponting, however, did not command a huge price going to Kolkata for Rs 1.6 crore ($400,000) while Mohali/Chandigarh won Brett Lee for Rs 3.6 crore ($900,000).
Another Australian Matthew Hayden will join Dhoni in the Chennai team after a bid of Rs 1.5 crore ($375,000).
Delhi team, bid for its first player in the third round bagging New Zealand left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori for Rs 2.5 crore ($625,000) while another Kiwi
Brenden McCullum joins Kolkata for Rs 2.8 crore ($700,000).
All the above players, however, will remain unavailable for current season.