Cricket: Ryder cashes in at IPL auction

Jesse Ryder. Photo / Getty Images
Jesse Ryder. Photo / Getty Images

Jesse Ryder, Nathan McCullum and Jacob Oram were the only New Zealand players to pick up new Indian Premier League contracts following last night's auction.

Ryder was purchased for $US260,000 ($NZ307,000) by the Delhi Daredevils after having previously played for the Pune Warriors and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

It's a pay rise for the former Black Cap after he played the last two years for the Warriors on a $US150,000 salary. The franchise decided not to take up an option for a third year.

Ryder, who is taking a self-imposed break from the international game, will join Ross Taylor at the Daredevils. The franchise also spent $US450,000 on South African Johan Botha.

McCullum was purchased for $US100,000 ($NZ118,00) by new franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad, who replaced Deccan Chargers, while Oram went for $US50,000 ($NZ59,000) to the Mumbai Indians.

Martin Guptill, Scott Styris were both passed up at the auction. Brendon McCullum (Kolkata Knight Riders), James Franklin (Mumbai Indians), Daniel Vettori (Royal Challengers Bangalore) all have current contracts in the Twenty20 league.

Australian Glenn Maxwell, who was bowled first ball against West Indies yesterday, was the big winner of the auction. Maxwell became an instant millionaire when the Mumbai Indians offered him a seven-figure deal.

Sri Lanka spinner Ajantha Mendis was next on the list with a $US725,000 deal from the Warriors while little known Australian Kane Richardson was offered $US700,000 by the Warriors.

The IPL begins in the first week of April.

- nzherald.co.nz

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