THE Mumbai Indians should consider changing their name to the Mumbai Aussies, now six Australians, including new millionaire man Glenn Maxwell, are on the books for the sixth annual Indian Premier League.
Thirty-three Aussies have signed to play in the lucrative competition that runs from April 3 until May 26 including 20 who played last year, and 13 who were snapped up at the auction in Chennai on Sunday.
Of the 108 players who nominated for the auction, 37 were snapped up by the nine franchises during the $US11.89 million spending frenzy.
Maxwell fetched the highest price after the Victorian all-rounder and Australian ODI and T20 representative was bought for a whopping US$1 million by the Mumbai Indians - his reserve price was just $200,000.
Two other young Aussies to cash in big time were the pace duo of South Australian Kane Richardson and West Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Richardson, whose recent one-day debut for Australia ended with him being ordered out of the attack for running on the pitch, was bought for a staggering $700,000 by Pune, while Coulter-Nile will join Maxwell in Mumbai for $450,000.
Surprisingly there was no bid for the Big Bash League player of the year, Aaron Finch, with no teams willing to pay $200,000 for him, while the highest wicket-taker in the BBL, Ben Laughlin, was picked up by Chennai for a mere $20,000.
There is still some hope for those who nominated but were overlooked, including Queensland and Australian paceman Ben Cutting, as all unsold players can still be signed for the new season, although only by teams that lose contracted players to injury.
One player who did not have to worry about the thought of not being picked up at the auction was Cutting's Queensland teammate, Australian international quick, Ryan Harris.
He had already signed to play for the now Darren Lehmann-coached Kings XI Punjab for the third consecutive year.
He had previously spent two years playing for the now defunct Deccan Chargers.
Harris said he was not surprised by some of the money on offer this time around.
"Players just have to be in the right place at the right time," he said.
"Play well for a couple of games and then get involved in a bidding war at the auction like Maxwell and Richardson found themselves in - that's how it goes."
Queenslander Luke Pomersbach found himself in the same position, bought for $300,000 by Kings XI Punjab after a bidding war with Mumbai.
His reserve price was just $50,000.
"Half their luck I say, but saying that, I am happy with my deal and that's all that matters to me," Harris said.
Aussies in the IPL:
- Chennai: Ben Hilfenhaus, Michael Hussey, Ben Laughlin, Dirk Nannes,Delhi: David Warner
- Punjab: Adam Gilchrist, Ryan Harris, David Hussey, Shaun Marsh, Luke Pomersbach
- Kolkata: Brad Haddin, Brett Lee, James Pattinson
- Mumbai: Aiden Blizzard, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Phil Hughes, Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Ricky Ponting
- Pune: Michael Clarke, Mitchell Marsh, Kane Richardson
- Rajasthan: James Faulkner, Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg, Shaun Tait, Shane Watson
- Bangalore: Dan Christian, Moises Henriques, Andrew McDonald
- Hyderabad: Chris Lynn, Clint McKay, Cameron White.
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