Stuff – OPINION: One of the final acts of a marathon Indian Premier League auction summed it up from a New Zealand perspective.


  • Guptill, one of New Zealand’s best limited overs batsmen who played for Kings XI the previous year, was next up for a $160,000 reserve and there was silence.
  • The fact McCullum – nearly two years out of international cricket – was the highest priced New Zealander confirmed two things: big name stars and Australian form (either Big Bash or internationals) talks loudest in the auction room.
  • Only three New Zealanders: McCullum, Ross Taylor and Trent Boult, topped $1 million at auction in the 10 years of the IPL.
  • New Zealand allrounders Colin Munro and Colin de Grandhomme – both recent matchwinners for their country with blistering hitting displays – were good test cases of the Black Caps’ standing in the market.
  • He was one of four New Zealand quicks – Adam Milne, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry the others – surprisingly snubbed after playing IPL last year.

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