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IPL 2016 Auction: Franchises preferred domestic cricketers; son of factory worker fetches Rs 3.2 cr
In the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on Saturday, there was something new to see this time. The franchises no longer appeared to be star-struck and domestic cricketers were given priority.
Unlike the previous years, the star players were not showstealers any more. 
The auctioneers carefully spent their money on teams. Australia's veteran 
allrounder Shane Watson emerged as the biggest draw going for a whopping 
Rs 9.50 crore. 


The 34-year old who marked his return to form with a blazing century against India in the last T20, triggered  an intense bidding war among three franchises before Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) clinched the deal 
with the highest package so far. While Pawan Negi became the costliest Indian buy with a mind-blowing deal of Rs 8.5 crore. 


Negi, a spinner of modest achievements was signed by Delhi Daredevils. Last year he played for Chennai Super Kings and was also picked in the Indian squad for the World T20.


Other domestic cricketers who also fetched hig prices are, Murugan Ashwin, a leg-spinner from Tamil Nadu, he joins his illustrious namesake in Pune which shelled out Rs 4.5 crore. 
  
Then come Karun Nair (Rs 4 crore to Delhi Daredevils), all-rounder Deepak Hooda (Rs 4.2 crore  to  Sunrisers  Hyderabad),  Tamil  nadu  spinner  
M Ashwin (Rs 4.5 crore to Rising  Pune Supergiants), Krunal Pandya (Rs 2 crore to Mumbai Indians) and India U19 player Rishabh Pant (Rs 1.9 crore to Delhi).


Nathu Singh, son of a factory worker from Rajasthan Mumbai Indians, has become a talk of town after getting a bid of Rs 3.2 crore. Just a few months back, he did not have money even to buy a pair of cricketing spikes, and now has become a crorepati. His father Bharat Singh, who is an unskilled factory worker, had approached a moneylender to borrow Rs 10,000 to get his son admitted to one of Jaipur's premier cricket academies.
 
Among the big names were, Yuvraj Singh (Rs 7 crore to Sunrisers Hyderabad), veteran Indian pacer Ashish Nehra (Rs 5.5 crore to Sunrisers Hyderabad), Ishant Sharma (Rs 3.8 crore to Rising Pune Super Giants), Kevin Pietersen (Rs 3.5 crore to RPSG), and Dwayne Smith (Rs 2.3 crore to Gujarat Lions).
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