India's Saina Nehwal and Malaysian veteran Lee Chong Wei went for $1,00,000 each to Awadhe Warriors and Hyderabad Hunters, separately, in the Premier Badminton League (PBL) players' closeout in New Delhi on Monday.
The third most costly player was World title twofold bronze medallist P.V. Sindhu, who was gobbled up by Chennai Smashers for $95,000 - $45,000 more than the gifted Indian's base cost. Delhi Acers and Mumbai Rockets were in dispute for her mark before Chennai took the 20-year-old.
World No.9 male shuttler Kidambi Srikanth additionally got a solid offering and was sold for $80,000 to Bengaluru Top Guns. His comrade, No.14 Parupalli Kashyap must be content with a cost of $35,000. The 2014 Commonwealth Games champion went to Hyderbad. While Srikanth had a base cost of $50,000, Kashyap's base cost was $25,000.
Rising Indian shuttler H.S. Prannoy will carry out his specialty for Mumbai after the world No.20 was sold for $47,000, while No.23 Ajay Jayaram was taken by Delhi for $35,000.
With $1,00,000 being the most extreme offer for a player, the offering for Saina and Chong Wei saw a few establishments offering the most elevated satchel for them.
At last, as per the PBL rules, a lottery was held and it was chosen that Olympic bronze award champ Saina will play for the Lucknow-based side while two-time Olympic silver medallist Chong Wei will turn out for Hyderabad.