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Delhi Dare Devils buys Sanju V. Samson for Rs. 4.20 crores in IPL

Saturday, Feb 6, 2016,11:23 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Bengaluru | Delhi Dare Devils bought Kerala’s wicket-keeper batsman Sanju V. Samson for Rs. 4.20 crores as Indian Premier League players’ auction began on Saturday. Sanju, who is captain of Kerala Ranji trophy team, told media that he is expecting better performance this season. More Malayali players are expected to find a place in IPL this season, according to him.

The Trivandrum native is the youngest player to score a half-century in the IPL and Champions League Twenty20.

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson today became the first million-dollar buy of the Indian Premier League players’ auction, going to Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping Rs 9.5 crore (USD 1.39 million) after an intense bidding war.

India’s Yuvraj Singh wasn’t third-time lucky in terms of being the biggest buy but Sunrisers Hyderabad entered late into the fray to buy him for Rs 7 crore (USD 1.03 million).

Sunrisers Hyderabad also bought veteran pacer Ashish Nehra for Rs 5.50 crore (USD 810,000) pipping Kings XI Punjab and Gujarat Lions.

Debutants Pune Supergiants got Kevin Pietersen for Rs 3.5 crore (USD 515,000), the first player to go under the hammer, even though Gujarat Lions also bid intensely for the dashing England batsman. Pune also got Ishant Sharma Rs 3.8 crore (USD 559,000)

Gujarat Lions got South African Dale Steyn and West Indian Dwayne Smith for Rs 2.3 crore (USD 338,000) each.

However, the player to hit the pay dirt was definitely Watson, who recently hit a smashing century in the third T20 International against India recently.

Also, he has been an ever-present player for the now banned Rajasthan Royals being the ‘Player of the Tournament’ in the league’s first season.

Watson has retired from the longer format but his 130-135 kmph seam-up stuff has also turned out to be handy on Indian pitches.

Australian T20 captain Aaron Finch and New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill were the players who went unsold in the first session.

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