Thu, 14 Apr 2011 10:46:32 GMT | By Skandan Sampath, India Syndicate

Reality Cheque- How the IPL auction heroes fared at the World Cup!

It is the reputation of these cricketers that helped them fetch millions at the IPL auction. Their previous performances with the bat and the ball, prompted aggressive bidding from the ten IPL team owners at the auction in January 2011. Auctioneer Richard Madley was kept on his toes as the buyers loosened their purse strings to ensure that they bagged the player who would keep them a step ahead of the competition in the IPL.

Reality Cheque- How the IPL auction heroes fared at the World Cup!

But as we all know in sport, past laurels amount to little, for an individual is only as good as his last performance. Most of these million dollar babies were in action at the 2011 World Cup, where some of them justified the zeroes in their bank balances, while some had to suffer the ignominy of looking at a zero against their name on the scoreboard. Holland's Ryan ten Doeschate who was signed by the Kolkata Knight Riders for $ 150,000 at this year's auction, scored more runs and took more wickets than Kieron Pollard who was the most expensive signing at the auction in 2010. Did we hear someone say cheap and best?

Aussie Cameron White too proved to be a white elephant for his side, scoring just 70 runs from 7 matches with a best of 22*. The 27-year old who was with Royal Challengers Bangalore earlier was picked up for $ 1.1 million by the Deccan Chargers. Fellow Victorian David Hussey, sold for $ 1.4 million to Kings XI Punjab, experienced similar fortunes, managing just 52 runs from the four games he featured in. Hussey however should be considered with leniency, for he got very little time to spend in the middle as he went out to bat in only two innings out of four.


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