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Spreadeagled over two marathon days, the IPL auction in Bengaluru on January 27 and 28 featured the usual frenzied cheque-waving. In the American style, IPL teams are often described as franchises, a reminder that they are businesses as much as they are sports teams, with their eye on the bottom line and with purchasing decisions based on factors beyond simply bat and ball. The news this year was the continued attractiveness of uncapped players, untried at international level but ideally suited to the format. It’s the ‘moneyball’ approach of using statistics to invest in players as opposed to star power and reputation.