Yuvraj Singh (140 million rupees), Dinesh Karthik (125 million rupees) and Kevin Pietersen (90 million rupees) were the most expensive purchases on day one of the Indian Premier League 2014 auction in Bangalore.
Yuvraj was picked up by Royal Challengers while both Karthik and Pietersen are heading for the Delhi Daredevils - both players having previously played for the franchise.
With only a handful of players retained by the franchises ahead of the seventh season of the IPL, 511 players were up for auction, meaning many were unsold and will be available tomorrow, along with 292 uncapped players.
Other big purchases were Mitchell Johnson (65 million rupees, Kings XI Punjab), Glenn Maxwell (65 million rupees, Kings XI Punjab), Jacques Kallis (55 million rupees, Kolkata Knight Riders), David Warner (55 million rupees, Sunrisers Hyderabad) and Robin Uthappa (50 million rupees, Kolkata Knight Riders).
Pietersen and Kallis return to the franchises they were contracted to in 2013 after Delhi and Kolkata matched the bids on the players under the new 'rights to match' (RTM) system.
Other players returning to former sides include Faf du Plessis (Chennai Super Kings), Shaun Marsh (Kings XI Punjab), Brad Hodge (Rajasthan Royals) and Yusuf Pathan (Kolkata Knight Riders).
Highly-rated South African wicket-keeper Quinton de Kock was bought by Delhi Daredevils for 35 million rupees and New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson becomes a Mumbai Indians player at a cost of 45 million rupees.
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