Ross Taylor sells for $390,000 at IPL auction

MARK GEENTY
Last updated 22:05 13/02/2014
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PURE CLASS: Ross Taylor has been exceptional for the Black Caps recently.

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Ross Taylor's Indian Premier League absence lasted just 24 hours when he was snared by Delhi Daredevils for his reserve price of $390,000 on day two of the player auction.

New Zealand's best batsman was surprisingly unsold on day one in Bangalore, but some players got a second chance if franchises were interested and had money left over.

Just four teams: Delhi, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals had enough to spend in the accelerated auction, and his former team Delhi snared Taylor at his base price of R20 million.

He joins his New Zealand team-mate Jimmy Neesham at Delhi, who went for  $195,000 on day one of the auction.

"Great to be going back to Delhi Daredevils. Looking forward to it," Taylor tweeted last night.

It was some welcome good news for Taylor who ruled himself out of today's second test against India as he awaits the birth of his second child.

Other New Zealand players Martin Guptill, Luke Ronchi and James Franklin weren't so lucky, though, and were among those unsold again last night.

Taylor brought the New Zealand contingent to six in the IPL, starting in April, along with Neesham, Corey Anderson (Mumbai), Brendon McCullum (Chennai), Tim Southee (Rajasthan) and Matt Henry (Chennai).

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