13 Feb 2014

Anderson almost $1 million man

8:36 am on 13 February 2014

The New Zealand cricketer Corey Anderson has become a near-millionaire overnight after being bought for $867,000 in the Indian Premier League auction by defending champions the Mumbai Indians.

The big-hitting all-rounder is New Zealand's most expensive IPL player, with Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum the next highest paid after being bought by the Stephen Fleming coached Chenai Super Kings for $630,000.

In-form batsman Ross Taylor was stunningly ignored at the auction, failing to attract a bid from any of the competition's eight franchises.

In total five New Zealanders were picked up, Tim Southee, Jimmy Neesham and Matt Henry joining Anderson and McCullum in the lucrative competition.

16 New Zealanders missed out, including Taylor, Mitchell McClenaghan, Martin Guptill and troubled batsman Jesse Ryder.

The Delhi Daredevils signed unwanted England international Kevin Pietersen for $1.7 million dollars, making him the most expensive non-Indian player, while Australians David Warner and Mitchell Johnson also topped the million dollar mark.

Indian pair Yuvraj Singh ($2.7 million to Royal Challangers Bangalore) and wicketkeeper/batsman Dinesh Karthik ($2.4 million to Delhi Daredevils) were the top priced players.