Barbados and West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite made his biggest hit in his fledgling cricket career today when he was acquired in the Indian Premier League auction by the Delhi Daredevils for BDS$ 1.2 million.
The 27-year-old who made a huge impact on Test debut in Australia recently, entered the draft with a base price of BDS$60,000 but saw his value catapult as Delhi and the Kolkata Knight Riders moved quickly to secure his services with Delhi winning the battle.
He will now make his first ever appearance in the multi-million-dollar tournament that runs from April 8 to May 29.
He was one of four West Indies players to find success during the auction. Opener Dwayne Smith was picked up by new franchise Gujarat Lions for BDS$686,000, Test and one-day captain Jason Holder was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for $208,000 while leg-spinner Samuel Badree went to Royal Challengers Bangalore for $148,000.
Brathwaite, a powerful lower order batsman and steady seamer, has been on the fringe of West Indies Test selection for some time but finally made his debut on the tour Down Under last December.
He struck 59 in his first Test innings at Melbourne and then flaunted his bold attacking style in the final Test in Sydney, blasting 69 from 71 balls with seven fours and four sixes.
Smith will play alongside West Indies teammate Dwayne Bravo who was one of Lions’ retained players. The Trinidadian allrounder was kept by his franchise for BDS$1.2 million.
Last season, both Smith and Bravo represented the now suspended Chennai Super Kings.
West Indies Twenty20 captain Darren Sammy went unsold, however, after entering at a base price of BDS$100,000.
The 32-year-old lower order batsman and medium pacer turned out for Royal Challengers Bangalore last season but played just two matches and scored 13 runs, without taking a wicket.
Barbados and West Indies wicketkeeper/batsman Shane Dowrich and Windies one-day opener Johnson Charles also went unsold after entering the auction at a base price of BDS$60,000.
Chris Gayle has been retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore for BDS$2.8 million, the same figure for which Kolkata Knight Riders have retained Sunil Narine. The Knight Riders have also retained Andre Russell for BDS$178,000. The Mumbai Indians have retained Kieron Pollard at a price of BDS$2.2 million and Lendl Simmons at BDS$252,000. (WG)