The hard-hitting Kevin Pietersen, who was England's captain till recently, was bought by Bangalore Royal Challengers at a a whopping $1.55 million (appr Rs 7.35 crore) in the second edition of IPL. Bangalore Royal Challenger, who had finished at the bottom half of the high-profile League in the inaugural edition, spent most of their total amount of $1.95 million on the highly talented Pietersen who had base price of $1.35 million. Owner of Bangalore Royal Challengers Vijay Mallya said he was always keen to get the services of Pietersen as he would add value to the team. "I was always keen to get Pietersen. He would be a superb addition to the team. We had a list of players before the auction and KP topped that list. We needed to strengthen our batting and I was prepared to pay more for him," Mallya said.