Chennai, Feb 3 (IBNS) Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell beat his compatriots Michael Clarke and Ricky Ponting to bag a whopping $1 million contract at the players' auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here Sunday.
Maxwell, a spin-bowling all-rounder, was sold to Mumbai Indian for five times his base price of $200,00 after an aggressive bidding involving Sunrisers Hyderabad.
But contrary to the hype, Australia captain Clarke and Ricky Ponting, who retired last year, failed to get exciting deals and were sold for their base price of $400,000 each.
Pune Warriors bought back Clarke for much less than what they had spent last year while Mumbai Indian bought Ponting after he was almost being put in the unsold category.
Ponting, who played for Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural season of the IPL, was the first marquee player to go under the hammer. But none of the teams showed interest in him and he was put in in the unsold category by auctioneer Richard Madley.
But Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani made a late bid for the former Australian captain and Madley allowed the bid.
The next marquee player up for grabs was India-discard pacer Rudra Pratap Singh, who was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $400,000, four times his base price.
Chennai Super Kings, Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad all showed interest in the left arm pacer, who was the highest wicket-taker in the second edition in 2009.
The third marquee player South African all-rounder Johan Botha, who went to Rajasthan last year for $950,000, was bought by Delhi Daredevils for $450,000 after an aggressive bidding-match with Pune. Botha had a base price of $300,000.
Clarke was the last player in the marquee section and was sold to Pune Warriors, who made the first bid.
Former India skipper Anil Kumble, who is part of the Mumbai franchise, says Maxwell is "an exciting talent, a good kid." KUmble said Ponting will be a great presence in the dressing room.
Ambani said having both Tendulkar and Ponting in the Mumbai team will be great for the youngsters.