MS Dhoni is an icon in Indian cricket history and it is no surprise that when the first IPL auction was held in 2008, every franchise would want to have the star batsman in their team. Former IPL auctioneer Richard Madley confirmed that in Ravichandran Ashwinthe YouTube channel.
Madley recalled how Dhoni had sparked the first bidding war in IPL history. “Then out of the bag came the man himself, the ultimate off-roader Mahendra Singh Dhoniand there we saw the first bidding war of many in IPL auctions,” he said.
In the aforementioned auction, Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings made a bid for Dhoni, who had guided India to T20 World Cup glory at the 2007 edition of the ICC event. Chennai did not have an icon player while Mumbai did. Sachin Tendulkar. Ultimately, Chennai retained and secured Dhoni’s services for $1.5 million.
Madley also recalled how the legendary spinner Shane Warne was sold to Rajasthan Royals at his base price. “I remember the second player to come off the bag that day was Shane Warne. I thought well here is Warnie and this will be interesting, the base price of him was around 400000 US dollars. That is why he sold at the base price of him to Rajasthan Royals and I thought at the time that it was a smart move,” Madley said.
“It’s a smart move because at the end of his career he was someone who was remarkably successful, experienced, charismatic and who was a leader. They bought Shane Warne and what Rajasthan Royals did in IPL one, they won it,” he added.
Under Dhoni, CSK have become one of the most successful franchises in league history, having won the IPL title four times, most recently in 2021.