temperamental fast bowler
Shantakumaran Sreesanth was
happy to be a part of his home
team as the Kochi franchise
bought him for $900,000 during
the players' auction for Indian
Premier League (IPL) season four
"Thanks a lot for ur support and
wishes..gr8 to be in home
team..kochi," Sreesanth tweeted.
Sreesanth had a base price of $
200,000 and Deccan Chargers
were the first to show interest in
him. Deccan Chargers and Delhi
Daredevils were engaged in a
small tussle over the fast bowler,
who has been in fine form in the
Test series in South Africa.
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The contest continued for three
minutes and as his value touched
$850,000, Kochi owners jumped
in the fray and bought him for $
Kings XI Punjab, who had bought
Sreesanth for $625,000 at the
first auction, didn't show any
interest in the fast bowler.
Kochi's coach Geoff Lawson said
they took Sreesanth purely on
the basis of his current
performance and not because
he is a local boy.
"Sreesanth has been in a great
form in South Africa. He is a
brilliant bowler and has done
well for India. He is a valuable
player, he will be a great role
model for the team," said the
Australian, adding the franchise
will come out with a team name
Besides, Sreesanth, the Kochi
team also bought V.V.S. Laxman
($400,000), Rudra Pratap Singh
($500,000), Mahela Jayawardene
($1.5 million) and Brendon
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Lawson, a former Pakistan coach,
said the franchise will try to
make the most of the remaining
$5.225 million left in their purse.
"We have got some good ideas.
We have bought three Indians so
far and we are fairly happy.
Things get unpredictable during
the auction, but we are trying to
make the most of what we have.
We still have some money left in
the bank," said Lawson.
"We all are excited. I am very
happy to be a part of IPL. This
will be great for the people of
Kerala," he said.