The IPL is confident it will retain a strong foreign flavour despite domestic players ruling the roost.
Gautam Gambhir topped the charts after KKR bid a record $2.4 million for him to set the ball rolling and the tone remained the same throughout the two days of bidding. Pragmatic franchises paid big bucks for Indian talent with only half of them filling all the permissible 10 slots for overseas players.
For IPL chairman, Chirayu Amin, the smooth conclusion of the auction was crucial, considering the turmoil the league has gone through in the last one year. The image of IPL, which dipped with Team Kochi's ownership squabble and the board's court battles with Modi, as well as Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals over ownership issues were set aside at the auction tables. "I'm quite happy with the way things have worked out here. The auction itself as you have seen is quite transparent and we have gone through it without hitches. The show must go on. It will be a fantastic tournament, one of the finest till now."
Amin is confident the administration will be able to tackle the complex web of corporates, massive sums of money and the cricket that the league throws up. "We've a strong team, so I don't see any issue on this."