Dhoni top in IPL auction
India all-rounder and Symonds the IPL's most expensive players
Last Updated: 21/02/08 11:04am
Dhoni: Most expensive player
India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Australia's Andrew Symonds have topped the bidding at the Indian Premier League's player auction on Wednesday.
"Players like MS Dhoni and Andrew Symonds were bid aggressively for by all the tables."
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Chennai paid $1.5million (£772,000) for India's one-day captain, while all-rounder Symonds has been signed by Hyderabad for $1.35million (£695,000).
Sri Lanka all-rounder Sanath Jayasuriya was the third most expensive player, with Kolkata forking out $975,000 (£502,000) for his services.
Indian pair Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan cost Mohali a combined fee of 1.875 million (£965,000), with Australia paceman Brett Lee (£463,000) and Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene also joined the franchise.
IPL chairman Lalit Modi said: "I haven't had the opportunity to really judge player value before, but some of the players have gone so well, while some have gone for much less than I expected.
"Players like MS Dhoni and Andrew Symonds were bid aggressively for by all the tables.
"I must tell the Australian public and the Australian media, like I promised, Andrew Symonds was always going to be."
Bangalore signed South Africa all-rounder Jacques Kallis for $900,000 (£463,000) and wicketkeeper Mark Boucher for $450,000 (£232,000), while retiring Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist went for $700,000 (£360,000) to Hyderabad.
Hyderabad also captured RP Singh for $875,000 (£451,000), South Africa batsman Herschelle Gibbs and Pakistan spinner Shahid Afridi for $575,000 (£296,000) and $675,000 (£348,000) respectively, while New Zealand's Scott Styris cost them just $175,000 (£90,000).
Sri Lanka off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan (£309,000) will team up with Dhoni at Chennai, along with South African all-rounder Albie Morkel (£327,000), while legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne was bought by Jaipur for $450,000 (£232,000).
Proteas all-rounder Shaun Pollock fetched £283,000 from Mumbai and India spinner Harbhajan Singh went for £438,000.
Kolkata's acquisitions included Pakistan seamer Shoaib Akhtar (£219,000), Australia skipper Ricky Ponting (£206,000), New Zealand wicketkeeper batsman Brendon McCullum (£360,000) and West Indies captain Chris Gayle (£412,000).
Each of the eight franchises had a total of $5million (£2.574million) to bid at the auction in Mumbai.