Sanjiv Goenka's New Rising (Pune) has India's ODI captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for Rs 12.5 cr, while Intex (Rajkot) has taken MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings teammate Suresh Raina for an identical value in the Indian Premier League 2016 Players Draft pick in Mumbai on Tuesday.
Pune has also decided to pick Ajinkya Rahane as their second choice. Rahane has been the most consistent Indian player off-late and was finalised for Rs 9.5 crore.
Rajkot franchise picked Ravindra Jadeja for the same amount.
An excited Rajkot owner, Keshav Basal was thrilled with his selections. Bansal believed that even though they have not decided on the captain of the team, but he and his team will plan on that in some time.
"After the hangover of the winning the franchise, our team settled in and zeroed in on the players that we want, and I guess we are very happy with our draft pick," said Bansal.
"Right now as soon as team gets together, we will announce the skipper of our team," he added.
The Players Draft process was necessitated after the suspension of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals from the IPL for two years in the wake of the 2013 spot-fixing and betting scandal.
And also Ravichandran Ashwin will once again be a part of the team with his Chennai Super Kings skipper MS Dhoni as he was selected by Pune for Rs 7.5 crore.
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum (Rs 7.5 cr) was the first overseas player to be selected in the Players Draft and will be seen playing for Rajkot.
The Australian too were in demand after their consistent show both internally and based on their IPL experience. The Australian captain, Steven Smith, who had earlier played for Sahara Pune Warriors for two seasons, was this time round selected by New Rising for Rs 5.5 crore.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals' most consistent all-rounder James Faulkner was picked by Rajkot.
Pune preferred their last and last and final pick to be South African Twenty20 skipper Faf du Plessis, while West Indian Dwayne Bravo (Rs 4 cr) was picked by Rajkot.
The draft pool only had players from Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. The two teams which have been removed from participation.
Pune's Top Five: MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane, R Ashwin, Steve Smith, Faf du Plessis
Rajkot's Top Five: Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Brendon McCullum, James Faulkner, Dwayne Bravo
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