With the auction hotting up in Goa, at least four captains of IPL teams, sitting far away in this island nation, were glued to every move made on Friday.
Sachin Tendulkar (Mumbai Indians), MS Dhoni (Chennai Super Kings), Virender Sehwag (Delhi Daredevils) and Yuvraj Singh (Punjab King’s XI) were confined to their respective rooms and the breakfast lounge at the Taj Samudra, where the players are housed, had a relatively low turnout of cricketers.
Most of them emerged from their rooms only after their respective teams had finished buying their players. Tendulkar was the first to come out along as Irfan Pathan, Ravindra Jadeja, L Balaji and the support staff headed for an optional training session.
But by then, the Mumbai Indians had finished buying their quota of three players. Yuvraj too stepped out to indulge in some shopping later in the afternoon.
Most of the talk between Indian and Sri Lankan cricketers these days is centred around the IPL. And there is a bonding between players of IPL teams too. Sehwag is often found pulling Farveez Maharoof’s leg while Muthiah Muralitharan makes it a point to join his Chennai Super Kings teammate Balaji whenever they converge at the hotel. Kumara Sangakkara too is game for a conversation with Yuvraj and Irfan.