Watson bought by Bangalore for $ 1.4 million at IPL auction

FILE- In this Jan. 31, 2016 file photo, Australia's Shane Watson, celebrates taking the wicket of India's Shikhar Dhawan during their T20 International cricket match in Sydney, Australia. Australia allrounder Shane Watson was the costliest buy at the Indian Premier League auctions Saturday after he was picked up for $1.4 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore. Watson went for five times his base price and will join the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle who have been retained by Bangalore.(AP Photo/Rob Griffith, file)
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BANGALORE, India (AP) Australia allrounder Shane Watson was the costliest buy at the Indian Premier League auctions Saturday as he was picked up for $1.4 million by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Watson went for five times his base price and will join the likes of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle who have been retained by Bangalore.

Watson, who struck an unbeaten 124 against India in a recent T20 game, was bid for aggressively in the opening session which saw Sunrisers Hyderabad buy allrounder Yuvraj Singh for just over one million dollars and Rising Pune Supergiants take England's Kevin Pietersen for $515,000.

Watson earlier played for Rajasthan Royals, which is suspended for two years along with Chennai Super Kings after their officials were found to be in touch with illegal bookmakers.