He may have been on the losing side for Wellington at the Basin Reserve yesterday but Jesse Ryder ended the day the winner after being bought for US$260,000 by the Delhi Daredevils at the IPL auction.
Ryder and Nathan McCullum ($100,000 to Sunrisers Hyderabad) were both in the money but Martin Guptill was passed in and Scott Styris had not gone under the hammer by the the deadline for this edition.
The sixth auction of the IPL was a propping up exercise for franchises.
Most of the game's leading Twenty20 players including Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and Daniel Vettori are already on existing contracts, but as new stars emerge franchises reserve the right to cut existing players while some succumb to injury.
Ryder had a base price of US$100,000 but Delhi won a small bidding war that saw Ryder's price tag rise to just over US$250,000.
Ryder joins a franchise rich in top-order batting firepower. Delhi are captained by Virender Sehwag and also have David Warner and Taylor on their books.
The big movers on the night were the John Wright-coached Mumbai Indians. Mumbai went to US$1 million for Australian batting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and US$400,000 for Ricky Ponting.
One hundred and eight players put their names forward for the auction and there were plenty of head scratching outcomes.
Pune Warriors went to US$675,000 for relative unknown all-rounder Abhishek Nayar and Hyderabad Sunrisers paid similar cash for Sri Lankan all-rounder Thisara Perera.
Michael Clarke went for $400,000 and those to be passed over included Aaron Finch, Herschelle Gibbs, Ravi Bopara and Vernon Philander.
Other New Zealand players like Grant Elliott and Ronnie Hira failed to make the final cut of 108.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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