The former RR captain feels Day Two of 2014 IPL Auction will witness some exciting fight among the franchisesYou will see a lot of Indian players going for their base prices and I think that’s what the teams are waiting to pick up. You will see a lot of frenzy like what you saw this morning rahul dravid
Former Rajasthan Royals skipper
Bangalore: Former India captain Rahul Dravid, who was Rajasthan Royals captain till the last IPL, expects some exciting fight among franchises today.”The two lots which come up for auction morning would be crucial because you have a lot of uncapped Indian players there and everybody seems to be waiting for that,” he said. “You will see a lot of Indian players going for their base prices and I think that’s what the teams are waiting to pick up. You will see a lot of frenzy like what you saw this morning.
“Dravid said all the franchises have learnt with time and IPL 7 will witness smaller squads with impact players in all the teams.”I think teams have realised that smaller squad is a good option as it’s difficult to manage big squads. Moreover, there is no logic behind spending money on a player and then make him to sit out. It’s also not nice to see many international stars sitting out,” he said.
Rajasthan Royals bought only six players on day one with Australian Steven Smith fetching the highest price of Rs 4 crore. The other players which Rajasthan bought are Brad Hodge (Rs 2.4 crore), Tim Southee (Rs 1.2 crore), Abhishek Nayar (Rs 1 crore), Kane Richardson (Rs 1 crore) and Ben Cutting (Rs 80 lakh).
Dravid justified his team’s picks even as Rajasthan Royals still have Rs 12.2 crore left to spend on the second day of auction.”Look at (James) Faulkner, (Ajinkya) Rahane, Sanju (Samson) and (Stuart) Binny, they all are our marquee players and they are already with us. We have to be realistic as well with the budget you are working with,” he said.
“We wanted to back it up with class players who could play spin and field well. He (Smith) was definitely one of the back-ups for (Brad) Hodge and (Shane) Watson who have injury concerns,” he added.Asked about the controversies involving the Rajasthan Royals last year when three of its players — S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankit Chavan — were charged for spot-fixing, Dravid said: “We obviously believe it is a big tournament and there are going to be a few controversies.
“A lot of work has to be done behind the scenes and during the tournament. It is a challenge for everyone involved in cricket. We still believe that there are good people in the system. And there is lot of good that comes out of the IPL.”
Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani said there was no lack of interest in this year’s IPL players’ auction because of the recent controversy surrounding the event following Justice Mukul Mudgal Committee report on IPL spot-fixing scandal.
“Inside the auction room all the teams are glued in and doing their best to get the right combinations. We are really concentrating on the aspect of building our new team for IPL 7 season,” Nita said.