New Delhi, November 26: World No. 1 Tai Tzu Ying emerged as the biggest buy as she was purchased by Bengaluru Raptors for Rs 77 lakh while world champion PV Sindhu was retained by Hyderabad Hunters at the Players Auction of the fifth season of the Premier Badminton League (PBL) concluded here on Tuesday (November 26).
India's doubles star Satwiksairaj Rankireddy emerged as the costliest Indian at the auctions after getting purchased by Chennai Superstarz for a whopping sum of Rs 62 lakh. His partner Chirag Shetty was retained by Pune 7 Aces for Rs 15.50 lakh. The World No. 8 men's doubles pair of Rankireddy and Shetty have been rewriting Indian badminton history and they would be looking to set a new rivalry in the upcoming season.
154 players were part of the auction that also saw Sai Praneeth, who won India's first men's singles World Championships medal in 36 years. The PBL, organized under the aegis of Badminton Association of India (BAI) and conducted by Sportzlive, will saw a total of 74 shuttlers from India.
Top buys from the PBL Auction:
1: Tai Tzu- Bengaluru Raptors - Rs 77 Lakh
2: Satwik Renkyreddi - Chennai Superstarz - Rs 62 lakh
3: Ko Sung Hyun- Awadhe Warriors - Rs 55 Lakh
4: Lee Cheuk Yu - North East Warriors - Rs 50 Lakhs
5: Shin Baek Cheol - Awadhe Warriors - Rs 45 Lakh
5: Kim Gi Jung - Mumbai Rockets - Rs 45 Lakh
Here are the live updates from the auction:
That's all from the live auction.
Chang Penn goes to Bengaluru Raptors for Rs 30 lakh. Arun George goes to Bengaluru Raptors for Rs 1 lakh.
Shreyansh Jaiswal goes to Mumbai Rockets for Rs 1 lakh Ansal Yadav and Medha Shashidharan goes to Bengaluru Raptors for 1 lakh
Sean Vendy goes to Hyderabad for 5.85 lakh Awadhe Warriors buy Tanvi Lad for Rs 1 lakh. WONG Wing Ki Vincent goes to Awadhe Warriors for Rs 20 lakh.
Ben Lane goes to Hyderabad Hunters for Rs 6 lakh
N Sikki Reddy goes to Hyderabad Hunters for Rs 20 lakh
Brice Leverdez (France, Men's Singles) sold to Bengaluru Raptors for Rs 21 lakh.
Ricky Karandasuwardi (Base price Rs 11.55 lakh) goes unsold.
Ivan Sozonov (Russia Men's Doubles) goes to Awadhe Warriors for Rs 13 lakh.
Rian Agung Saputro (base price 10.85 lakh) goes unsold
Bodin Isara (Thailand) base price Rs 18 lakh goes to North East Warriors.
Pranav Jerry Chopra goes to Mumbai Rockets for Rs 6 lakh. Krishna Prasad Garaga goes to North East for Rs 1 lakh.
Kim Duk Young (Korea) Men's Doubles, Base Price Rs 10 lakh goes to reserve.
Rituparna Das (women's singles) base price Rs 2.5 lakh goes to Pune 7 Aces for Rs 8 lakh.
Jessica Pugh (England) Mixed Double's Player: Base Price Rs 6.75 lakh goes to Mumbai Rockets for Rs 13 lakhs after an intense bid.
Tak Ching Chang (Double's Player) sold to Bengaluru Raptors for Rs 12 lakh.
Kiran George sold to Hyderabad Hunters at base price of Rs 1 lakh.
K Sathish Kumar goes to Rs 1 Lakh to Chennai.
CWG Gold-medallist Daren liew sold to Hyderabad Hunters for Rs 33 Lakh.
North East Warriors buy Kaushal Dharmamer for Rs 1 lakh.
Awadhe_Warriors pick up Ajay Jayaram for 5 lakhs.
Starting from a base price of 10 lakhs, rising star Lakshya Sen goes to Chennai for 36 lakhs
Shubhankar Dey goes to Awadhe Warriors for 7 lakhs
Parupalli Kashyap is grabbed by Mumbai Rockets for 41 lakhs!
Indonesian star Tommy Sugiarto goes to Chennai after a massive bidding war for Rs 41 Lakhs.
2008 and 2012 Olympic medallist Lee Yong Dae bought by North East Warriors for 44 lakhs.
PBL5 - At a Glance: Total number of Teams: 7 Total number of Venues: 4 (Hyderabad, Lucknow, Bengaluru, Chennai) Total number of players: 154 Total number of Indians: 74 Total number of foreigners: 80 Auction purse for each Team: INR 2 crore Player cap: INR 77 lakhs Minimum Players per Team: 9 Maximum Players per Team: 11 Maximum Number of Foreign Players per Team: 6 Minimum Number of female shuttlers per Team: 3 Total Prize Money: INR 6 crores.
Retained Players 1. Awadhe Warriors – Beiwen Zhang – INR 39 Lakhs 2.Bengaluru Raptors – B Sai Praneeth – INR 32 Lakhs 3. Chennai Superstarz – B Summeth Reddy – INR 11 Lakhs 4.Hyderabad Hunters – P V Sindhu – INR 77 Lakhs 5.Mumbai Rockets – Kim Gi Jung – INR 45 Lakhs 6.North eastern Warriors – None 7. Pune 7 Aces – Chirag Shetty- 15 Lakh 50 Thousand.
Tai Tzu Ying sold for Rs 77 Lakh to defending champions Bengaluru Raptors after bidding war between Raptors and Pune 7 Aces.
Crazy bidding for Satwik between Awadhe Warriors, Mumbai Rockets, Hyderabad Hunters and Chennai Superstarz. Sold for 62 lakh to Chennai. Base Price- 25 Lakh.