PBL 2018 Auction: Sindhu, Saina, Srikanth bought for 80 lakh
PV Sindhu has joined defending champions Hyderabad Hunters for Rs 80 lakh, while Saina Nehwal, after going unsold in the first round, was bought by North Eastern Warriors for the same amount.Updated: Oct 08, 2018 23:16 IST
The players auction for the Premier Badminton League 2018 is currently underway in the capital and it has been a big pay day for some of Indian badminton’s biggest stars. According to the rules of the auction, the maximum amount that a player could be bought for is 80 lakh rupees and most of India’s top shuttlers have managed to bag that amount.
PV Sindhu has joined defending champions Hyderabad Hunters for Rs 80 lakh, while Saina Nehwal, after going unsold in the first round, was bought by North Eastern Warriors for the same amount.
The other top players who managed to touch the Rs 80 lakh mark were Kidambi Srikanth, bought by Bengaluru Raptors and HS Prannoy, bought by Delhi Dashers.
Among the non-Icon Indians, Rankireddy was the top draw as Ahmedabad Smash Masters outbid the Hyderabad Hunters to secure the youngster for Rs 52 lakh, a massive jump from his base price of Rs 15 lakh.
Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto was the highest paid non-Icon Player with Delhi Dashers splurging Rs 70 lakh for his services. The Delhi outfit won a tense battle with two other teams to acquire the World No 11, paying Rs 40 lakh above his base price.
Chennai Smashers, who will have Korean Sung ji Hyun as their Icon player, managed to retain the services of English mixed doubles combination of Chris and Gabby Adcock, paying them Rs 54 lakh and Rs 36 lakh respectively.
Korea’s mixed doubles specialist Eom Hye Won also got a Rs 30 lakh jump from her base price of Rs 7 lakh as the Hyderabad Hunters secured her to build a strong doubles unit.
The top international stars who have been bought for the same amount include reigning Olympic champion Carolina Marin, Danish shuttler Viktor Axelsen, South Korea’s Sung Ji Hyun and Lee Yong Dae.
Young sensation Lakshya Sen was bought by 7 Aces Pune for Rs 11 lakh while another upcoming player Sourabh Verma was bought for Rs 16 lakh by Ahmedabad Smash Masters.
The fourth season of the PBL will begin in Mumbai on December 22 while the final will be held in Bengaluru on January 13, 2019.
A ninth team, Pune7 Aces, has been added this year and is co-owned by actor Taapsee Pannu. Marin will be playing for her team.
(With Input from Agencies)
First Published: Oct 08, 2018 16:44 IST