Pune Warriors takes shape

IPL-Player-Auction-2011-LiveThe second weekend of the New Year will be remembered by Pune’s cricket fans. This is the day when the city got its first set of players for the IPL team. The mix is an interesting one:

  • Yuvraj Singh ($1.8m)
  • Graeme Smith ($500,000)
  • Robin Uthappa ($2.1m)
  • Tim Paine ($270,000)
  • Angelo Mathews ($950,000)
  • Ashish Nehra ($850,000)
  • Nathan McCullum ($100,000)
  • Callum Fergusson ($300,000)

See complete list of auction here.

The collection is a good one and offers the team great variety. Of course, there’s more players needed before the whole team takes shape, but this core looks good. With only 4 foreign players allowed to play each match, it’s almost certain that Graeme Smith, Nathan McCullum, Angelo Mathews, Fergusson or Paine will take the field. The possibility of Paine playing is higher given he keeps wickets while Mathews, McCullum and Fergusson would be rotated.

The team spent a total of $6.87m with another $2.13m available for Sunday’s auction. The team’s balance is tilted to the batting right now and the focus will be on bowlers on Sunday. But the start is a good one. It’s possible that the team management would be looking at Yuvraj for the captaincy, but with Smith in the team, it’s a better idea to have him captain the side. He’s experienced and used to the role.

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