Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh have retained their highest base price bracket of Rs.2 crore for the upcoming IPL auctions.
There are 46 capped Indian players on the list of 208 international players who have enrolled for the auction.
Kiwi sensation Corey Anderson’s base price is a relatively modest Rs.1 crore; it is widely expected, though, that Anderson’s price will go through the roof after recent exploits — he broke the record for the fastest century in ODIs and his performances against India in the ongoing ODI series has been stupendous with bat and ball.
While Michael Clarke has pulled out of the auction, Ashes hero Mitchell Johnson’s base price is Rs.2 crore.
Like Sehwag and Yuvraj, Ashish Nehra is also expected to fetch atleast Rs.2 crore or more at the auction, going by his highest bracket base price.
Dinesh Karthik, who was widely tipped to be retained by Mumbai Indians, also has a base price of Rs. 2 crore.
Yusuf Pathan is in the highest bracket too despite three poor seasons with Kolkata Knight Riders.
Praveen Kumar, Amit Mishra, Pragyan Ojha, M. Vijay, Manoj Tiwary and Robin Uthappa are the other capped Indian players in the highest bracket.
Zaheer Khan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Bhuvneshwar Kumar are in the Rs.1.5 crore bracket while fringe India players like Ashoke Dinda, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohit Sharma are in the Rs.1 crore section.
Varun Aaron is not on the auction list which might be to keep himself injury free from the rigours of T20 cricket.
At 43, Brad Hogg is the oldest player at the auction with a base price of Rs.1.5 crore while T20 freelancer Brad Hodge is at Rs. 2 crore.
Mike Hussey, who had said that 2013 would be his last season, has also been included in the list with highest base price.
Prominent Indian players’ base prices:
Rs.2 crore: Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, Ashish Nehra, Pragyan Ojha, Robin Uthappa, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Manoj Tiwary. Rs.1.5 crore: Zaheer Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Irfan Pathan, Ishant Sharma. Rs. 1 crore: Parthiv Patel, Mohit Sharma, Ashoke Dinda, Wriddhiman Saha.