In the 2015 Hockey India League auctions today at New Delhi young Indian striker Akashdeep Singh was the top Indian pick while the Indian captain Sardar Singh was bought for a lesser price. German Mortiz Fuerste drew the highest ever bid in the history of the tournament.
Fuerste who was a member of the German team who won the gold medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2006 World Cup was picked by Kalinga Lancers for whopping price of USD 105,000. Akashdeep was purchased by Uttar Pradesh Wizards for USD 84,000 while veteran dragflicker Sandeep Singh and late surprise Gurmail Singh turned to be highest money maker for India. Both Sandeep and Gurmail were purchased for identical price of USD 81,000 by Ranchi Rays and Dabang Mumbai respectively.
Gurmail price was a complete surprise as defender attracted huge sum as against base price of USD 12,000. Sardar Singh was bagged by Jaypee Punjab Warriors USD 58,000 as against his base price of USD 20,000. Sardar price turned out to be less than the amount he had garnered in the 1st edition. He was sold for USD 78,000 to Delhi Waveriders . In the fact the young and less experience players like Nikkin Thimmah, Rupinder Pal singh, Gurvinder Singh and Dharamvir Singh drew much higher bids than ace midfielder.
Beside Fuerste other Germans drawn attention of other teams are striker Florian Fuchs picked by Dabang Mumbai for USD 96,000 against his base price of USD 20,000 and midfielder Tobias Hauke who was purchased by Uttar Pradesh Wizards for USD 96,000 against his base price of 25,000. After Akashdeep Singh and Sandeep stirker Gurvinder Singh Chandi was the third best Indian attracting a handsome pay of USD 75,000 from Jaypee Punjab Warriors against his base price of USD 20,000. Young Indian striker Mandeep Singh and Nikkin too pocketed huge amount to Delhi Waveriders and Dabang Mumbai spend USD 70,000 and USD 67,000 to get the players in their teams.
Indian dragflicker Rupinder Pal Singh and striker Dharmvir bagged USD 68,000 and USD 60,000 from Delhi Waveriders and Jaypee Punjab Warriors against their base price of USD 20,000.